Editors Note: This article was originally published on February 6, 2020 and last updated January 28, 2021. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.

One of the things that makes Atlanta a Great American City is our Black history and culture. Dining at locally-owned, minority-owned businesses year-round is a great (and delicious) way to support Atlanta’s fabric. Here are some of the best Black-owned restaurants in Atlanta, listed below in no particular order.

Popbar Popsicles | Photo: Courtesy of Popbar Alpharetta

1. Popbar

These aren’t just popsicles! Enjoy handcrafted gelato, yogurt, and sorbet served on a stick. This Alpharetta spot is family-owned and operated by Jamaal and Charel Palmer. Indulge your sweet tooth with their creamy, signature hot chocolates, mouthwatering waffle pops, and decadent gelato shakes!

2. Gocha’s Breakfast Bar

Gocha Hawkin’s is serving up lots of vegan friendly dishes. Expect affordably priced Southern favorites like shrimp ‘n grits and biscuits that are “better than yo momma’s.” Find this joint on Cascade Rd!

3. Dat Fire Jerk Chicken

Right outside Mercedes Benz Stadium in a small, colorful shack is a helluva meal. Get some real delicious Jamaican cuisine right at this spot-amazing jerk chicken with a homemade jerk sauce you’ll want to drizzle straight into your mouth. Gotta pair it with some perfectly sweet plantains. Try the jerk chicken cheese fries!

4. Hattie Marie’s BBQ

This College Park joint is a great family spot with an amazing brisket sandwich, perfectly smoked wings, and jaw-dropping giant dino beef ribs! It’s all cooked low and slow, Texas-style with a bit of Louisiana influence make this a black-owned restaurant in Atlanta not to be missed.

5. Roc South Cuisine

This Buford Highway spot has all the good stuff. Collard greens, mac and cheese, oxtails, catfish, and grits. You’ll love the grown and sexy vibes and blue velvet touches throughout. It’s soul food right on Buford Highway!

6. Pit Boss BBQ

We just discovered Black-owned Pit Boss BBQ, a total dive, hole-in-the-wall, line-out-the-door gem in Hapeville, but airport area folks have known for years that this is the place you want to go if you want phenomenal barbecue. Their smoked wings are truly some of the best we’ve tasted!

Just Add Honey Tea Interior, showing the team in our black-owned restaurants in Atlanta article | Photo: Facebook/justaddhoney
Just Add Honey Tea Interior | Photo: Facebook/justaddhoney

7. Just Add Honey Tea Shop

For a break from the hustle and bustle of the Beltline, step into the peaceful, quiet, and cute-as-a-button Just Add Honey tea shop, owned by Brandi and Jermail Shelton. They have the coziest of seating and an ample selection of teas that make this place a wonderful spot to catch up with a friend or get some reading done.

8. Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks

You’d be hard-pressed to find an Atlanta restaurant with more of a cult following than Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks. Derrick Hayes used to drive all the way to Philadelphia just for that authentic cheesesteak taste, and he has perfected the sandwich and is now slinging some of Atlanta’s, if not the world’s, best. He first opened up in a Shell gas station, where lines would stretch on and on from his hungry fans before he set up shop at his Downtown Atlanta location. Wear stretchy pants, and try the cheesesteak egg rolls!

9. Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe

How does chef/owner Tassili Ma’at make raw vegan so delicious? We have no idea, but her giant kale wraps (we love the Punany Wrap especially!), curried plantains, and Carob Climax Brownies have all the flavor you could ever want. Find this woman-owned, Black-owned restaurant in the historic West End.

GAS Food Truck - How High
GAS Food Truck – How High

10. GAS Food Truck

GAS Food Truck is serving up creative and BLAZIN’ cannabis-themed eats all over town. Started by vegan couple Kelli Marshall and Jef Flemming who wanted to bring some more tasty and delicious vegan options to Atlanta, GAS Food Truck serves up a “How High” New York-style chopped cheese that we literally dream about. The bread. The cheese. Need it now! You can find GAS Food Truck at vegan festivals all around town and posted up in Decatur. Follow them on Instagram to see where they’ll be next.

