A compiled list of Black owned restaurants and specialty shops in D.C. (Chocolate City). Traditional Black dishes, also known as soul food, as well as gourmet cafes, sushi, italian, pizza, BBQ, cajun, caribbean and other treats from local mom & pop shops. We feature bakeries with classic treats such as pound cake, pies, banana pudding and more.
The seed for Calabash was planted 2 doors from the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NY in 1976. Serving at her parent’s herbal shop & juice bar, owner Sunyatta trained alongside master herbalists learning the medicinal value of teas & spices.
Snug spot with modern decor executing traditional Ethiopian dishes with lots of vegetarian options.
Turning Natural is D.C.’s #1 Juice Bar! Specializing juice cleansing & Detox’s!
Kingsway Restaurant & Cafe fast food, seafood and soul food
Swahili Village Kenyan meals such as goat stew, collard greens & rice or cornmeal mash in a simple space.
6. NuVegan Café
NuVegan Café, formerly Woodland’s Vegan Bistro, is a vegan soul food restaurant in Washington DC. At Woodland’s, you’ll find delicious food that you can guiltlessly fall in love with!
Delectable Cakery LLC is a commercial bakery that is located in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. The cakery is known for its legendary Sweet Potato Cake. Delectable Cakery’s story started in 1988
8. Zed’s Cafe
We are a family friendly coffee shop located in downtown Silver Spring. Our shop features cozy rustic furniture and familiar feelings. We welcome artists and musicians to showcase their talent and display their work. We also host scheduled weekly eve…
Cafeteria-style eatery offering vegan versions of soul food standards, plus desserts & a full bar.
We wish to provide a diverse and exceptional cultural experience to all who step foot through our doors. We also provide our space for rental for private parties and events, so reach out to us to learn more!
13. Oohh’s & Aahh’s
Oohh’s & Aahh’s offers hearty down-home soul food such as fried chicken & collard greens presented in a no-frills setting.
14. Askale Cafe
Askale Cafe offers Ethiopian staples & coffee doled out in a snug, homey space with a covered patio.
15. Lucky’s Grille
16. Hitching Post
Friendly, upbeat institution with a bar for homestyle, traditional Southern soul food.
Cozy neighborhood joint with stellar tunes, quality reasonably-priced drinks, and endearingly questionable company. Maybe the best place in DC to pretend you’re in an ’80’s B-movie.
18. TKO Burger
Owned and operated by the founder and CEO of The Carolina Kitchen, Mr. Lance London and his team boast over 90 years of combined experience in the hospitality industry.
19. Morgan’s Seafood
Unpretentious stalwart offering fresh seafood & a menu of Southern-inspired fish dinners.
Our mission is simple to provide healthy gourmet eats that tantalize your palate while nourishing your body. In 1990, Barbara and Ollie Collier started Ital Food For Life, a catering service offering fresh vegetarian food to the DC community.
Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe hopes to be a place where thoughtful consideration of the past and future can take place
Casual bar & restaurant providing chicken & waffles, cheesy grits & other soul-food staples
24. Coffy Cafe
Coffy Cafe is a chic coffee shop with a ’60s theme providing sweet & savory crepes alongside specialty beverages.
25. The Elroy
Hip, chill joint with a patio & quirky decor doles out craft cocktails, beer & wine, plus bar bites.
This simple formula, FP +Np²/Cb, defines the essence of DC Conscious & Cafe (DC CC). It’s a for-profit (Fp) venue woven with twice as much compassion and soul of a non-profit ( Np² ). Its mission is to encourage community building (Cb).
Hip bar with BBQ snacks & whiskey drinks doubles as dining room for nearby sibling DCity Smokehouse.
28. DCity Smokehouse
Hip BBQ spot serving sandwiches & combo platters plus veggie sides, beer, wine & bourbon drinks.
Florida Avenue Grill is another DC landmark. They offer cheap southern comfort food like grits, half-smokes, cornbread, hash browns and down home breakfast with a lot of flavor.
30. Half Smoke
HalfSmoke is a fast-casual modern spin on sausages and beer. Located in Shaw, Washington, DC.
As a devoted Raw Foodist, Khepra Anu has dedicated his life to sharing his knowledge of the power that the Live Food lifestyle combined with systematic fasting has on the body. Over the past 15 years he has hosted numerous health retreats in the U.S.
32. Ben’s Chili Bowl
Creative Southern fare served in a funky-chic space with down-home touches & occasional live music.
34. Dukom Cafe
Bukom Café reflects the true essence of the original Bukom Square. Bukom Square is land tucked in the heart of traditional Accra, home of the “Ga” people, later to become the political capital of Ghana.
35. The Sweet Lobby
We at The Sweet Lobby understand the tug of war between your need for the occasional treat and your inner voice of caution! So, our philosophy is simple: when you indulge, do so wisely – we are the ultimate advocate for your sweet tooth!
36. Georgia Brown’s
Elegant eatery pairing upscale twists on classics from the southern coast with occasional live jazz.
Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant is the most enduring Ethiopian music entertainment landmark in the district. Our newly expanded VIP BAR can serve you with full bar for your private use for a number of Celebrations including Birthday Parties
Good Coffee & Good Food in Historic Anacostia
39. Blue’s Alley
Jazz & blues junkies get up close & personal with headline acts at this intimate club with food.