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One way to show solidarity with the Black community is by ordering from Black-owned businesses, which is why we’ve put together this list of Austin’s Black-owned restaurants. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of restaurants that should be included on this list, and we’ll work to get them added as quickly as possible. Also consider donating to organizations fighting for racial justice—like the Austin Justice Coalition, the ACLU, NAACP, Black Visions Collective, and Reclaim The Block.
Want something that feels even more Texan? We've got a guide to Black-owned barbecue spots, too.
Cajun Skillet: Cajun Skillet runs a catering company, food truck, and a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Cedar Park. They serve Southern and Cajun/Creole food.
Scoop & Score Ice Cream: Scoop & Score sells coffee and ice cream out of a storefront in Cedar Park.
Aster’s Ethiopian Restaurant: Aster’s near campus serves a broad menu of Ethiopian dishes—there’s also a popular lunch buffet.
Bikkle Jamaican Restaurant: Bikkle, by campus, serves Jamaican food like curry goat, oxtails, and escovitch fish.
Dia’s Market: The Crestview grocery store Dia’s Market has a deli serving breakfast and lunch sandwiches all day. Three days a week, they have rotisserie chicken and roast potatoes that often sell out.
Elevated Soul: Elevated Soul specializes in catering for events, meetings, and individuals.
Ham Bonz Soul Food: Ham Bonz Soul Food offers soul food classics like fried chicken, pork chops, and collard greens.
JP’s Pancake Company: JP’s is Austin’s first (and maybe only) pancake food truck, located near campus with pancake bowls. There’s also a second location in Oak Hill.
Krab Kingz of Austin: Not to be confused with Krab Kingz Seafood, Krab Kingz of Austin is a takeout and delivery operation with fried and boiled seafood, plus pasta.
Les Bobos Crepes: Les Bobos is a coffee shop and creperie in West Campus.
Luv Fats Ice Cream: Luv Fats Ice Cream sells vegan ice cream out of a small storefront on the corner of North Lamar and St. Johns. You can also buy pints at local farmers markets, as well as at grocery stores and coffee shops like Dia’s Market and Royal Blue, and Barrett’s Coffee.
Slab BBQ: Slab has multiple locations in the Austin Area: one on Research Boulevard, one at Westgate Lanes in South Austin, one in Sunset Valley, and another in Cedar Park. They mostly offer barbecue-based sandwiches as well as ribs by the pound and a number of sides.
Diner Bar: At the bottom of the Thompson hotel at 5th and San Jacinto, Diner Bar specializes in “Port City Southern” cuisine.
Emmer & Rye: The upscale American restaurant Emmer & Rye specializes in small plates.
The Grey Market: From the team behind Diner Bar, Grey Market is a more casual, all-day cafe offering diner and classic Southern dishes.
Hestia: The downtown restaurant Hestia delivers exciting live-fire cooking with a 20-foot hearth.
Kalimotxo: Kalimotxo is a Basque pintxo bar serving excellent cocktails.
Ninja Pig: Ninja Pig sells smoked meats and things like sandwiches, al pastor tacos, and breakfast tacos at local farmers markets.
Sans Bar: Sans Bar is an alcohol-free bar located at 9th and Congress open on Fridays.
Crimson Creek Smokehouse: Crimson Creek Smokehouse is an Oklahoma style-barbecue truck, serving ribs, pulled pork, and pork belly burnt ends that’s parked at the Deep Eddy Vodka Tasting Room in Dripping Springs.
Anything’s Baked Potato: Anything’s Baked Potatoes, located near Rosewood and Comal, has a variety of baked potatoes, including a basic loaded one to one topped with chicken fried chicken.
Big Mama’s Kitchen: Over near 6th and Comal, Big Mama’s offers a big menu of soul food and southern staples, like fried pork chops, boudin balls, and Cajun fries.
Bird Bird Biscuit: Bird Bird Biscuit is a popular chicken-biscuit sandwich spot on Manor Road. You can skip the inevitable line by ordering online in advance. There’s a second location in Brentwood on Koenig Lane.
