Hidden in plain sight, Somali cooking is our own local best kept secret. Heavily spiced stewed meats over fragrant rice, curry goat, flat chapati bread, and slow-cooked beans and vegetables make this food not only delectable, but healthful. If you like Italian, check out Somali dishes that make use of that country’s colonial influence on the cookery, like pasta with a thicker, spicier version of the marinara you already love. Get all of it and more at Alimama’s, situated in a hidden lunch counter at Metro State University. Hitting the books was never a more tempting proposition. Don’t let the college students have all the fun. Bonus tip: Alimama’s sambusas are our pick for the very best in town.