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Casual restaurant

Mon–Thu 11:00am–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–11:00pm
Sun 11:00am–9:00pm

Bar Beer, wine
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted

West Houston
9811 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX
(713) 270-7070
Finger Licking Bukateria
One of Texas’s only Nigerian restaurants—and possible night clubs

Finger Licking Bukateria (“bukateria” translates roughly to “informal restaurant”) is flanked by Afghan and Middle Eastern eateries, and it utterly transports you to another country. If you’re white, you’ll probably get stares for being the only one. Everything is foreign; customs are different, the menu is totally disorienting. In other words, we love it.

But overly protective staff will inevitably push you towards boring chicken with rice, assuring you that you won’t like the authentic meats on the menu. We caved once and had a plate of braised greens and sweet potatoes; it was nice enough, but not really worth its asking price. Fight the good fight! Getting goat will be an uphill battle, but it’s worth it. We also like eggy egusi (a seed) and spinach, with undertones of dried shrimp. Tripe is soft and tender, and springy cubes of cow’s knee are worth the fight, too. All of it comes with fufu, a gnocchi-ish starch made from white yam flour pounded into a tight ball, served in a plastic bag. This one, however, can be too starchy. Oxtails are overbraised, and therefore leeched of their beefy flavor.

Judging by the disco ball, dance floor, and large televisions showing African music videos, we suspect that on weekends after dinner the place turns into a Nigerian expat rager—if you really want to feel foreign, try coming then.

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