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9 New Black-Owned Restaurants In Chicago

The newest Black-owned spots in Chicago that you can check out for outdoor dining, delivery, or takeout.

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In case you missed it, our guide to Chicago’s Black-Owned Restaurants has 150+ spots you can support during Black History Month, and every other month for that matter. But if you’re looking to try something new, this guide has 9 Black-owned restaurants, bars, and cafes that opened in the last year. From a cereal bar in Beverly to an Afro-Caribbean spot in Humboldt Park, these are the new spots you should know about.

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Kim Kovacik

Southern Twang

$$$$ 3517 N Spaulding Ave

Open for takeout and delivery

Southern Twang is a new delivery-only spot in Humboldt Park, specializing in Southern food. They have a variety of egg rolls (like mac and cheese or lobster mac), great po’boys, and our favorite dish - the shrimp and cheese grits. The fried shrimp have a tasty garlic breading, the cheesy grits are thick with cheddar, and it’s all topped with andouille chicken sausage and caramelized peppers and onions. It’s like the food equivalent of a snowsuit, which helps when it’s 8 degrees outside.

Zachary James Johnston

Cocoa Chili

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$$$$ 3101 W Lake St

Open for takeout and delivery

Cocoa Chili is a brand new carryout and delivery-only restaurant in East Garfield Park. They focus on Afro-Caribbean soul food, and you’ll find dishes like jerk chicken, Sengalese poulet yassa, and a bowl of their namesake cocoa chili. Another cool thing about this place (besides the food) is that for $5 you can also order a meal for the Love Fridge, an organization that provides free food for those in need.

Munchiez

$$$$ 1803 W. 95th Street

Open for takeout, delivery, and indoor dining

This is a new cereal bar and dessert shop that opened last year in Beverly. Along with dessert like fruity pebble shakes, cereal mixes, and bowls of Frosted Flakes topped with fruit, whipped cream, and sprinkles, you can also get savory bites like walking tacos and Italian beef waffle fries. So basically come here for an after-school snack, or when you’re high AF.

Queen Dinner Dash

$$$$ 1480 W 34th St.

Open for takeout and delivery

Queen’s Dinner Dash is a brand new carryout soul food-inspired restaurant in McKinley Park. Entrees have fun names like Shawty Wanna Ride (short ribs) and Lick The Lollipop (lamb chops) and come with sides like mac and cheese and collard greens. The rotating menu changes every Sunday, is available for carryout and delivery, and you need to call (312) 778-2671 to order.

Krazy Hog BBQ

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BBQ  in  Lincoln Park
$$$$ 1751 N Sheffield Ave

Open for takeout and delivery

If you’re thinking “Krazy Hog isn’t new” we understand. After all, Krazy Hog was alive and well in Glenwood until Covid forced them to close last spring. But they recently reopened as a carryout and delivery-only restaurant in Lincoln Park. The menu has things like ribs, rib tips, pulled pork, and sides like mac and cheese and sweet baked beans. One main reason that Krazy Hog stands out is their fantastic sauces. They have several varieties - Krazy original, ’Bama white, Carolina honey, Texas heat, and the magnolia sweet, which reminds us a little of blackberry jam.

Afro Joes

$$$$ 8344 S Halsted St

Open for carryout, delivery, and indoor dining

If you’re looking for a new coffee shop in Auburn Gresham, Afro Joe’s has you covered. Along with coffee drinks, they have pastries and breakfast sandwiches, as well as soups, salads, and wraps for lunch.

Lemme get ummm

$$$$ 7016 W North Ave Chicago

Open for carryout and delivery

Lemee Get Umm is an online-only sandwich shop in Galewood. You’ll find creatively-named sandwiches like the “Hey Mon” which has pulled jerk chicken, the Sofishticated (salmon on a Hawaiian roll) or the ’Bout To Go Ham” which is a, well, ham sandwich on a pretzel bun. They also have smoothies and desserts. All of the above are available for carryout and delivery only.

Fruve Xpress Juicery

$$$$ 1130 S Wabash Ave

Open For Takeout and delivery

Full disclosure: there are several locations of this Black-owned juice bar, and some of them have been around for several years. But this particular location opened in the South Loop last fall, which (according to our calculations) makes it new. You can get fresh-pressed juices, along with things like smoothies and acai bowls.

Food On The Run

$$$$ 8040 S Ashland Ave

Open for takeout, delivery, and limited dine-in

This soul food spot in Auburn Gresham opened in February last year, which is close enough to the beginning of the pandemic to qualify for this list. Food On The Run started out as a catering company, which means they’re experienced at expertly packaging to-go versions of chicken and red velvet waffles, candied yams, mac and cheese, salmon, and collard greens. So if you’re looking for a soul food picnic (whether on your living room floor, a park, or even just your car) look no further.

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