Minneapolis has the highest Somali population in the U.S. Numerous restaurants are spread all over the city, most of them rather little snack bars than restaurants (like Hamdi).
Somali cuisine varies from region to region and is a fusion of Somali, Ethiopian, Yemeni, Persian, Turkish, Indian and Italian culinary influences.
The meal is often an elaborated main dish of, believe it or not, pasta (baasto) or rice (bariis). Beyond the many styles of stew (maraq), rice is also served with meat and/or banana on the side. Another side, the soft cornmeal referred to as soor, is mashed with fresh milk, butter and sugar.