50 in 50: Black Women-Owned Restaurants In Each State
Photo Credit: Photo by Andrea

Photo Credit: Photo by Andrea

50 in 50: Black Women-Owned Restaurants In Each State

50 In 50 , black-owned business , Cuisine
Jade Robinson
Jade Robinson Mar 22, 2021

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, we wanted to amplify Black women restaurant owners across the United States.

Let’s show these ladies some support when in their area.

1. Alabama

Khalilah Sowell just opened “Underground Vegan” in Mobile, Alabama. She created a vegan street food business to serve the Vegan community in Alabama while also being a sustainable restaurant.

2. Alaska

Dana Mae’s Cookies in Anchorage, specializing in mini cookies, cakes, and dessert bars.

3. Arizona


Sweet & Savory Tastings is a bakery owned by a mother and daughter duo. They bake southern comfort desserts, party cakes, and also provide dessert tables and cater for events.

4. Arkansas

Bea Blessed Bakery is located inside The River Market in Little Rock. It specializes in tea cakes and baked goods, but also sells seasonal soups and foods on-the-go.

5. California

Barbara Burrell, the founder of Sky’s Gourmet Tacos located in Marina del Rey, serves high-quality quick grab-and-go foods but is known for her famous tacos.

6. Colorado

Owners Aminata and Rougui Dia created Le French Bakery & Café to make you feel like you’re in Paris. Grab a fresh croissant and head to the patio to enjoy the views of Denver.

7. Connecticut

Stella’s African Eatery is a fusion of West African, Caribbean, and African-American cuisine. Located on Capitol Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut the fusion of international cuisines come easy for Chef Stella as she is an avid traveler.

8. Delaware

If you love Chicken & Waffles, welcome to Connie’s Chicken & Waffles a restaurant in Wilmington. The menu features different types of waffles and chicken to pair it with.

9. Florida


Jenn, founder and CEO of DaJen Eats, is making vegan food fun. She mixes Jamaican culture and recipes with classic vegan dishes to bring life and excitement to her food.

10. Georgia

Transitioning an old Greyhound Bus Terminal and turning it into a restaurant now known as The Grey, Chef Mashama Bailey used her influences from her travels and growing up in New York City to bring regional food and wine to downtown Savannah.

11. Hawaii

Shugga Momma’s Soulfood Kitchen is a Black woman and family-owned food truck serving all of Honolulu, Hawaii. Yo Shugga Momma’s peach cobbler is said to be the best on the island.

12. Idaho

The Sugared Kitchen is a dessert catering company out of Boise, creating unique artistic cakes for every occasion.

13. Illinois

Soulé has curated a creole-infused soul food restaurant in the heart of Chicago. The menu brings everyday people, tastemakers, celebrities and even social media foodies to its doors to try their take on creole southern cuisine.

14. Indiana

Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles is a family-owned business created by Maxine Redmon. Locals of Indianapolis rave about the crispy salmon bites and fried chicken.

15. Iowa


Vivian’s Soul Food is popular among the locals and was voted ‘The Best Soul Food’ in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City two years in a row!

16. Kansas

Fannie’s West African Cuisine has one mission, for Kansas City to enjoy authentic African dishes.

17. Kentucky

Downtown Louisville is where you’ll find Shirley Mae’s Café. Shirley Mae’s is what some locals call a second home. Her Southern cuisine tastes like a home cooked Sunday dinner at your grandmother’s house.

18. Louisiana

From Africa with love hails Bennachin, a taste of the Gambia and Cameroon. Located in the French Quarter, they whip up authentic African cuisine.

19. Maine


Owner Carmen D. Harris and friends opened up Magnus on Water, a space and communal bar for meeting friends and enjoying comfort food.

20. Maryland

Chef Shunquita “Que” Neal combined her love for deep southern cuisine and rich creole authentic dishes to create Creole Soul.

21. Massachusetts

Suya Joint is located in Roxbury, which isn’t known for West African cuisine. However, the jollof rice is famous in this town.

22. Michigan

Mashelle Sykes is the founder and operator of Fusion Flare, she created a menu of high-quality ingredients and meats to create a high-end feeling while staying at a reasonable price. Her mission was to ensure everyone in Detroit can come to have a luxe meal.

23. Minnesota

Wendy Puckett is the owner of Wendy’s House of Soul. After 20+ years of catering experience she decided to open up the restaurant to serve new age classic recipes.

24. Mississippi

Vikki Layne’s is a catering company out of Hattiesburg, specializing in everything from steak, seafood, soul food and more.

