CLEVELAND, Ohio — February is Black History Month, so there’s no better time to highlight the BIPOC-owned restaurants in the Northeast Ohio food scene.
From bakeries to bars and everything in between, Greater Cleveland has a growing number of Black-owned food businesses. To inspire you to try some new-to-you places, here are 67 Black-owned restaurants and food businesses in Northeast Ohio.
31707 Urban Street Food
4812 Turney Rd., Garfield Heights
31707 Urban Street Food serves breakfast and lunch that’s full of knockout ingredients. Red velvet chicken and waffle sliders, French Toast Philly sandwiches and stuffed egg rolls are just a few specialities on the menu.
5 Points Grill
239 Richmond Rd., Richmond Heights
5 Points Grill specializes in an upscale bar and grill menu, with signature items like Cajun chicken rolls, lobster alfredo, smoked BBQ turkey ribs and more. The lively bar also has a fun cocktail menu and often hosts events like karaoke nights.
12800 Larchmere Ave., Cleveland
Academy Tavern has been around since 1939, making its one of Cleveland’s oldest restaurants. The bar and grill menu is classic with burgers, wings, beer and the basics.
Adun Spice Co.
Adun Spice Co. creates some of the most interesting spice blends on the market, and it’s a locally-owned business. The brand also sells salts and herbs that can become basic staples to liven up your spice cabinet.
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Online business and available in local stores
Akron Honey is not your average honey. With flavors like Bourbon Barrel or Habanero Hot, it’s hard not to keep Akron Honey on hand, especially considering it’s sold at many local stores.
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Angie’s Soul Cafe
7815 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland; 16906 Harvard Ave., Cleveland; 23041 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights
Angie’s Soul Cafe has been around since the 1980s. With three remaining locations in Northeast Ohio, Angie’s is a reliable staple for soul food like baked chicken, fried catfish, candied yams and more.
Archie’s Hough Bakery
3365 Richmond Rd., Beachwood
Archie’s Hough is a legendary bakery in Cleveland that is a part of its culinary history. From a basic sugar cookie to Archie Hough’s famous lemon coconut cake, you can’t go wrong ordering whatever comes fresh out of the ovens at the bakery.
Bake at 350 Bakery
Mobile business in Copley
Bake at 350 is a mobile cookie business with an adorable “Suga Bus” that sells locally when the weather is nice. Aside from cookie orders for events, the bakery sells decorated and traditional cookies to make any day a special occasion.
Beckham’s B&M Bar-B-Que
21921 Miles Rd., North Randall; 23840 Broadway Ave., Bedford
The classic Southern recipes that make up the menu at Beckham’s B&M have been a part of the family’s Cleveland-area restaurants for decades. From chicken and shrimp to rib tips and brisket, the two locations serve every entree of a barbecue lover’s dreams.
Big Eu’es BBQ
1730 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls
Big Eu’es is another beloved BBQ restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls with all of the meat a carnivore could want. Aside from ribs and wings, the menu features underrated items like fried bologna sandwiches and Kool-Aid pie.
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Bite Creole Kitchen
4262 Monticello Blvd., South Euclid; 30480 Lakeshore Blvd., Willowick
Bite Creole Kitchen has two locations to try its Cajun comfort food. Fried seafood packs, Northern gumbo, Po Boys and more make up the menu.
Black Box Fix
25359 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst
Black Box Fix turns street food and humble sandwiches into gourmet meals at its Legacy Village location. A few stand-out menu items include a Turf and Surf Philly, Rasta Pasta, and Seafood Stoner loaded fries.
Black Crab Fam
Mobile business in Shaker Heights
Black Crab Fam is a mobile seafood business based out of Shaker Heights. Typically offerings include crab, lobster, shrimp, potatoes and corn loaded in signature sauces, but the Instagram page also showcases other limited-time specials.
14002 Lakeshore Blvd., Cleveland
Bratenahl Kitchen specializes in Jamaican comfort food like jerk chicken, curry shrimp, oxtails, beef patties and more. The side dishes are just as exciting as the mains, with options like plantains, cabbage, mac & cheese and more.
Brown’s Corner Restaurant
14511 Miles Ave., Cleveland
Brown’s Corner Restaurant has been around since the 1980s, serving up homestyle dishes for breakfast and lunch. The no-frills restaurant feels like home, especially with classics like pancakes and Polish boys.
