Five Black Owned Restaurants in Chicago you Should Know

The following are Five Black Owned Restaurants in Chicago that you should make sure to patronize Great food and four are located on the Southside.

 

1 – Batter & Berries: This 4-star restaurant in the Lincoln Park area serves favorites like crab eggs benedict, cheesy hash browns, and sweet potato waffles. Owner and chef is Derek J. Rylon.

2 – 5 Loaves Eatery: Located on 75th Street, this black-owned breakfast and brunch restaurant is a favorite with it’s salmon croquettes, baked potato soup, and their famous homemade lemonade and sweet tea. The restaurant is family owned and operated.

3 – Three Chefs Restaurant: Located on Halsted, this family-owned restaurant brings people coming back for their sweet potato pancakes, gumbo, catfish and strawberry lemonade.

4 – Peach’s Restaurant: Located on S. King Drive, they are known for their salmon croquettes and cheese grits, and peach-flavored coffee. They are considered one of the best restaurants and serve breakfast all day, and brunch.

5 – Litehouse Whole Food Grill: Eric opened Litehouse Whole Food Grill to bring healthy fast food to his community. Located in Hyde Park, the restaurant features fresh, wholesome food that lives up to its slogan: “Eat Fit. Live Whole.

Bonus Restaurants

Ja’Grill

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Have an authentic island experience right in Chicago’s trendy Hyde Park neighborhood while enjoying authentic Jamaican cuisine. Jerk chicken, curry goat, Red Snapper, cabbage and carrots, plantains, and beef patties are a few of the signature dishes to be enjoyed. Meanwhile enjoy plenty of island libations including a Red Stripe, a cozy island cocktail, or signature “Ja’ Rum Punch,” while listening to Jamaican / Caribbean beats.

1510 East Harper Court
773-752-5375 (JERK)
www.jagrill.com

Mr Brown’s Lounge

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The West Town location has long served as one of the more popular destinations in the city for authentic Jamaican dishes, culture and nightlife while the new downtown location nestled in the Hard Rock Hotel is quickly catching on with patrons looking for a different dining experience in the neighborhood.

West Town Location
2301 W. Chicago Ave.
773-278-4445

Loop Location
81 E. Wacker
312-334-6760

www.mrbrownslounge.com

M Vie

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Featuring “the best gumbo in town”, M Vie is a bit of a hidden gem … but only by design. Once you make it #behindthebrowndoor you’ll be greeted by a vibrant honey onyx bar, warm interior and rich wood walls that serve as the backdrop to a pleasurable dining experience featuring a modern take on classic American comfort foods. As a bonus, the restaurant also features live music a few nights a week with a host of world-class musicians.

1372 W Grand Ave.
312-265-0159
www.mviechicago.com

 

Norman’s Bistro

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Led by proprietor Norman Bolden and Chef Robert Blanchad, Norman’s Bistro is recognized by locals as one of the top restaurants in the Hyde Park and Kenwood area. The restaurant offers an American Creole cuisine with a Brazilian flair in addition to an outstanding dessert menu and wine list served in a casual, and relaxed atmosphere. Popular specialties include the tender baby backs and Caribbean cole slaw.

1001 E. 43rd St.
773-966-5821
www.normansbistro.com

 

Original Soul Vegetarian

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For over 30 years, the award-winning Original Soul Vegetarian has continuously offered Chicago-area patrons a one-of-a-kind culinary experience that vegans and overall health aficionados are sure to enjoy. With a variety of dining options that are big on flavor yet allow you to walk away feeling light, throughout the years OSV has managed to win the praise of both vegetarians and carnivores.

203 E 75th St.
773-224-0104
www.originalsoulvegetarian.com

Sweet Maple Café

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Located in a modest storefront on Taylor St., Sweet Maple is by far one of Chicago’s most favorite restaurants. Some come for the ’40s era background. Others come to chat with the friendly staff. But they all come for the authentic “taste of home” that includes the delectable homemade “sweet milk biscuits” or the “Not-So-Plain Buttermilk Pancakes” served with pure Vermont maple syrup. And new dishes, like Dr. Glenn’s Scramble with farm-fresh scrambled eggs, chunks of succulent bone-in ham, Wisconsin cheddar and sautéed vegetables, are not to be missed!

1339 W. Taylor St.
312-243-8908
www.sweetmaplecafe.com

Truth Italian

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Truth Italian was built on founder Peytyn Willborn’s vision of a “world-class kitchen that produced five star Italian cuisine for everyday people” in the heart of Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood. The restaurant features both an indoor and outdoor Bistro, with an art deco design that soothes the visual palette while the menu consists of recipes from old-world Italy with a modern twist. A host of daily specials designed for wine lovers, sports enthusiasts, social butterflies, and those looking for a quiet intimate dinner with their special someone will ensure that a memorable time is enjoyed by all.

56 E. Pershing Rd.
312-715-8796
www.truthitalian.com

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  2. Thank you so much for this list. I am originally from Chicago and visit there often. However, I have never heard of any of these. Thank you for sharing them. My goal is to visit all of them.

  3. This is a great, quick guide to Black restaurants in Chicago. Due to my eating regimen (strict vegetarian), it seems that I would only be able to patronize Litehouse Whole Food Grill. Much success and prosperity to all!!!

  4. Planning on eating at all 5.

  5. It’s great that you profiled these establishments but their actual addresses and hours would have been helpful as well.

  6. Try Roy’s Soul Food 403 E 71st Street Fresh cooked vegetables and one of the best breakfast in the city!

  7. I am a Chicago native and I plan to check these restaurants out next time I visit my city. Thanks!

  8. I have to agree with Rampn P. I had to “google” these places to find their addresses.

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