Houston is a melting pot of cultures, but one thing I do enjoy living in the area is the out pour support of black owned businesses and reinvestment in our communities.

Join me as I explore some delicious homemade dishes, beautiful artwork, educating our communities and strengthening our part of Houston's diverse population.

The Greasy Spoon Soul food Bistro

The Greasy Spoon Soul food Bistro

The Greasy Spoon Soulfood Bistro

Black-Owned Eateries in Houston

EaDo, Downtown & near Heights
  • Cedar Creek Bar & Grill in the Heights – With a sprawling outdoor patio and green scenery, Cedar Creek offers sandwiches, burgers and more in a laid-back setting.

  • Craft Burger in Downtown – Located in Finn Hall, Shannen Tune brings his popular food truck offerings into a dine-in spot with locally sourced beef and flavorful ingredients like brown sugar and chili rubbed candied bacon, truffle mayo, and more.

  • Dream Wings in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest – Get lost in the sauce with bone-in and boneless wings, fried seafood and comfort food alongside lighter fare like salads and wraps.

  • EaDeaux’s Cajun Cocina in EaDo – Headquartered outside EaDo Hand Car Wash (another black-owned business), this food truck offers a variety of cajun classics like crawfish and etouffee beside fusion offerings like boudin nachos and gumbo meat tacos (availability subject to change).

  • Gatlin’s BBQ in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest – The one-time hidden gem is a secret no more, with finger-licking menu offerings stacked with beef ribs, brisket, and other smoked meats, slathered in their signature sauce.

  • Kulture in Downtown – From the minds behind The Breakfast Klub, this streetside spot across from George R. Brown Convention Center offers reimagined southern comfort classics.

  • Mico’s Hot Chicken in the Heights – The Nashville hot chicken spot keeps it simple with a menu of animal fries, a sandwich, or a basket with sides. Click here for more information.

  • Onion Creek Cafe in the Heights – The White Oak mainstay offers up indoor-outdoor seating where you can enjoy one of the eatery’s popular burgers and ice-cold beers.

  • Soul Taco in Shady Acres – Pastor Rudy Rasmus sets up shop next to his coffeeshop, Throughgood Coffee, serving up decadent breakfast tacos and mac and cheese.

  • Throughgood Coffee in Shady Acres – This dog-friendly cafe near the Heights serves up cup after cup of soul-warming coffee and locally sourced baked goods, while providing outreach to homeless populations in Downtown.

Soulfood Vegan

Museum District & Third Ward

Alfreda’s Soul Food Cafe in Historical Third Ward – For seven decades, Alfreda’s has offered up a wide range of soul food, including their famous smothered turkey wings, for dine-in, delivery and pickup.

  • Cafe 4212 in Historical Third Ward – Off Almeda, Cafe 4212 merges live music events with themed nights and a knockout Sunday brunch inspired by Houston Creole cuisine and cajun flavors.

  • Cream Burger in Third Ward – A block away from the University of Houston, this burger stand has served up classic patties, fries and shakes at affordable prices since 1961.

  • Crumbville, TX in Third Ward – Housed in the historic Eldorado Ballroom, this neighborhood bakery serves up melt-in-your-mouth goodness with its fresh cookies, brownies and cupcakes—with plenty of vegan options.

  • Cupcake Kitchen Houston in Third Ward – Get your hands on gourmet baked goods from specialty cupcakes to pie and whole cakes.

  • Davis St. at Hermann Park – Across Almeda Road from Hermann Park Gold Course, this upscale eatery elevates Southern cooking to a world-class dining room.

  • Earthy Goodness Vegan Ice Cream around Houston – The food truck can be found popping up around town (most commonly outside Soul Food Vegan on Emancipation Street), serving sundaes, shakes, and creamy vegan treats in a cone.

  • Frenchy’s Chicken at multiple locations – From the original spot in Third Ward to West Houston to Humble, the Creole-style franchise supplies fried chicken, gumbo and more to the communities that surround its nine locations.

  • Green Seed Vegan in Historical Third Ward – At the corner of Almeda and Wheeler, this healthy eatery features a stacked menu of 100% vegan and soy free items like paninis, wraps, and juices.