11. Busy Bee Cafe

A true Atlanta institution! Busy Bee was founded in 1947 at the height of the segregation era by self-taught cook, Lucy Jackson and is still Black-owned today by restaurateur Tracy Gates. Find this gem on Memorial Drive, just a short drive from Mercedes-Benz stadium. Order up some candied yams and finish your meal with their “ol’ fashioned banana puddin’.”

12. Ann’s Snack Bar

Support Black-owned businesses in the most delicious of ways with Ms. Ann Price’s famous ghetto burger, a perfectly delicious and saucy mess that’s sure to leave you in the best kind of post-gluttony haze. It’s been named the best burger in America by the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Ann Price passed away a few years ago, but her legacy lives on through her sister Josephine Culver who has taken over operations. Ann’s Snack Bar has temporarily closed due to COVID-19 but we’ve got our fingers crossed they reopen soon.

13. Chef Rob’s Caribbean Cafe

Chef Rob is the sauce king! Take a trip to North Buckhead/ Sandy Springs area to try his fall-off-the-bone oxtails and show-stopping grilled shrimp skewers. It’s the ultimate comfort food. Or catch his food truck roaming around town!

14. Slutty Vegan ATL

Everyone all over Atlanta and beyond has heard about Black-owned Slutty Vegan. And the hype is real! This isn’t your bland kale salad, carrot juice type of vegan spot—it’s cheat day, cheesy, tasty, craveworthy vegan food you’ll dream about all week long. Pinky Cole was serving impossible burgers way before they were cool, and just one taste of her creation and you’ll see why the lines are so long and pretty much every ATL celeb has been spotted here.

15. K & K Soul Food

Pull up to the counter to order up some deliciousness on a plate. This no frills spot is serving up delicious soul food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner-and has been for over 40 years. Try the cheese grits, gorge on fried chicken, and dig into some cornbread at K&K Soul Food.

Not As Famous Cookie Sandwich showing classic vanilla ice cream, one of our featured black-owned restaurants in Atlanta | Photo: Courtesy of Not As Famous Cookie
Not As Famous Cookie Sandwich | Photo: Courtesy of Not As Famous Cookie

16. Not As Famous Cookie

We love any excuse to indulge in a warm, ooey gooey cookie! Ashley Carlton has been the owner of this truck for 5 years, serving up gourmet cookie shakes, cookie skillets, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and more. And everything is made using the secret recipes that his father came up with 40 years ago. No preservatives to be found anywhere, and only real butter, fine chocolates, and premium sugar are used in this truck’s gourmet treats. You can find this food truck at their brick and mortar location at 1080 Windy Hill Rd SE, #300 in Smyrna, GA!

17. The Real Milk & Honey

Head to College Park for a brunch you’ll always remember. You’ll love the over-the-top presentation and heaping portions with Southern delights like a southern fried lobster and grits and smothered chicken and biscuits. Best part? Brunch is served on weekdays and weekend evenings too, because they understand it’s all too hard to make it out of bed before 3pm on the weekends. Thank y’all!

Le Petit Marche – French Toast Sandwich

18. Le Petit Marche

Le Petit Marche is a Kirkwood staple! You know it’s good because lines are almost always out the door. Their griddle cakes are something to be remembered, but if you want real decadence, order up their French Toast sandwich, stuffed with scrambled eggs and bacon. Yummm. Le Petit Marche is temporarily closed and being reopened by the owner of Atlanta Breakfast Club, so be sure to check it out once they’re back in action!

19. Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

Seafood macaroni and cheese, Jack Daniels honey pecan wings, and a fried apple pie are just some of the menu highlights at this excellent Blandtown/Westside spot from Chef Deborah VanTrece. It’s soul food and Southern food, but more upscale and very creative. Get twisted with their house-infused moonshine flight!

