African American-owned restaurants in Baltimore

Baltimore’s culinary scene is known for its diverse influences, including the city's talented African American restaurateurs and chefs. Explore some of the original options you can find at our favorite black-owned eateries.

Land of Kush

840 N Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Land of Kush serves vegan and vegetarian soul food so savory that you'll forget it's also vegan. Everything on the menu is vegetarian friendly but tastes like the real deal, from the crab cakes and BBQ ribs to the curry chicken and sweet potato cake.

Terra Café

101 E 25th St, Baltimore, MD 21218

Terra Café takes great pride in cooked-from-scratch meals made on the premises, and takes great care in selecting the best and finest ingredients. The food is as eclectic as the community they serve, with everything from jerk chicken and cream of crab soup to Belgian waffles and paninis.

Connie’s Chicken & Waffles

400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Connie’s Chicken & Waffles has been dedicated to serving southern-style chicken and waffles inside the historic Lexington Market for years. Here you’ll find the highest quality chicken with every type of waffle you can imagine – buttermilk, cinnamon, red velvet, Oreo and more.

The Avenue Bakery

2229 Pennsylvania Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217

Opened in 2011 by James Hamlin, the bakery’s signature item is “poppay’s rolls,” enormous buttery rolls that will make you want another. You can also find a delicious selection of breads, cakes, pies and pastries. After placing your order, learn about the history of African Americans in Baltimore from the information hanging on the walls and check out the murals outside the bakery.

Breaking Bread

771 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

Founded by husband-and-wife team Kimberly and Edward Ellis, the menu at this Pigtown eatery features signature honey wings and made-to-order burgers.

Dovecote Café

2501 Madison Ave #1f, Baltimore, MD 21217

Nestled in Reservoir Hill, Dovecote is a community-based hub and food oasis. The name is meant to evoke a sense of communal nesting. You’ll find homey desserts and entrees on the menu such as upside down peach cake, grownup grilled cheese and spinach pie.

Ida B’s Table

235 Holliday St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Chef David Thomas opened Ida B’s Table, a modern soul food restaurant, in homage to legendary journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells. Located in a landmark building, the historic CJ Youse Candy Box Factory, many of the original fixtures, including the doors, have been reclaimed and reused for the restaurant. This mixture of classic 19th century design and modern comfort reflect the historical era and contemporary impact of their namesake, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett.

Kora Lee's Gourmet Dessert Café

Owner Kora Polydore started baking at a young age with a Holly Hobbie easy-bake oven and has since opened Kora Lee's Gourmet Dessert Café in Mount Vernon. She makes beautiful cakes, cookies, cupcakes and tarts in-house with fresh ingredients. If you're craving something savory, the café serves sandwiches, soups and more for lunch and dinner.

Next Phaze Café

Located in downtown Baltimore, Next Phaze Café puts a Charm City twist on the Southern dining experience for breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails. Try their crab cakes, baby back BBQ ribs, catfish fritters, collard greens, buttery cornbread and extra cheesy mac and cheese.

Teavolve Café & Lounge

Sunni Gilliam started Teavolve Café & Lounge, a Harbor East favorite, in 2008. Teavolve is an "urban tea house" that serves a variety of loose leaf teas, coffee, espresso, house-made sangria and tasty eats for any time of day. Teavolve is dedicated to supporting the arts and hosts live music every Saturday and open mic nights every Monday.

Berries by Quicha

LaQuicha Brown, owner of Berries by Quicha, opened her second location in Federal Hill in 2017 after great success at her first location in East Baltimore. Her gourmet chocolate-covered strawberries are irresistible with flavors like bacon, vodka-infused and cheesecake-stuffed.

Charm City Chocolate

Todd and Michelle Zimmerman learned to create confections at a chocolate shop in South Carolina and started their own operation here in Hampden. Love goes into each batch of their handcrafted artisan chocolates, making people come back for more. Charm City Chocolate offers seasonal chocolates, chocolate-covered cherries, Old Bay chocolate with peanuts and more!

Grind House Juice Bar

Ayoluwa Hogans opened Grind House Juice Bar in 2012 with the desire for quality and tasty vegan food. Her all-vegan menu features fish filet, barbeque ribs, macaroni salad and more. And, of course, Grind House's specialties are the fresh-pressed juices and smoothies.

The Urban Oyster

When Chef Jasmine Norton first opened The Urban Oyster's brick-and-mortar location at McHenry Row in Locust Point, it was the first black-owned and female-owned oyster bar in Maryland. The restaurant’s menu includes plenty of oyster dishes—think char-grilled, cheese-topped oysters and zesty oyster tacos—as well as non-seafood classics like burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches.