Many visitors to Liberia will relish the freshness and succulence of fruits available by almost every roadside. The mangoes, organic in nature and untainted by long stays in storage facilities, are sweeter than what one would encounter in highly industrialized countries.
Focusing on the areas of food, beverages, décor, music and activities, we have compiled a few suggestions to help make your independence day function the talk of the town.
In a possible sign of a post-Ebola culinary resurgence, the restaurant of the Great Wall Hotel, a Chinese establishment that previously spanned both sides of Tubman Boulevard and 10th Street, has re-opened.
I probably shouldn’t even review Diana’s. I’ve sampled very little of their extensive menu. I’ve never had their Soujok pizza or the mushroom steak with fries and mixed vegetables. Instead, my forays have been limited to their sandwiches, and principally the meat shawarma.
Probably more than anywhere else in Monrovia, if I want a taste of home (the US), Stop & Shop delivers, with its shredded and ground meats lathered in cheesy chili sauces ensconced amidst freshly baked bread.
Since my return to Liberia, I’ve been eager to visit Lila Brown at its new Sinkor location (just before the 19th street beach) – especially since I, via my previous employer, helped facilitate the mural on its side wall.
Nestled between Payne Ave and the beach on 19th street is a relative newcomer to the neighborhood that looks more like a botanical garden than the restaurant it is.
After a Monrovia hiatus of several months, I’m back on the scene, ready for the rainy season and a continuation of culinary adventures. To ease my return, the first column of my second Monrovia stint will be confined solely to the pleasures of the luscious libations at The Living Room, the rooftop bar at the Royal Grand Hotel.