Eating Out in Ibadan

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Fast food restaurants in Ibadan serve both foreign and local cuisines. Tantalizers outlets in Ibadan serve foreign ( 'Continental' ) and local ( 'Africana') delicacies, and often have separate sections for them. Although Mr. Bigg's does not have an elaborate local cuisine section like Tantalizers , it sells yam porridge ( asaro) , fried plantain and cooked beans ( dodo ati ewa sise ). Attempting to decide which cuisine enjoys more acceptance and sales-local or foreign food--we observed that the foreign sections--p ies, fried rice, jollof rice, assorted chicken, doughnuts, hot dogs, sort drinks and so on--enjoy more patronage. Queues are usually observable at the 'Pies and Fries' section compared with the 'Africana' or 'local' section, which is sometimes deserted or scantily populated.

Tantalizers,
Creamy Inn, Village Kitchen, Mr. Bigg's, Big Treats, Foodco and others are located so close to each other at Bodija that only a few buildings and roads separate them. The same pattern is observable at Challenge and Ring Road , where Mr. Bigg's and Tantalizers face each other across busy roads.

Local places with the status of landmarks in the city are Mama Ope restaurant, Sade Eleja (a fish-and-drinks-only joint) and Ina Strait restaurant. Other well saught after eats can be found at hotels, or can be catered in to your abode.

It has to be said that there are quite a number of local eateries littered all over the city popularly known as ' bukas'. These eating holes are generally little more than sheds with corrugated iron roofs and open spaces behind or in front which serve as kitchens. As a result of this kitchin positioning, smoke is a common feature in the eating area, especially when the wind blows. They are very popular among the people because the food is affordable and familiar. It usually consists of different sorts of grain that has been processed and cooked, various vegetables and an assorted combination of meat. The most popular local dish is ' Amala ' (roughly described as black mash potatoes) and ' Gbegiri' (bean soup) or 'Efo' (vegetable soup). The food is usually served steaming hot. Add to this the presence of red-hot chilli peppers in the soup on a hot afternoon then you would surely believe the locals have an internal cooling system in their mouths that enable them eat their meals with so much gusto.

For those visiting who may be tempted to experiment with the local cuisine, I am sure it would be a pleasant experience so long as you steer clear of the bukas. The locals may enjoy and have the stomach for food prepared in this way, but foreigners who are not African generally do not.

Eating food from the hotel you are staying may turn out to be the safest option. If however you find that you must eat out, then it may be worth visiting the hotels I mentioned earlier in the accommodation section. They serve very good local dishes as well as a few, though limited, foreign ones. Another place you may go for a meal is Cocoa House; it has one of the few restaurants in town worth going to.

The beer made in Nigeria is quite strong when compared with what is made in Europe, hence an eye should be kept on the number of bottles consumed, especially if you're in public and intend getting back to base on your own.

For the more adventurous there is a popular local drink called ' Emu' (Palm Wine) . It is a natural juice from palm trees that grow wild all over the city and other parts of Nigeria. The traditionalists drink it from calabashes (these are locally made containers made from plants).

All fast food outlets are located in the metropolis around Challenge, Iwo Road, Ring Road, Mokola roundabout, Bodija, Agbowo (opposite the University of Ibadan), Sango (Polytechnic Road) and Dugbe (Bank Road) are their major locations at the moment.


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Fortune Chinese Restaurant

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Coming from Lagos, exit the expressway (first exit) make a left onto MKO Abiola rd/fing road. Stay straight for about 5km until you get to a T-junction. Make a right turn and stay straight, go pass cocoa house and stay straight till you get to Onireke and then make a left go straight for about 1.5km and it would be on your left.

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Smashees Buffet

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Smashees Buffet. Ibadan's first serve yourself eat all you can eat buffet restaurant for a single flat rate. Local and International dishes. Coming from challenge going to Ring Road, you will see Smashees Buffet opposite the TOTAL filling station just after Bubble Plus Club before you reach IYANA ADEOYO.

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Segis

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If you can get to cocoa house, directly behind it is a gold glass building known as Femi Johnson. It on the 2nd and 3rd floor of that building.

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Cocoa Dome

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If can get to cocoa house you are at cocoa dome restuarant

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Fast Food Joints

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There are Various Fast Food which are strategically located in accessible locations in the city of Ibadan, where you can treat yourselve to choice meals and snacks that are prepared to international standards.The following are the popular Fastfood outlets in Ibadan  : Mr Biggs, Tantalizers, Pastry Delight, Oven Delight, Ronis Place etc.

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Why go to Nigeria to eat Chinese/foreign food?

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This makes no sense--I've never heard of a visitor going to China to taste Nigerian food. Why would someone come to Ibadan to enjoy non-Nigerian food?

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Garden Chinese Restaurant

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This is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Nigeria. Coming from Lagos you take the first exit left and after 5 km on the ring road you turn right. Cross the railway and you are almost there. Ask around.

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