20. Local Green Atlanta

You don’t have to eat unhealthy to eat well. Local Green Atlanta is serving food that’s as healthy as it is delicious. And for owner Zak Wallace, it’s part of a mission to bring food that’s both nutrient-rich and affordable to food deserts in Atlanta. You can enjoy their mostly plant-based menu in Vine City at 19 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd NW.

Fried Chicken at Old Lady Gang
Old Lady Gang – Fried Chicken | Photo: Facebook/oldladygang

21. Old Lady Gang Southern Cuisine

“The Real Atlanta Housewives” star Kandi Burruss-Tucker opened up this venture in East Point/Castleberry/State Farm Arena. You’ll love the patio, the bar offerings, and the good-old fashioned southern food at this hot spot.

22. Ms. Icey’s Kitchen & Bar

For some Caribbean flavor, head to Ms. Icey’s Kitchen & Bar in Decatur. Start your meal with skillet cornbread, order the strip club wings, and try the jerk lamb chops for a taste bud explosion!

23. Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar

Another College Park gem right beside the Real Milk & Honey, Virgil’s Gullah Kitchen & Bar is a place to enjoy Gullah Geechee flavor and family recipes passed down from generation to generation. Expect scrumptious rice dishes, “bussin’ cornmuffins” and an “afta church plate” that’ll have you coming back again and again. Honestly, salivating just thinking about it.

Sublime Donuts - Donuts
Sublime Donuts – Donuts

24. Sublime Donuts

This 24-hour Atlanta mainstay and its over-the-top donuts have been satisfying sweet tooths for years. Founded by Kamal Grant, Sublime makes gourmet, artisan donut flavors like s’mores, Buttercup, and strawberry cream (the BEST). Find them by Georgia Tech, in the Mercedes-Benz stadium, and even in Bangkok, Thailand!

25. Urban Grind

This cozy, shabby-chic coffeehouse in West Midtown is a great study spot with tasty blended frappucino-like drinks, but they also get extra kudos for all of their community event offerings that give local artists, musicians and comedians a chance to be heard. Head to Urban Grind on Thursday evenings for open mic poetry, Wednesday evenings for open mic music, and Tuesday evenings for open mic comedy.

26. B&L Wings

This pick-up only spot has wings that are so good, they were listed as the favorite meal in ALL of 2019 by not one, not two, but THREE Atlanta Eats staffers. Innovative flavors, ranch-fried okra, and a wet lemon pepper sauce that’ll surely satisfy alllll your tastebuds. See why our editor OJ and production assistant Matt love them so much on their episode of Lunch Wars! And follow them on Instagram to get your fix.

27. Cafe Bourbon Street

There’s a cajun food truck setting up shop at popular food truck park Triton Yards with a line that stretches on and on most weekends. And the reason why is pretty simple: beignets. Jambalaya egg rolls. Bourbon ranch fries. Cajun Shrimp baskets. And the portions are generous, too. Check them out on Instagram for their schedule and go see what the hype is all about!

Bankhead Seafood - Shrimp Po Boy
Bankhead Seafood – Shrimp Po Boy

28. Bankhead Seafood

An iconic staple in Atlanta, Bankhead Seafood was family-owned and operated for more than 50 years. They recently shuttered their doors in 2018 and were immediately scooped up for purchase by Killer Mike and T.I. to save this Atlanta favorite. Their brick and mortar location is still being renovated but you can find their food truck all over town, including regularly posted up at Triton Yards and Greenbrier Mall!

29. Who’s Got Soul Cafe

Turkey wings. Candied yams. Peach cobbler. Who’s Got Soul has it all! You’ll come back again and again for their catfish feast and affordably priced eats, just like your mom used to make it. Locations in Lawrenceville, Decatur, and Duluth.

30. Jamrock

Jamrock never disappoints when we need some amazing jerk chicken, stat. Their jerk has a bit of a hint of extra, dry spice, and we crave it always. It’s the perfect takeout or delivery option when you need something savory. One of our collection of favorite black-owned restaurants in Atlanta that are available on Uber Eats!

