Over the weekend, angst, anger, and unrest over the police killing of George Floyd reached a fever pitch, with many American cities seeing clashes between those protesting violence and inequality and the police forces trying to tamp them down. Despite vast social and economic inequities and countless other barriers for entrepreneurs of color in America, there is still a robust roster of Black-owned and operated businesses—including many incredible bars and restaurants—across the country. Now is as good a time as any to support them in whatever way you can. Though some of these eateries may not be open for full-service dining due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many are still offering delivery and takeout.
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To find even more restaurants in your city, the EatOkra app is a helpful Yelp-like tool for locating Black-owned bars and restaurants wherever you are. It’s available for iPhone and Android.
As the site of the recent police killing of George Floyd, Minneapolis has become the epicenter of the recent protests. The city has a thriving restaurant scene, too, many of which are Black-owned and operated. From Afro Deli & Grill’s fast-casual global eats to Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, you can find a comprehensive list of African American-owned restaurants (and other businesses) here.
New York City
New York has seen some of the biggest outpourings of cries for justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder last week. There are countless Black-owned restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn to support, from soul food staples like Sylvia’s in Harlem to newer spots like the Rustik Tavern in Brooklyn, by ordering takeout or dining-in when non-essential businesses begin reopening. Here is a list of 100 Black-Owned and Operated Restaurants in New York City.
With one of the nation’s largest African American populations, Atlanta has become a focal point for protests in the South. Known for BBQ, soul food, and lots of sweet tea, Atlanta also has a little something for everyone’s taste buds through many of the city’s Black-owned eateries. Earlier this year, Atlanta Eats put out a list of 29 Black-Owned Restaurants in Atlanta if you’re looking to support them now and in the future.
The nation’s capital has seen some of the biggest shows of solidarity and outrage in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. If you’re looking to support Black-owned businesses in D.C., this list of 45 Black-Owned Bars & Restaurants is a good place to start. Washington.org also put out this list of Where to Find Black Chefs and Black-Owned Restaurants in DC, including old guard standbys like Ben’s Chili Bowl and Florida Avenue Grill, billed as the oldest soul food restaurant in the world.
When we think of Dallas, we think steak and BBQ—and big D delivers. Get famous fried chicken at Daddy Mac’s on North Westmoreland Road, or grab something sweet at Kookie Heaven on West Jefferson Boulevard (both are Black-owned and operated). See more on the Dallas Observer’s 2018 list of Best Black-Owned Dallas Restaurants.
L.A. is a melting pot of cultures, and that means tons of great and varied food options. From classic Caribbean to soul food and lots of vegan and vegetarian eateries (this is L.A., after all) some of the city’s best eats come out of black-owned and operated kitchens. Check out this list of L.A.’s Best Black-Owned Restaurants.
Louisville eats go way beyond bourbon and Hot Browns. The biggest city in Kentucky has a roster of incredible Black-owned restaurants to rival any in the nation. Earlier this year, Louisville Scoop published a list of Black-Owned Restaurants in Louisville You Need to Try This Year. While many of them, like Pizza Bar and Funmi’s Cafe, a destination for Nigerian fare, may not yet be open for full-service dining, you can order takeout at most of the restaurants on the list.
You’ll find good beer, whiskey, and lots to nosh on in Denver—much of it procured from Black-owned and operated restaurants. Lifestyle publication 303Magazine put out this comprehensive list of Black-Owned Businesses and Organizations in Denver to serve as a helpful resource if you’re looking to support some of them.
Header image courtesy of Sylvia's Harlem.