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10 Black-Owned Restaurants in Oahu, Hawai'i
Within Oahu’s diverse yet popular foodie culture, there are many Black-owned restaurants that feature a wide range of food selections. Ranging from fried southern cuisine to premium vegan meal options, these are 10 Black-owned food establishments that are making an impact not only with their food but with the culture of each longstanding business.
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Hughley's Southern Cuisine
Hughley’s Southern Cuisine serves traditional southern meals while remaining true to the classic taste of fried hearty food. The soul food meal combinations feature mac n cheese, fried chicken thighs, gumbo, cornbread, and any other southern staple you can think of.
Ohana Sub & Deli
The Ohana Sub & Deli is a Black-owned sandwich shop that has fresh ingredients to make a unique sandwich for you. The deli is popular for its banana bread and papaya seed dressing. Ordering ahead of time is strongly advised if attempting to visit during lunchtime.
Fresh Over Flesh
This upcoming plant-based food truck provides premium vegan ingredients for those who want a healthy-twist to their meal options. This on-the-go food establishment features cuisines from all over the world and does many local pop-up events in Honolulu.
What's Posh Cooking
What’s Posh Cooking is a Caribbean meal-prep and weekly plate service that was created by a personal chef who was influenced by her own cultural roots. The vibrant food of her culture is available for catering and is the perfect complement to your stay in Honolulu.
Creative Cakes & Snacks
Creative Cakes & Snacks is a family-owned Black business that has been serving the community in Hawai’i for over 20 years. They offer vegan, sugar-free, and gluten-free desserts. Their customizable cakes are great for celebratory occasions and party events.
Le Crepe Cafe
Le Crêpe Café is a multi-purpose café that serves morning and lunch food treats such as crêpes, salads, sandwiches, smoothies, açai bowls, and coffee. This café is wildly popular in Hawai’i, but it is well worth the wait.
Garibaldis’ Pizza is a must-see in Honolulu. With Sicilian-style pan pizza, the establishment has been closed due to the pandemic but is now just beginning to serve their community again with their authentic pizza slices. Note: the restaurant is currently closed.
Fat Cheeks provides all the best fried seafood dishes paired with their Cajun shrimp and clam chowder side-dishes. It is definitely a must-have in Hawai’i. Their extensive menu also includes gourmet white truffle with bacon lobster rolls.
Maya's Tapas and Wine
Located in the North Shore area, Maya’s Tapas and Wine uses Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine to call in customers. It is a hybrid restaurant that offers dine-in only in the evening and take-out/dine-in earlier in the day.
Kye Tea House
Kye Tea House’s mission is all about using the power of plants in tea to curate a mindful wellness space for its consumers. They take pride in being an Oahu-grown tea company that doesn’t believe in tea imports and only locally-crafted materials.