Towson turns up the heat
This summer, a slice of South Africa found its way to Towson, with the introduction of the South African-Portuguese restaurant Nando’s PERi-PERi. A part of the newly opened Towson Square, the restaurant is renowned for its flame-grilled chicken and spicy PERi-PERi sauce. While the restaurant has locations all across the world — including South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, the UK and Singapore — a year ago its only location in Maryland was downtown Baltimore. Now it is expanding not only to Towson, but to locations in Charm City, Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood and Laurel, as well.
Most unique to Nando’s is the PERi-PERi sauce, which is made from a special spice discovered in Africa, called the African Bird’s Eye Chili.
“Only the terroir [soil] of southeast Africa can produce PERi-PERi… An African Bird’s Eye Chili seed planted in South America for example, would have a completely different taste—simply because the terroir there is different,” explains the restaurant on their website (www.nandos.com).
Restaurant-goers can even take the taste of Nando’s home with them when they buy a bottle of the PERi-PERi sauce to put on their own chicken.
Jason Reese, Nando’s Maryland area market manager, said he thought the flavor of Nando’s food was a new, exceptional experience for Towson students and residents of the town to try out.
“I think it’s a very unique flavor and we’re excited to bring it to Towson. Nando’s has a welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere that anyone in Towson can enjoy,” he said. “And Towson is a great market for us, especially since there is a bit of a revival going on and there’s been a lot of recent development.”
Nando’s PERi-PERi can be found on 109 East Joppa Rd. and 18 other locations in and around the Washington, D.C. area.