Dates, yoghurt, rice and mutton are standard Tuareg fare, while riz sauce (rice with sauce) is omnipresent in Niger's south. Standard restaurant dishes include grilled fish (particularly capitaine, or Nile perch), chicken, and beef brochettes. Couscous and ragout are also popular. Outside Niamey vegetarian options diminish.
Sitting for a cup of Tuareg tea is rewarding and thirst-quenching. For a wobble in your step, try Bière Niger. For a serious stagger, down some palm wine.