Juneteenth is almost here and there’s no better time to dine at a Black-owned restaurant. Juneteenth commemorates the day enslaved Black people in the United States were emancipated.
You can show your support for continued Black freedom and prosperity by supporting the local community. One of the easiest ways is to order from a Black-owned restaurant in the city, and in a city like Philly — rich in Black culture, heritage and history — you know you’re bound to find some of the best food in town.
From vegan options to Southern delicacies and coffee we’ve got you covered. Check these out!
1. Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Food, Garden Court
Treat your body and your spirit right at Atiya Ola’s. This wonderful vegan spot focuses on delivering high-quality plant-based products that will nourish your body and mind like healthy veggie stir-fries, salads, wraps and more. And if you’re craving a bit of protein and you’re not entirely plant-based, make sure to try one of their excellent salmon dishes!
Find it at 310 S 48th St, Philadelphia, PA 19143.
2. Barkley’s BBQ, Strawberry Mansion
Looking to enjoy soul food by the heap full? At Barkley’s BBQ you’ll find be able to enjoy platters full of delicious hickory-smoked ribs, apple-studded yams, five-cheese mac, fried fresh fish and more!
Find it at 2017 N 29th St, Philadelphia, PA 19121.
3. Chez Rosaire Haitian & West Indian Food, Olney
At Chez Rosaire you’ll find Haitian delicacies served with plenty of griot (pork shoulder) and diri (rice) as well as other West Indian dishes and plenty of crispy and delicious fried plantains. Yum!
Find it at 121 W Tabor Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19120.
4. Franny Lou’s Porch, Kensington
For your daily fix of caffeine make sure to check out Franny Lou’s Porch. Named after two influential black women from the Civil Rights movement, Fannie Lou Hamer and Frances E.W. Harper, this cozy Kensington café offers espresso drinks, smoothies and other light bites.
At Franny Lou’s all goodies come with a side of black excellence, creativity and sense of community, making it a catalyst and window for the black community and other marginalized ones.
Find it at 2400 Coral St, Philadelphia, PA 19125.
5. Aksum Café, West Philadelphia
This awesome West Philly BYOB’s specialty is Mediterranean food with European, North African and Middle Eastern influences. At Aksum, you’ll find scrumptious dishes all the way from Lebanese lemon chicken and shrimp to Greek lamb chops and Turkish scrambled eggs.
Find it at 4630 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143.
6. Reggae Reggae Vibes,Northern Liberties
At this Northern Liberties spot, you’ll find some scrumptious Jamaican-American fusion dishes including Jerk Chicken Cheesesteak, baked mac n’ cheese, Negril curried chicken and more!
Find it at 517 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123.
7. Down North Pizza, Strawberry Mansion
Pizza fans ought to try out Down North Pizza. This Strawberry Mansion gem has a strong history of activism, employing formerly incarcerated individuals and paying a fair wage. The pizzeria specializes in square-cute pies sprinkled with creative toppings like caramelized pineapple, pickled jalapenos and Norf sauce. In addition to serving up flavorful pizzas Down North also offers some scrumptious chicken wings.
Find it at 2804 W Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132.