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Guide to Black-Owned Restaurants in Buffalo & WNY

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Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on January 31, 2023
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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

Catering

A Great Plate Catering, LLC

895 N.Forest Rd Williamsville,, NY 14221 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Soul Food
  • Southern

A Great Plate Catering, LLC Established in 2015 , Provides Drop -off and Full Service for all your Catering need. We have maintained a reputation of excellence ...

  • Brunch
  • Order Online
Fast Casual

A Taste of Soul

423 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • Caribbean
  • Southern

We're an Take-out Soul Food Shack. We provide brunch $ dinner! We're open Wednesday- Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.'We Guarantee our Food to be Tasty!' Read ...

  • Order Online
  • Take-out
Full Service

At Eleven Wings and Cuisines

3225 Main St Buffalo, New York 14214 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • American

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

Fast Casual

Big Mama’s Hustle & Soul

934 Niagara Falls Blvd Buffalo, NY 14223 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Soul Food
  • BBQ

Soul food and barbeque restaurant ...

  • Take-out
Full Service

Brothers Restaurant & Bar

475 Ellicott St Buffalo, NY 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • American

A casual restaurant serving Western NY breakfast, lunch, & Dinner. Breakfast menu is served 8am to 11:30am Lunch & Dinner menu starts at 11:30 ...

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Catering
  • Take-out
  • Order Online

Cake Crazy Bakery

2525 William St Cheektowaga, New York 14206 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Bakery

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 ...

Fast Casual

Cantina Falls

310 Rainbow Blvd Niagara Falls, New York 14303 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Mexican

Casual Mexican style restaurant in downtown Niagara Falls. Create your own burritos, bowls, tacos and more! ...

Fast Casual

Caribbean Experience

2897 Bailey Ave Buffalo, NY 14215 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Caribbean

...

  • Family Friendly
Full Service

Caribbean Flava Inc.

2501 Pine Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14301 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Jamaican

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

Full Service

Cataract House Restaurant

310 Rainbow Blvd Niagara Falls, NY 14303 • $$$$$

Niagara County

Established in 1825 along the banks of the Niagara River, the historic Cataract House was a world-renowned luxury hotel that became one of the most important ...

  • Take-out
  • Family Friendly

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Crenshaw’s Chicken And Waffles

701 Kensington Ave Buffalo, NY 14215 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American

Crenshaw’s Chicken And Waffles provides Comfort food. ...

  • Take-out

Da Afrospot

265 Kenmore Avenue Buffalo, NY 14223 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • African

Mother-daughter duo bringing authentic, delicious Ghanaian food to the Buffalo community. Quality and freshness are our guaranteed trademark and we pride ...

Full Service

Dirty Bird Chicken N’ Waffles LLC.

6004 Buffalo Ave Niagara Falls, New York 14304 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Soul Food

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

Fast Casual

Doctor Bird’s Rasta-Rant

3104 Main St Buffalo, NY 14214 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • Caribbean

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

  • Take-out
Full Service

Em Tea Coffeecup Cafe

80 Oakgrove Ave Buffalo, New York 14208 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Cafe-Coffee

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 ...

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Cafe / Coffee Shop

F BITES Coffee & Kitchen

616 Niagara St Niagara Falls, NY 14303 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Cafe-Coffee

F BITES Coffee and Kitchen is a below-cost cafe that supports F BITES’ Workforce Development program by employing students from the in-school curriculum ...

Fast Casual

F BITES Coffee & Kitchen – East Amherst

6545 Transit Rd, East Amherst, NY 14051 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Cafe-Coffee

Located in the Alden State Bank in East Amherst is F BITES, a student run coffee shop. ...

  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Flavors of Jean

192 Young St Tonawanda, NY 14150 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • American
  • Soul Food

Flavors of Jean is a one-of-a-kind culinary establishment with a menu inspired by the idea of simple and honest cooking. Starting in 2004, we developed ...

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Full Service

Freddy J’s BBQ

195 Grant St Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • BBQ
  • Southern
  • American
  • Soul Food

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

  • Lunch
  • Patio
  • Take-out
Take Out

G & B Fish, Shrimp and Chicken

1532 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14211 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Seafood
  • American

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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Cafe / Coffee Shop

Golden Cup Coffee

1323 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, New York 14208 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Cafe-Coffee

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

Fast Casual

Guud & Evul Vegan Eats

21 Main St. Tonawanda, NY 14150 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • Vegan

We don’t take any shortcuts when it comes to your food and service. In doing so, we’re able to offer our customers high-quality food ...

