Meaning friend in Swahili, Rafiki's Deli, certainly lives up to its name. Roger Godfrey and his wife Dorothy Dulo decided to start the business in 2003 when they were continually frustrated trying to find authentic African food here in Lancaster. He being from Uganda and Dorothy from Kenya, they have a rich collaborative cultural history from which to pull their ideas for menu items. Focused on bringing the culture of their respective peoples to Lancaster, Rafiki's Deli, serves up many African delicacies to their eager customers. These delicacies include but are not limited to;
Samosa, a pastry stuffed with veggies and/or meat, season with special African spices.
Spicy Potato Cakes, just like it sounds, it kicks!
Flafel Sandwich, which differs slightly from Egyptian or middle eastern flafel.
Chickpea Cakes, an oven baked delicacy with just the right amount of cilantro, onion, and garlic.
Sweet Potato Salad with Plantains.
And the by now famous, Kajiji Salad.
There is more to Rafiki's Deli than meets the eye as well. The proceeds from their stand,100% of them, go to supporting a school for orphans in Kenya, the Lighthouse Christian Academy. While here in Lancaster however, Rogers favorite part of running Rafiki's is getting to sample all of the different dishes they decide to cook up. Feel free to check out their website and learn more about Rafiki's!