I love the sting of spices on my tongue and globally inspired seasonings. I find nothing more rewarding than sinking my teeth into textured and well-marinated meats, vibrant greens, AND tasty desserts. If you consider yourself a super foodie who loves to explore restaurants outside of your neighborhood, the following 8 black-owned restaurants are worth exploring.
Destination: Harlem, New York / Amy Ruth’s
When looking for the hottest southern spot up north, we suggest that you cruise on through Amy Ruth’s! Known for its quaint location in the heart of Harlem, Amy Ruth’s is go-to for comfort food in NYC. With an active menu featuring dishes like The President Barack Obama (fried, baked, Barb-q or smothered chicken) and The Reverend Al Sharpton (chicken & waffles – fried or smothered) it’s no wonder that Amy Ruth’s is a go-to place for foodies.
Destination: New Brunswick, New Jersey / Delta’s Restaurant
At Delta’s Restaurant, on any given Saturday, the line is through the door. An East coast buzz-spot, Delta’s decor and menu make it a perfect date location for couples looking for the intimate feel of a Southern sit-down restaurant. With cocktails that compliment amazing dishes like their Black-Eyed Pea “Hummus” and Pecan Crusted Salmon, it’s not a surprise that Delta’s is a favored go-to spot when passing through up top!
Destination: Atlanta, Georgia / Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint is a staple in Atlanta, Georgia. Known for their glazed Moonshine Maple Chicken, which is complemented with collard greens and macaroni and cheese, this popular soul food spot is a foodie favorite. Don’t forget their Jambalaya Pasta which comes with juicy penne, chicken, succulent crawfish surrounded by Creole cream sauce.
Destination: Oakland, California / Miss Ollie’s Oakland
Love Californian-Caribbean food with a soulful twist? If so, head west to the cultural side of C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A! Welcome to Miss Ollie’s restaurant, founded by Barbados native, Sarah Kirnon, a highly recognized chef. Known for whipping together West Indian classics like salt fish and ackee, in addition to cult favorites like her super crispy fried chicken (which true foodies consider the best in Cali) – without a doubt, we’re rooting for this black-owned business to dominate the west side.
Destination: New Orleans, Louisiana / Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles
If you’re craving food just like how your mama makes it – head on over to Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken, and Waffles in New Orleans, Louisiana. With all-day breakfast options and hearty entrees, this spot can easily become a second home. My favorites are Gramudda’s Greens & Rice and Momma Lou’s Creamy Baked Spaghetti, which you can have with wings, grilled pork chops, or a salad.