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Buffalo’s Black-Owned Restaurants

Somewhere in the middle of a global pandemic, almost all restaurants are in survival mode, especially those that are black-owned.

Angela Burke, food writer, wrote in Eater. “Black- and brown-owned businesses are three times as likely to be denied loans and black restaurant workers are the lowest paid in the industry.”

Now, more than ever, we believe it’s important to support black-owned businesses in everyday life. And, this restaurant campaign is just our start.

So, when looking for a place to eat – whether you’re in the mood for soul food, Jamaican, or chicken wings – there is a black-owned restaurant to meet your needs and satisfy more than just your taste buds.

Thank you to @dimaismadduh for compiling the list of Black Buffalo Businesses that this collection is culled from. If you are a black-owned restaurant not on the list, please reach out to let us know.

 

At Eleven Wings & Cuisines


SOUL FOOD / SEAFOOD
Soul food made to order. “Food for the Soul!”

SPECIALTIES:
Flavored wings, pasta, seafood boil

Soul food made fresh to order located in the University District (Main & Winspear Ave).

3225 Main St.
Buffalo, 14214
716-899-2011
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Brothers Takeout Cafe & Catering


SOUL FOOD
Professional chefs giving you great food with a takeout experience!

SPECIALTIES:
Cajun jambalaya, pasta, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, Texas hot dog platter

1281 Hertel Ave.
Buffalo, 14216
716-322-0084
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Buffalo Soul


SOUL FOOD
Our restaurant was founded out of our owners’ love of cooking. We pour that love into every soul food dish we make.

SPECIALTIES:
Fried chicken, mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, candied yams, wing deals, wine specials

If you’re looking for delicious food, you can’t beat a soul food restaurant. From succulent fried chicken to sweet candied yams, there’s something for everyone to love. Buffalo Soul is the soul food restaurant you need in Buffalo, NY. We have an extensive menu that blends southern and northern tastes.

454 Pearl St.
Buffalo, 14202
716-768-8549
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Cake Crazy Bakery

BAKERY AND CATERING
“How can we make your day a little sweeter?”
SPECIALTIES:
Cupcakes, wedding cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, lemon bars, cookies
This group of young men and women is the secret to our success. Our team is handpicked and has some of the best training in the industry. We work closely together to provide you with a great product.
 
Phone: 716-235-8002
Address: 2525 William St., Cheektowaga, 14206
Instagram: @cakecrazybakery 

Caribbean Flava


JAMAICAN CUISINE
Caribbean Flava is a food truck that serves authentic Jamaican cuisine. The spices and seasonings infused into our dishes are imported directly from the beautiful island of Jamaica.

SPECIALTIES:
Curry chicken, jerk chicken, red beans and rice, cabbage, collards and carrots, fried plantains

630 10th Street
Niagara Falls, 14301
716-423-9995
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Caribbean Experience


CARRIBEAN

SPECIALTIES:
Jerk chicken, oxtails

2897 Bailey Ave.
Buffalo, 14215
716-838-5131

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Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles


SOUL FOOD / FOOD TRUCK
Award-winning food truck bringing you a variety of fresh gourmet sandwiches based on Belgian waffles

SPECIALTIES:
Fried chicken, Belgian waffles, desserts

6004 Buffalo Ave.
Niagara Falls, 14304
716-564-7161
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Em Tea Coffeecup Cafe


COFFEE SHOP / CAFE
We know you’ve been satisfied when your cup is empty

SPECIALTIES:
Breakfast and lunch sandwiches, salads, smoothies, coffee

The Tea Cup operates as a take out restaurant/small space that hosts numerous events including intimate special events, fundraisers and meetings.

80 Oakgrove Ave.
Buffalo, 14208
716-884-1444

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Freddy J’s BBQ


BARBECUE
Small place…big on taste!

SPECIALTIES:
Southern fried chicken and red velvet waffles, BBQ ribs

195 Grant St.
Buffalo, 14213
716-424-2926
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Ike & BG’s Restaurant


BARBECUE / SOUTHERN
Our smokers are always running and the BBQ in Buffalo, NY is always fresh at Ike & BG’s restaurant!

SPECIALTIES:
BBQ chicken and ribs, fried chicken, fish fries, hoagies, burgers

Grab mouthwatering ribs or sandwiches to go. Enjoy our delicious food made with love from our BBQ restaurant.

