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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Austin
Food
Feel
Price
7.0
8.5
$15
African, Vegefusion
Food cart

Hours
Mon 11:00am–3:00pm
Mon 6:00pm–11:00pm
Wed–Thu 11:00am–3:00pm
Wed–Thu 6:00pm–11:00pm
Fri 11:00am–3:00pm
Fri 6:00pm–midnight
Sat 6:00pm–midnight
Sun 6:00pm–11:00pm

Features Outdoor dining, veg-friendly
Bar BYO
Credit cards None

www.cazamance.com

Convention Center
90 Rainey St.
Austin, TX
(512) 844-4414
Cazamance
Feel nice, eat nice, be nice

Say the name “Iba” to enough people and you’ll find at least one ready to sing his praises. For years, he worked the raw counter at Whole Foods, serving smoothies, wheatgrass shots, and gelato scoops with a kind benediction in a Senegalese lilt. With this same spirit of goodwill and humility, Cazamance (a jazzier spelling of “Casamance,” a Senegalese region) feeds the crowds—sometimes until the generous hour of 1:30am—with no tricks, no posturing, and absolutely 100% good vibes.

The menu spans Morocco (lamb sausage with harissa), Senegal (Yassa chicken with Dijon mustard, herbs, and red onions), and heavily Indian Durban (curried vegetables). These are available as rice bowls, wraps (whose good tortillas are yielding but firm), and bunny chow, a Durban method that employs a wonderful white-bread loaf—made by Moonlight Bakery—as a bowl. The flavors are familiar and comforting—the Yassa chicken is basically a green-olivey chicken stew; lamb sausage is juicy with just enough spice. Add a salad with cranberries and seeds, and a beheaded fresh young coconut, and you feel full yet light, nourished and energetic. Under the soft glow of party lights and a thick canvas canopy supported by bamboo sticks—with the revelry of the Rainey Street bars on all sides—it’s impossible not to feel cheered. Especially when Iba stops by your table to chat.

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