31. Atlanta Breakfast Club

Chef Anthony Sanders’ Atlanta Breakfast Club has been a staple of Downtown Atlanta for years. Don’t believe us? Just look at the line out the door any weekend morning. One bite of their chicken and waffles, and you’ll be in love.

32. Breakfast At Barney’s

A newcomer to the Atlanta dining scene, Breakfast At Barney’s is providing a delicious and creative brunch menu in the most beautiful of atmospheres. It’s the perfect place to have brunch and get boozy. Want to get a little fancy? Try their 14 karat gold topped pancakes. Want to get REALLY fancy? Try their $1,000 “Mansa Musa” tower that’s a combo of the 14 karat gold pancakes, the yard bird platter, fried lobster and grits, 1 bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut, and serves up to four guests.

33. Slim & Husky’s

“Pizza Rules Everything Around Me” is the mantra for this pizza spot with Nashville roots. This nationally acclaimed pizza chain incorporates fresh ingredients plus a love of hip-hop into every pie they make. Slim & Husky’s was started by a group of three, old college roommates: Clinton Gray, Derrick Moore, and Emanuel Reed. Here’s a secret for your next visit: be sure to order up the cinnamon rolls. Any flavor is AWESOME, but get the Halle Berry one just because she’s amazing. It’s all delicious.

34. Big Oak Tavern Restaurant

This new restaurant and tavern in Roswell, GA had the bad luck of opening up this past February right before the pandemic hit, but we have faith that Nate and his team are going to make it because their food is TRULY phenomenal and they’re already a staple in the Roswell community. Their patio is open at this time, and they’re also offering super affordable $15 “Soul Food Sundays and Mondays” serving alllll the good stuff.

35. Desta Ethiopian Kitchen

Ask anyone where to get amazing Ethiopian food and 9 times out of 10, they’ll say Desta. Owners and Ethiopian immigrants Ash Nega and Titi Demise have been serving Ethiopian staples for years. The meat tibs and injira are phenomenal, and their perfectly spiced vegetable platter will convert even the most hardcore carnivore. It was even named one of the best meals we ate all year in 2019, by our Atlanta Eats pastry chef, Jon.

36. Plant Based Pizzeria

The vegan dining scene in Atlanta is heating up, and much of it is thanks to the talented Black chefs and entrepreneurs in our city. If you want to really fall into a food coma, try their cheese burger pizza with vegan cheese, tater tots, beyond meat, and more. Um. Wow!

The Fill Up Station - Wings | Photo: Facebook/thefillupstation
The Fill Up Station – Wings | Photo: Facebook/thefillupstation

37. The Fill Up Station

Order online. Fill yourself up with delicious lobster bites, fried oreos, Thai wings. Annnd repeat. The Fill Up Station over on Greenbriar Parkway will bust diets left and right, and we’re not mad about it at all. That’s what spandex was made for.

38. Krab Queenz ATL

Krab Queenz is another new, Black-owned restaurant in the ATL dining scene, and you can try their seafood boils, poh boys, and fried crab legs via UberEats and support this local business today. Originally started by comedian Kwaylon Rogers in Houston, Texas, Krab Queenz in Atlanta has diners raving about their heaping platter portions and giant candy infused drinks! Find them downtown.

39. My Fair Sweets

This boutique bakery will fulfill all your candy fever dreams! Kandace Hunter is the self-taught brains and talent behind this operation, and she’s been baking her fabulous cakes for 11 years! Her cakes are almost too pretty to eat… almost.

40. Tom, Dick & Hank

This hole-in-the-wall spot over in Downtown strives to make every visit feel like the family reunion BBQs of your childhood. Try their “barbecue with a soul” twist meals of turkey ribs, cornbread, and mac and cheese. Food coma = achieved.

41. Ray’s Southern Foods

Y’all didn’t know the southside had good food??? Ray’s Southern Foods in Forest Park is a total hidden gem serving up all-star BBQ and southern food . And they’re doing affordable family meals with menu items like catfish nuggets, smoked chicken, and beef brisket with heaping sides. It’s a steal!

