8 Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants That Are Too Delicious to Miss
There is seemingly no end to the number of great Black-owned vegan restaurants and other businesses popping up around the country. This exciting abundance makes showing your support for Black business owners (and getting some mouthwatering new vegan dishes) easier than ever.
Here are a few of the many Black-owned vegan restaurants we absolutely love. All these restaurants offer pickup and delivery; indoor dining is subject to local policies around COVID-19.
Plant Based Papi
Jewan Manuel decided to open his brick-and-mortar restaurant, Plant Based Papi, after a series of wildly successful pop-ups. Located in Portland, Oregon, the restaurant joins a growing number of vegan businesses owned by people of color in the city.
Plant Based Papi is known for its delicious comfort food, including jackfruit nachos, truffle mac and cheese, and spicy fried “chicken.” His rotating menu also boasts impressive vegan seafood, such as breaded “lobster” and seared “scallops.”
Jackfruit Cafe was started by actress, chef, and entrepreneur Angela Means. With a focus on wellness, Angela transformed her popular food truck into a thriving restaurant in Santa Monica, California. Jackfruit Cafe’s delicious offerings include a jackfruit burrito, a pulled barbecue sandwich meal, and smothered fries.
Green Seed Vegan
Married couple Matti Merrell and Rodney Perry dreamed of bringing delicious, healthy vegan food to their community in Houston, Texas. Both Houston natives, Matti and Rodney began with a food truck before opening their restaurant, Green Seed Vegan. The couple is passionate about avoiding processed foods, creating meals from scratch, and working with local bakers and farmers. Some of their popular dishes are the Dirty Burque and the Big Tex burger. And they offer a myriad of desserts and smoothies.
DaJen Eats founder Jenn Ross originally opened her Jamaican-inspired restaurant inside a Citgo gas station in Orlando, Florida. With delicious favorites like the Crispy Chick’n Biscuit Sammich and Buffalo Po’Boy, the restaurant was named best Caribbean restaurant in a competition hosted by Orlando Weekly.
DaJen Eats has left the gas station and is now a full-service restaurant in the historically Black neighborhood of Eatonville, Florida.
The Southern V
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, The Southern V serves plant-based Southern favorites, like the Chick’n and Waffle, Snausage Biscuit, and BBQ Jackfruit Sammich. Tiffany Hancock is the self-taught “force” behind the restaurant, preparing the dishes and desserts herself, while her husband, Clifton, manages the business side.
Plant-based chef Makini Howell opened Plum Bistro in Seattle, Washington, in 2009. A lifelong vegan, Chef Makini is passionate about creating stunning dishes from organic, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Some of Plum Bistro’s most beloved dishes are the Sweet and Spicy General Tso’s Cauliflower, Mama Africa Salad, and Peaches and Cream French Toast.
Francesca Chaney opened Sol Sips in Bushwick, Brooklyn, when she was just 22 years old. The restaurant has grown from a pop-up to a successful business focused on bringing healthy food to a community that may not have access to it. To keep the delicious plant-based offerings accessible to all, Francesca implemented a sliding-scale brunch, allowing customers to pay what they can. The restaurant also offers free cooking classes.
Detroit Vegan Soul
Detroit Vegan Soul is co-owned by General Manager Kirsten Ussery and Executive Chef Erika Boyd. The two are passionate about bringing healthy plant-based foods to everyone and breaking the “cycle of diet related diseases in our families and community.”
Detroit Vegan Soul partners with local farmers to bring seasonal organic food to their customers. They also provide their partners with food waste for composting and fertilizing farms.
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