Even as a picky eater, I still love to explore places that bring unique cuisine to the area. Stango Cuisine does just that. Their menu brings a classic American diner with a fun Zambian influence into the local dining mix.

Its menu includes classic breakfast and lunch items, but customers can also get something different at this cute little restaurant. It originally opened in Champaign-Urbana in 2018 but recently reopened at a new location in the Lincoln Square Mall.

With a robust breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, along with superb coffee, anyone from the simplest eater to the adventurous one will be sure to find something to enjoy at Stango Cuisine, a local hidden gem.

On the restaurant’s website, the owners of this unique C-U area establishment say they love traveling to new places and discovering new things. Everywhere they have ever gone, people are connected by the fact they love good food, and this sweet little food spot brings that idea to light. For customers who enjoy something classic like a skillet for breakfast, they serve up a great one. But, for those who are in the mood for something a little exotic and new, you can also try some oxtail or gizzards for lunch later. Their own personal curry recipe is a hit with anyone who’s into something savory.

Besides being a great, unique addition to the C-U cuisine area, Stango also represents something in the best of us, giving back to people. Of all their earnings, 10% go directly to a charity called One Dream Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping build a hospital in Zambia, the original inspiration for their restaurant. Among other things, the charity also helps Zambia with school supplies, medical care and educational resources for potential college students. These are just short-term goals as the organization also wants to change the way Africa is perceived by the world, creating a world-class university and research center one day to match their future state-of-the-art medical facility.

Stango is about cooking “home food a certain way,” and they do it right. They serve good food for good prices in an out-of-the-box cuisine experience. The staff is friendly and passionate about their menu items and presents customer service that makes a visit to the restaurant a memorable experience.

They feature not only a great dining experience, but a fun challenge, too. Interested in trying their 75oz steak challenge? Pay the $75 in advance, and you have 60 minutes to complete the steak challenge, finishing the steak and all the side fixings within that time range. If a customer loses the challenge, every penny is donated to the Zambia hospital fund. You’re obviously refunded the money if you win, but there’s a lot of food to finish, and challengers are more than welcome to take the leftovers home.

Stango is closed Mondays, but Tuesday-Saturday they’re open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sundays 8 a.m-2:30 p.m. Stop on by for a unique meal that is sure to satisfy anyone’s craving.

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Paige Leden

Hi, I’m Paige Leden, a writer at Buzz magazine since August 2019! You can also find me editing the newspaper, The Daily Illini. After transferring here, I was excited to get involved in writing for my fellow classmates in a student-run organization, so here I am! When I’m not working on a story, you can usually catch me in the library for school or at one of my many jobs. When I do have free time I’m at the movies or sticking my nose in a good book.

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