Local Black-Owned Restaurants

Where to get seasoned food

Are you interested in some black culture just in time for Black History Month? Check out these businesses throughout Baltimore and Columbia. It is incredibly important to help support all businesses, big or small, within the black community.

Busboys and Poets is found in Columbia near Merriweather Post Pavilion. It thrives because of its culture, entertainment, and environment. This restaurant is named after Langston Hughes, an African American poet who was a busboy before he was recognized for his poetry. The restaurant offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options and is open for brunch and dinner. This is a great place to have a tasty meal and experience the new developments in Columbia! 

Address: 6251 Mango Tree Rd, Columbia, MD 21044

Althea’s Almost Famous is a food truck known for traveling to our Oakland Mills Village Center. It also visits the Oakland Mills Farmers Market. Reviewers rave about their food with its spicy kick and delicious taste. Even though they don’t have a restaurant for you to dine in, they do have a home base where you can get curbside pick-up.

Address: 5881 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD 21045

Po Boy Jim Bar and Grill in Columbia serves a variety of meat dishes with great service. Jim isn’t the owner of the bar and grill, Jim actually stands for Jeff, Ian, and Mothers. Po Boy Jim Bar and Grill focuses on spices and fresh herbs, which is said to be a family tradition passed down. Even though the food is not as spicy as Althea’s, they consistently provide delicious dishes. Their location is in close proximity to the mall, so if you are in the area, you should stop by and grab a sandwich!

Address: 10000 Town Center Ave Suite B, Columbia, MD 21044

Chick N’ Friends is old, but lovely. Located near Giant in the Owen Brown Village Center, Chick N’ Friends has been part of the community for years. This family restaurant passed down from generation to generation is an oldie but a goodie. Kemberly Lloyd, the current owner of Chick N’ Friends, is making sure the restaurant blooms. From chicken to fish, there is a traditional dish for everyone to enjoy. Their fries are fantastic with excellent seasoning that compliments their main dishes well. 

Address: 7290 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045

Anegada Delights Caribbean Cuisine is a little hidden food place near Lake Elkhorn with great food and generous portions. Nestled in a business complex, their tangy food sets them apart from other restaurants. With its trademark vegan and vegetarian options, it is a great place to enjoy some Caribbean cuisine! 

Address: 9861 Broken Land Pkwy St 151, Columbia, MD 21046

Milk & Honey Cafe is classy, clean, and modern. They provide both breakfast and lunch. Though it’s a little far, I’ve heard that the food is delicious and they have a variety of delicious fish and meat. That helps support their New Orleans themed restaurant.

Address: 10280 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740

Miss Carter’s Kitchen in Baltimore City has baked and fried chicken as their specialty. Their nostalgic “cookout” dishes and Cajun roots make their spice combinations unmatched. Chief and owner Cia Carter, started her business in her own kitchen, when she started to expand she made sure to keep her cooking style.

Address: 103 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

More than Java Cafe is a small restaurant in Laurel that sells personalized juice along with numerous breakfast options. They are one of my personal favorites since they are inclusive to many dietary restrictions. They have a vegan breakfast sandwich that’s rich in flavor. 

Address: 358 Main St, Laurel, MD 20707

All of these black-owned businesses are great places to have a delicious meal. So, during Black History Month, consider supporting these black-owned businesses!

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