42. Southside Chicago BBQ

Hear us out, ITPers. The trip to McDonough is WORTH 👏🏽 IT 👏🏽 so you can try out authentic Chicago style BBQ for yourself! Southside Chicago BBQ is a family owned business started by Terry Hamilton in an effort to create and serve the foods they missed the most from Chicago to the ATL community. Get your hot links, Italian beef, and Chicago dogs here!

43. Viva La Vegan ATL

Viva La Vegan is the type of spot that creates meals that will have you SHOCKED that they’re vegan. Diners rave about their shrimp po boys, their one-of-a-kind dill fries, and their buffalo cauliflower sub!

Juiceheads ATL, photo of healthy vegan food from one of the black-owned restaurants in Atlanta | Photo: Facebook/juiceheadsatl
Juiceheads ATL | Photo: Facebook/juiceheadsatl

44. Juiceheads ATL

After all the soul food and Carribean food you try from this list of black-owned restaurants in Atlanta, you’re gonna want a refreshing juice. So get your refreshing smoothies, juices, acai bowls, and plant-based burgers from Juiceheads ATL and a support an Atlanta Black-owned restaurant!

The Blaxican - Truck and Owner | Photo: thisweekincas.com
The Blaxican – Truck and Owner | Photo: thisweekincas.com

45. The Blaxican

Will Turner’s “The Blaxican” repeatedly tops all of the best food truck lists. Why? Because he makes “comida for your soul!” Their blaxi-sweet fries, buffalo chicken tacos, and collard green quesadillas are the truth. In short, soul food and Mexican food are some of the best cuisines out there, and when you combine the two, you get Blaxican MAGIC.

Apt 4B - Oxtail Hummus | Photo: Facebook/apt4b
Apt 4B – Oxtail Hummus | Photo: Facebook/apt4b

46. Apt 4B

Apt 4b is serving up all the flavors of the Caribbean but with a unique twist! This funky Buckhead spot is headed by Chef Dayana Joseph, the Haitan-born creative mastermind behind inventive fare like oxtail hummus, tamarind glazed short ribs, and oxtail bucatini. We gotta give kudos to her for taking our Caribbean favorites and remixing them into something new and just as delicious! Apt 4b also has a great atmosphere and fantastic cocktails, so make this upscale spot your next girl’s night or date night destination!

47. Fin & Feathers

It’s a vibe. For “Nu American” Soul in a sexy environment in the heart of Edgewood, try Fin & Feathers. You’re going to have trouble figuring out if your food, your cocktail, or the music is better.

48. Anna’s BBQ

Fried pork chops. Fried green tomatoes. Turkey ribs. This Black woman-owned spot in the heart of Kirkwood is a family friendly establishment with all the good stuff at all the best prices. We gotta give all the props to a female pitmaster who can outsmoke the rest of them. Dig in!

Ghion Cultural Hall, a black-owned restaurant in Atlanta- Photo: Yelp
Ghion Cultural Hall – Photo: Yelp

49. Ghion Cultural Hall

We’re always down for Ethiopian, and this Cheshire Bridge Rd spot is *seriously* underrated. No, the ambiance isn’t fancy, but the food is phenomenal and this is one of our favorite black-owned restaurants in Atlanta that we highly recommend you visit. Try their one-of-a-kind honey wine for a delicious end to your meal.

50. Clues and Cocktails Atlanta Restaurant

For a restaurant, bar, and escape room all mixed in one, head to owner Joy Christina’s extra creative venture in Edgewood! You’re gonna love the geechee influenced cuisine from their South Carolina chefs and craft cocktails. Joy writes on her website that she “was inspired to create this space after feeling bored while hanging with friends at a bar who were so deeply absorbed in their cellphones. This concept forces customers to put down their electronics and engage with one another.” Definitely making this place a spot to visit-once you feel safe doing so.

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