Like everywhere else, Los Angeles restaurant owners have been struggling during the pandemic. The good news is outdoor dining has recently returned to Los Angeles! And while we’re at the end of Black History Month, what’s a better way to pay tribute than to check out some of the best Black-owned Los Angeles restaurants. When you support Black owned restaurants, you are also supporting their culture. In addition to soul food, there are all kinds of cuisines to try at Black-owned restaurants. If you support the Black Lives Matter movement, what better way than to give back to a local Black-owned business? Even if you don’t live in L.A., you can do some research to find the Black-owned businesses in your area.
Just remember, we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Keep your mask on until seated and wash your hands often in order to stay healthy!
In no particular order, here are some of the best Black-owned restaurants in L.A. that are now open.
Post and Beam
3767 Santa Rosalia Dr.
Post and Beam is rocking it during the pandemic! They go the extra mile by taking temperature checks prior to entry and are open for dining Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 4 to 9 p.m. Soul food is their specialty and they had rave reviews from coast-to-coast in both the LA Times and the NY Times. There are plenty of plant-based items on the menu including Vegan Crab Cakes, with black eyed pea hummus, aioli, spicy kale, and peanut slaw.
Ackee Bamboo Jamaican Cuisine
4305 Degnan Blvd.
Enjoy mouth-watering Jamaican Cuisine at Ackee Bamboo, a family-owned and operated business, around since 2004. Ackee Bamboo serves breakfast, wraps, special plates, seafood, and daily specials. Lobster tails can be cooked in your choice of Jamaican curry, brown stew, or savory butter sauce.
Sky’s Gourmet Tacos
5303 W. Pico Blvd., Suite #01.
Sky’s Gourmet Tacos are touted as the “best tacos in LA—Mexican with a splash of soul”! Add some of Sky’s special flavor to your dishes with the choice of four mouth-watering sauces: Original Sassy Sauce, Fire, Habanero, or Salsa Verde. The Sky Gourmet team is dedicated to presenting the most appetizing and freshest food possible to its diners.
5359 W. Adams Blvd.
Located in LA’s historic West Adams neighborhood, Alta Adams serves comfort food and great cocktails. The menu is comprised of soul food that draws the connection between traditional West African food and California cuisine. Offerings include black eyed pea fritters, candied yams with spiced pecans, and braised oxtails. Their cocktails have an emphasis on local ingredients.
The Brownstone Bistro
5047 W. Pico Blvd.
The Brownstone Bistro is known for the absolute best in California-Caribbean fusion fare. They have a full bar and a Sunday Brunch. They don’t have a website, but you can check out photos of their upscale dining options on their Facebook page.
107 W. 9th St.
Woodspoon is a rustic Brazilian kitchen inspired by the African, European, and Indian influences specific to the region of Minas Gerais, Brazil. A Woodstone favorite on the menu is the Brazilian Chicken Pot Pie with hearts of palm, olives, and corn, served with a mixed green salad and homemade green salsa. Are you hungry yet?
Barbara Jean Soul Food
3939 S. Figueroa St.
Barbara Jean Soul Food is a celebration of American Soul Food with a Cajun-Creole twist. Executive Chef Jason Fullilove spent some of his childhood in Southern Africa. He has been featured on The Food Network, Esquires Network, and CBS.
5496 W. Centinela Ave.
Southern breakfast cuisine in a low-key setting! The food at Court Café is Southern LA-style with some nods to soul food. Favorites include waffles with brown sugar butter, seafood paired with grits, and lobster and waffles.
Have you dined at any of these restaurants? Which is your favorite? Do you have a preferred spot that is not listed here? Let us know in the comments below.
This article originally published on GREY Journal.