25. Missouri


Simone Faure’s La Pâtisserie Chouquette French pastry shop in St. Louis is the perfect place for your early morning or late night sweet tooth.

26. Montana

Jilan Hall-Johnson created The Sassy Biscuit Co., which first started as a hobby. It quickly turned into a restaurant serving everything from waffles and pressed biscuits, to Mac n Cheese

27. Nebraska

Patricia “Big Mama” Barron created Big Mama’s Kitchen and Catering in 2007 in the city of Omaha. She made her signature versions of southern classics and even desserts. After her passing in 2010, her daughters honored her legacy by continuing to run the business.

28. Nevada

Aem Upachak and Pierre decided to open a restaurant to honor their late grandmother’s southern dishes in a restaurant they named Ellaem’s Soul Food.

29. New Hampshire

Gail, the owner of Yahso Jamaican Grill, is from Port Antonio, Jamaica. She combined her mother’s recipes with a modern twist to make each dish her own.

30. New Jersey

Carolyn’s Soul Food, located in Jersey City, is serving up all of our favorite soul food classics such as fried chicken, mac & cheese, and fried whiting. Carolyn’s Soul Food also doubles as a catering service for events.

31. New Mexico

Queneesha Meyers is the owner of Qcakes, known for unique yet comforting cakes such as peach cobbler, green chile caramel apple, and churro cake.

32. New York

Hawi Ethiopian Cuisine is a Black woman-owned restaurant in upstate New York. Hawi’s brings Ethiopia’s traditional meals to a somewhat unfamiliar city.

33. North Carolina

Becky’s & Mary’s Restaurant is a local soul food spot in High Point, North Carolina.

34. North Dakota

Madina Cuisine brings East African cuisine to Fargo, North Dakota. Locals and tourists are in love with the veggie platter and chicken curry.

35. Ohio

Dawn Dickson founded Lifestyle Café in Columbus, Ohio. The café offers vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and locally sourced dishes as well as an extensive menu of teas.

36. Oklahoma

Carican Flavors is said to be the “Best Caribbean American Homestyle Food” in Oklahoma City. Popular dishes include the oxtail and chicken which can be prepared with curry or in a spicy jerk.

37. Oregon

Amalfi’s Italian Restaurant owner Kiauna Floyd, inherited the family business from her stepfather. It had been in his family for 60 years. Today, she upholds traditions and sticks to original recipes while continuing to feed the Portland area.

38. Pennsylvania


Chef and the owner Darlene Jones, of Star Fusion, set out to curate a West Philadelphia-based restaurant that fuses American, Caribbean, and Thai cuisines.

39. Rhode Island

The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop is owned by Amber Jackson. She not only sells exotic loose teas, but also hosts a “Young Black Professionals Mixer” where people come to network over a cup of tea.

40. South Carolina

Bertha’s Kitchen in Charleston, South Carolina is said to have the best mac & cheese in Charleston.

41. South Dakota

Lalibela Restaurant is an Ethiopian restaurant located in the Sioux Falls area of South Dakota. Locals this restaurant and claim it has the best Injera Bread in the state.

42. Tennessee

Sisters Kathy and Sandra are owners and creators of Shugga Hi Bakery and Café. In 2017, they decided to bring their family recipes to Nashville.

43. Texas

A passport is not required when dining at Taste of Nigeria, but your appetite is. Tiffaney and Rasak Odewale noticed the need for authentic Nigerian food in Houston, and they created a menu so authentic the crowd came running.

44. Utah

Sheron Grant caters authentic Jamaican dishes at 11Hauz. From the roti, rasta pasta and patties— everything is made fresh to order

45. Vermont

Located in Isle La Motte, ZAFA Wines is a Black woman-owned winery with an 85% all-woman staff.

46. Virginia

Angelic’s Kitchen is a popular food truck located in and around Charlottesville Virginia. The menu features an exclusive seafood breading and soul food cuisine.

47. Washington


Chef Kristi Brown created Communion Restaurant & Bar, which fuses Southern fare and Asian traditional dishes into one to mirror her experience living in Seattle.

48. West Virginia

Jamaican Spice located in Morgantown, West Virginia is where you go for authentic Jamaican food in the area.

49. Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s favorite soul food catering company, Melly Mell’s Soul Food caters events from weddings to parties and everything in between.

50. Wyoming

Simply Soul is a traditional and fusion soul food catering company located in the city of Cheyenne.

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