[Minneapolis - UMN, Stadium Village] Afro Deli

Afro Deli is another favorite of mine in Minneapolis, Stadium Village right by the University of Minnesota.

It's a great place to stop for cheap eats before or after a Gophers game or, until the new stadium opens, a MNUFC match.

It's a great place to support local businesses, too.

It's especially good if you have some individuals in your group who are vegetarian as there are some vegetarian options available. It's also a great, cheap eats place that gives you very generous portions. There are also "American" options like hamburgers and chicken sandwiches (more on that later) for the unadventurous amongst you.

We got an order of 3 beef sambusas (there's also veggie sambusas for vegetarians) for $3.99. We also ordered a veggie platter ($7.99) and a grilled chicken breast sandwich ($6.49). 


This is the Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich. It's quite sizeable for $6.49, honestly. It's made to order and with decently fresh ingredients. Even though it seemed like it could possibly be a very boring sandwich, they actually seasoned the chicken breast quite well.


If you've never tried a sambusa, you're missing out. It's basically a Somali dumpling or Somali samosa. It's usually filled with some ground protein, spices, onions, cilantro, etc. and then fried. The best part, other than the super flavorful meat is the dipping sauce. Do not forget to dip! The Somali basbaas is basically a chutney of sorts. It's spicy, but not in a spicy for spice alone sort of sauce - I'm looking at you ghost pepper sauces. It's also got cilantro and other flavorings in it, so it's not completely one-dimensional.
We had been eating rather heavy foods, so when I saw the Veggie Platter on the menu, I was super excited. Yes, I know that it has fried foods on it, too, but it's not quite so heavy. It comes with a garden salad, 3 slices of pita bread, 1 veggie sambusa, 4 falafel balls, hummus, Somali rice, and tabouleh (not pictured, sorry).

This was quite filling. Two of us shared it and the order of 3 sambusas and we were both quite full afterwards, probably because the sambusas are HUGE. I forgot how big they were (my last post was made in 2015 - you can see it here for kicks and giggles, but that location does not exist anymore due to some changes, the Minneapolis location is now in Stadium Village).

Each sambusa is probably about the same size as the palm of my hand.

All in all, Afro Deli is a great value local fast casual restaurant to stop by before a game, especially if you have vegetarians in your group or would like to get some vegetables in before you eat a bacon wrapped hot dog or cheesesteak sandwich in TCF Stadium.

There are two locations:

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