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Bennachin Restaurant Review: Even with the hundreds of ethnic restaurants in New Orleans, Bennachin is unique in serving authentic African cooking. But things move slowly here, and the offerings are inconsistent. "Bennachin" is an African word that loosely translates into something like Louisiana’s jambalaya. The restaurant capitalizes on the similarities between West African cuisine and New Orleans-style cooking, so you'll find hearty beef main courses, stewed lamb with broccoli, and straightforward grilled fish. Those who appreciate typical one-pot New Orleans dishes such as red beans and rice or jambalaya will immediately respond to Bennachin’s standard fare. Sure bets include spicy kidney bean soup, black-eyed pea fritters and beef stews. The lone two desserts both involve a sauce of yogurt and fruit. No alcohol is offered, but patrons may bring their own without being charged corkage. The atmosphere is colorful and African inspired.