277 Northfield Rd., Bedford
Another breakfast joint worth checking out is Brucnh’Ology in Bedford. The menu is full of inventive dishes including a brunch version of a Polish boy or the Sweet Savory and Sticky, which is fried chicken dunked in hot honey and served in between Texas French toast.
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Choukouya Restaurant and Bar
4620 Richmond Rd., Warrensville Heights
Choukouya Restaurant and Bar is a rare gem in Northeast Ohio, serving a traditional West African menu. It’s the kind of place to take a large group and order one of everything on the menu.
Cleveland Breakfast Club
13228 Shaker Sq., Cleveland
Cleveland Breakfast Club takes the most important meal of the day seriously with its seasonal and locally sourced breakfast and lunch menu. The Shaker Square restaurant is a friendly place to enjoy dishes like pancake flights, shrimp and grits and more.
Cleveland Cold Brew
Cleveland Cold Brew sells its unique cold brew concentrate flavors both online and in local stores. The local business also can be found selling its carefully crafted coffee drinks at events around Greater Cleveland.
CMB Soul Food
12503 Union Ave., Cleveland
CMB Soul Food is a reliable pickup option for stuffed potatoes, wings, burgers and beyond. The menu has a bit of everything, but the chicken and steak potato is a solid place to start.
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1 W. Exchange St., Akron
DeJuan’s made history in 2023 for becoming the first Black-owned fine dining restaurant in Akron. The upscale bar and restaurant serves hearty meals like steamed King Crab legs and bone-in ribeye steaks.
1852 E. 6th St., Cleveland
Double Nickel is an even space/restaurant specializing in breakfast and lunch downtown. The restaurant often hosts fun events like “Rhythm and Brunch” with live music and brunch food.
Ed & Bert’s Smokehouse
28 2nd. St. SE, Massillon
Ed & Bert’s Smokehouse serves up soul food classics like fried pork chops, banana pudding and more. The restaurant also offers different daily specials that are always authentic home-cooked recipes.
Ela’s Caribbean Grill
1237 E. 305th St., Willowick
Ela’s Caribbean Grill is another Jamaican restaurant and food truck out of Willowick. The menu features signature items like jerk wings, curry goat and red beans and rice.
1750 Ansel Rd., Cleveland; 13010 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland
Fawaky Burst is a vegan-friendly smoothie and raw juice bar with a few locations in Greater Cleveland. The stores also sell sea moss gel, juice cleanses and other health food products.
740 W. Superior Ave., Cleveland
Filter provides an upscale dining experience downtown with dinner and brunch menus that are equally as elevated. Popular dishes include fried lobster and waffles, glazed lamb chops and crab cakes.
Floods Urban Seafood Lounge
4353 Northfield Rd., Warrensville Heights; 77 Westgate Plaza, Akron
Floods has a couple of locations in Northeast Ohio selling seafood, wing and more. The restaurant doubles as a bar and lounge.
Frederick’s Wine and Dine
22005 Emergy Rd., Warrensville Heights
Frederick’s is a choice wine bar and restaurant with high-end comfort food. From fish your way to Surf and Turf, Frederick’s is a great date-night spot.
Habesha Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant
16860 Lorain Ave., Cleveland
Habesha Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant serves authentic East African cuisine in Cleveland. The dishes match the ethos of the restaurant with shared plates, often featuring injera bread.
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House of Creole
668 Euclid Ave. Unit 2, Cleveland
House of Creole specializes in Cajun cuisine for its dinner and weekend brunch menu. Loaded gumbo, fried green tomatoes and char-broiled oysters are just a few of the flavor-filled options on the menu.
Irie Jamaican Kitchen
4162 Pearl Rd., Old Brooklyn; 837 W. Market St., Akron; 621 E. 185th St., Euclid; 16600 Chagrin Blvd., Shaker Heights
Irie Jamaican Kitchen is a local Jamaican food restaurant group with several locations and growing in Northeast Ohio. It’s a fast-casual staple for jerk chicken bowls, oxtail plates and rasta pasta.
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It’s A Must Cafe Feat. 21+
9812 Garfield Blvd., Garfield Heights
It’s a Must Cafe serves up dream street food and liquor-infused popcorn at its unique restaurant. It’s one of the few places with treats like funnel cakes, Flamin Hot wing dings and root beer floats whenever the mood strikes.
