Mother Land Cafe (1700 N. Galvez St., 504-342-2996) is now open, serving Senegalese and Gambian food in the 7th Ward. The restaurant lists its dishes on a picture menu on the wall, but chef Teda Ftty (below) likes to describe dishes using local terms, saying, for example, that the theibou yapp, a traditional Senegalese meat and rice stew, is like jambalaya. Other customary dishes include the theibou djenne, a fish and rice stew and boulettes, balls of fried fish. Lamb dishes and several other fish dishes are offered, as well as homemade ginger drinks and a hibiscus drink called wonjo. Mother Land is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.