With restaurants from all corners and cultures of the world, the food diversity in Los Angeles is something we’re always proud to celebrate. When it comes to the city’s Black-owned restaurants, we’re especially thankful for the flavors, traditions and communities they bring to the table.
From Hollywood to South LA, these are 18 of our favorite Black-owned cafes, restaurants and bakeries we bet you’ll love too.
This neighborhood gathering point serves updated versions of Southern classics like fried chicken and shrimp and grits, while the attached wine bar highlights women and BIPOC winemakers.
This all-vegan Ethiopian restaurant serves colorful, punchy flavors–like the “Eat the Rainbow” sampler of veggie stews with fresh injera rolls.
Harold & Belle’s
A 3rd-generation establishment, this iconic spot in Jefferson Park is always packed with diners seeking catfish, jambalaya, and other Creole classics.
Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken
There’s always a line for the crispy, golden, and yes–kettle-fried–chicken here, but the fresh homemade biscuits are a must, too.
Sky’s Gourmet Tacos
This counter-service spot slings tacos with a splash of soul–in addition to classic street style tacos, try the crawfish tacos and finish with pecan pie for dessert.
Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen
Another LA icon, the menu’s packed with Southern classics done perfectly.
This must-try on LA’s “best BBQ” circuit shows off the chef’s Texas roots by way of California.
Another contender for best BBQ in LA, the slow-smoked, fall-apart meats here are done Memphis-style.
Stevie’s Creole Cafe
Known for their po’boys, BBQ and Creole cooking, Stevie’s is rumored to have the best gumbo outside of New Orleans.
Annie’s Soul Delicious
By popular demand, this soul food catering company put down roots as a restaurant to keep up with their growing loyal clientele.
Nothing says comfort food like crunchy fried chicken wings–their specialty–served with all the sides, plus a cornbread with a cult following.
Mel’s Fish Shack
This second-generation seafood counter specializes in Louisiana-style grilled or fried fish.
The Serving Spoon Restaurant
With an all-day breakfast menu and a party atmosphere that carries into late-night service, too, it’s no wonder this diner is a brunch icon.
M&M Soul Food
This soul-food strip mall spot features homestyle Southern eats from breakfast to dinner, like smothered chicken, catfish, grits, and biscuits that sell out fast.
Cobblers, Cakes, and Kream
This southern-style bakery will drown you in deliciousness–from fruit cobblers to sweet potato pies to the hard-to-find 7-Up cake. Order Now
Ackee Bamboo Jamaican Cuisine
Some of the best Caribbean food in LA comes from Ackee–and their menu delivers the island experience with dishes like oxtail stew, jerk chicken and curries of all kinds.
Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
The atmosphere at this family-run restaurant is almost as warm and inviting as their gigantic platters of stews and sides–this is a place to show up with the whole group.
Buna Ethiopian Restaurant & Market