• Africanne on Main

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Downtown Liberian cafe serving West African cuisine and beverages. Soy chicken is made from scratch. Owner keeps Halal meat/meat stocks separate from vegetarian food. Relocated from 200 E Main St. Open Tue-Sat 11:00am-8:00pm.

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4 Reviews

First Review by tater_tot


Points +49

31 Aug 2022

Vegan Tuesdays

For those not familiar with the menu or going for the first time, each day has a rotating selection of items available, and Tuesdays are the mainly vegan special days. They offer vegan options every day of the week, but you’ll find the most on Tuesdays. It’s a buffet, build-your-own-plate style. When you enter, you’ll be able to select a to-go container or plate (all styrofoam though) then go through the buffet line adding the food you want to your own plate. Then when you get to the register, it’s pay-by-the-pound, which was about ~$7 a pound. The vegan options I got were the chef’s special tofu, fried plantains, jollof rice and rice and beans, and some collard greens, all totally around $12 for my plate. It was all really filling and worth the price! There are some expensive places in Richmond for vegan options, and I found this Africanne on Main was more affordable than other vegan-friendly restaurants I’ve come across. The food was extremely flavorful, the right amount of spicyness, and good for the price. I dined in, but I had enough left to take home.

The only downsides are that the chef only offers the best vegan food on Tuesdays, all of the containers are styrofoam, and if this is something that bothers you: it’s buffet-style and multiple people pass by the open food heaters at a time, so maybe someone would consider that unsanitary? From my experience though, the restaurant was really clean and the chef makes you sanitize your hands before you grab a plate and start to serve yourself. Also, even though they serve vegan food on Tuesdays, there’s still animal products being sold as well. Meatballs, salmon, oxtail, and vegetarian items with cheese are served alongside it. I’m definitely going back next Tuesday though. Mama was kind to all of the patrons. There was a vegan mango pie dessert option, and many speciality drinks she makes herself.

Pros: Great selection of vegan options, The food was really good and worth the price, Moderately expensive, but you pay for the quality

Cons: All styrofoam, even if dining in, Omni food sold along vegan food on Tuesdays, Open buffet style, if that matters to some



Points +21

29 Mar 2021

Delicious West Africa food

The food is amazing and consistent. I've eaten there for years and it is always great. And the vegan, vegetarian, and other food is clearly designated. Even my very meat eating friends loved the vegan food from here.

Cons: Can be a bit much since it is by weight. , But totally worth it.


Points +107

01 Jun 2009


The atmosphere is clean and bright. Food is wonderful and fresh. The chef is pleasant. We enjoyed and recommend it. Ask for a sample of teas before buying. They could be sweet.


Points +84

12 Jan 2009

delicious Liberian food!

I love to frequent this corner cafe in downtown Richmond at lunchtime, as they often serve vegetarian fare with a Liberian twist. The owner and chef, Ms. Ma-Musu, makes a point to separate the meat/meat stock foods from the veg ones, which always puts me at ease. She even makes *from-scratch* drinks such as ginger tea and herbal lemonade (just be sure to follow them up with a glass of water, as they can sometimes be really, really sweet).

Ma-Musu's cuisine is served buffet-style, but unfortunately, in Styrofoam containers. So if you don't mind consuming delicious veg fare in a less-than-green/no-frills setting, this is the place for you!

Pros: cheap, yummy, down-home Liberian food, attentive owner/staff, convenient location/parking

Cons: no-frills/sterile atmosphere, Styrofoam containers

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