10 Black Owned Restaurants to visit in Chicago – Part Two
It’s Black history month throughout the US and Canada, and we love to shine the spotlight on incredible Black history, culture, and businesses. Today we’re bringing you part 2 of 10 Black owned restaurants to visit in our hometown, Chicago, and we couldn’t be more excited.
If you haven’t already read part one, you can do that here.
Let’s dive right in 🙌🏿
Luella’s Southern Kitchen
Serving the Lincoln Square community, Darnell Reed enjoys cooking up a storm in his kitchen day after day at Luella’s Southern Kitchen. Named after his Grandmother Luella Funches, who moved to Chicago from Mississippi back in 1943, this take-away and dine in spot in Chicago is a favorite.
The restaurant offers brunch, dinner, and catering for larger parties, and you’ll adore what they’ve got simmering in their kitchen. From Shrimp and Grits, to Chicken and Waffles, baked mac and cheese, to buttermilk biscuits, there’s something for everyone’s taste.
This is homemade food just like Grandma used to make. No wonder it’s a popular spot for Chicagoans.
📍 Find it: 4609 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Justice of the Pies
Created out of a daughter’s love for her late father, Justice of the Pies is Maya-Camille Broussard’s bakery selling Chicago’s finest pies, quiches, and tarts.
With a mouth-watering menu, as well as plenty of merchandise, and even her own cooking classes, Maya-Camille is setting Chicago alight with her sweet and savory pie crusts, and Chicagoans can’t seem to get enough. As stated in their mission: ‘Justice of the Pies considers itself to be a social mission in a culinary art form. Our goal is to positively impact the lives of those who work with us’. So you know they mean business.
Pick up a pie or two at Daley Plaza Farmer’s Market, every Thursday, or head into one of the 7 pop-up partners who help keep these pies flying off the shelves. Alternatively, order your pies online and have them sent to your door. The choice is yours.
Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant & Bar
Opening daily to cook their Ethiopian cuisine to the Chicagoans who flock through their doors, Ethiopian Diamon Restaurant & Bar serves up authentic, aromatic, exotic, and flavorful cuisine to please your taste buds.
With a menu filled with pages of delicious Ethiopian staples, with sections for beef, chicken, lamb lovers as well as vegetarians, there’s so much delicious food to choose from, it’s impossible to try it all in a few visits. And, with a dessert page to die for, and seemingly hundreds of different drinks for every occassion stacked high on their menu, this restaurant and bar could be one of the best places for an evening out (whether you’re with friends, or family and loved ones).
Open daily, there’s no excuse to miss out on this incredible restaurant.
📍 Find it: 6120 N Broadway StChicago, IL 60660
Taken straight from the Flippin Flavors website: ‘Some people build a “brand” but we want to build a “lifestyle”. The Flippins are grounded spiritually & believe in helping others. We do for our community through Beautiful People Organization feeding, clothing & providing’. Straight away, you know you’re in for some community lovin’ with a motto like that. ‘we want to provide good, clean & all natural marinades, foods and seasonings. Flippin Flavors will give you that clean, natural savory taste you have been looking for. Our products are not loaded with salts & preservatives, they are loaded with flavor’.
One look at the menu and you can see immediately that Flippin Flavors care about their patrons. With huge salads, hearty sandwiches, and of course a few hoagies for those with a big appetite, there’s something for everyone’s taste. With an additional ‘shop’ tagged onto the website too, where you can purchase Jerk Marinade, Banana Pudding, Pasta Salads, and more, you can even take the taste home and make something of your own liking. We love it.
📍1848 W 95th St, Chicago, IL 60643
Ain’t She Sweet Cafe
Last but not least we’ve got Ain’t She Sweet Cafe, another health-conscious food hotspot serving up delicious meals full of flavor and wholesome ingredients.
With hearty mains including sandwiches, soups, and paninins, as well as the option to create your own sandwich from scratch with a wide variety of toppings, you’ll feel the health radiating through your body. Especially if you pair it with one of the cafe’s smoothies, which is bound to fill you with plenty of vitamins to get you through the rest of winter. What we love about Ain’t It Sweet though, is their tastebud tingling dessert section full of ice cream, brownies, and cupcakes, which helps us all with ‘balance’ right?
There are two locations for this health kick cafe, which means double the chance of being able to drown yourself in their delicious goodies. We’re hungry now.
📍 Find them: 526 E 43rd St, Chicago, IL 60653 OR 9920 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643
Have you visited any of these Chicago based, Black owned businesses yet? Let us know in the comments. If you’d like to take a look at our Black History Month pieces from 2021, click on the links below