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Guide to Black-Owned Restaurants in Buffalo & WNY

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on June 3, 2021
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We tend to paint people in broad strokes. However, within those broad strokes is a lot of diversity and one small opportunity we have in this current moment is to open our eyes to the diversity around us.

Case in point: there’s a lot of culinary diversity just within the local black restaurant community, from soul food to vegan to traditional African to classic American.

At Step Out Buffalo, we’re working to support local diversity and the local black community in particular. While every business in Western New York has a story that deserves to be told, we think this is the time to provide a convenient list for our readers who want to open their wallets in support of black-owned restaurants. If you’d like to join us, consider visiting one of the following establishments.

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Guide to Black-Owned Restaurants in Buffalo & WNY

Abyssinia Ethiopian Cuisine (West Side Bazaar)

25 Grant St Buffalo, NY 14213 • $

Ethiopian

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Abyssinia Restaurant is now a well established location for your favorite Ethoipian food, with an inviting atmosphere that is filled with warmth and cheer. ...

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At Eleven Wings and Cuisines

3225 Main St Buffalo, New York 14214 • $

Soul FoodAmerican

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Soul food restaurant in the heart of Buffalo's University District serving wings in your favorite flavors, cuisines for every taste and best desserts. ...

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Brothers Takeout Cafe & Catering

1281 Hertel Ave Buffalo, New York 14216 • $

AmericanSoul FoodSouthern

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Catering

Professional chefs giving you great food with a takeout experience! ...

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Buffalo Soul

454 Pearl St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Southern

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Restaurant $ Lounge in Buffalo, NY specializing in scratch made soul food and local Buffalo favorites. Taste the Soul of 716!!! ...

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Caribbean Experience

2897 Bailey Ave Buffalo, NY 14215 • $

Caribbean

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

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Caribbean Flava Inc.

630 10th St Niagara Falls, New York 14301 • $

Jamaican

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

Caribbean Flava is a Food Truck that serves authentic Jamaican cuisine. The spices $ seasonings infused into are dishes are imported directly from the ...

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Crazy Cake Bakery

2525 William St Cheektowaga, New York 14206 • $$

Bakery

Buffalo

Shetice Williams was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Her passion for cooking started at the age of 10 when she realized she wanted to make people ...

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Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles LLC.

6004 Buffalo Ave Niagara Falls, New York 14304 • $

Soul Food

Niagara County

Casual / Full Table Service

AWARD WINNING Food Truck bringing you a variety of fresh gourmet sandwiches based on Belgian waffles!! ...

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Doctor Bird’s Rasta-Rant

3104 Main St Buffalo, NY 14214 • $$

Soul FoodCaribbean

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service, Take Out

At Doctor Bird’s Rasta-Rant, you will find a wide variety of your favorite Caribbean food and spices. ...

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Em Tea Coffeecup Cafe

80 Oakgrove Ave Buffalo, New York 14208 • $

AmericanCafe-Coffee

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Cafe / Coffee Shop

The EM Tea Coffee Cup Cafe, which has been in continuous operation since January 2000 (17 years and counting), and is located at 80 Oakgrove in the historic ...

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Fast ‘n Tasty

69 Allen St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

Ethiopian

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

We are a restaurant that serves authentic Ethiopian cuisine. All our spices are imported from all over the world to give our dishes flavor that is second ...

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Freddy J’s BBQ

195 Grant St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$

BBQSouthernAmerican

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Freddy J's Barbecue is one of Buffalo's best kept secrets, providing soul food with a touch of elegance. ...

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G & B Fish, Shrimp and Chicken

1532 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14211 • $

SeafoodAmerican

Buffalo

Take Out

When you want a quick, delicious, affordable meal, count on G & B Fish, Shrimp and Chicken to fix you something you'll love. We use fresh ingredients ...

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Garden Of Eden

68 Grant St Buffalo, New York 14213 • $

VeganVegetarian

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

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Golden Cup Coffee

1323 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, New York 14208 • $

Cafe-Coffee

Buffalo

Cafe / Coffee Shop

The BEST coffee around roasted and ground in house! We provide coffee to many local, businesses, churches and schools.Our wonderful staff delivers high ...

