Sylvia’s – A Black Owned Restaurant In Harlem
Another Harlem landmark, Sylvia’s has generous portions of Southern food that’ll have you coming back time and again. It was started in the 60s by Sylvia Woods – known as the Queen of Soul food.
The restaurant is world famous and the catfish, coconut shrimp, ribs and smothered chicken on offer have attracted the likes of celebrities such as Bill Clinton, Magic Johnson and Barack Obama. Of course, the locals are what keep
Sylvia’s running, as well as the never-ending parade of visiting tourists that keep its online reviews consistently high. Sylvia’s also has its own brand of food products that include rubs, seasonings and gravy mixes, so you can bring the taste of Sylvia’s into your own kitchen wherever you might be.
Farmerbrown – San Francisco
With the slogan “Soul is life, not just biscuits and gravy” you know San Francisco-based restaurant Farmerbrown means business. With locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, owner Jay Foster and team dish up “down home” neo-soul cuisine with flair to downtown San Francisco residents and tourists alike (it boasts a very diverse crowd, all drawn to the unifying appeal of soul food). Farmerbrown might be best known for its all-you-can-eat live jazz brunch, which brings a lively atmosphere to the industrial-style restaurant, and not only can you dig into meals like seafood gumbo, fried chicken and jambalaya, but there are also a ton of house-made, eclectic cocktails that will definitely tickle even the pickiest of drinkers. Plus, if you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, Farmerbrown has a sister – the take-out window Little Skillet not far from the restaurant.
Brown Sugar Kitchen – Oakland
Chef Tanya Holland has many influences in her cooking – she likes to draw from her African-American roots as well as exploring the cuisines around the world, and she also had formal training in France at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine. Her brainchild, the restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen in West Oakland, California, definitely reflects that. Along with a soul-filled soundtrack, Tanya’s team cooks up locally grown, organic dishes like cheese grits & eggs, biscuits and BBQ shrimp to satisfy all your cravings. And if you’re not in the area, Tanya has also released a cookbook featuring some of her favorite Brown Sugar Kitchen recipes which you can purchase if you want to try making some of her dishes at home.
The Top African-American Owned Restaurants In America
That’s our list of the best 6 African-American owned restaurants in America – our mouths are watering wanting to try all of the dishes we’ve seen on our search, and we’d love to know if they live up to expectation! Also, feel free to let us know if we’ve missed out any restaurants you think should be on the list.