100 Black Owned Restaurants You Must To Try In All 50 States

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“It’s estimated that the African-American community spends about $50 billion annually on travel and leisure.” 

RankTribe Black Business Directory has compiled a list of 100 Black-owned Restaurants you should visit across the United States.

Alabama

Betty Mae’s Restaurant 

‘Come On In And See For Yourself Why This is Home Cooking The Way It Should Be’

Yo’ Mama’s Restaurant

Yo’ Mama’s started as Jazzy Fish & Chicken down at the famous Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Destin and Panama City, Florida in 2007. Each year it was the most popular vendor with a fast-moving and seemingly endless line serving an average of 600 plates

Alaska

Roscoe’s Catfish & Barbeque 

Missing a little Southern flavor when you’re in the most rorthern part of the United States? Have you ever tried Alaskan Seafood Gumbo?! Then look no further than Roscoe’s Catfish & BBQ.

Safari Resturant 

Born in Somalia, Sainab Yussuf moved to the United States with a dream of opening her own restaurant. After leaving her country, known to most as a land devastated by civil war and famine, she settled in Columbus, Ohio, for over a decade.

Arizona

Hot Pot Caribbean Cuisine

In the mood for an authentic Jamaican Caribbean restaurant? Next time you’re in Arizona, try Hot Pot’s. Food Truck and Catering available too.

Lo Lo’s Chicken & Waffles 

Our obsession with creating the juiciest, most flavorful fried chicken and the fluffiest, most melt-in- your-mouth waffles has, in turn, created something of an underground soul food revolution

Arkansas

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner

Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, Arkansas is believed to be the oldest Black-owned restaurant in the country. Currently owned by James Jones and his wife Betty, the diner has been open since at least 1910 and is still widely known for serving…

Kontiki African Restaurant

You don’t have to go all the way to Sierra Leone to get the taste of jollof rice and Akara ( a slightly sweet, bread like ball of rice flour, mashed banana, and sugar.)

California

Watts Coffee House

Watts Coffee House serves traditional American entrees, all of our minimum items are special, because we prepare all our food with Love

Trap Kitchen 

The Trap Kitchen was born early 2013 in South Central, LA when Chef “Spank” decided to sell plates of food to his community. Getting help from his closest friends, News (Sous Chef) and DJ Kev (Delivery Coordinator)

Bonus for Vegans:

Stuff I Eat (2,896.52 mi)

The Stuff We Eat is… The Stuff You Eat! Fresh, Natural and 95% organic. Your health is as important as ours. We have been perfecting home cooked vegan cuisine for over 15 years in an effort to share health through food.

Colorado

Jessies Smokin NOLA

Jessie’s Smokin’ NOLA is an authentic New Orleans cuisine Restaurant. If you are looking for a taste of Bourbon Street right here on the Front Range, Jessie’s is sure to be your favorite spot.

Welton Street Café

Welton Street Cafe or (Wings and Tings for the ol’ Skoolers) is where you come to get your fix of the best food in Denver. Whether you like the fish, the wings, the pates, or you just wanna kick it, you know where we be…

Connecticut

Teff 

Fairfield County’s first and only Eritrean & Ethiopian Restaurant. A celebration of East African culture & cuisine. Ingredients handmade in Ethiopia by our family.

Sandra’s Next Generation

Soul food Restaurant. Sandra’s inspiration and passion for traditional family-style recipes were born in her mother’s kitchen. Mary Harris, an Alabama native, taught her daughter all she knew about soul food, commitment and community.

Delaware

Drop Squad Kitchen

We are an evolving American family driven boutique style restaurant in Wilmington, DE that specializes in plant based foods inspired by our Aboriginal heritage.

Evelyn’s Soul Food

Florida

Soul Food Bistro 

The Soul Food Bistro is a fresh and exciting place to be. It has a contemporary flair, but encompasses a welcoming atmosphere. Whatever the occasion, The Soul Food Bistro accomodates with the perfect ambience, boasting rich, warm colors and modern…

Chef Creole Seafood & Catering 

At Chef Creole, their menu contains an enticing array of seafood, inspired by a mixture of Bahamian/Haitian flavors and has become the standard for fresh seafood the owner “Ken Sejour” has grabbed his native Haitian cuisine by the fishtail

Georgia

Le Petit Marche 

Established in 2008, the Little Market started as a true market complete with fresh breads, cheeses, pestos, unique locally-made pantry items and flavor-packed sandwiches, soups and salads.

Nine Mile Station 

This Elevated beer garden sitting on a rooftop in the middle of the Ponce City Market is a must visit not only for the view but also for great food. Make sure you get the Braised Beef Short Rib.

Hawaii

Southern Grinds 

A saying I grew up with that describes my love and passion for cooking, “find a job you enjoy doing, and will never have to work a day in your life.”

