By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 26, 2024 at 6:31 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

There are many ways to combat systemic racial inequality. One effective way is to simply put your money where your mouth is and make a commitment to support Black-owned businesses all year long (not just on select dates or during Black History Month). 

Milwaukee is home to many amazing Black-owned restaurants and food-based businesses that offer a wide range of delicious options from barbeque and Southern comfort food to vegetarian, vegan, African and Caribbean fare.

So, head out and support a new restaurant you may have never tried before and show up for our city and the entrepreneurs who contribute their talents to our beloved community.

Note: Please double check operating hours before you head out. And, as always, be kind and tip well.

1700 Pull Up
1848 W Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 899-0005

Serving: Soul food

4 Corners Café @ North Avenue Market
5900 W. North Ave., (414) 293-1230

Serving: Coffee, panini, ice cream

Alem Ethiopian Village
307 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 224-5324
Serving: Ethiopian food

Ashley's Que
1501 W. Center St., (414) 372-7666
Serving: barbeque

Atwood Hwy BBQ Co.
925 Madison Ave, South Milwaukee, (414) 304-5101 

Serving: BBQ

Belli's Bistro
2643 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Serving: American cuisine, cocktails

Big Daddy’s BBQ and Soul Food
9201 W. Capitol Dr., (414) 455-8059
Serving: barbeque, soul food

Blue Star Cafe
1619 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-9744
Serving: Somali fare

Bougie Berries (desserts)
7157 W. Burleigh St., (414) 585-0234
Serving: Desserts

Brownstone Social Lounge
524 N. Water St., (414) 210-4824
Serving: Pub fare

Buffalo Boss
Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 935-2588
540 N. 27th St., (414) 779-2677

Serving: Wings and sides

Catfish Lounge
3646 N. Teutonia Ave., (414) 445-3505
Serving: Seafood dishes (fish, shrimp)

CJ's Tasty Treats
3329 W. Lisbon Ave., (414) 252-6421

Serving: mini doughnuts

1125 N. 9th St., (414) 708-5541
Serving: Soul food

Coffee Makes You Black
2803 W. Teutonia Ave., (414) 562-5225
Serving: Soul food

Confectionately Yours
1920 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., (414) 617-7575
Serving: Breakfast bakery items, coffee, desserts

Cream City Social Eatery
432 E. Center St., (414) 763-5668

Serving: Sandwiches, pasta, entrees

Daddy's Soul Food & Grille
724 N. 27th St., (414) 448-6165
Serving: Soul food

Daddy’s on Blue Mound
6108 W. Bluemound Rd., (414) 434-1354
Serving: Breakfast, soul food

Daq Shack
4191 N Green Bay Ave., (414) 810-0410

Serving: American fare, signature daiquiris

Dawg City 
3rd St. Market Hall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave. 
North Ave. Market, 5900 W. North Ave. 
(414) 517-7821

Serving: hot dogs, sides

Dee's Elegance Bar & Grill
7420 W. Villard Ave., (414) 861-8565
Serving: Pub fare

Delicious Bites
6538 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 909-3372

Serving: Grab and go salads, sandwiches, fresh baked sweet treats

Ethiopian Cottage
1824 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 224-5226
Serving: Ethiopian fare

Frankie’s Restaurant & Catering
1815 E. Kenilworth Pl., (262) 412-9334

Serving: African, Caribbean, American

Garfield's 502
502 W. Garfield Ave., (414) 374-4502
Serving: Soul food

Goody Gourmets
4425 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 906-1042
Serving: Gourmet popcorn

Grandma’s Hands
2721 N Blaine Pl., (414) 455-3685
Serving: Soul food

Greens and Things
Food Truck, 8103 W. Tower Ave. (414) 323-4792

Serving: Soul food

Gray Jett Cafe
1617 W. Wells St., (414) 465-2283

Serving: Breakfast and lunch offerings (vegetarian and vegan friendly)

Heaven's Table BBQ
5507 W. North Ave., (414) 732-7109
Serving: Smoked meats and sides

Hot Box Pizza
Zocalo Food Park, 636 S. 6th St., (414) 293-7472

Serving: Wood-fired pizza, comfort foods

Immy’s African Cuisine 
2847 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 502-9535