Magna Wine Boutique
661 Broadway Ave., Bedford; 2115 Front St. Ste A, Cuyahoga Falls
Magna Wine Boutique features two locations with a tasting room and event space aside from its regular market. It’s a great place for wine lovers to try something new while supporting a locally-owned business.
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742 E. 185th St., Cleveland
Momo’s Restaurant doubles as a family-friendly lounge space with food that tastes home-cooked. Fried salmon tenders, dirty fries and loaded mashed potatoes are just a few of the comforting dishes Momo’s specializes in.
24676 Euclid Ave., Euclid; 12306 Buckeye Rd., Cleveland; 4205 Lee Rd., Cleveland
Muncheez sells its traditional twist on street food at its three Northeast Ohio locations. They’re best known for their loaded Dirty Fries, but fish dinners, burgers, wraps and more make up the menu.
1675 Diagonal Rd., Akron
Nephew’s is a longstanding Akron institution serving barbecue and beyond for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ribs, shrimp Po Boys, chicken gizzards and beyond make up the menu.
3365 Richmond Rd., Beachwood
No Fork is another beloved spot for burgers, sandwiches, wraps and more. The Beachwood restaurant also has a robust breakfast menu.
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Original Grill Restaurant and Lounge
17406 Saint Clair Ave., Cleveland
Original Grill is a classic bar and restaurant with a lively vibe. The menu features classics like fried fish dinners, Polish boys and more.
11038 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland; 1 Center Court, Cleveland
Pearl’s Kitchen serves its take on comfort food at both Case Western Reserve University and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Crispy chicken sandwiches, salmon BLTs and chili cheese nachos are just a few favorites.
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794 E. 185th St., Cleveland
Roaming Meals started as a mobile business turned classic restaurant on Cleveland’s East Side. The store specializes in Gushburgers, or burgers loaded with cheese inside. The menu features other great lunch options from sandwiches to nacho fries.
Sam Sylk’s Chicken and Fish
3761 Lee Rd., Cleveland; 4122 Mayfield Rd., South Euclid; 22295 Euclid Ave., Euclid; 21300 Libby Rd., Maple Heights; 4259 Fulton Ave., Cleveland
Sam Sylk’s Chicken and Fish has several Greater Cleveland locations for classic fried food. From catfish to shrimp to chicken wings, the restaurant chain has it all with the comfort food sides to complement.
Sauce the City
14480 Cedar Rd., University Heights; 2130 E. 9th St., Cleveland
Sauce the City has two locations, one recently opening in Re:Bar downtown, for its cult-favorite fried chicken. Saucy chicken sandwiches, wings, slushies and sides make up the majority of the menu at both locations.
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Smoky Sweet Soul
Smoky Sweet Soul is a local BBQ/soul fusion catering company with its own flare. Menu items like the Bacon Burger Dog (a beef frank wrapped in ground beef, cheese and bacon) or scalloped apples are as tasty as they are memorable.
Squash The Beef
1400 E. 105th St., Cleveland
Squash the Beef offers comfort food for those following a vegan diet at its East Side restaurant. Plant-based burgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese and more are anchors on the menu.
Sweet Pork Wilson’s
11634 Madison Ave., Cleveland
One of the West Side’s newest barbecue restaurants is the family-owned Sweet Pork Wilsons. The slow-smoked menu includes wings, brisket, ribs, chicken Philly sandwiches and more.
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270440 Cedar Rd., Beachwood
SwerveGrille is located at the Vantage in Beachwood for a fun drink and dinner any night of the week. The bar and restaurant serves entrees like honey-glazed salmon, jumbo shrimp and grits, burgers and more.
Taste of Jamaica
5104 Mayfield Rd., Lyndhurst
Another reliable Jamaican restaurant is Taste of Jamaica in Lyndhurst. Brown stew chicken, curry goat, steamed red snapper, patties and more make up the menu, each bursting with luscious spice and flavor.
The Breakfast Bo’
1624 Copley Rd., Akron
The Breakfast Box serves up morning meals designed to make you feel comforted and full. The menu includes loaded French toast breakfast sandwiches, breakfast tacos, shrimp and grits and more.
The Crispy Chick
5618 Woodland Ave., Cleveland
The Crispy Chicken makes some of the tastiest fast-casual fried chicken in Cleveland. The menu includes basics like chicken sandwiches, tenders and fries that always hit the spot.
