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Culinary Gems: 7 Must-Try Black-Owned Restaurants in Baltimore
In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of Black-owned restaurants in Baltimore. They have contributed to the city’s flourishing restaurant scene. From American soul food to Caribbean cuisine and Vegan eateries, these Black-owned restaurants in Baltimore offer a wide variety of flavors and cuisines and reflect the city’s multicultural identity. Connie’s Chicken and Waffles, Papi Cuisine, and The Land of Kush are just a few of the African-American-owned restaurants that made Travel Noiire’s list of the top Black-owned restaurants in Baltimore.
Connie’s Chicken and Waffles
Connie’s Chicken & Waffles has quickly become a beloved staple of the area. This family-run restaurant gives traditional comfort foods like fried chicken and waffles a contemporary spin. Connie’s is a great example of a Black-owned restaurant that has successfully modernized Southern cooking while maintaining its signature friendly vibe.
The Land of Kush
The Land of Kush serves delicious vegan and vegetarian versions of traditional soul food. BBQ “ribs” made from seitan, mac and cheese, and collard greens are just a few of the tasty options at Land of Kush. Vegans and those interested in learning more about the fusion of veganism and African-American culinary traditions will find a welcoming environment at this restaurant.
Next Phaze Café
Next Phaze Café is a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails in the heart of downtown Baltimore. It offers a modern spin on traditional Southern fare. It’s recommended that you sample the crab cakes, baby back BBQ ribs, catfish fritters, collard greens, buttery cornbread, and extra cheesy mac and cheese.
For many years, diners in Baltimore have favored Papi Cuisine for its Afro-Latin fusion fare. Recipes from the kitchens of Alex Perez’s Dominican father and African American grandmother inform the restaurant’s fare. From its humble beginnings as a food delivery service, Papi Cusine has evolved into a beloved institution in the community.
Unity Bar & Restaurant
Unity Bar & Restaurant is located on Centre Street in Baltimore’s cultural district, close to The Walters Art Museum, Maryland Historical Society, and Lyric Opera House. Its aim is to create a memorable experience for each visitor, from its creatively crafted food and cocktail menus to the restaurant’s casually elegant décor.
Country-chic breakfast and brunch restaurant Home Maid serves American brunch classics. Fresh dishes include creamy grits with house sauce, blackened shrimp, cornmeal waffle with fried chicken breast, sweet potatoes, maple syrup, sausage gravy with buttermilk biscuit, egg, bacon, and cheese sandwiches, rosemary potatoes, eggs Benedict over a jumbo lump crab cake, and more.
Chef Saon Brice came up with and developed the idea behind the multi-award-winning restaurant Blk Swan. The “New American” menu at Blk Swan is one-of-a-kind and features a variety of mouthwatering, exciting, and familiar food options that are presented in an inventive manner by the restaurant’s chefs.