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Cathy Chaplin

15 Fantastic Spots to Support During LA’s Black Restaurant Week

Support these Black-owned restaurants starting today until August 16

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Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken
| Cathy Chaplin

Black Restaurant Week Los Angeles starts today and runs through August 16. This annual spotlight on Black-owned restaurants is typically a big affair with talks, tastings, and outdoor events. COVID-19 put the brakes on these extra activities as the LA residents keep social distancing, and restaurants mostly stick to delivery and takeout.

Though modeled after events like Dine L.A., this year’s Black Restaurant Week is slightly different. Organizers waived the participation fee, so all revenue goes straight to the featured restaurants. Though some restaurants feature a prix fixe menu, most have the full menu for purchase like Crenshaw’s healthy Swift Cafe, barbecue from Inglewood’s Wood Urban Kitchen, or DTLA’s ABeautifulLife Jamaican cafe.

It’s challenging for any restaurant to operate during this time. Below is a selection of restaurants participating in Black Restaurant week.

A number of LA restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken

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9537 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 202-5453
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The longstanding Culver City restaurant is not only participating in Black Restaurant Week, but is in the middle of expansion with two delivery-only kitchens called HoneyDropKitchen. It’s hard to make a bad choice at Honey’s. For starters, nab that two piece special, or hotcakes and fried chicken.

2. Undergrind Café

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2713 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 730-6392
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This daytime spot nestled in Beverlywood is all comfort food with shrimp and grits, breakfast sandwiches, and french toast. Get the pork adobo side to amp up the flavors.

3. Gwen's Specialty Cakes

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820 N La Brea Ave # D
Inglewood, CA 90302
(310) 677-9979
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This Inglewood sweets boutique specializes in items like pralines, peach cobbler, and bread pudding. But the cakes also appeal with German chocolate, coconut pineapple, red velvet, or sweet potato available for a slice or whole.

4. Simply Wholesome

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4508 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 294-2144
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Simply Wholesome has had a 37 year residency in View Park is because the community supports it. It also cranks out quality dishes on the regular, from tropical smoothies, salads, and an epic fish platter with plantains, macaroni pie, and potato salad.

Simply Wholesome in View Park, California
Simply Wholesome
Wonho Frank Lee

5. Sky's Gourmet Tacos

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5303 W Pico Blvd Suite #01
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 932-6253
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Sky’s Gourmet Tacos has spent over 27 years gracing Mid-City with a unique menu that spans tacos, ribs, lemonade, and lobster burritos.

Sky’s Gourmet Tacos in South Los Angeles
Sky’s Gourmet Tacos
Wonho Frank Lee

6. The Wood Urbankitchen ( Upscale BBQ)

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129 N Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 466-9741
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Wood Urban Kitchen opened in February on Inglewood’s Market Street. It’s soulful barbecue features beef and pork ribs, rib tips, mac and cheese, and massive smoked turkey legs.

7. Mel's Fish Shack

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4524 W Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 732-6357
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South LA’s take-out fish restaurants were built for a pandemic, since there’s no place to sit. Instead take out grilled or fried fish, shellfish, garlic rolls, and hush puppies. Try the crab seafood soup on Mondays.

8. Post & Beam

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3767 Santa Rosalia Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 299-5599
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Chef/owner John Cleveland put together a $40 three-course meal on the outdoor patio for Black Restaurant Week. It starts with a pepperoni pizza, a beef short rib as the second course, and lemon pound cake to finish. Wine pairings are also available.

Post & Beam in Crenshaw, Los Angeles
Post & Beam
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9. Swift Cafe

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4279 1/2 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 815-4418
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Swift Cafe opened from Kyndra McCrary last October with a lean towards healthy dishes. Order her chickpea curry bowl, shrimp and grits, or key lime smoothie.

The interior of Swift Cafe in Leimert Park, Los Angeles
Swift Cafe
Sheldon Botler

10. Hot and Cool Cafe

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4331 Degnan Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 903-6449
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Hot & Cool Cafe’s contribution to Black Restaurant Week is a 100 percent plant-based menu with a vegan soul bowl, Beyond Meat sliders, or the cauliflower wings with buffalo or maple sesame sauce. Nothing’s over $17.

11. Harold & Belle's

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2920 W Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 735-9023
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For Black Restaurant Week, order from Harold & Belle’s Southern menu of po’ boys, charbroiled oysters, or file gumbo.

Here Is The Harold & Belle’s Restoration We’ve All Been Waiting For
Harold & Belle’s
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12. My Father's Barbecue

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637 E University Dr
Carson, CA 90746
(310) 817-4166
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Nestled into Carson is My Father’s Barbecue, where smoked angus ribs, coleslaw, mac and cheese, and baked beans rule the menu.

13. Numaade

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548 S Spring St UNIT 114
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 266-8838
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There’s something for all at Numaade, right in DTLA on Spring and Fifth. Vegans have more than the usual options with salads, sandwiches, and soups, while omnivores have smoked meats, tuna salads. But the restaurant also has cobblers for both kinds of eaters.

14. A Beautiful Life

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216 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-9900
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A Beautiful Life starts with huge Jamaican platters with jerk chicken, curry, or oxtail with rice and beans and plantains. But if that doesn’t do it for you, nab a bowl or Jamaican patty with ginger beer.

