7 Famous Black-Owned Restaurants Across the US

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There are black-owned restaurants across the United States where you can enjoy a variety of cuisines, from continental to Africa-inspired dishes. Patronizing these restaurants doesn’t only help support black businesses; it also allows you to enjoy delicious meals. 

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Black-owned restaurants are a growing business in the United States, but they can be difficult to find.  

Here are 7 reputable black-owned restaurants across the US you’ll love.

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1. Rosalind’s Ethiopian Cuisine

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Menu sampler at Rosalind’s Ethiopian Cuisine. Image source: Rosalind’s Ethiopian Cuisine

Rosalind’s Ethiopian Cuisine, the first Ethiopian restaurant on Fairfax Avenue, inspired the name “Little Ethiopia”, a nickname given to the neighborhood. Mr. Fekere Gebre-Mariam opened Rosalind’s Ethiopian Cuisine in 1988.

Mr. Fekere came to the United States from Addis Ababa in 1971 to continue his education. He figured he would bring Ethiopia to Fairfax Avenue through recipes. His success led other African businesses to open their shops near his restaurant, earning him the nickname “The Godfather of Little Ethiopia.”

2. Dovecote Café

Aisha Pew and her partner Cole enjoy cooking and exploring different recipes. Their love for cooking inspired Dovecote Café, a small café in Reservoir Hill.

Before the restaurant was officially opened, the couple had the desire to create a community gathering spot, hence the brand name “Dovecote,” which evokes a sense of communal nesting.

In addition to enjoying the selection of food and drinks, you’re welcome to sit, stay, and gather at Dovecote Café.

It’s a community gathering point where you’ll find artists serving up locally roasted coffee, activists discussing politics over the peach upside-down cake, and foodies indulging in grown-up grilled cheese and spinach pie. 

Dovecote Café in Baltimore is more than a restaurant. You’ll find like-minded people around, too!

3. Ratio Houston

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Chicken and Waffles served at Ratio Houston Restaurant. Image source: Ratio Houston IG

If you’re looking for a place to spend some time in the evening and into the night, you won’t regret patronizing Ratio Houston. For your first drink at Midtown and Fourth Ward, try the “Diddy Bop” drink inspired by Sour Patch.

There is a full menu of Southern classics like collard greens, or you can take things to the next level with a chicken-fried lobster tail. In season, you can eat delicious crawfish if you don’t mind getting your fingers dirty.

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You can order sausage, corn, and potatoes as add-ons.

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4. GreenHouse Juice Cafe

If you’re vegan and a fan of fresh-pressed juices and smoothies, you’ll love Green House Juice Cafe. Their menu is vegan, including vegan fish filets,  and macaroni salad, among others. 

It was founded in 2012 by Ayoluwa Hogans with the goal of providing quality and tasty vegan food to the local community. Pay a visit next time you pass by Baltimore.

5. The Urban Oyster

7 Famous Black-Owned Restaurants Across the US
The Urban Oyster. Image source: IG

As a kid, Jasmine Norton fell in love with oysters and often ate them. She grew up with the desire to share oysters with the world. And so, when she was ready, The Urban Oyster was born. This restaurant is the first black woman-owned oyster bar in the U.S. You can find the Urban Oyster at farmers’ markets and pop-ups across the city.

On the menu are oyster dishes, including char-grilled, cheese-topped oysters and zesty oyster tacos, as well as non-seafood classics like burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches.

6. Trez Bistro & Wine Bar

7 Famous Black-Owned Restaurants Across the US
Dinner is served at Trez Bistro & Wine Bar. Image source; IG

You’ll find Trez Bistro & Wine Bar on Washington Corridor and The Heights. The place has a diverse wine selection; you can pick from a list of reds, whites, and other vino by the glass.

If, as a first-timer, you’re unsure what to go for, try different wines to taste your way from the sweet to the bold. On the food menu, you’ll find charcuterie boards, rosemary jerk lamb chops, and other sweet and savory dishes to pair with your drink.

You can also look for their weekly specials, such as Taco Tuesdays and the All Day Happy Hour on Thursdays.

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7. Lucille’s

A restaurant in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, Lucille’s restaurant is like your granny’s kitchen. It specializes in well-refined Southern cuisine with infusions of international techniques and flavors. 

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The restaurant is a tribute to the culinary tradition dedicated to Lucille B. Smith, the great-grandmother of the founders, Chris and Ben Williams. Lucille B. Smith was an educator, culinary innovator, and successful entrepreneur who founded her own food corporation.

From pork and beans to their fish fry, Lucille’s offers the perfect comfort food. There are, however, foods such as grilled octopus and oxtail tamales that contrast those familiar flavors. Come take a load off and get the food you remember.

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Sedi Djentuh
Sedi Djentuh
Hey, Sedi here, a content writer. She's fascinated by the interplay between people, lifestyle, relationships, tech and communication dedicated to empowering and spreading positive messages about humanity. She's an avid reader and a student of personal weekly workouts. When she's not writing, Sedi is busy advocating for plastic-free earth with her local NGO.

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