20 Black-Owned Restaurants to Support Right Now (And Always)
Want to find and support Black-owned restaurants in our community? From plant-based chicken sammies and wood-fired pizzas to mouthwatering barbecue and Insta-worthy tacos, there are plenty of mouthwatering bites around Los Angeles to choose from. Inspired by food journalist Kat Hong’s viral spreadsheet of more than 100 African-American food businesses across the city, we’ve drilled down to recommend some of the meals we love that are currently available for pickup and delivery. Note: Many third-party delivery apps take hefty commissions; consider picking up your food instead to put more money in local restaurants' pockets.
(And remember, putting our money where our mouth is is just one small way to show support for the Black community right now—there are many others.)
1. Dulan's on Crenshaw (Leimert Park)
Mac and cheese, collard greens and fried chicken are the backbone of this beloved soul food joint that’s been dishing up tasty grub for more than 30 years. Order online from this local favorite and be sure to save room for the sugar-dusted peach cobbler.
4859 Crenshaw Blvd.; 323-296-3034 or dulansoncrenshaw.com
2. Sweet Red Peach (Inglewood)
Every Wednesday, there’s a vegan dessert option at this family owned and operated bakery, because non-dairy doesn’t mean you’re non-sweet tooth. So, blue velvet cupcakes, we are here for you.
1035 S. Prairie Ave., #2; 310-671-2253 or sweetredpeach.com
3. Sky's Gourmet Tacos (Marina Del Rey)
“Mexican with a splash of soul” is the slogan at this grab-and-go spot featuring prepared food and a marketplace near the boat slips. If there’s a better place to pick up a potato-and-cheese taco and slice of caramel cheesecake for the road, we have yet to find it. (There's also the flagship location over on Pico.)
4333 Admiralty Way #001, Marina Del Rey; 833-759-8226 or skystacos.com
4. Comfort Food (DTLA)
This soul food spot has locations in DTLA and Inglewood and takes a clean eating approach to Southern cuisine. That means locally sourced, fresh and organic ingredients and healthier cooking methods...and some damn good chicken and waffles for Sunday brunch.
1110 Seventh St., 213-537-0844 or 902 N. La Brea Ave., 424-702-5138; eatcomfortla.com
5. Lettuce Feast (North Hollywood)
This popular sammie spot started in 2016 as a plant-based recipes blog. Now it’s grown into a food truck that serves fried “chicken” and “oyster” sandwiches complete with thick breading, apple slaw and pickles. It’s comfort food with a healthy twist. The truck starts its week Wednesday night in North Hollywood then hits Culver City, DTLA and Fairfax on subsequent days. Follow them on Instagram for an updated route.
6. Bludso's BBQ (Fairfax)
It’s the best of both worlds at this Fairfax District barbecue joint—after ordering online, you can get pulled pork or dry-rubbed chicken with sides plus a jar of Palomas cocktails, all ready to enjoy. Or you can order a frozen rack of ribs or Texas hot links frozen and vacuum sealed to grill at home. Easy-peasy.
609 N. La Brea Ave.; 323-931-2583 or barandque.com
7. Rusty Pot Cafe (Inglewood)
There’s nothing like a salad for brunch...said no one ever. We’d rather have shrimp sautéed with garlic and shallots in a lemon-infused gravy sauce. Get ’em served over house-recipe cheesy grits with grilled sourdough from this Inglewood spot.
324 S. Market St.; 310-412-5901 or rustypotcafe.com
8. Lou, the French on the Block (Burbank)
This little Burbank patisserie serves golden Belgian waffles, cheesy grits and baguette sandwiches we love. But a mixed berry tartlette is the sweet mouthful of summer that really sings with every silky bite.
241-4007 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank; 747-8205 or louthefrenchontheblock.com
9. Tacos Negros (Mid-Wilshire)
Gorgeous and flavorful tacos are the specialty here—there’s plantain and callaloo (fried plantain, callaloo, Jamaican slaw and Calypso salsa), bacalao (codfish, potato, garlic and tomato on a crispy shell), a vegan BLT with fried green tomato and more. Come for the food, stay for the hypnotically art-directed Instagram feed that any millennial beauty brand would be proud to call its own.
5583 West Pico Blvd.; @tacosnegrosla
10. Post & Beam (Baldwin Hills)
Named for the midcentury building that the restaurant is housed in, this place is a darling of foodies for its small plates featuring mouthwatering soul food and wood-fired pizzas. The famous Jerk Catfish plate is available for delivery and pickup for $14 which is a considerable savings over the pre-coronavirus, in-house price of $26.
