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African, Mediterranean and American favorites offered at new Kingdom restaurant

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To broaden your palate in 2019, check out Kingdom, a new restaurant serving Afro-fusion food based on African, Mediterranean and American cuisine. Kingdom opened in early January at 1865 Northport Dr., in the Northside TownCenter. The Afro-fusion cooking is the combination of traditional Gambian and Senegalese cuisine with ingredients and techniques from other cultures to create a hybrid dish with a new flavor based on a classic recipe. The menu at Kingdom will enable people to discover and enjoy African cuisine.

Proprietor and chef Mahamadou Tunkara, a native of The Gambia in West Africa, has cooked nearly his entire life. As the eldest child in a very large family, his African culinary training began by helping his mother and grandmother prepare family meals. Mediterranean cuisine was added to his repertoire by working in restaurants in Cairo, Egypt during college. After moving to America, he worked at Marriott and Holiday Inn restaurants, Wendy’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken. His first restaurant spot, which is now closed, was at the West Towne Mall food court. In January 2018, he opened inside Capitol Petroleum on East Washington Avenue. He credits the Bruns family, owners of the Northside TownCenter, for going above and beyond to help him become successful in his Northside location.

A full line of breakfast options will be served all day in addition to the lunch and dinner menu. The Friday fish fry features catfish, a customer favorite. Vegan and vegetarian options are not listed on the menu, but are available upon request. There are many ways to enjoy Kingdom’s food: drive through, eat-in and delivery through EatStreet, UberEats or Grubhub. Catering is also available.