Try These Local Black-Owned Houston Restaurants
Houston’s rich black history INCLUDES the city’s historic neighborhoods, from Freedmen’s Town in the Fourth Ward, St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Sunnyside, to Texas Southern University in the Third Ward. And with historical exploration comes mouth-watering cuisine that helps tell the story. In 2022, the theme for Black History Month is Black health and well-beingaccording to ASALHand health begins with a good meal.
In a culturally diverse city like Houston, you can enjoy the savory flavors that make up the diverse array of black-owned restaurants. From the Jamaican cuisine of Cool Runnings to the soul food of This Is It!, take your taste buds on a taste journey this month.
Below, find 20 black-owned restaurants to support.
There’s a reason the Third Ward mainstay has been in Houston for over 60 years. Located on the corner of Scott and Elgin streets, the burger stand is so old-fashioned that the company still maintains its cash-only policy and has only had two additions to the menu since its inception. creation in 1961 一 just to give you an idea of the quality of the food. The joint burger, famous for its made-to-order artisan burgers, instantly brings a sense of nostalgia through its menu, which takes you back to a much simpler time. 3481 Elgin Street
For a more casual dining experience, Dream Wings offers a mix of fresh seafood, savory pastas, salads and, of course, their signature chicken wings. Whether you like your wings with dry seasoning, classic buffalo sauce, or both, all options are finger-licking good. 3425, boul. she
The Greasy Spoon lives up to its name 一 in the best possible way. The South American restaurant serves some of the best soul food in town. At the cafeteria-style restaurant, you can order hearty Southern dishes, or if you fancy something less traditional, try their fusion plates. 636 Cypress Station.
A taste of the Caribbean is right at your fingertips at Cool Runnings. Located in Houston’s Southwest neighborhood, the restaurant and lounge serve authentic Caribbean cuisine bursting with flavorful spices. To get the full Jamaican experience, go on a Saturday, where you can listen to live music. 8270 W Bellfort Ave.
If there’s one thing Texans know how to do, it’s make a damn good barbecue 一 good enough to make you want to slap your grandma. The Acres Homes outpost, led by the pitmaster Roy Burns Sr. brings people from near and far to the town of Bayou to sample the succulent meat and big baked potatoes. 8307 De Priest Street
Parked outside his cafe Throughgood is Pastor Rudy Rasmus’ Soul Taco food truck. Rasmus, who doubled as Beyoncé’s former spiritual advisor, fused soul food 一 and music 一 with quirky tacos, bearing names on the menu like “The Diana Ross” or for a vegan option, “The Miss Tina”. 732 West 27th Street.
It’s possible to make a typical grilled cheese at home, but Twisted Grilled Cheese is anything but ordinary. Serving gourmet-style grilled cheese sandwiches with impressive cheese, the menu is packed with all your cheese needs. 2829 Chimney Rock Rd.
The fried chicken craze in Houston has shown no intention of slowing down, and more and more people are getting in on the action. LIT Chicken, the family restaurant located inside Finn Hall, immerses its customers in a crunchy euphoria. No matter what you order, you’re in for a tasty meal that will have your tail feather shaking. 712 Main Street
Houston is home to a huge Nigerian people, and the great community brings a lot of culture and cuisine to the city. The classic Nigerian fare does not cut corners 一 Taste of Nigeria is where many locals go to get their authentic West African dishes. 5959 Richmond Ave, Suite 160.
Trill Taco is so good it got a cosign from the trill king himself, Bun B. The avant-garde restaurant has tacos named after Houston rappers such as Slim Thug, you stallion and Trae Tha Truth, and meat, seafood and fruit tacos. The vibrant tastes continue when you add their signature Trill sauce. 2887 Dulles Ave.
Soulfood Vegan by Third Ward changes our perception of soul food. The all-vegan menu features some of your meatless Southern favourites. The menu will turn even the biggest meatless skeptics into believers, with their okra okra, dirty rice and Cajun pasta cast that will make you forget you’re eating healthy. 2901 Emancipation Ave.
An all-morning breakfast with a line around the block, The Breakfast Klub, known for its chicken and waffles, is a staple in the Midtown neighborhood community. Every day, you’ll likely see the owner, Marcus Davis, of this 20-year-old restaurant laughing with customers and talking politics. The menu offerings surely make the line that seems a mile long, worth the wait. 3711 Travis Street
Ethiopian cuisine is both vibrant and distinctive. Never shy when it comes to colors and spices, you can taste true and authentic dishes from Horn of Africa at the Blue Nile. The quaint restaurant’s menu includes classics like Fitfit and Shiro Wot, and emphasizes Ethiopian heritage through its indigenous traditions of feasting on family portions and eating with your hands. Blue Nile’s friendly waitresses will never give a bad recommendation, and whatever you choose is sure to please. 3030 Audley St.
If you’re looking for something sweet to top off a satisfying meal, look no further than Crumbville Texas. The bakery, located in the heart of Third Ward, feels like a warmth that only a mother can provide 一 maybe it’s because of the friendly owner, or even the delicious treats on display when you enter. In any case, you will be able to satisfy your sweet craving. As if there was nothing else that could sweeten the deal, Crumbville also offers a selection of vegan desserts, like their Netflix and Chill cookie. 3409 Emancipation Ave.
Together, owner Greg Gatlin and chef Michelle Wallace of Gatlin’s BBQ serve up the exceptional Deep South barbecue classics that live up to Texas’ reputation. Their new breakfast menu includes everything from stuffed chicken belly cookies and barbecue breakfast sandwiches, to barbecue and Tex-Mex fusion offerings.3510 Ella Boulevard, Building C, Office A.
There’s a reason Phil & Derek’s retains its title of Best Brunch in Houston. Made popular for the Creole brunch and live music, the unpretentious restaurant is an overall dining experience that makes you want to dance 一 of course, because of the live music, but also, because the food is just right this Well. 1701 Webster Call Street,
Trez Art And Wine Bar provides a platform for local artists to display their artwork on the walls for patrons to enjoy (and purchase) while studying their extensive wine list. With a good wine, also comes perfect food and wine pairings. The artistic experience at Trez only begins with the ambience and decor, as the food, like Tajin Buttered Popcorn and Rosemary Jerk Lamb Chops, is truly a work of art. 920 Studemont Street Suite #150.
Owner Esther Lewis-Bernard comes from a family of cooks known for their country cooking and Cajun cuisine. Dining at Esther’s Cajun Cafe & Soul Food is a home-cooked meal that won’t disappoint. 5204 Yale Street
Owned by former Houston Rockets player James Harden, Thirteen’s menu is a mix of traditional and modern. Get your dose of southern comfort food with their premium meat and seafood. Whether you keep it simple or go all out, you’re set for a night of luxury. 1911 Bagby Street Suite 100.
Owners Matti Merrell and her husband Rodney Perry have pioneered the vegan diet. Unlike other vegan options, meals served at Green Seed Vegan are free of soy and processed vegan meats, and they offer fresh juices daily. The menu offerings are so good you’ll go back for seconds. 4320 Almeda Road.