Bala’s Bistro serves African and American food in Whitehaven

By , Daily Memphian Updated: July 30, 2019 10:37 AM CT | Published: July 30, 2019 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Bala Tounkara, owner of Bala's Bistro, was raised in West Africa and has Malian, Mauritanian and Senegalese heritage. He opened his restaurant in May in Whitehaven.</strong> (Brandon Dill/Special to The Daily Memphian)

Bala Tounkara, owner of Bala's Bistro, was raised in West Africa and has Malian, Mauritanian and Senegalese heritage. He opened his restaurant in May in Whitehaven. (Brandon Dill/Special to The Daily Memphian)

Bala Tounkara wants to make African food appealing to those who have never tried it, but he also wants to give people with African parents a chance to try dishes beyond their familiar fare.

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Elle Perry

Elle Perry

The Memphis native and two-time University of Memphis graduate has written for publications including The Memphis Business Journal, Memphis Flyer and High Ground News, and previously served as coordinator of The Teen Appeal.


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