If you are on the road traveling this summer I would place a bet the most asked question is, “Where are we going to eat?!?” We like to plan ahead and have a few places in mind to try. That makes it a little easier than Google searching while driving in unfamiliar territory.
Here’s a list compiled by Travel Noire of the Best Black Owned Soul Food Restaurants. State by state. We’ve highlighted a few that are on our personal list of must visits. To see the full list, click here.
Alabama: Yo’ Mama’s: This Black-owned soul food restaurant can be found in downtown Birmingham. It recently won the award for “Best Lunch” in Birmingham. Must try dish: The shrimp plate.
Alaska: Roscoe’s Catfish and Barbecue: It’s pretty hard to find soul food restaurants in Alaska, let alone a Black-owned one. Roscoe’s have been serving the Anchorage area since 1988. Must try dish: Alaska seafood gumbo.
California: Comfort LA: This Los Angeles eatery started as a late night pop-up and evolved to a storefront. Jeremy McBryde and Mark E. Walker are the names behind this business. Must try dish: “Cousin Kina’s Mac & Cheese.”
Delaware: Evelyn’s Soul Food: No matter the time of day, this Wilmington soul food restaurant will hit the spot. Must try dish: smothered pork chops.
Georgia: Busy Bee Cafe: You can’t mention soul food in the ‘A’ without listing Busy Bee. Must try dish: cornbread.
Illinois: Soule Chicago: This North Chicago soul food & creole spot is owned by Bridgette Harris. You can find a variety of soul food classics on the menu including fried fish and Mac and cheese. Must try dish: blackened catfish.
Kansas: K.C.’s Authentic Soul Food: Located in Junction City, this is one of the only Black-owned restaurants in the area. Must try dish: chicken wings.
Louisiana: Lil Dizzy’s Cafe: Queen Bey has given this New Orleans spot the stamp of approval several times. If it’s good enough for Bey, then it must be GREAT. They’ve been around since the 1940’s. Must try dish: fried chicken.
Maryland: Next Phase Cafe: Located in Baltimore, this cafe brings soul food and cajun food together. Must try dish: cornbread.
Michigan: Kuzzo’s Chicken and Waffles: This Black-owned restaurant in Detroit brings some interesting and unique names to its menu. Must try dish: Big Mama’s.
Mississippi: Johnny T’s Bistro and Blues: Chef Bryan Myrick is said to have a unique approach to southern cuisine. You can find the establishment in Jackson. Must try dish: Shrimp and grits.
Nebraska: Quick Bites Soul Food: This Bellevue restaurant opened its doors in 2016. They are open every day except Sunday. Must try dish: cajun shrimp dinner.
New Jersey: Delta’s Restaurant: Located in New Brunswick, this Black-owned soul food spot is open every day except Monday. With an extensive menu, there is something on there for every taste. Must try dish: Collard Green Dip.
New York: Jacob Restaurant: This Harlem-based soul food spot has been in operation since 2009. They now have two locations. In addition to the soul food, they offer an extensive salad bar too. Must try dish: Fried chicken.
North Carolina: Cuzzo’s Cuisine: This Charlotte-based restaurant garners rave reviews. What started as a food truck has now grown to a restaurant. Must try dish: lobster mac and cheese.
South Carolina: Big Mike’s Soul Food: This family-owned restaurant is in the Myrtle Beach area. Owner Michael ‘Big Mike’ Chestnut opened up shop in 2012. Must try dish: Big Mike’s Special.
Tennessee: H&T’s Home Cooking: Thomas and Hattie Palin started this restaurant in 2005. The Nashville eatery guarantees that you will always enjoy your meal because “mama is always in the kitchen.” Must try dish: Baked chicken in mushroom sauce dinner on Monday. (Menu changes daily)
Texas: Mikki’s Soulfood Cafe: This Houston cafe was created by Jeannette Williams and has been serving the area since 2000. They will soon open a second location in Pearland. Must try dish: Smothered pork chops dinner.
Virginia: Southern Kitchen: Located in Richmond, this Black owned soul food spot brings people all the way from Northern Virginia just to get a plate on the weekends Must try dish: Catfish dinner.
Wisconsin: Anointed One Soul Food: You can find this restaurant in the Madison area. The chicken and fish are said to be fried to perfection. Must try dish: fried catfish.
Washington, D.C.: Oohs and Aahhs: This award-winning D.C. soul food spot brings folks from near and far, even celebs. They have consistently won awards for the ‘Best Mac and Cheese’ in the area. Must try dish: The mac and cheese.
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