International in Monrovia

This is hands-down Monrovia's favourite spot for lunch and early-evening cocktails. Evelyn's offers upmarket Liberian dishes (such as palm butter and rice), American mains including sandwiches, and an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet on Wednesdays (US$20). You can order sides of cassava fries, stuffed plantain and fried chicken, while for dessert there's papaya pie and cornbread muffins.

It's also an expat hangout and a great place to get the lay of the land upon arrival, ask about the most recent road conditions, or simply get the scoop on what's new in Monrovia from a foreign perspective.