Black-Owned Restaurants You Can Support Right Now
All across the country, protestors are demanding justice after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you're looking for ways to support the Black community and anti-racism efforts now and forever, one good option is to order takeout—or dining at—Black-owned restaurants. While many restaurants in the United States are still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can still order and enjoy their food at home.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles Times has put together a guide to more than 85 Black-owned food businesses. For an even more extensive list of over 180 Black-owned restaurants, check out this Google spreadsheet, which has organized each restaurant by neighborhood and includes if they're offering takeout or delivery. Try southern comfort fare at Honey's Kettle in Culver City or grab a cup of joe from VanillaBlack Coffee in Echo Park.
Chowhound has also created a guide to Black-owned restaurants all across the country, including in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York City. If you live in the Bay Area of California, this guide can help you decide where to order your next meal. Grab a scoop of hard-spun ice cream from Little Giant Ice Cream in Oakland or order authentic Ethiopian cuisine from Walia in San Jose. If you call Brooklyn, New York, home, this list from Entrepreneur highlights a few of the many Black-owned restaurants that need your support.
Elsewhere on the East Coast, The Boston Globe has an updated list of more than 40 Black-owned restaurants, bakeries, bagel shops, and more. From ordering takeout to buying gift cards, your business will support these locations as they continue to try to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic. Neighborhood Kitchen in Medford, Massachusetts, is offering take-out, delivery, and catering on their all-American menu featuring a few Caribbean-inspired specials. For something sweet, try Clarke's Cakes and Cookies, a vegan bakery in Boston that sells cookies, crumb cake, carrot cake, banana bread, and more.
Looking for a new place to dine in Birmingham? Bham Now has rounded up 17 Black-owned restaurants and has included what type of cuisine they specialize in. Have a hankering for barbecue? Rodney Scott's BBQ is known for their whole-hog pork sandwich and whole-hog pork plate. For authentic creole-inspired cuisine, check out Cajun Bistro Express. Other resources for finding Black-owned restaurants and food services include the Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Insider Blog, Chicago Tribune, The Voice of Black Cincinnati, and City Pages for a specific list of Black-owned businesses in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
According to the National Restaurant Association, "The restaurant industry, more than any other industry in the nation, has suffered the most significant sales and job losses since the COVID-19 outbreak began." By eating at Black-owned restaurants or simply buying a gift card for future use, your support will positively contribute in two ways: first, you'll help offset the financial burden that the coronavirus pandemic has placed on so many small businesses; second, you'll show that you stand with the Black community as they fight to erase police brutality and work tirelessly to gain freedom and justice.