Hughley’s Southern Cuisine 

Formerly known as Ken Nae’s, Hughley’s Southern Cuisine is Hawaii’s number one spot, for authentic southern grindz. Our menu is varies from sandwiches to salads. Ribs, shrimp, catfish and our homemade chicken and waffles.

Idaho

Brown Shuga Soul

The menu includes succulent meats such as smoked turkey legs and barbecue chicken; zesty main dishes like gumbo and jambalaya; a variety of flavorful sides including collard greens, cole slaw, and macaroni and cheese; and her rich, signature desserts

Kibrom’s Ethiopian and Eritrean Cuisine 

Kibrom’s Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant has fresh and healthy foods. We serve gluten-free Injera (Ethiopian & Eritrean bread), Rice with turmeric spice, Vegetarian, Vegan food, Lamb, Beef, Chicken with fresh Spicy (Berbere spice) and non spicy options

Illinois

BGabs Goodies 

B’Gabs Goodies was formed to provide the highest quality soy free raw vegetarian and vegan foods which are packed with vitamins, enzymes, vegetable based proteins and nutrients.

Sweet Maple Café

Country-style comfort food including all-day breakfasts & hearty lunches served in a homey space.

Indiana

Chef Oya’s The TRAP

Chef Oya’s the Trap is a locally owned, walk-up seafood restaurant rooted in the belief that fresh food should be accessible to all. #PullUpOnUs

Kountry Kitchen Soul Food Place 

Kountry Kitchen Soul Food Place is a well-known and frequented Indianapolis Restaurant and Catering establishment. We have successfully operated for decades by focusing on our Customers being fully delighted in the services provided to them.

Iowa

Vivian’s Soul Food 

Cedar Rapid’s first Soul Food restaurant serving a variety of dishes you can only get in your grandma’s kitchen including neck bones, ox tails, fried chicken and fish!

Suga Peach Chicken & Fish Fry

We are Iowa’s Soul Food Restaurant. Come in and see what everyone is talking about!

Kansas

Crazy Coffee Co. 

Crazy Coffee Co. offers a variety of drip coffee flavors suitable for any home coffee maker. With our unique monthly selection of flavors step out of the ordinary coffee flavor box into an aroma filled flavorful cup of coffee.

Jones BBQ 

Known for their secret sauce and BBQ. Stop here next time you’re in Kansas and visit this sisters owned business.

Kentucky

Shirley Mae’s Cafe

Shirley Mae’s isn’t just a restaurant; it’s a cultural institution. Housed in a three-story building located in Louisville’s historically black neighborhood called Smoketown, Shirley Mae Beard has been serving locals, visitors and celebrities

Big Momma’s Soul Kitchen

Louisiana

LIL’ DIZZY’S CAFE 

At Lil’ Dizzy’s, producing great fried chicken is a matter of historical pride.Owner Wayne Baquet learned the restaurant trade from his father Eddie, namesake of the legendary 7th Ward restaurant Eddie’s

Willie Mae’s Scotch House

Willie Mae’s Scotch House was established in 1957 as a bar in New Orleans’ Historic Treme neighborhood. After a year, the bar was moved to it’s current location, which consisted of a bar, a barbershop and beauty salon in the front.

Bonus:

Dooky Chase Restaurant 

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant opened its doors for business in 1941. What was initially a sandwich shop and lottery ticket outlet in 1939 blossomed into a thriving bar and later a respected family restaurant in Treme. Founded by Emily and Dooky Chase, Sr.

Asmara Restaurant

Our dishes are served communal style on a large piece of flat bread called injera. Made from unleavened “teff” flour, injera is moist, spongy, and a little sour. The injera is traditionally served on a mosob– a large round plate…

Red Sea 

Maryland

Milk & Honey Cafe 

From the moment you walk through the doors, you’ll immediately feel at home. Every detail was purposeful & carefully planned with you in mind.

THE Land of Kush 

Vegetarian & vegan soul food, including desserts & smoothies, is on offer at this laid-back hangout.

Massachusetts

Restaurante Cesaria

Traditional Cape Verdean cuisine cooked up in a colorful, casual setting with occasional live music.

Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen 

Laid-back spot for old-fashioned Southern eats & live jazz, plus a buzzing Sunday brunch.

Michigan

Sweet Potato Sensations

The Sweet Potato Lover’s Heaven on Earth!! Sweet Potato pies, cookies, cake, cheesecake, ice cream, cobbler, muffins, sweet potato pecan pie, sweet potato coconut pie and we also make lemon chess pie.

Beans & Cornbread

Beans & Cornbread has been serving up the heart and soul of southern cooking since 1997. The award-winning soul food restaurant fuses southern roots with an epicurean influence in traditional favorites and low country cuisine.

