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Cuisine Safari Visits Mariama’s African and Jamaican Restaurant in Harrisburg

Feb 22, 2015 01:24AM ● By David Maynard

Oxtail with yellow rice and plantains.

Cuisine Safari is a local group that explores ethnic food from various restaurants in the Central Pennsylvania area. This is a monthly profile of the places that the group has visited to showcase the vibrant ethnically diverse cuisines in the area and the owners who run the establishments.

I interviewed Mariama Ide of Mariama's, an African restaurant located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Who provided some background about their place and African cuisine in general.

Why did you decide to open a restaurant?

I did a lot of cooking at home and people were interested in purchasing food from me. After awhile it just made sense to open a restaurant.

Who owns the restaurant?

Currently I am the principal owner. I originally had a partner from Jamaica who helped launch the business.

How long have you been in business for?

About 3 years. 

Where are you originally from and how long have you been living in the US?

I am originally from Niger, Africa and have lived in the US for about 10 years.

What is the national dish of your country?


What dish(es) would you recommend to people trying Colombian cuisine for the first time?

My recommendation is Thiebou Djenne which is a Senegalese dish of fish with rice in a tomato based sauce.

What differentiates Niger cuisine from other African cuisines?

There are a lot of similarities between the different cuisines of the different countries.

Where are you located?

Mariama’s is located at 150 South Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Our phone number is 717-525-9501. 

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