Serving: African fare

Irie Palace
8762 N. Granville Rd., (414) 797-2848
Serving: Jamaican fare

Jackson's Soul Food Redefined
4519 W. Center St., (414) 231-3008

Serving: chicken, catfish, fried ribs, sides

Jamaican Season Island
9207 W Capitol Dr., (414) 763-8177
Serving: Jamaican fare

Jizzles Sandwich Shop
2611 W. State St., (414) 447-9780
Serving: Sandwiches

Junior's Smoked BBQ
Sherman Phoenix
3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 215-0052

Serving: Smoked meats, sides, sandwiches

LP (Local Pub)
1137 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., (414) 249-3336 

Serving: Pub fare with a southern inflection

Lush Popcorn
920 E. Locust St., (414) 215-0052

Serving: Signature popcorn, lemonade, cocktails, snacks

Mae Velma's Corned Beef
4115 N. 76th St., (414) 988-2448
7276 N. Teutonia Ave., (414) 236-5590

Serving: Corned beef, sandwiches, sides

Mi Casa Su Cafe
1835 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., (414) 488-9916

Serving: New American fare

Mobay Cafe
1022 S 1st St., (414) 988-9196
Serving: Caribbean fare

Mr. Dye's Pies @ 3rd Street Market Hall
275 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Serving: Housemade pies, slices

Mr. Perkins' Family Restaurant
2001 W. Atkinson Ave., (414) 447-6660
Serving: Soul food

Nino’s Southern Sides
4475 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 964-3663
Serving: Southern fare, soul food, carry-out only

Pass da Peas
7870 W. Appleton Ave., (414) 393-0992

Serving: Soul food, carry-out only

Pat's Ribs
Public Market, 400 N. Water St., (414) 336-1111
Serving: Smoked meats and sides

2215 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., (414) 509-5206

Serving: Caribbean fare

Planted Vibes
Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave. 

Serving: Vegan fare

Plate Pleasures Eatery
2330 N. 124th St., (414) 897-7100

Serving: Southern fare, carry-out only

Redd’s Snapper Sea Food II
6016 W. Lisbon Ave., (414) 442-4774
Serving: Fried seafood, carry-out only

Ruby J’s
4734 W. Lisbon Ave., (414) 635-0131

Serving: American fare, soul food

The Q
2730 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., (414) 810-4096

Serving: Soul food, seafood, BBQ

Rise & Grind Cafe
2737 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., (414) 249-3846
Serving: Breakfast, lunch

Sam's Place Jazz Cafe
3338 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., (414) 837-5127 

Serving: Breakfast, lunch

Sherman Phoenix
3536 W Fond Du Lac Ave.

Food hall

2213 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., (414) 810-0763
Serving: Pub fare

S'Lush Daiquiri Lounge
1110 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., (414) 312-7777

Serving: American fare, daiquiris

Smokin' Jack's BBQ @ 3rd Street Market Hall
275 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Serving: BBQ, sandwiches, sides

Speed Queen BBQ
1130 W. Walnut Ave., (414) 265-2900
Note: Cash only (ATM on-site)
Serving: barbeque

Swaye’ Tea
7326 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, (414) 207-8720
Serving: Tea, tisanes

Taste of Lindsay Heights
1617 W. North Ave., (414) 264-2326 

Serving: Carry-out dishes from local food entrepreneurs

Terrilynn’s Soul Food Express
10742 W. Hampton Ave.,  (414) 464-1111 

Serving: Soul food

Third Street Tavern
1110 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8137
Serving: Pub fare

Tony's BBQ Unlimited
3510 W. Villard Ave., (414) 462-2239
Serving: Smoked meats, sides

Top Corned Beef
3109 S. 92nd St., (414) 509-6009

Serving: Corned beef, tacos

518 N. Water St., (414) 212-8577 

Serving: Jamaican bar fare

The Truck Stop / HiHat Garage
1701 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 837-4194
Serving: Street food including burgers, sandwiches, tacos, loaded fries

Truth Lounge
1111 N. Old World 3rd St.,  (414) 988-5200
Serving: Salads, wings, pasta

Turning Tables Tavern & Eatery
1040 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 210-3451

Serving: Ever changing menu featuring wings, salads, nachos, burgers, bowls and more

Twisted Plants
4905 S. Packard Ave., (414) 439-4325
1233 E. Brady St., (414) 
Serving: Plant-based comfort foods

Uppa Yard
4943 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 871-7138
Serving: Jamaican fare

Yummy Bowl @ 3rd Street Market Hall
275 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Serving: Comfort foods in a bowl (think: chicken & waffles, jambalaya)

Yum-Yum Fish and Chicken
1912 W. Hampton Ave., (414) 249-5660

Serving: fried chicken, fish

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.