African American-owned restaurants in Baltimore

Baltimore celebrates its diversity, which is creatively reflected throughout the city, including within our vibrant culinary scene. Be sure to sample some of these African American owned restaurants while in Baltimore.

Land of Kush

Land of Kush serves vegan and vegetarian soul food, the kind that will make you say “I can’t believe it’s veggie!” Everything on the menu is vegetarian or vegan friendly, from the crab cakes and BBQ ribs to the curry chicken and sweet potato cake.

Terra Café

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.

The Big Bean Theory

Located in Mount Vernon Marketplace, The Big Bean Theory’s bean-based menu offers an endless array of vegetarian dishes including black bean burgers, falafel burgers, veggie lasagna, black-eyed pea gumbo, lentil soups, bean fa-waffles, bean bread pudding, smoked hummus, and countless other soups and meals.

Connie’s Chicken & Waffles

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

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

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.

Café Jovial

This coffee shop offers hot and cold beverages along with breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Try the famous veggie lasagna or homemade soup.

Dovecote Café

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

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.