Attempting to go to Siam Noodle and Rice instead on Wednesday 11/27 resulted in our parking a few blocks off Sheridan and getting a good whiff of something goaty and delicious! That something turned out to be B&Q. With a lingering regret for the lost potential of Thai green papaya salad, we let the scent lure us into B&Q instead, despite the fact that we had no idea what we were doing.
B&Q is Nigerian, a relaxed, small place with the menu offerings written both on the walls and on the menu. A team of ladies took care of us, one whose shift ended right after taking our order, but we didn't mind because she had been so helpful and kind about us not knowing what anything was.
They were out of a few things but substituted according to their taste (as I requested, since I couldn't adequately judge substitutions).
My favorite was the codfish in egusi stew. It was extremely tender, with surprisingly few bones for the cut we got, and it was soaking in this vegetably health cocktail of deliciousness.
My dad's favorite was the goat, as usual, but he kindly allowed me to suck out most of the marrow. The meat was not the tenderest or the most tough - it lay somewhere in the middle - but the flavor was excellent and aromatic, and definitely the source of the scent that had brought us in.
Pounded yam seemed to exist essentially to mop up sauce and kill spice (of which there was a respectable amount).
The standard black-eyed peas and plantains kept the meal from being a stomach-leadening meat-fest.
We tried some kind of mystery non-alcoholic malt drink. It was weird. Not the good kind of weird. But it's bottled and mass-produced somewhere else and not the restaurant's fault.
The price on our bill bore no relation to the prices listed on the menu. It was way too low - $30 for three of us. They may have given us a break because they were out of so many things we ordered. I hope that was what happened and they didn't inadvertently make a math error and stiff themselves! $30 was more than reasonable for the stomach-stuffing amount of food we got.
B&Q Afro Root Cuisine
4701 N Kenmore Ave
Chicago, IL 60640