Susan Luzzaro 5:30 p.m., Dec. 7
African Breakfast on 30th
Breakfast Wheaties? How about a bowl of mushed collard greens, black-eyed peas and millet?
“It’s a delicious breakfast,” says Thomas Muya. “It’s vegan, it’s good for diabetes, it’s $5, and it fills you with good nutrients, and not too much sugars.”
Candy Gonzalez — no link-pun intended — nods agreement.
Thomas and Candy in Senegalese chairs
She and Thomas have opened Tribute To Mankind, this brand new coffee-smoothie-lunch-Flavors-of-East-Africa place at 3764 30th in North Park (619-501-8076).
And they’re serious about the “mankind” part. They’re not just selling coffee and smoothies and breakfasts (and hey, they have a mixed fruit and granola bowl, also $5, if you can’t face black-eyed peas and collard greens this early). But they’re also setting up a system of food for people who are struggling.
“It’s a kind of club, co-op,” Thomas says. “You pay $20 for membership and a gunny bag, and then you come in regularly and fill that gunny bag with food we’ll have here for $10. As much as you need.” Wow. You can see they’re serious about the Mankind part. They’re sewing together old coffee sacks right here. They’ll be collecting food soon.
Or, you can just come for a coffee or a wrap (they’re healthy of course and, run about $6-7), or settle into one of their incredible Senegalese plank chairs that kind of throw you back and make you relax.
“Old men in Senegal fold them up and carry them about,” says . “They love to sit and chew the fat in them. That’s what we want people to do here.”