Busy Signal: Taking over the old Victory Grill on East 11th Street, Busy Signal is a speakeasy-style bar with snacks and brunch on the weekends.
Canje: Canje is a contemporary Guyanese and Caribbean restaurant in East Austin led by executive chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph, who’s also the executive pastry chef and co-owner of Emmer & Rye, Hestia, TLV, and Henbit.
Community Vegan: Across the street from Nickel City, the food truck Community Vegan makes plant-based versions of things like wings, fried chicken sandwiches, and chili cheese fries.
Galloway’s Sandwich Shop: Despite their name, Galloway’s near 12th and Chicon actually specializes in soul food with a rotating menu of dishes that changes daily.
Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant: Habesha, near I-35 and 290, serves Ethiopian fare family-style, using injera instead of utensils.
Hoover’s Cooking: Hoover’s Cooking, the Texan/Southern comfort food spot in East Austin, has been open for over 20 years.
La Plancha: La Plancha is a small cafe on East MLK offering up a mix of classic and non-traditional tortas.
Mama’z Soul Kitchen: Mama’z offers a rotating daily menu of classic soul food dishes like smothered oxtails, pork chops, and smoked fish.
Mr. Catfish: Mr. Catfish is a fried seafood spot near Airport and 12th St.
R&B’s Steak And Fries: R&B’s does cheesesteaks and loaded fries. Find them in the food trailer park near 11th and Navasota St.
Rogers Boyz Family BBQ: In East Austin, Rogers Boyz Family BBQ serves barbecue sandwiches, frito pie, and barbecue nachos.
The Rolling Rooster: The Rolling Rooster is a Southern restaurant that specializes in chicken and waffles off Wells Branch.
Roots Chicken Shak: Located in the food hall section of the Mueller HEB is Roots Chicken Shak from chef Tiffany Derry. It’s famous for its duck-fat fried chicken.
Sam’s BBQ: The longtime East Austin barbecue spot Sam’s opened in 1957 and serves standards like smoked brisket, ribs, and sausage, but there’s also mutton, which we don’t see too often.
Shirley’s Trini Cuisine: Located near 7th and Comal, Shirley’s serves food from Trinidad & Tobago, including jerk chicken, curries, and oxtail stew.
Tony’s Jamaican Food: Tony’s Jamaican Food truck is near 11th and Navasota in East Austin. There’s also a location in Pflugerville.
Watts That Soul Food & More: Sharing a parking lot on East MLK with a few other trailers, Watts That has a pretty classic menu of soul food staples.
Iwayne’s Caribbean Kitchen: Iwayne’s is a food trailer in Manor, TX. They offer up a daily rotating menu of traditional Caribbean dishes like curry goat and jerk chicken.
Lillie Mae’s Comfort Food: Lillie Mae’s Comfort Food is a soul food restaurant in Manor with a menu that includes burgers, fried chicken, gumbo, seafood, and sandwiches like Philly cheesesteaks and po'boys. There’s also a rotating set of daily specials.
MargieRita: MargieRita is a to-go frozen daiquiri and margarita shop off 290.
African Market / Nigerian Restaurant: African Market sells traditional Nigerian food and marketplace goods out of a small storefront near Lamar and Braker Lane.
Bigg Belly BBQ: Bigg Belly BBQ is located near Anderson Mill and 183. They offer traditional Texas barbecue as well as things like brisket quesadillas and smoked turkey legs.
Dirty Glove Midwest Barbeque: Dirty Glove Midwest Barbecue serves barbecue and Detroit-style Coney dogs. They’re located in a small food trailer park off West Howards Lane.
Down South Texas BBQ: Down South is a barbecue food truck located near Howard Lane and I-35. They specialize in traditional Texas barbecue, but also hold a weekly Soul Food Saturday with different specials like smoked oxtails and jerk chicken.
