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The Best Black Owned Restaurants in Tampa, FL

7th + Grove
Al's Finger Licking Good Soul Food
Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ
Chief's Creole Cafe
Hogg Batch Coffee
Jerk Hut Island Grille and Beach Club
Ray's Vegan Soul
Rush Hour Chicken and Waffles
Island Flavors and Tings
M&R Cafe
Kay's Kitchen
chicken biscuit and hashbrowns from 7th + grove in tampa
7th + Grove
bbq meat from Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ and Soul Food in tampa
Al's Finger Licking Good Soul Food
bbq meat from Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ and Soul Food in tampa
Al's Finger Licking Good BBQ
seafood gumbo from chief's creole kitchen in tampa
Chief's Creole Cafe
freshly ground coffee beans from hogg batch coffee in tampa
Hogg Batch Coffee
bbq chicken, rice, and plantains from Jerk Hut Island Grille and Beach Club in tampa
Jerk Hut Island Grille and Beach Club
vegan southern inspired dish with rice and collards from ray's vegan soul in st petersburg
Ray's Vegan Soul
toast, hashbrowns, and eggs from rush hour chicken and waffles in tampa
Rush Hour Chicken and Waffles
bbq chicken from island flavors and tings in tampa
Island Flavors and Tings
corn curry and rice from M&R cafe in tampa
M&R Cafe
fried chicken and shrimp from kay's kitchen in tampa
Kay's Kitchen

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on February 8, 2021, and last updated on February 5, 2024.

Tampa’s food scene has always been a hit with both locals and tourists alike, and the beach town has some notable names when it comes to culinary perfection. Black-owned restaurants in Tampa have somewhat of a cult following when it comes to regulars–the Sunday brunch crowd is well-versed in where to get the best shrimp and grits, red velvet waffles, or perfect baked macaroni and cheese. Visit some of Tampa’s best Black-owned restaurants for a taste experience you won’t soon forget.


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1. 7th + Grove

1930 E. 7th Ave., Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 649-8422

Founded by a trio of chefs who were frustrated at the area’s lack of southern cuisine, 7th + Grove is the go-to spot for southern classics and “neo-fusion.” The ambiance is part of the appeal of this southern eatery. Come for the shrimp and grits but stay for the music, the fellowship, and the energy. Menu favorites include fried chicken thighs, baked macaroni and cheese, and country collard greens. The restaurant also features a lounge area where you can kick up your heels to live music following your meal.

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2. Al’s Finger Licking Good BBQ and Soul Food

2302 E. 7th Ave. Tampa, FL 33605 (Soul Food)
1609 Angel Olivia Sr. St. Tampa, FL 33605 (Bar-B-Que)
(813) 515-5036 (Soul Food) or (813) 956-0675 (Bar-B-Que)

A Ybor staple for more than a decade, this restaurant brings a taste of Nashville to the Sunshine State. Owner Al Reynolds has created a simple yet delectable menu of Tennessee-style smoked meats. Enjoy brisket, ribs, chicken and fried pork chops along with a dizzying array of side dishes like Jean Ann’s Lip Smacking Baked Beans, Tia’s TGIF macaroni and cheese, Aunt Lea’s Okra and Tomatoes, Joanna’s Rise and Shine Corn Bread and Aunt Nita’s Blackeyed Peas. Named the best BBQ restaurant in Florida and enjoying high ratings on Yelp, Al’s is not to be missed.

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3. Blue Flame – Southern Restaurant

1524 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

(813) 280-9865

Located in the heart of Tampa, Blue Flame Tampa gives you a taste of authentic, from scratch, southern cuisine. Their menu features Cream of Mushroom Turkey, Chittlings, Seafood Pasta, and more! Whether you’re a local or just passing through, if you’re looking for quality southern food, Blue Flame is the place to go. Here, every meal is a journey to the soul of southern cooking, and every guest is treated like family. It should be noted that you can order online for carryout or delivery.

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4. Chief’s Creole Cafe

901 22nd St. S. St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 498-8979

You don’t need to take a trip to the Big Easy to enjoy some New Aw’lins favorites. Elihu and Carolyn Brayboy have brought a taste of the Bayou to Tampa. A small, unassuming building, this eatery serves up spicy jambalaya, po-boys, gumbo and of course, shrimp and grits. Stepping into this place feels like walking into a favorite relative’s dining room. Each guest is welcomed warmly and each dish tastes like it was prepared with love.

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5. Hogg Batch Coffee

2327 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 210-5029

Twin brothers Duane and David Hogg roast every coffee bean in their shop with care, aging the beans in used whisky barrels. This infuses their cups of java unlike any you will find anywhere else and brings loyal coffee lovers back again and again. Flavors like coffee+bourbon, coffee+whiskey, and coffee+rum are fan favorites and are disrupting the coffee industry. They roast every bean in a cast iron skillet, bringing out the most intense flavors that permeate each cup.

