Providence, Rhode Island, has a substantial Liberian population, and this bright, bustling strip-mall eatery must surely be one of its focal points, judging by one brief visit on a weekday midafternoon. I stepped inside only for a look-see, but when one of the staff remembered my friend and heard that I was in town for the day, she kindly offered us a sampler plate. (As it happens, that's exactly how I was greeted in Staten Island when I wandered into Korto's Place.) Shown: okra, spinach, chicken, and rice, all with a peppery kick; fried plantain; a spongy fried dough ball; and a pair of sweet rice cakes.
771 Broad St., Providence, Rhode Island