With a population of over 1.4 million people, the restaurant scene in Dallas is beyond epic with a wide array of cuisine available at your fingertips. Dallas is also known for having the second-largest metro population of Black residents in Texas itself, so the Black-owned restaurant scene is absolutely ripe for the picking with incredible selections throughout the city. Here are just a few of the options if you’re looking to dine in one of the best Black-owned restaurants in Dallas.
4029 Crutcher St., Dallas, Texas 75246
Chef Airric Heidelberg vision has become a reality with his newest gem – Invasion. With a fun menu Invasion attempts to bring healthy, high-quality ingredient cuisine at an affordable price – which he has done to a smashing success. The Suga Sprouts gives you wonderfully crispy Brussels sprouts alongside red bell peppers in their housemade ‘suga spiced’ seasoning. From there, your meal can go two ways with either one of their delicious burgers such as the Nash-ty burger which brings Nashville’s famous hot chicken back home with a Dallas kick. Or, you can indulge in one of their house plates like the delectable prawn plate with prawns seared to absolute perfection and drizzled with chimichurri sauce.
1831 S. Ewing St., Dallas, Texas 75216
Born out of an incubator, Recipe Oak Cliff was created to address food security issues and aims to provide their ideas of cultural and ethnic cuisine. If you want to eat clean and support a Black-owned restaurant Recipe Oak Cliff is a great place to dine. The tacos come in three delicious options: BBQ jackfruit, chipotle walnut, and pumpkin seed falafel and hummus – each with their own bold flavors. If you want, you can grab all three of those in salad form with their delicious taco salads. The veggie burger is their own blend of oats, herbs, and vegetables and comes served with cashew cream and their own spice sauce.
6309 N President Bush Hwy., Garland, Texas 75044
Chef Kevin Ashade, affably known as Chef Kev, takes his traditional French-culinary training and created a fantastic, ever-evolving menu that provides you with something new almost every time you visit. The crab and chicken pasta is something not to pass up when it’s on the menu because it pairs three stunning crab claws with beautifully cooked blackened chicken and placed right on top of perfectly cooked Alfredo linguini. If you’re feeling absolutely decadent and lavish then the lobster mac and cheese which takes their signature five cheese mac and cheese and adds a wonderful roasted lobster tail to the mix for a party in each bite. It’s hard just to pick a couple of dishes to talk about but if you’re in the mood for some lamb, Pangea’s jerk roasted lamb shank is marinated in their housemade jerk spice blend and served with creamy mashed potatoes.
7812 S Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX 75217
When you step into Crazy Brothers you feel like you’re back at home with a familiar menu and cuisine done just like your parents and grandparents did. Make sure to bring your appetite because the plates are as big as your stomach! The chicken fried chicken breakfast platters combine perfectly seasoned and fried chicken breast with two eggs, country potatoes, and two pancakes for just $10.99. The rib basket gives you four ribs, bread, pickles, jalapenos, and fries for just $13.99 but is only available on the first and third Saturday of every month. When you’re looking for a traditional southern meal, on a budget, Crazy Brothers is the place to go.
3939 S Polk St., Dallas, Texas 75224
Kendall Karsen’s gives you a modern take on traditional soul food and is an absolute gem with an expansive menu which they nail each time. Try the po’ boy that comes with shrimp, crawfish, catfish, or even alligator. Make sure to check the menu on a daily basis to see what is on tap for the day because when the grilled pork chop is on deck – you have your dinner or lunch plans already settled. Opening times fluctuate at times because Kendall’s prides themselves on being family and community first but it’s absolutely worth it! Make sure to save space for dessert because their pies are some of the best you’ll have in the area.
444 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Get a taste of home with Kevin Kelley’s comfort food spot in DFW. Fried chicken, lobster tail, shrimp and grits–they’ve got all your classic favorites here. Don’t forget to save room for dessert and dig into some banana pudding or peach cobbler! You’ll also love the stylish digs at Kitchen + Kocktails, with its moody lighting and sleek style.
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