Philadelphia, PA, is an underestimated food town you don’t want to skip, especially if you’re looking for a mouth-watering Philly cheesesteak! Grab a bite to eat with friends and family at one of Philadelphia’s top-rated black-owned restaurants, the Reef Restaurant and Lounge, for a little Caribbean flare and entertainment to lift your spirits.
As the ”City of Brotherly Love,” Philadelphia is home to black-owned Businesses. You can find everything from bookstores and bistros to coffee shops and comic book stores. The remarkable thing about business in Philadelphia is many business owners offer services to support their community members. Giving back to the community increases the business’s longevity and earns residents’ respect.
Why are Philadelphia Black Businesses Important
It’s no secret that black-owned businesses are the first ones to close and lack the most funding, but there is something you can do to close the gap. If you’re in town for a few hours, stop by a local black business, learn who they are, and show your support. Black businesses are resilient and full of culture and creativity. And if this isn’t a good enough reason to shop at a black business; then, I don’t know what is.
As the population grows in Philadelphia neighborhoods like Center City and North East Philadelphia, so does the need for diverse dining options. At the same time, the Philadelphia Business Journal reports that there are more minority-owned businesses in Philadelphia. The PEW Philadelphia 2019: State of the City says that only 2.5% of companies are black-owned.
Before you get hangry and lose your concentration, here are 13 Philadelphia (PA) black-owned restaurants you can support today!
- 48th Street Grille
- Aksum Cafe
- All the Way Live Cafe
- Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods/
- Baby Buns
- Bower Cafe
- Bookers Restaurant & Bar
- Butter’s Soul Food To Go
- Caribbean Feast Restaurant
- Chez Rosaire Haitian & West
- Cloud Cups
- Dibb’s BBQ
- Down North Pizza
Do you know of some other Philadelphia, PA, black-owned restaurants or black businesses that should be on this list? Keep the conversation going, and add your favorite Philadelphia restaurants in the comments.
On your next visit, you can find my favorite locations in Philadelphia in 3 Worthy Day Trip Sights in Philadelphia