11. Earle's on Crenshaw (Crenshaw)
Brothers Duane and Carey Earle created their restaurant from a hot dog cart they operated on Venice Beach back in the mid-'80s; they were devoted to recreating the hot dogs they remembered growing up in East Flatbush, New York. Now more than 30 years later, they have expanded the menu to include a selection of healthy options that includes turkey burgers and veggie dogs—but still with all the flavor.
12. Fishbone Seafood (Tarzana)
With seven locations from Tarzana to Torrance, this chain recreates the vibe of the a classic community Friday fish fry in one corrugated metal storefront. Sure there are the delicious fried catfish, oysters and sand dabs that are hard to resist, but might we suggest opting for a grilled catfish dinner with red beans and rice? It's a little lighter and even juicier than the breaded options
Various locations; fishboneseafood.com
13. Jaliz Cuisine of East Africa (Van Nuys)
Los Angeles’s exclusive Ugandan cuisine eatery is in a Van Nuys backyard, where you choose between goat, chicken or fish served with mashed plantains and peanut sauce. All pair perfectly with a side of collards laced with goat, cassava and chapati bread. Call ahead and proprietress Jalia will have it ready for you in all its goaty glory.
14747 Kittridge St., Van Nuys; 818-571-2188 or jalizcuisine.com
14. Perry's Joint (Pasadena)
This eatery is known for its super thick sandwiches named after jazz greats: The Hip Bird is a fan favorite (turkey, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, avocado and cheese), while the Tuna Simone might be the best tuna melt you've ever tasted (a perfect balance of mayonnaise, mustard, pickle and onion).
2051 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena; 626-798-4700 or perrysjoint.com
15. Simply Wholesome (Slauson)
This health food store/restaurant jazzes up the traditional lunch-and-dinner diner menu with lentil burgers, spinach or beef patties, blended juices and more. We’re obsessed with the scrambled tofu croissant sprinkled with mineral-rich Irish sea moss imported from Jamaica.
4508 W. Slauson Ave.; 323-294-2144 or simplywholesome.com
16. Undergrind Cafe (La Cienega Heights)
Avocado toast with goat cheese and other trendy items (Lucky Charms lattes, anyone?) share table space with corned beef hash and shrimp and grits at this bright little breakfast-and-lunch spot.
2713 S. Robertson Blvd.; 310-730-6392 or undergrindcafe.com
17. Little Kingston Jamaican Restaurant (Windsor Hills)
The smoky taste of jerk chicken cooked over an open flame is the draw here, where the West Indian menu also includes oxtail stew and brown stew chicken in heavy gravy or curry chicken. Entrees are served with rice and peas, steamed cabbage and plantains.
4716 W. Slauson Ave.; 323-295-5596 or littlekingstonjamaicanrestaurantlosangeles.cafecityguide.website
18. Hawkins House of Burgers (Watts)
It takes big stones to declare "the best burger in Los Angeles" in huge letters on the side of your building, but this neighborhood institution hasn't had any challengers. It's run by the daughter of the founder, who migrated west from Arkansas in 1939. The classic sizzling burger is enough for most appetites, but if you're in a betting mood, order the leaning tower of Watts, which has three 8-ounce patties, a hot link (spicy sausage), pastrami, an egg and chili on it. Drumroll, please...
11603 Slater St.; 323-563-1129 or hawkinsburgers.com
19. Say Cheese Los Angeles (Silverlake)
This sweet little neighborhood cheese shop has long been the place to stop in for a quick and authoritative hand guiding you in putting together a delicious cheese tray for your party (remember parties?). Less well know is the cafe, where the chef-owner is turning out cheesy sammies and all-day omelets with the finest cheese. Case in point: the California melt with oven-roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, shaved red onion, tomato, Dijon and aioli, served on rosemary bread.
2800 Hyperion Ave.; 323-665-0545 or saycheeselosangeles.com
20. Meals by Genet (Little Ethiopia)
The late great food critic Jonathan Gold praised this fine dining spot, singling out its doro wat, the Ethiopian slow-cooked chicken dish that takes three days to prepare. Vegetarians love that Chef Genet Agonafe's vegan-friendly sides of split peas, lentils and sunflowers pureed with jalapeños, all sopped up with the spongy flatbread teff injera. During quarantine times, you can order takeout from Thursday through Sunday.
1053 Fairfax Ave.; 323-938-9304 or mealsbygenetla.com