  • Take-out
  • Lunch
Full Service

IKE & BG’s Rib House

1646 Genesee St Buffalo, New York 14211 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • BBQ
  • Southern
  • Soul Food

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

  • Lunch
  • Take-out
  • Order Online
Full Service

Island Mix Restaurant

883 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Jamaican

...

Full Service

Je Ne Sais Quoi

1633, Hertel Avenue, North Park Buffalo, New York 14216 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American
  • Soul Food

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

  • Family Friendly
  • Patio
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Fast Food

Jeonis Wingstop

1085 E Ferry St Buffalo, NY 14211 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Pizza

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

Full Service

Kalypso Restaurant

12 Winspear Ave Buffalo, New York 14214 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Jamaican
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

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

  • Take-out
Catering
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La Verdad Cafe Smoked House

116 Davey Street Buffalo, NY 14206 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • BBQ

La Verdad Cafe is known in Buffalo and around the globe for their Smoked Brisket and Burnt ends, Gouda Mac & Cheese and their kale Apple Slaw. ...

  • Catering
  • Take-out
Full Service
Temporarily Closed

LaVerdad Cafe Deli

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

Buffalo

  • BBQ
  • American
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Soul Food

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 ...

  • Patio
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Food Truck / Stand / Cart
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Libby’s Lemonade Stand

East Side Buffalo, New York 14210 • $$$$$

Buffalo

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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Fast Casual

Lloyal’s Famous Lasagna with a touch of soul

1122 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, NY 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Italian
  • Soul Food

Lloyal’s Famous Lasagna with a touch of soul is focused on creating unique lasagna dishes but plans to expand into more soul food options. Lasagna is ...

  • Lunch
Full Service

Manna @Northland

683 Northland Ave Buffalo, New York 14211 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Soul Food

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 ...

  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Margie’s Soul Food (Broadway Market)

999 Broadway Buffalo, NY 14212 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food

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 ...

Take Out

Mike’s Steakhouse

3355 Bailey Ave Buffalo, NY 14215 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Steakhouse
  • American

The best steak subs in town! ...

  • Take-out
Food Truck / Stand / Cart

Mother Cluckers

2 Old Falls St Niagara Falls, NY 14303 • $$$$$

Niagara County

  • Southern

The freshest local ingredients packed into amazing dishes that will light up your taste buds like never before! Peri Peri Chicken!!! If ...

Fast Food

Ms. Goodies

1836 Bailey Ave Buffalo, NY 14211 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Soul Food

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

  • Family Friendly
Catering

Munchie Manz

626 East Utica Street Buffalo, New York 14211 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American

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

Fast Casual
Temporarily Closed

Myracle’s Restaurant

200 William Street Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food

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

  • Family Friendly
Catering

Nikki’s Chocolates WNY, LLC.

27 Chandler St Suite 205 Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

Nikki’s Chocolates offers delicious desserts, cakes and chocolates. Tasteful hand made creations that remind you of childhood baking with grandma. Choose ...

Full Service

Pandora’s Sports Bar & Restaurant

2261 Fillmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • BBQ
  • Buffalo Food
  • Burgers
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Southern

Pandora's Sports Bar $ Restaurant is family owned an operated and one of the best Soul Food Restaurants in the City of Buffalo. In existence since September ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Sports Bar
  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Take-out

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Catering

Park Vue Soul Food Bar and Restaurant

34 South Crossman Ave Buffalo, NY 14211 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food

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. ...

  • Family Friendly
Full Service

PAUSA Art House

19 Wadsworth Street, Buffalo, NY, USA Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Tapas

PAUSA art house is an award winning  jazz, wine & tapas bar located in the Historic District of Allentown, Buffalo New York. PAUSA presents a wide ...

  • Bar Area
  • Happy Hour
  • Live Music
  • Patio
Full Service

PhatCatz of WNY, Inc

965 Kensington Ave Buffalo, New York 14215 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • American
  • Southern

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

  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Pine Hill Halal Market

2286 Genesee St Buffalo, NY 14225 • $$$$$

Cheektowaga and East

  • Halal
  • Seafood
  • Soul Food

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 ...

  • Order Online
Fast Casual

Poize Restaurant and Lounge

2081 Niagara Street Buffalo, NY 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American
  • Soul Food

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

  • Bar Area
Catering

Ravelle Culinary Creations, LLC

37 Chandler St Buffalo, New York 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

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 ...

