Rice akara (banana, sugar and rice flour with spicy red pepper sauce). Fried plantains. Skewers of beef and peanut butter. Cassava-based soup with beef, smoked turkey, tripe and smoked fish. Peanut-based soup with steamed basmati rice, chicken and beef. No, we are not in Kansas anymore. We are in Arkansas, though, at the Kontiki African Restaurant, on state Highway 111 in Alexander.

Christian Domingo, a native of Sierra Leone who has lived in Arkansas for the past 19 years, and his family are the first to introduce African fare to Arkansas. Kontiki has had a soft opening, but will celebrate its grand opening at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. See the full menu on Kontiki’s Facebook page. Phone number is 615-8504.