  • Houston Sauce Pit in Historical Third Ward – Roll up to this trailer on Almeda for sauced up sandwiches and entrees with special offerings like elote, burritos, and more.

  • Houston This Is It Soul Food in Third Ward – Originating from Freedmen’s Town in Fourth Ward, This Is It has sixty years of delighting diners with traditional slave and Southern cuisine including chitterlings, black-eyed peas, oxtails and more.

  • Le Chateau Bistro & Lounge in Museum District – Drawing on the 1920s prohibition era, Le Chateau combines brunch offerings, live music, burlesque performances and a menu of specialty cocktails for an entertainment experience in Museum District.

  • Lindiana’s Southern Vegan Kitchen in Third Ward – Mac and cheese, chicken sandwiches (made from jackfruit), and boudin balls highlight the menus at the all-vegan Lindiana’s food truck which can pop up around the Third Ward area.

  • Lucille’s in Museum District – Chef Chris Williams joins with Chef Khang Hoang for a refined Southern cuisine spot known for classic dishes like shrimp & grits, braised oxtails, and the bone-in pork chop.

  • Not Jus’ Donuts in Third Ward – This family-run bakery is led by Myrtle Zachary Jackson, offering up decadent baked goods, donuts, cakes and holiday offerings alongside a modest breakfast menu.

  • Ray Jay’s Feel Good Food in Third Ward and around Houston – Located in the Blodgett Food Hall and setting up shop with their food truck from Katy to Pearland and Downtown, RayJay’s offers up vegan burgers, wings and more.

  • Reggae Hut Cafe in Historical Third Ward – On Almeda Road, you can find rich Caribbean flavors in Reggae Hut’s beef patties, jerk chicken, curry goat and more.

  • Soul Food Vegan in Third Ward – Across from Emancipation Park, this eatery offers reinterpreted soul food favorites with plant-based, nutritional vegan ingredients.

  • Sparkle’s Hamburger Spot in Third Ward – Step up to the counter and take home an old-school jumbo burger and a to-go daiquiri to wash it down.

  • Turkey Leg Hut in Historical Third Ward – The sprawling seating here is always filling up for the famous stuffed turkey legs, served up in a variety of glazes with fillings like spicy dirty rice and cajun crawfish macaroni.

Midtown, Montrose & Upper Kirby
  • Alley Kat in Midtown – In the MidMain block off West Alabama and Main, this bar offers live music, indoor and outdoor seating, and weekly specials.

  • Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant in Upper Kirby – Taste the unique flavors of Eastern Africa while using a style of eating traditional to Ethiopia.

  • The Breakfast Klub in Midtown – The popular morning and afternoon spot draws block-long lines regularly while serving up hearty breakfasts like katfish & grits and the wings & waffles plates.

  • Korny Vibes in Montrose – The food truck goes brick-and-mortar with a menu of vegan comfort food from “burgers” and jackfruit brisket sandwiches to empanadas and desserts.

  • Lost & Found near Midtown – The restaurant/bar features multiple levels of seating with indoor-outdoor spaces, a rooftop patio, and lounge spaces with specialty cocktails, hearty bites like crawfish bread, and hookah.

  • Olive + Twist Bar & Kitchen in Upper Kirby – Specializing in craft cocktails, this spot along Richmond Avenue also serves up a filling menu of pizzas, burgers, and Gulf seafood.

  • Phil & Derek’s Restaurant & Jazz Lounge in Midtown – On the edge of Downtown, this Cajun-Creole spot hosts live jazz and R&B on the outdoor patio alongside mouth-watering entrees and its popular brunch offerings.

  • Taste Bar + Kitchen in Midtown – Dive into an extensive chicken and waffles menu (from Cajun spices to General Tso’s), jerk lamb chops and craft cocktails at this lively open-late spot.

texas medical center & near nrg stadium

  • Glazed The Doughnut Cafe near NRG Stadium – Wedged between the NRG area and Texas Medical Center, this family-owned spot has a wide range of gourmet doughnuts with classic glazes or sprinkled toppings like Nerds, Fruity Pebbles, Captain Crunch and more.

