Baltimore celebrates its diversity and our vibrant culinary scene is no exception. Be sure to sample some of these African American owned restaurants while in Baltimore.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cheat Day Bar and Grill is a hidden gem in Pigtown that serves indulgent drinks and dishes, such as lobster mac and cheese, different kinds of chicken wings and jerk pulled pork.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If you're looking for authentic Caribbean fare, head to Culture Caribbean Cuisine in Seton Hill for jerk chicken, oxtail, curry shrimp and more. This fast-casual spot prepares flavorful foods with fresh, colorful ingredients of the islands.
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.