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IKE & BG’s Rib House

1646 Genesee St Buffalo, New York 14211 • $

AmericanBBQSouthernSoul Food

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

It's all about the ribs: half-rack, full-rack, spares, and sides. Take-out only, with a variety of dinner specials ...

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Island Mix Restaurant

883 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, New York 14204 • $

Jamaican

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

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Je Ne Sais Quoi

1673, Hertel Avenue, North Park Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$

Soul FoodAmerican

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Our company mission is to provide our customers with a memorable experience that combines the elegance of fine dining with nutritious comfort food that ...

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Jeonis Wingstop

1085 E Ferry St Buffalo, NY 14211 • $$

Pizza

Buffalo

Fast Food

People can eat good pizza at this pizzeria. Every time you come here, you see the cool service. ...

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Kalypso Restaurant

12 Winspear Ave Buffalo, New York 14214 • $

JamaicanVeganVegetarian

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Kalypso restaurant is a Jamaican & American Cuisine Restaurant. ...

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LaVerdad Cafe Deli

1194 E Lovejoy St, Buffalo, NY 14206 Buffalo, New York 14206 • $$

BBQAmericanDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Smokehouse, deli and the real deal in home cooking. Try the Mac 'n cheese. La Verdad Cafe is said to be Buffalo’s Best Smoked Bourbon ...

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Lee’s Barbecue

1269 Fillmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14211 • $$

BBQ

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Lees Barbecue is the best in WNY and has been around almost 40 years. ...

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Libby’s Lemonade Stand

East Side Buffalo, New York 14210 • $

South Buffalo

Food Truck / Stand / Cart

Libby's Lemonade Stand in Buffalo, NY is a small business owned by youth entrepreneur. Libby's Lemonade was founded in 2015 by Olivia Brooks, who was 5 ...

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Manna @Northland

683 Northland Ave Buffalo, New York 14211 • $$

AmericanSoul Food

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Manna has food for the soul. We serve daily specials, fried or baked chicken and fish, Vegetarian options, fresh baked sweets, and have real chefs creating ...

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Margie’s Soul Food (Broadway Market)

999 Broadway Buffalo, NY 14212 • $$

Soul Food

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Come get your comfort food fix at Margie's Soul Food! When it comes to quality southern comfort, look no further than Margie's Soul Food. Dedicated to ...

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Mike’s Steak Joint

3355 Bailey Ave Buffalo, NY 14215 • $

SteaksAmerican

North Buffalo

Take Out

The best steak subs in town! ...

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Ms. Goodies

1836 Bailey Ave Buffalo, NY 14211 • $

American

Buffalo

Fast Food

Home of the Taste of Buffalo Award Winning "Junkyard Dog" ...

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Munchie Manz

626 East Utica Street Buffalo, New York 14211 • $

American

Buffalo

Catering

Provide Quality Food At An Affordable Price And Offer Hand Crafted Accessories To Make Your Own Food As Good As Ours. ...

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Myracle’s Restaurant

200 William Street Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$

Soul Food

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Myracle's is your go-to spot for Grandma's home cooking with a twist. Simply. Good. Food. ...

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Nikki’s Chocolates

27 Chandler St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $

North Buffalo

Catering, Take Out

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Park Vue Soul Food Bar and Restaurant

34 South Crossman Ave Buffalo, NY 14211 • $

Soul Food

Buffalo

Catering, Fast Casual / Counter Service

We are a family owned Soul Food Restaurant on the East Side of Buffalo. We are located at 34 S a Crossman Ave off of Genesee. ...

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Pattaya Street Food in the West Side Bazaar

25 Grant St Buffalo, NY 14213 • $

Asian

Buffalo

Fast Food

Elizabeth and Soe opened at the Bazaar in 2018. Their menu focuses on quick eats from Southeast Asia including bubble tea, samosas, egg rolls, and more! ...

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PhatCatz of WNY, Inc

965 Kensington Ave Buffalo, New York 14215 • $$

Soul FoodAmericanSouthern

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

PhatCatz is a locally owned Restaurant serving comfort foods , Southern Cuisine, Southern Fish Fry and much more ...