  • Hank’s Ice Cream Parlor near NRG Stadium – For over thirty years, this family-owned shop delivers scoops of creamy goodness and frozen treats.

  • Mama’s Oven near NRG Stadium – Next door to Hank’s Ice Cream Parlor, this down-home eatery serves up comfort cooking highlighted by their popular oxtails.

  • Sleepy’s Poboys near NRG Stadium – Late hours makes this New Orleans-style spot an ideal place to end a night out with gumbo, fried fish, red beans and rice, and more.

  • Sunshine’s Health Food Vegetarian Deli near Texas Medical Center – For nearly forty years, this health food store serves up raw and cooked vegetarian dishes while also stocking supplements, skin care products and grocery items.

  • The French Fry House in Southeast Houston – It’s all things spuds at this shop off South Wayside, where you can top off fries with things like shrimp and crawfish etouffee and brisket alongside boudin egg rolls.

SOUTH Houston
  • Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill in Brays Oaks – Dive into Caribbean flavors with signature jerk seasonings, seafood, and rich curries.

  • Mikki’s Café in Pearland and Brays Oaks – Oxtails, turkey wings, and southern favorites are on offer everyday, alongside daily specials like fried catfish, stuffed peppers and more. .

  • Soul Food by Catherine in Central Southwest Houston – This unassuming family-owned restaurant serves up a wide array of soul food that includes shrimp gumbo, baby back ribs and baked turkey wings.

  • The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory in South Union and Central Southwest Houston – Get stuffed goodness at this South Houston eatery that offers up baked potatoes overrunning with ingredients like shrimp, crawfish, Creole sausage and more.

  • Sugar’s Cajun Cuisine & Bar in Missouri City – Pairing live music and a menu filled with New Orleans classics like seafood gumbo, crab cakes and jambalaya, Sugar’s offers a family friendly space with NOLA vibes.

West Houston & Katy
  • Abbie’s Plant Based Cuisine in Katy – Vegan meal prep service that delivers all over Houston and the surrounding areas (orders of $50 or more). Pick-up available in Katy.

  • Neyows Creole Cafe in West Houston – Dig into authentic Creole cuisine from this spot that expanded out of New Orleans.

  • Taste of Nigeria in West Houston – Savor West African flavors with dishes from oxtails to pepper soups at this Nigerian restaurant from Tiffaney and Rasak Odewale.

  • Twisted Grilled Cheese near The Galleria – With ingredients from smoked beef brisket to halal Philly grilled cheesesteak, you can satisfy your grilled cheese needs at this food truck.

North Houston
  • Burns Original BBQ in Acres Homes – Nearly fifty years on, Burns delivers east Texas style BBQ, monster baked potatoes, and sandwiches slathered in their signature rub. If you’re in the mood for a burger instead, they have you covered with the Burns Burger Shack next door.

  • Daiquiriz with a Twist in North Houston – With drive-thru service, happy hour specials, and a hookah lounge, this frozen daiquiri spot near Spring is guaranteed to chill you out as you get twisted.

  • Esther’s Cajun Cafe & Soulfood in Northside – From smothered peppered steak and fried catfish to cajun fettuccine pasta and chicken-n-waffles, Esther’s offers up southern comfort soulfood with a twist of cajun.

  • Sweet Beez Shaved Ice- Want something to cool you off in the hot summer days, stop by for milkshakes, blue bell ice cream, banana splits, shaved ice and much more.

  • The Greasy Spoon near Spring – Dig into the comfort of soul food at this spot north of the Beltway with smothered porkchops, etoufee, and Cajun shrimp & grits.

  • Jersey Bagels near Jersey Village – This hand rolled bagel shop serves up traditional bagels alongside gorgeous, multi-colored offerings, kolaches, and a tasty slate of cream cheeses.

  • SouthernQ BBQ in North Houston – With locations on Kuykendahl and Richey Road, SouthernQ offers fall-off-the-bone BBQ and homemade side dishes five days a week.