Midtown Live: Midtown Live is a sports bar and restaurant with a menu of southern staples like their fried catfish plate and rib baskets.
Noble Delights Bakery: Noble Delights is a bakery operation without a storefront that offers custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies and other desserts.
Palatable Nigerian Cuisine: You can find a full menu of classic Nigerian dishes at Palatable, including things like jollof rice, ayamase, and pepper soup.
Selam International Market and Cafe: Selam is a market and restaurant, carrying primarily Ethiopian and East African spices and products. They also have a restaurant with traditional Ethiopian dishes like kitfo and tibbs.
Whip My Soul: Right at the border of Austin and Cedar Park, Whip My Soul specializes in soul food, with great fried chicken tenders, wings, and catfish.
11 Degrees Daiquiri: 11 Degrees sells frozen daiquiris from their storefront in Pflugerville.
Kings N Queens: Kings N Queens is a food truck selling Jamaican food in Pflugerville. The menu varies from day to day but features traditional Jamaican dishes like curry goat and jerk chicken.
Krab Kingz Seafood: Krab Kingz Seafood, with a restaurant in Pflugerville and a food truck near 11th and Navasota, serves a variety of platters that include crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and/or corn, all served with a variety of butter sauces.
Lady T Kitchen: Lady T’s sells African food out of their storefront in Pflugerville.
Lonestar Crabshack: The seafood truck Lonestar offers crab, shrimp, and other seafood boils, with late-night hours on the weekends.
Paradise on Ice: Paradise on Ice sells a variety of drinks, like piña coladas, margaritas, and sangrias by the cup or by the gallon. They have a storefront in Pflugerville and another one in Austin near Burnet Road and 183.
Phoenix Grille: The food truck Phoenix Grille serves dishes like wings, nachos, pita bread tacos, and loaded fries.
Suga’s Cakery: Suga’s is a bakery in Pflugerville that specializes in cakes. They offer cupcakes as well as a variety of larger cakes with customizable frostings and fillings.
Taste of Ethiopia: There are two locations of Taste of Ethiopia in the Austin area, one in Pflugerville, the other on South Congress in Austin.
Bosslady’s Bakery: Bosslady’s is a bakery in Round Rock with all kinds of sweets from cakes and pies, to cookies and banana pudding.
Wine Sensation: Wine Sensation is a wine bar and restaurant in downtown Round Rock. There’s also a food menu with cheese plates, small bites, and flatbread pizzas.
Y’all’s Down Home Cafe: The Louisiana-inspired Southern restaurant Y’all’s Cafe in Round Rock serves dishes like catfish, chicken fried chicken, and po'boys.
Big Easy Bar & Grill: Big Easy on Barton Springs Road focuses on Cajun food, like po'boys and gumbo.
Brown’s Bar-B-Que: The trailer Brown’s Bar-B-Que is located outside Corner Bar on South Lamar. They do the barbecue classics like brisket and pork ribs, and they also serve exceptional smoked chicken thighs.
Daygos San Diego Taco Shop: Daygos is a California-style Mexican food trailer with a focus on San Diego-style tacos (and burritos).
Distant Relatives: Located at Meanwhile Brewing, Distant Relatives serves barbecue and food inspired by the African diaspora within the United States.
Midway Dogs: In South Austin, Midway Dogs serves Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches.
Mr. Pimento: Mr. Pimento is a Jamaican trailer specializing in jerk chicken (and mushrooms) served with mac and cheese, fries, or sweet plantains. Find it at The Buzz Mill on East Riverside.
The Potluck: The Potluck offers things like wings, po’boys, and gumbo out of a 24/7 trailer in South Austin.
Winston’s Kitchen: Winston’s sells Jamaican food like jerk chicken and beef patties from a food trailer near Slaughter and Brodie.
Davis Grocery & Bar-B-Q: Davis Grocery out in Taylor operates as a grocery store and a barbecue restaurant, offering traditional staples like brisket, chicken, ribs, and pulled pork.