New African Restaurant Opens in Phoenix

Warsan, a new African restaurant and coffee shop first-time owner Loyan Hassan Abdi tells me means good news in the Somali language, has opened in the strip mall at 2935 East McDowell Road (McDowell and 29th Street.)

The casual, bare-bones restaurant, opened for about a week, is still sparse on decor and doesn't have a menu yet, but Hassan Abdi says he'll be happy to run through Warsan's small selection of African dishes with a heavy influence on Somalian cuisine (think whole fried tilapia, goat curry, and the triangular snack sambuusa, a Somali version of the samosa) with new guests.

Warsan is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. For more information, call 602-275-6707.

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