Whether you’re after soul food or just looking to support the businesses of some talented African-Americans, this list of black-owned restaurants across America is sure to help you get your fix.
We’ve looked across the web to find out who comes out on top time and time again, and think we’ve found the top six candidates to best get your taste buds tingling. Check out the list below to see if any of these restaurants are near you and worth a visit:
Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles – Atlanta
That’s right, legendary “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight has a restaurant in Georgia and it revolves around the comfort food staple of Harlem: fried chicken and waffles. She founded the business with her son Shanga Hankerson in 1997 and also received help from her friend, fellow singer Ron Winans. Shanga continued to grow the business with a keen eye and developed it into the landmark it is today – all in the name of promoting his mother’s legacy. The menu, of course, places a spotlight on chicken and waffles, but is filled out with plenty of other delicious offerings like catfish and braised oxtails.
Amy Ruth’s – African-American Owned Restaurants In NYC
It’s no surprise that two of our six restaurants listed were born and raised in NYC. Home of almost every cuisine on earth, a food joint has to stand out from the crowd if it wants to become an institution, and that’s exactly what Amy Ruth’s has done. Serving up the best comforting soul food in the city (not to mention chicken and waffles that were named second best in the country), Amy Ruth’s regularly has a line out the door but it moves quickly and is always worth the wait. Amy Ruth’s was named after Amy Ruth Moore Bass, a native Alabamian and loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren. One, Carl S. Redding, opened the restaurant in her name on Mother’s Day in 1999 – a fitting legacy in his eyes.
8oz Burger Bar – Various Locations
The 8oz Burger Bar isn’t a comfort food outfit, but as the name suggests it does serve up some hefty and delicious burgers. The joint started in California, straight from the mind of chef Govind Armstrong, who appeared as a contestant on Iron Chef America and guest judged on Top Chef, as well as authoring several cookbooks. 8oz Burger Bar has expanded since its early days, but the restaurant is still devoted to bringing high quality food to patrons at affordable prices. Don’t look for anything processed here – in true California style, all the burgers (using Black Angus sirloin), sandwiches and sides are made to order from fresh, homemade ingredients sure to make your soul (and your mind) happy.