1646 Genesee St.
Buffalo, 14211
716-892-4301
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Island Mix Restaurant


CARIBBEAN

SPECIALTIES:
Fried and jerk chicken, oxtail, plantains

883 Jefferson Ave.
Buffalo, 14204
716-380-9115
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Je Ne Sais Quoi


SOUL FOOD

SPECIALTIES:
Fried catfish and chicken, ribs, mac and cheese, cornbread, peach cobbler

Fine home style dining, specialty dishes!

1673 & 1633 Hertel Ave.
Buffalo, 14216
716-440-1065
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Kalypso Restaurant


CARIBBEAN / AMERICAN

SPECIALTIES:
Jerk chicken, curry chicken, vegetarian dishes, oxtail

12 Winspear Ave.
Buffalo 14214
716-834-3663
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La Verdad Cafe Deli LLC


BARBECUE / COMFORT FOOD / SMOKEHOUSE
La Verdad Cafe is said to have Buffalo’s best smoked bourbon brisket sandwich

SPECIALTIES:
Smoked brisket, spare ribs, jalapeno mac and cheese, slushies, meatless items, their own brand of coffee

1132 East Lovejoy
Buffalo, 14206
716-768-3150
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Lee’s Barbecue


BARBECUE

SPECIALTIES:
Barbecue rib sandwich, cole slaw, mac and cheese, potato salad

1269 Fillmore Ave.
Buffalo 14211
716-896-8887
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Manna@Northland

SOULF FOOD
Manna has food for the soul. 
SPECIALTIES:
Fried or baked chicken and fish, vegetarian options, fresh baked sweets
Phone: 716-253-2100
Address: 683 Northland Ave., Buffalo, 14211
Instagram: @mannaculinarygroup

 

Ms. Goodies


FAMILY STYLE / FAST FOOD
Home of the Taste of Buffalo award-winning “Junkyard Dog”

SPECIALTIES:
Buffalo chicken sandwich, fish sandwich, fish fry

1836 Bailey Ave.
Buffalo, 14211
716-936-3690
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PhatCatz of WNY, Inc.


SOUL FOOD / SOUTHERN
PhatCatz is a locally-owned restaurant serving comfort foods, Southern cuisine, Southern fish fry and much more.

SPECIALTIES:
Fried chicken, wings, haddock, catfish

965 Kensington Ave.
Buffalo, 14215
716-235-8549
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Pine Hill Halal Market


SEAFOOD MARKET
We specialize in fried fish and soul food, we have two parts to our restaurant

SPECIALTIES:
Shrimp, scallops, catfish, barbecue chicken

286 Genesee St.
Buffalo 14225
716-597-0002
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Shy’s SteakHouse

STEAKHOUSE
Buffalo’s best steak sandwich

SPECIALTIES:
Steak hoagies, chicken finger subs, cold subs

690 Fillmore Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14212
716-852-7497
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Sodapops

BARBECUE
SPECIALTIES:
Burgers, steak subs, mac and cheese 
Phone: 716-348-3766
Address: 136 Herman St., Buffalo, 14212

 

Sunshine Vegan Eats

VEGAN
Plant-based vegan restaurant with a colorful, urban twist

SPECIALTIES:
Fried green tomatoes, vegan rendition of Philly steak subs, Beyond Meat burgers, juice bar and smoothies, soup, salads

Community-based establishment focused on making plant-based food accessible for all. Sunshine Vegan Eats will be known as a place where the food is amazing, regardless if one is vegan or not.

893 Jefferson Ave.
Buffalo, 14204
716-725-0284
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The Oakk Room

CAJUN / CREOLE / SOUL FOOD / SOUTHERN
Located minutes from downtown Buffalo, The Oakk Room seeks to continue the rich heritage of the community.

SPECIALTIES:
Fish and grits, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles

The Oakk Room officially opened in March 2011. Since its inception, The Oakk Room has become a haven for urban professionals in WNY. With a commitment to bringing service and a quality atmosphere, The Oakk Room continues to evolve and improve daily.

1435 Main St.
Buffalo, 14209
716-771-2773
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The Traphaus


COMFORT FOOD / CATERING / PICKUP
Simply put, we cater to your cravings!

SPECIALTIES:
Fried green tomato sandwich, purple sweet potato fries, fried chicken, jerk chicken alfredo, fried chicken

716-322-5696
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Wing Kings 716


AMERICAN
Gourmet chicken wings cooked to perfection, tossed in a plethora of sauces, fresh ingredients and seasonings to meet any and all taste buds

SPECIALTIES:
Specialty wing flavors including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fluffernutter, S’mores, Captain Crunch Berry, desserts, burgers

484 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, 14222
716-248-1427
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Please let us know of other Black-owned restaurants not on this list.

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