  • Tropical Express in Acres Homes – If you’re looking to beat the heat, Tropical Express has colorful shaved ice ready to chill you out, while their menu of burgers and sandwiches will fill you up. C

  • Wafflez N Creamz in Northwest Houston and Humble – Build your own waffle with fresh fruit and cream, dig into breakfast, lunch and dinner, or satisfy the sweet tooth with artisan-made ice cream.

  • Wisdom’s Vegan Bakery in The Woodlands – With a focus on plant-based and dairy-free baked goods, Wisdom also offers up a lunch menu of vegan options, a coffee bar, and kava root.

Houston Museum of African American Culture

Black-owned Arts & History in Houston

  • The American Cowboy Museum in Central Southwest Houston – Located on the Taylor-Stevenson Ranch, passed down through seven generations, this museum seeks to educate the public about the contributions of African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and women to the development of the American Western culture.

  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Museum District – Through exhibitions and educational programming, visitors learn about the contributions of African Americans to the military, stretching from the creation of all African American Army units in 1866 which consisted of former slaves and veterans of the Civil War.

  • Community Artists’ Collective in Museum District – With educational programming, exhibitions, and engagement with the local art community, this Collective seeks to foster racial and ideological inclusivity throughout Houston’s art scene.

  • The Ensemble Theatre in Midtown – Preserving African American artistic expression, the performing arts center features a full season of plays, musicals, drama productions and more. Click here for more information.

  • Freedmen’s Town in Fourth Ward – Built in 1866 in Houston’s Fourth Ward, these several blocks of the neighborhood feature original structures and handmade brick-paved roads laid by freed slaves, making up the largest intact freed slave settlement left in the nation—though it remains under threat of surrounding development.

  • The Gite Gallery in Third Ward – Owned and curated by Lloyd Gite, this gallery features unique art artifacts, original paintings, wooden statues, bronze sculptures, brightly colored textiles and more from sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, they offer custom framing, interior design consulting, and art procurement services.

  • Houston City Dance in Bellaire – Created by Sherese Campbell, this multi-ethnic, socially conscioius and artistically vibrant dance company offers dance education programs, company performances and volunteer opportunities to bring the aspects of dance to the most extensive and diverse population possible.

  • Houston Museum of African American Culture in Museum District – Through art exhibitions, film screenings, and engagement with the community, HMAAC seeks to uplift the community by interacting with elements of African American culture to better understand the contemporary experience.

  • Project Row Houses in Third Ward – Featuring rotating “artist rounds”, a variety of programming and community-focused goals, Project Row Houses allows artists to utilize public art spaces to tackle social issues, engage with the community, and uplift the surrounding neighborhood.

  • University Museum at Texas Southern University in Third Ward – Located on the TSU campus, this public museum uses its permanent collection to explore the heritage and art of the African Diaspora, as well as providing temporary exhibition space, programming and symposiums.

Black-owned Beauty, & Health

  • Avant-garde Home – From Myeshia Brown, this lifestyle home brand features luxe candles, fragrances, and home accessories.

  • Busy Believer Candles – With scents like Caribbean Teakwood, Cocoa Butter Cashmere, and Orange Ginger, this soy candle company can liven up a room with small batch hand-poured candles.

  • Beat & Blade in Midtown – Founded by professional makeup artist Porcia Davis, this studio provides image enhancement services for men and women like professional makeup artistry, certified microblading, and laser cosmetic teeth whitening.

  • Graced Esthetics – Offering a line of Eco Luxe skincare and haircare products, Graced Esthetics is committed to creating natural, organic products without parabens, sulfates and fragrance to help those with sensitive skin and hair.

  • JusPampered – Based in Missouri City, this line of pamper products features exfoliating soap bars, body butters, gift bundles and more for men, women and kids.

  • Lamik Beauty – Started by Kim Roxie, the online cosmetics store is a vegan makeup line made with natural and organic ingredients for multicultural women. Check out their store for cosmetics, gift bundles and more.

  • Living Well Therapies – Houstonian Henderson Smith provides classes, events, retreats, and private instruction in the practice of Qigong, Tai Chi, and meditation to promote mind-body wellness.