The Four Bistro and Wine Bar
4450 Mayfield Rd., South Euclid
Another Euclid-based spot for dinner and a glass of wine is The Four. The restaurant has an entire menu for lovers of Alfredo sauce, alongside wraps, flatbreads and burgers.
The Roaming Biscuit
1418 W. 29th St., Cleveland; 3615 Superior Ave., Cleveland
The Roaming Biscuit is one of Cleveland’s most beloved brunch options for a reason. The shop specializes in homemade biscuits with toppings that range from simple butter to a loaded bacon, egg and cheese sandwich.
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The Rib Cage
2214 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights; 1834 W. 25th St., Cleveland
BBQ lovers also need to add The Rib Cage to their must-try list, especially since there are two locations in Ohio City and Cleveland Heights. The classic barbecue menu features a few distinct dishes like Cajun alligator tail bites and “Stupid Fries” topped with baked beans, slaw, meat and cheese.
The Sweet Fix Bakery
2307 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights
The Sweet Fix Bakery in Cleveland Heights offers traditional treats like pie, cake, brownies and beyond. The bakery also takes catering and delivery orders.
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The Vegan Club
13114 Shaker Square, Cleveland
The Vegan Club makes plant-based food that you don’t even realize is vegan because each dish is so full of flavor. It’s vegan food you won’t find anywhere else like vegan “crab” fries or pecan vegan bolognese.
The Vegan Doughnut Company
14811 Detroit Ave., Cleveland
Another great vegan option for sweets is the Vegan Doughnut Company in Lakewood. The inventive doughnuts come in flavors like cookie butter, creme brulee, strawberry milkshake and more.
The Vineyards and Winery at Château Hough
1650 E. 66th St., Cleveland
The Winery at Chateau Hough is a pioneering urban winery and vineyard that offers tastings and tours by appointment. Not only are the wines tasty, but the rich history taught during the tours is more than worth the visit. They also sell wines by the bottle online and on location.
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850 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
UJerk sells Caribbean food from Jamaican jerk chicken to shrimp and crab sliders. Jerk fries, fried plantains and rasta pasta are also must-try menu items.
12635 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland
Unbar is all of the fun of a bar without the alcohol. The bar and restaurant has a robust drink menu featuring coffee, smoothies and refreshers.
Urbean Joe Coffee
Ubrean Joe is another Cleveland-based coffee business that’s been around for more than a decade. The local brand sells both bagged beans and K-cups for Keurig machines.
Vegan Vybez is a local catering and weekend-delivery food service specializing in plant-based Afro-Panamanian/Afro-Caribbean cuisine. Menu items include vegan chorizo black bean burgers, baked plantains stuffed with “beef,” fried vegan “codfish,” and more.
Wake Robin Fermented Foods
Available in local stores
Wake Robin is a locally-made fermented foods business selling items like kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut and more. The company prioritizes economic development for East Cleveland, zero waste production and utilizing local produce as much as possible.
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Warehouse Fish & Chicken
4265 Monticello Blvd., South Euclid
Warehouse Fish & Chicken is a South Euclid staple for fried chicken, fish, burgers and more. The restaurant’s sides include Southern staples like hush puppies and fried okra.
20209 Harvard Rd., Warrensville Heights
Whitmore’s BBQ is one of the oldest black-owned restaurants in Cleveland serving barbecue and more. The expansive menu features usual suspects like ribs and wings with sides like greens, slaw and French fries.
Yonder Brunch and Vibes
3859 Superior Ave., Cleveland
Yonder Brunch and Vibes lives up to its name with fun breakfast menu items like French toast and waffles coated in cereals like Fruity Pebbles or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The sandwich-heavy menu features lunch options like Philly subs or smash burgers.
2215 Chester Ave., Cleveland
YumVillage makes fulfilling Afro-Caribbean meals and fresh juices at its Cleveland location, with two more in Detroit. Bowls, sandwiches and salads are loaded with bright ingredients like ginger curry chickpeas, yam stew, or sweet and spicy plantains.
627 Prospect Ave. E, Cleveland; 13225 Shaker Square #2314, Cleveland
Zanzibar has two locations serving its elevated version of soul food like turkey chops or salmon croquettes. The restaurant group was recently repurchased by its original owner, with a focus on consistency and service.
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2240 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights
Zoma serves authentic Ethiopian food in an environment that’s as comforting as the food. Aside from its robust menu that caters to both meat eaters and vegans, Zoma’s wine collection includes bottles of Ethiopian honey wine.
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