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Pine Hill Halal Market

2286 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14225 • $

SeafoodSoul Food

Cheektowaga and East

Fast Casual / Counter Service

We specialize in Fried Fish and Soul food. At Pine Hill Halal Market we serve Shrimp, Catfish, Fried Chicken, Stuffed Tilapia, and more! We're not ...

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Poize Restaurant and Lounge

2081 Niagara Street Buffalo, NY 14207 • $$

American

North Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Poize is WNY's preimer restaurant & lounge. Poize brings a unique elegant & savory twist to traditional American cuisine. ...

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Ravelle Culinary Creations, LLC

37 Chandler St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$

North Buffalo

Catering

Ravelle Culinary Creations, LLC was established by Lauren Gresham (Chef Elle) in Buffalo, NY in the fall of 2012. Chef Elle was trained at the International ...

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Shy’s SteakHouse

690 Fillmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14212 • $

AmericanDeli-Sandwiches

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Same great sandwiches ...

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Sodapops

136 Herman St Buffalo, NY 14212 • $

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Sodapops is located in Erie County of New York state. On the street of Herman Street and street number is 136. ...

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Solo Eats

261 E Ferry St Buffalo, New York 14208 • $

American

Buffalo

Fast Food

American, Seafood, Fast Food, Diner, Street Food ...

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Sunshine Vegan Eats

893 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

VeganVegetarianPlant-based

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Amazingly delicious food right in the heart of Buffalo, New York. We provide healthy options, fresh juices, and the best part is everything is plant based! ...

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Swings Specialty Wings

2280 Fillmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14214 • $

Buffalo Food

North Buffalo

Originating in Buffalo, New York Specialty Wings or Swings is Buffalo 1st Chicken Wings Specialist. Specializing in Chicken Wing Sauces $ Flavored Toppings ...

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The Flaming Fish

535 Main St Buffalo, New York 14203 • $$

Seafood

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service, Take Out

The Flaming Fish serves a generous selection of food items so everyone in the family can find something to enjoy, from classic seafood favorites like fried ...

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The Flaming Fish – Food Truck

It Moves Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Seafood

Buffalo

Food Truck / Stand / Cart

When you're craving fresh seafood, but don't have the time to sit down at a restaurant and eat, we have an alternative option that you might've seen driving ...

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The Grove Lounge

1210 Broadway St Buffalo, New York 14212 • $

Soul Food

Buffalo

Bar, Casual / Full Table Service

The Groove Lounge is Buffalo, New York's Finest Specialty Restaurant doubling as the Metropolitan Area's Hottest Night Spot / Sports Bar! ...

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The Oakk Room

1435 Main St. Buffalo, New York 14209 • $$

AmericanSeafood

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

The Oakk Room is a great place to get together with friends, family, and/or colleagues have a nice meal, and enjoy each others company. ...

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The Plating Society

1435 Main St. Buffalo, New York 14209 • $$ • $

JamaicanAmerican

Other

Pop Up, Catering

Straight from Jamaica, this chef brings the heat. Chef Darian Bryan loves to provide new and exciting experiences for his guests whether at a pop up ...

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The Rose Bar and Grille

199 Scott St Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$

AmericanBuffalo FoodBurgers

Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

Located in the Fairmont Building in Downtown Buffalo, the Rose Bar $ Grille offers a variety of good food $ drinks in a great atmosphere. Whether it's ...

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The Traphaus

Buffalo Buffalo, New York 14202 • $

Buffalo

Catering

Simply put, we cater to your cravings! ...

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Trice’s Tasty Treats

519 Lasalle Ave Buffalo, New York 14215 • $

Bakery

North Buffalo

Casual / Full Table Service

We specialize in custom Cakes and Cupcakes,We offer a wide variety of desserts. All of our desserts are baked from scratch and made fresh to order. We ...

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WING KINGS 716

484 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

AmericanBuffalo Food

Buffalo

Fast Casual / Counter Service

Gourmet chicken wings cooked to perfection, tossed in a plethora of sauces fresh ingredients and seasonings to meet any and all tastebuds.. 30+ flavors ...

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Did we miss one? Did one of these places close? Send us a note!

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This post was originally published in June 2020 and has been updated.

Written by <a href="https://stepoutbuffalo.com/author/brett-smith/" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for the Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.

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