  • Love & Make in Rice Village – The brick-and-mortar workshop in Rice Village (which is also mobile for events) guides people through the process of candle making, fragrance design, soap making, bath bombs and other virtual workshops so that you can take home something you love (and made yourself).

  • Simply Scents Candle Company – From triple scented candles, room fragrances, and wax melts to bath and body products, accessories and more, Simply Scents serves the self-care needs of Houston.

  • Tabahani Fragrances – Drawing from her Christian faith, Robin Smith created a fatih-based line of perfumes that are nourishing for dry skin, as well as bundles that make great gifts.

Kicky Mats

More Black-owned Businesses in Houston

  • 3rdEyeView – The local eyewear company features a huge slate of flattering unisex glasses and fresh seasonal drops, while helping children in underserved communities receive the eye care they need.

  • Africa On My Back – Based in Houston, this socially conscious fashion brand sells Kente-print backpacks, tote bags, earrings and more that are handcrafted in Ghana, helping to support Ghanaian small business while providing customers a connection to African culture and heritage.

  • Color Explosion Vintage in Third Ward – Specializing in fashions from the 50s, 60s and 70s, this Third Ward shop buys, sells and rents vintage clothing, can help repair and alter items, and offer restyling tips for you to pull off a classic vintage outfit.

  • Critter Care Animal Hospital in Sugar Land – Led by Dr. Amna Plummer, this clinic in Sugar Land offers exceptional vet care, pet health products, pet food and monthly specials.

  • Dai Cor Baskets & More – Browse dozens of gift bundles for whatever occasion or person you’re shopping for, in a wide range of price options.

  • Dstrict29 – Dive into casual wear, dresses, purses and more at this online fashion retailer based in Houston.

  • EaDo Hand Carwash in EaDo – This mom-and-pop shop in East Downtown offers services from basic interior options up to an extensive detail with optional add-ons and monthly memberships for those who love a spotless vehicle.

  • For the Culture Brewing – A brewery-in-planning, the “Brewed Up Clique” has been churning out beers available at pop-up events around town while they move toward their goal of opening a physical location. In the meantime, follow their social media, where they help key in followers to diverse breweries around the city and country.

  • Houston Style Magazine – For over 25 years, this weekly newspaper has served the African-American and Hispanic populations of Houston, providing community news, event coverage, and a lens on the Black experience.

  • Kay’s Kettle Corn – Houstonian, author and speaker Kay Polly brings her kettle corn to the masses with a variety of sizes, as well as party favors and pop-up bookings, available for delivery.

  • Kicky Mats – Dig through expressive, funny, and custom-made welcome mats to grace your doorway.

  • KJH Printing – From custom screen printing and embroidery to all of the swag bag goodies for your next trade show event, KJH can deliver with a deep supply of various goods from shirts and mugs to totes, pens and more.

  • Juice On Tapp – Order up cold-pressed juices with healthy ingredients like kale, carrot and ginger, then have it delivered to your location in the Houston metro area.

  • Llulo – This Africa inspired retailer sells apparel, Ankara print clothing and home decor from Nigerian artisans helping to support those small businesses.

  • Macros TX – Meal prep has never been easier with this delivery service that offers up flavorful, healthy meals. Order by Saturday and they will deliver on Sunday, or subscribe to take the planning out of your evening meals.

  • Set Sail Apparel – Founded by former U.S. Navy boatswain’s mate Kentrel Code, this lifestyle streetwear brand features a nautical aesthetic with seasonal releases of hoodies, shirts, joggers, slides, hats and more.

  • Spectrum Financial Group – Based in Houston, this financial services group can assist in financial planning, tax services, and supporting business needs with their firm of accountants.

  • Unity National Bank in Third Ward and Missouri City – Founded in 1963, Unity National Bank is the only African-American owned banking institution in Texas, offering a range of business, personal and online services.

  • Wealth Development Strategies in Montrose – From planning to execution and follow-up, this local firm helps customers to achieve financial goals with a diverse team of associates.





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