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6. Island Flavors and Tings

800 2nd Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 804-1849

There’s no need to brush off your passport to get a real taste of the Caribbean. Island Flavors and Tings brings a taste of the islands right to you. Enjoy desserts like a mango bread loaf, Jamaican rum cake, and calypso cake. Jerk chicken, curry chicken, mango meatballs, and oxtails are the flavors of the day, and you can even order catering for next-day pickup. The restaurant has two locations—one in Gulfport and one in St. Pete for your convenience.

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7. Jerk Hut Island Grille and Beach Club

4495 West Gandy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida 33611
(813) 835-5375

A meal from this Jamaican eatery will transport you from Tampa to the sandy shores of Kingston. The menu, which is filled with the usual fare—jerk chicken, oxtails, rice and peas, and fried plantain is flavorful and keeps visitors coming back again and again. The buffet offers a dizzying array of flavors, and it’s worth visiting multiple times to sample everything this Tampa favorite has to offer.

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8. Kay’s Kitchen

11124 N. 30th St., Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 368-5196

Originally from Chicago, master chef Kay fries up some of the Windy City’s favorites and serves them in her small, unassuming kitchen. Enjoy wings, chicken strips, fried gizzards, and catfish, cooked to golden perfection. Add in some pizza puffs, corn nuggets, and rice and beans and you will join the Kay’s Kitchen fans who frequent this eatery daily.


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9. Mama’s Southern Soul Food Restaurant

3701 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Tampa, FL 33610
(813) 769-9552

Chefs Reaves and Katrina make you feel at home in this city favorite. When you dine in, expect a chef to visit your table and make sure you’re enjoying your meal. This city favorite offers a full menu of southern classics like kettle chicken, chitterlings, fried pickles, pulled pork, and hog maws. Don’t forget to end your meal on a sweet note with a slice of key lime cake, lemon pound cake, or sweet potato pie.

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10. Mango’s Cafe and Specialty Store

9718 N 56th St., Temple Terrace

813) 252-9838

Serving up Caribbean and Haitian Creole cuisine, Mango’s is a Temple Terrace favorite; with amazing variety and even better service! The restaurant itself has a Haitian menu, a Caribbean menu, a soul food menu, and a brunch menu on Sundays. The hybrid of Caribbean and Haitian Creole is a perfect combination of flavors. Menu items such as Jamaican patties, jerk chicken, and curry goat are staples. Don’t forget to try some of their soul foods such as their turkey wings, collard greens, and homemade macaroni and cheese. Mango’s gets bonus points for their awesome vegetarian options.

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11. M&R Cafe

3320 E. Osborne Ave., Tampa, FL 33603
(813) 234-2333

Run by the Rumlin family, this diner offers up delicious recipes that have been in the family for years. This restaurant is so popular that its menu options sell out nightly. Call ahead and pre-order mouthwatering meatloaf, oxtails, roast chicken, macaroni and cheese, or melt-in-your-mouth candied yams.

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12. Queen of Sheba

11001 N 56th St, Temple Terrace, FL 33617

(813) 872-6000

This Black-owned eatery, led by Seble Gizaw, features exotic Ethiopian fare at standard or traditional woven tables. The menu focused solely on traditional Ethiopian cuisine with a weekday lunch buffet. The food is served on a traditional flatbread called teff. Any Ethiopian cuisine newbie can’t go wrong with the Queen’s Eight Platter: a dish loaded with four beef and chicken samplings served with four choices of vegetables.

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13. Ray’s Vegan Soul

953 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL

Owner “Chef” Ray has created a full menu of southern favorites in a plant-based form. The chef blends traditional soul food cooking with healthy ingredients and spices for a unique vegan experience. Each week, the eatery creates a pre-packaged meal option that diners can pick up and enjoy at home.

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14. Rush Hour Chicken and Waffles

2140 34th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711
(727) 440-7817

When you have a hankering for breakfast food, Black-owned Rush Hour Chicken and Waffles will always be a hit. Enjoy the classic favorite—five pieces of golden fried chicken wings served with a thick-crusted waffle drenched in syrup. If a more savory breakfast is your thing, the eatery serves a variety of omelets in both meat and vegetarian varieties.



When it comes to the best Black-owned restaurants in Tampa, there is a delicious variety of dining choices, from southern-style kitchens to booze-infused coffee to Louisiana gumbo and delectable desserts. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite with friends or a homestyle meal, you can find what you’re looking for at one of Tampa’s finest Black-owned restaurants.