Full Service

Shy’s SteakHouse

690 Fillmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14212 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Deli-Sandwiches

Same great sandwiches ...

  • Lunch
  • Take-out
Fast Food

Solo Eats

261 E Ferry St Buffalo, New York 14208 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Soul Food

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

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
Fast Casual

Sugga D’s

883 Jefferson Avenue Suite D Buffalo, NY 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food
  • Southern

When you want homemade soul food, you shouldn't have to settle for anything less. You can come to SuggaD's. You'll feel right at home at our soul food ...

  • Take-out
  • Lunch
  • Family Friendly
Full Service

Sunshine Vegan Eats

893 Jefferson Ave Buffalo, New York 14204 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Plant-based
  • Soul Food

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! ...

  • Take-out

Sweets Lounge & Restaurant

2 Schreck Ave Buffalo, New York 14215 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Buffalo Food

Home of the best WINGS and all food ...

Swings Specialty Wings

2280 Fillmore Ave Buffalo, New York 14214 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Buffalo Food

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

  • Take-out
Take Out

SZN BFLO

1516 Military Rd. Buffalo, NY 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Tex-Mex
  • New American

Operated by Head Chef Josey and wife Lena. Josey appeared on Fox TV show MasterChef  Legends, Season 11. Sznd operates out of Kenmore Kitchens. SZN ...

  • Take-out
Fast Casual

The Flaming Fish

535 Main St Buffalo, NY 14203 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Seafood
  • American
  • Deli-Sandwiches
  • Soul Food

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 ...

  • Family Friendly
  • Take-out
  • Patio
  • Healthy Options
  • Lunch
  • Order Online
  • Curbside Pickup
Food Truck / Stand / Cart

The Flaming Fish – Food Truck

It Moves Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Seafood
  • Soul Food

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 ...

  • Take-out
Bar

The Groove Lounge

1210 Broadway St Buffalo, New York 14212 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food

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

  • Sports Bar
  • Live Music
  • Bar Area
Fast Casual

The Hoagie Stop

220 Allen Street Buffalo, NY 14201 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Deli-Sandwiches

The Hoagie Stop is the definition of delicious! Founded in 2018, we like to say we are bringing joy to Buffalo, and it’s something we plan to be doing ...

  • Lunch
  • Family Friendly
  • Late-Late Night
Fast Casual

The Hoagie Stop #2

2195 Clinton St, West Seneca, NY 14206 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Deli-Sandwiches

The Hoagie Stop is the definition of delicious! Founded in 2018, we like to say we are bringing joy to Buffalo, and it’s something we plan to be doing ...

  • Lunch
  • Family Friendly
  • Take-out
Full Service

The Oakk Room

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

Buffalo

  • American
  • Seafood
  • Soul Food

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. ...

  • Bar Area
  • Handicap Access
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
Catering

The Traphaus

Buffalo Buffalo, New York 14202 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Soul Food

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

Full Service

Trice’s Tasty Treats

519 Lasalle Ave Buffalo, New York 14215 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Bakery

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 ...

Cafe / Coffee Shop

Unapologetic Coffee

1375 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14209 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • Cafe-Coffee

At Unapologetic Coffee Co. we aim to provide small batch, roasted quality coffee direct to consumers as well as small businesses. Specifically, looking ...

  • Take-out
Fast Casual

Uplift Nutrition

2815 Delaware Ave Unit M Kenmore, NY 14217 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • Health Food

Uplift Nutrition is a Healthy Hangout Spot offering energy refreshers and healthy smoothies. Read Our Article About Their Opening [sm_anypost columns="1" ...

  • Healthy Options
Fast Casual
Temporarily Closed

WING KINGS 716

484 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$$$$

Buffalo

  • American
  • Buffalo Food

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

  • Take-out
  • Patio
Full Service

WRA Buffalo Wing Spot

426 Hertel Ave Buffalo, NY 14207 • $$$$$

North Buffalo

  • American
  • Buffalo Food

At WRA Buffalo Wing Spot, we take pride in our wings. Our chicken wings restaurant features some of the finest, freshest products and ingredients around. ...

  • Take-out
Full Service

Yalleys African Restaurant

290 Kenmore Ave Buffalo, NY 14223 • $$$$$

North Towns

  • African

Welcome to Yalleys Restaurant Buffalo NY. Yalleys restaurant is a West African cuisine from a Ghana recipe cooking base. Yalleys serve authentic traditional ...

  • Patio
  • Take-out
  • Family Friendly
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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 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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