By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Feb 23, 2022 at 6:32 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.  In fact, there are numerous reasonsto consider bolstering your support of Black-owned businesses... and not just 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 go out and take advantage of carry-out and curbside pick-up. 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
(414) 899-0005

Serving: Soul food

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

Arlanderz Soul Food
1814 N Farwell Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 837-5151
Serving: Fried chicken, fish

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

Big Daddy’s BBQ and Soul Food
2730 N Humboldt Blvd., (414) 758-8602

7740 S. Lovers Lane Rd., Franklin, (414) 367-2329
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

Serving: Wings and sides

Catfish Lounge
3646 N. Teutonia Ave., (414) 445-3505

City Net Jazz Cafe
306 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 336-1723

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
Sherman Phoenix
3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 617-7575

Serving: Desserts

Crab it Your Way
823 N. 2nd St., (414) 455-3837

Serving: Seafood boils

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

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

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

The 4th Quarter Sports Bar and Grill
2722 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., (414) 236-1138
Serving: Pub fare

Funky Fresh Spring Rolls
Sherman Phoenix
3536 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 732-1531
Serving: Healthful spring rolls, sides

Garden House Subs & Sandwiches
6602 W. Lisbon Ave., (414) 509-7006

Serving: Sandwiches

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
8614 N. 107th St., (414) 716-5295

Serving: Soul food

Heaven's Table BBQ
5507 W. North Ave.

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
8103 W. Tower Ave., (414) 406-1706

Serving: African fare

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

Island Jam
2703 S Chicago Ave., South Milwaukee, (414) 301-4699
Serving: Caribbean fare

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

Jewels Caribbean
2230 N. Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr., (414) 585-0678

Serving: Caribbean 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

Manhattan Mocha
7600 W. Capitol Dr., (414) 455-8090
Serving: Coffee, breakfast, lunch

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
8103 W. Tower Ave., (414) 759-4992
Serving: Housemade pies
Call to place your order for pick-up.

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

On the Bayou
2053 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., (414) 539-5432
Serving: Cajun and creole fare

Paparazzi Ice Cream Shop
6235B N. Teutonia Ave., Milwaukee

Serving: Rolled ice cream

Pass da Peas
7870 W. Appleton Ave., (414) 393-0992
Serving: Soul food

Pat's Ribs
151 E. Sunset Dr., Waukesha (262) 544-4099
Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St., (414) 336-1111
Serving: Smoked meats and sides

4120 W. Capitol Dr., (414) 628-7032
Serving: Caribbean fare

Perkins Boyz On Tha Grill
6818 W. Brown Deer Rd., (414) 446-8666
Serving: Soul food

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

Serving: Southern fare

Pluto Nile
6542 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 810-3038
Serving: Comfort food

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

Rise & Grind Cafe
2737 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., (414) 249-3846 (temporarily closed)
Sherman Phoenix, 3536 W Fond Du Lac Ave.
Serving: Breakfast, lunch

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

Serving: Breakfast, lunch

Sandwich God
807 W. Atkinson Ave., (414) 982-9681
Serving: Sandwiches, comfort food

Sherman Phoenix
3536 W Fond Du Lac Ave.

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

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: Barbeque

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

Serving: Corned beef, tacos

Twisted Plants
4905 S. Packard Ave., (414) 439-4325

Serving: Plant-based comfort foods

Uppa Yard
4925 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., (414) 871-7138
Serving: Jamaican fare

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.