The nation’s capital is home to many Black owned eateries that are waiting to offer you some great food and entertainment. Here are just a few:
Black Owned Eateries in DC
Ben’s Chili Bowl is a landmark eatery serving chili, sandwiches, and burgers.
Bukom Cafe offers West African food and live music in a casual setting.
The Carolina Kitchen combines unique blends of Cajun and Creole spices with traditional and savory home-style cooking.
Florida Avenue Grill is another DC landmark. They offer cheap southern comfort food like grits, half-smokes, cornbread, hash browns and down home breakfast with a lot of flavor.
Das Ethiopian Cuisine is an upscale restaurant that offers traditional and updated dishes.
Sankofa is a cafe and bookstore in a relaxed space focused on the African diaspora.
NuVegan Cafe is a relaxed spot with a menu of meat-free salads, sandwiches and entrees, plus fresh juices and smoothies.
Calabash Tea & Tonic offers high-vibrational teas and foods to enjoy in -house or to-go. Majority of their 100 tea & coffee blends and vittles are rooted in their grandmothers’ time-tested recipes.
Po Boy Jim is a welcoming spot offering eclectic & classic Louisiana-style sub sandwiches & Cajun & Creole dishes.
Uprising Muffin Company is a bakery and cafe offering a variety of gourmet muffins, coffee & tea drinks, fresh sandwiches & salads.
Oohh’s & Aahh’s offers hearty down-home soul food such as fried chicken & collard greens presented in a no-frills setting.
Twins Jazz is a jazz club with range of acts & Jamaican & Ethiopian-focused fare in an arty, red-walled room.
Ruby Scoops is a local and online retailer of premium small batch ice creams, sorbets, sherbets, and desserts.
Smith Commons is a multilevel bistro serving New American fare, beer & cocktails in a chic converted-warehouse space.
Askale Cafe offers Ethiopian staples & coffee doled out in a snug, homey space with a covered patio.
Coffy Cafe is a chic coffee shop with a ’60s theme providing sweet & savory crepes alongside specialty beverages.
Pimento Grill is a counter-serve eatery offering a range of classic Jamaican plates.
Caribbean Citations is a homestyle Jamaican food in a casual setting. Bring a parking ticket and you’ll get a discount or win a prize.
Ben’s Next Door is a warm and inviting local restaurant and bar known for upscale Southern Cuisine.
Evolve Vegan Restaurant serves delicious vegan soul food in a casual, yet sophisticated setting.
-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson (IG @thebusyafrican)