Want To Support LA's Black-Owned Restaurants? Here's One Way

Soul food at Matthew's Homestyle Cooking in Gardena. (Jay Connor for LAist)

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Looking for tacos? You might try Sky's Gourmet Tacos, with one location in mid-Wilshire and another in Marina del Rey, or Taco Mell, with outposts in Leimert Park and Lakewood.

Hungry for food from East Africa? Meals By Genet, in Little Ethiopia, makes excellent Ethiopian food while Banadir, in Inglewood, specializes in Somali cuisine.

Need a great cup of coffee? Try Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen in Windsor Hills, Sip & Sonder in Inglewood or Undergrind in La Cienega Heights.

They're all black-owned businesses and they're incredibly easy to find thanks to Kat Hong (aka @provoloned and @prosciuttogirl69) who has compiled a handy Google document listing Los Angeles's black-owned restaurants. Anyone — including you — can access it. Hong says she'll keep updating the doc, so let her know what restaurants she should add.

Will this list solve racial injustice, police brutality, economic oppression and deep-seeded systemic racism? No, it will not. But it is one small way you can help businesses in your community.

Seeking superb soul food? Consider Trap Kitchen in Compton, My Two Cents in Mid-Wilshire, Harold & Belle's in Jefferson Park, Soul Restaurant & Bar in Hollywood and Dulan's with locations in Inglewood, Gramercy Park and Leimert Park.

Want some Carribeean cuisine? Consider JamaFo Jamaican Food Xpress in Canoga Park or Who's Hungry Caribbean Catering in the Crenshaw District.

How about some BBQ? There's JR's Barbeque in Culver City and Robert Earl's BBQ in Long Beach.

Fried chicken? There's Honey's Kettle in Culver City.

Fried fish? You've got Fishbone Seafood in Compton.

Gumbo? Maybe Sal's Gumbo Shack in Long Beach.

Need something sweet to top it off? Try the cupcakes at Big Man Bakes in downtown L.A. or the cobbler at Cobbler Mania, which pops up at various farmers markets.

Given how many amazing restaurants Los Angeles has, there are bound to be more than this list contains.


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