Before KFCs and Burger kings entered the Kenyan cuisine scene, one fast food chain reigned supreme. It's even hard to know the official name of the company behind this chain because they have a series of restaurants around Nairobi's central district, all having almost exact interior decor and offering the same services at the same price. The restaurant names are Sonford, Nevada and Altona, among others, all named after American towns and cities. A few more branches have recently opened to serve the ever-increasing number of people requiring a quick meal in the busy Nairobi town.
Sonford restaurant and Nevada have been popular with revellers who would visit the place before or after a night of drinking to have a quick meal. Despite being called fish and chips, they don't sell any fish, replacing that with chicken. They mainly serve fries and grilled chicken and moved away from deep-fried fish, which seemed to have lost popularity to chicken. The food is always freshly cooked, which adds to their popularity, knowing there is less chance of stomach upsets from stale food. The restaurants are open twenty-four daily and have been open for more than fifteen years. The only times when they were fully closed were during the census periods, which was mandatory for all businesses to shut down and during the covid pandemic period when there was a nighttime curfew which forced them to only open during the day.
The food price costs roughly a dollar for chips, and two dollars would be enough for chips and a quarter of chicken. Sometime in 2021, Sonford fish and chips was razed by fire and closed down, but they managed to reopen to much fanfare with the story being on prime-time news, showing how famous these locations are.