Minnesota

Breaking Bread 

Breaking Bread Cafe & Catering is bringing added life and energy to West Broadway Avenue by providing a new gathering place for the community. You’ll be hard pressed to come and not see friends, a neighbor, coworker; even local politicians

Soul Bowl 

Soul Bowl is soul food reimagined for the urban millennial by Chef Gerard Klass. By using unique flavors and modern techniques, he presents the soul food from his childhood in a flavorful, healthy, and eye-catching way.

Mississippi

Alma Jean’s Southern Kookin 

“Where Good Food Meets Southern Comfort”. Alma Jean’s Southern Kookin is second to none so if you like southern style food come on down.

Brummi’s Yummies

Brummi’s Yummies is a family owned bakery specializing in cakes and cupcakes. At Brummi’s Yummies, we pride ourselves on making each order unique, delicious, and beautiful. Quality is our priority. Only the best ingredients go into our baked goods.

Missouri

Gourmet Soul Restaurant and Catering

In your opinion what is the criteria for a “gourmet meal”? Our definition centers around an Owner with ambitious ideas for change; raised by a Parent who prepared meals out of tradition, using only those ingredients available in the cupboard…

LA Patisserie Chouquette

If you ever find yourself inside of LA Patisserie Chouquette, you’re in for a treat. This French-inspired shop offers afternoon tea in addition to treats like cakes and French macarons.

Montana

The Sassy Biscuit

Biscuits are the heart of our culinary inspiration, but we’ve added a pinch of sass. Scratch made using our own recipes and proprietary process, you’ll find biscuits throughout our menu. Discover a world of possibilities as we present…

Jah-T’aime Food and Catering 

A Jamaican restaurant/catering business serving authentic Jamaican cuisine – Jerk Chicken/Pork, Curry Chicken/Shrimp, Oxtails, Salmon & more!

Washington DC 

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.

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!

DC Conscious Cafe

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)…

Nebraska

Quick Bites Soul Food

Fried chicken. Mac & cheese. Collard greens. Whatever soul food dish you’re craving, we have the authentic flavors you won’t find anywhere else in Bellevue. As a family-owned restaurant, we know that a great meal is about sharing delicious food 

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant 

Lalibela’s Ethiopian Restaurant, in the heart of Midtown Omaha, Nebraska, has the finest Ethiopian Cuisine in the city. Come and experience it today!!

Nevada

Ella Em’s Soul Food

Cozy go-to lures locals for hearty soul food, including fried chicken, catfish & homestyle sides.

M&M Soul Food 

Located in Las Vegas on Charleston Boulevard, and our new location on Las Vegas Boulevard on the North Strip, M&M Soul Food Cafe offer a dining experience unparalleled in the area. We offer a daily menu of “Mississippi Home Cooking” for breakfast…

New Hampshire 

Sunshine Cookshop Jamaican Style Cooking

New Jersey

Vonda’s Kitchen 

Vonda’s Kitchen was designed to provide our customers with an eclectic experience. They provide they provide the comfort food the everyone loves.

Crockett’s Fish Fry 

Visit us at Crockett’s Fish Fry for great food, great service, and great memories!

New Mexico 

Jambo Cafe 

The exotic locale of Lamu Island, off the coast of Kenya, with its fusion of Swahili, Indian, Arabic, and European influences, is at the heart of Owner-Chef Ahmed Obo’s spirited cuisine.

Nexus Brewery and Restaurant

Our first step was to create great-tasting beer. Not as simple as it sounds, a lot of time and effort goes into our brews before we release them. As a guide, we took a page from Old Milwaukee’s history book and focused on making a beer so great…

New York

Red Rooster Harlem 

In the heart of Harlem, Marcus Samuelsson’s new landmark restaurant celebrates the roots of American cuisine with a lively neighborhood atmosphere and an eclectic mix of live music from up and coming locals to premier artists.

SoCo 

So Jazzy, So Brooklyn, SOCO! That’s the creation of famed Negril restaurateurs Peter Best, Malissa Browne, and Sim Walker. Over the years, the trio have developed a reputation for serving the best Caribbean food and choose Brooklyn…

North Carolina 

Saltbox Seafood Joint 

Located in Durham, NC Saltbox Seafood Joint is redefining what seafood is in an urban area. Chef Ricky Moore drew inspiration from the classic American fish camps and waterside seafood shacks, placing an emphasis on local, fresh seafood.

Beyú Caffé 

Beyù Caffè (pronounced be-you) is a combination of four business models in downtown Durham, NC – coffee shop, restaurant, bar, and live jazz club – successfully wrapped into one unique business venture.

North Dakota

Madina Cuisine 

Madina’s Cuisine is a Somali fusion restaurant serving a variety of East African, Middle Eastern, and Indian dishes to the community of Fargo/Moorhead. We invite you to experience our multicultural restuarant where we prepare diverse and wholesome…

Ohio 

Swerve Grille 

Swerve Grille in the historical Shaker Heights, Ohio community was founded in August of 2013. Swerve Grille is an upscale, contemporary eatery catering to the discerning palate of our guest.

Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant 

“TENAYISTILLIN” (Hello in Amharic) Ethiopian food and service as authentic as the country itself. Some even say, “Better than DC!”

Oklahoma

Evelyn’s Soul Food Cuisine

Family owned soul food at its best! I actually heard this place is on a lot of people’s bucket list. Make sure you try the chicken which is always fresh.

Off The Hook Seafood

Whether you prefer a light snack or a hearty meal, you can count on us to provide you with delicious soul food. Professional cooking is a craft we are passionate about. With every order, we strive to deliver culinary masterpieces

Oregon

Chez Dodo Food Truck 

Mauritian food cart with Indian-style samosas & Chinese rice dishes, plus vegan/gluten-free fare.

Abbey Creek Winery 

Looking to do a little wine tasting? Next time you’re in Oregon, make sure you visit Black Owned Abbey Creek. The place is on a short list of Black Owned Wineries in the world!

Pennsylvania

Miss Winne’s Jamaican Jerk

Miss Winnie’s was voted Best of the Mainline and Western Suburbs Best Jamaican Cuisine 2018.

Ka’s Kafe 

Your local vegetarian bistro. Be sure to check our ever changing menu and call for large parties. Sign up for our newsletter for specials, info and promotions.

Rhode Island

Food for the Soul 

Just great soul food.

Monte Cara 

Monte Cara formerly known as Mount Nelson, Mount Washington or Washington face is an essential icon of the Cape Verde islands especially Sao Vicente. It is an elevation on the island of São Vicente, 490 meters to the west of the bay of Porto Grande

South Carolina

Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles

Hearty soul-food plates, from fried chicken to red velvet waffles, in a casual brick-walled space.

Nigel’s Good Food 

Nigel Drayton, the owner and executive chef, at Nigel’s Good Food dreamed of one day opening a nice restaurant in town. With the support of his wife, Louise, and their children he worked his way up the culinary ladder.

South Dakota

O So Good Restaurant 

The concept for “O” So Good was made up from the sharing of great food from a low income home, to “street” style foods and food trucks of the eighties. We combined this with all the different ethnic foods we grew up with and some the best restaurants

Lalibela

Tennessee

Prince’s Hot Chicken 

Prince perfected the recipe for Hot Chicken and opened up a restaurant – Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Almost 100 years later, a lot has changed in Nashville. But not Prince’s.

Two Vegan Sistas 

We are a 100% vegan restaurant (i.e. strict vegetarian, completely plant based). Our foods are 80% live (i.e. heated below temp of 118). We would love for you to google the benefits of a live vegan foods also known as ‘raw’ vegan foods!

Texas

Houston This Is It 

Houston’s This Is It Soul Food Restaurant has long served up foods originated from traditional slave and Southern cuisine, including ham hocks, chitterlings, black-eyed peas, smothered pork chops and oxtails.

The Breakfast Klub 

We are a kasual family style restaurant decorated with modern art, lush plants and wood tables. Located in Houston’s Midtown and Zagat rated, the breakfast klub has been recognized as one of the “best breakfast restaurants in the nation”

Utah

Mahider Ethiopian Restaurant & Market 

Vermont

Clemmons Family Farm 

This place is truly special. It is 148 acre center where everyone can celebrate African American Heritage and farming.

Mawuhi African Market 

 Go into Mawuhi’s for a taste of Africa.

Virginia

Big Herm’s Kitchen 

Serving Southern Fried Wings, Catfish Sandwich, and more!

Mango Mangeaux 

Our menus are crafted from flavor infusions of three distinct cuisines: French. Creole. NeoSoul. These cuisines are meaningful to us as they all possess comfort, classic flavor and heritage.

Washington

Ezels Famous Chicken 

Ezell’s Famous Chicken has been bringing Seattle its best fried chicken for over 30 years. With a recipe right out of America’s South and a genuine dedication to quality, we’ve won the chicken-hungry hearts of Seattleites and people the world over!

Marjorie Restaurant 

This Capitol Hill restaurant is bringing its eclectic, ambitious menu of food from all over the place.

West Virginia

Dem 2 Brothers and A Grill

Sumthin’ Good Soul Food

Wisconsin

The Juice Kitchen

The Juice KitchenMKE is a local company dedicated to improving the condition of the community through juicing and cleanses. Juice to Live!

Irie Zulu 

Afro Fusion Cuisine’s Restaurant + Store | Authentic African + Jamaican Cuisine.

Wyoming

Simply Soul 

Soul food restaurant in Cheyenne, Wyoming. People talk about collard greens, good Southern cooking and best chicken strips.

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