15. Comfort LA

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1110 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 537-0844

Be sure to ask staff why chef/co-owner Jeremy McBride named his chicken sandwich the “big sexy,” or the 30-piece wing combo the “Jamal.” The story behind them is entertaining. Be sure to order the sweet potatoes and mac and cheese.

Comfort L.A. platter with mac and cheese, chicken wings, and sweet potatoes
Comfort L.A.
Mona Holmes

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1. Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken

9537 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

The longstanding Culver City restaurant is not only participating in Black Restaurant Week, but is in the middle of expansion with two delivery-only kitchens called HoneyDropKitchen. It’s hard to make a bad choice at Honey’s. For starters, nab that two piece special, or hotcakes and fried chicken.

9537 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

2. Undergrind Café

2713 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

This daytime spot nestled in Beverlywood is all comfort food with shrimp and grits, breakfast sandwiches, and french toast. Get the pork adobo side to amp up the flavors.

2713 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

3. Gwen's Specialty Cakes

820 N La Brea Ave # D, Inglewood, CA 90302

This Inglewood sweets boutique specializes in items like pralines, peach cobbler, and bread pudding. But the cakes also appeal with German chocolate, coconut pineapple, red velvet, or sweet potato available for a slice or whole.

820 N La Brea Ave # D
Inglewood, CA 90302

4. Simply Wholesome

4508 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Simply Wholesome in View Park, California
Simply Wholesome
Wonho Frank Lee

Simply Wholesome has had a 37 year residency in View Park is because the community supports it. It also cranks out quality dishes on the regular, from tropical smoothies, salads, and an epic fish platter with plantains, macaroni pie, and potato salad.

4508 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90043

5. Sky's Gourmet Tacos

5303 W Pico Blvd Suite #01, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Sky’s Gourmet Tacos in South Los Angeles
Sky’s Gourmet Tacos
Wonho Frank Lee

Sky’s Gourmet Tacos has spent over 27 years gracing Mid-City with a unique menu that spans tacos, ribs, lemonade, and lobster burritos.

5303 W Pico Blvd Suite #01
Los Angeles, CA 90019

6. The Wood Urbankitchen ( Upscale BBQ)

129 N Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301

Wood Urban Kitchen opened in February on Inglewood’s Market Street. It’s soulful barbecue features beef and pork ribs, rib tips, mac and cheese, and massive smoked turkey legs.

129 N Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301

7. Mel's Fish Shack

4524 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

South LA’s take-out fish restaurants were built for a pandemic, since there’s no place to sit. Instead take out grilled or fried fish, shellfish, garlic rolls, and hush puppies. Try the crab seafood soup on Mondays.

4524 W Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

8. Post & Beam

3767 Santa Rosalia Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Post & Beam in Crenshaw, Los Angeles
Post & Beam
Courtesy of Post & Beam

Chef/owner John Cleveland put together a $40 three-course meal on the outdoor patio for Black Restaurant Week. It starts with a pepperoni pizza, a beef short rib as the second course, and lemon pound cake to finish. Wine pairings are also available.

3767 Santa Rosalia Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90008

9. Swift Cafe

4279 1/2 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
The interior of Swift Cafe in Leimert Park, Los Angeles
Swift Cafe
Sheldon Botler

Swift Cafe opened from Kyndra McCrary last October with a lean towards healthy dishes. Order her chickpea curry bowl, shrimp and grits, or key lime smoothie.

4279 1/2 Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

10. Hot and Cool Cafe

4331 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Hot & Cool Cafe’s contribution to Black Restaurant Week is a 100 percent plant-based menu with a vegan soul bowl, Beyond Meat sliders, or the cauliflower wings with buffalo or maple sesame sauce. Nothing’s over $17.

4331 Degnan Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

11. Harold & Belle's

2920 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018
Here Is The Harold & Belle’s Restoration We’ve All Been Waiting For
Harold & Belle’s
Courtesy of Harold & Belle’s

For Black Restaurant Week, order from Harold & Belle’s Southern menu of po’ boys, charbroiled oysters, or file gumbo.

2920 W Jefferson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018

12. My Father's Barbecue

637 E University Dr, Carson, CA 90746

Nestled into Carson is My Father’s Barbecue, where smoked angus ribs, coleslaw, mac and cheese, and baked beans rule the menu.

637 E University Dr
Carson, CA 90746

13. Numaade

548 S Spring St UNIT 114, Los Angeles, CA 90013

There’s something for all at Numaade, right in DTLA on Spring and Fifth. Vegans have more than the usual options with salads, sandwiches, and soups, while omnivores have smoked meats, tuna salads. But the restaurant also has cobblers for both kinds of eaters.

548 S Spring St UNIT 114
Los Angeles, CA 90013

14. A Beautiful Life

216 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A Beautiful Life starts with huge Jamaican platters with jerk chicken, curry, or oxtail with rice and beans and plantains. But if that doesn’t do it for you, nab a bowl or Jamaican patty with ginger beer.

216 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

15. Comfort LA

1110 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Comfort L.A. platter with mac and cheese, chicken wings, and sweet potatoes
Comfort L.A.
Mona Holmes

Be sure to ask staff why chef/co-owner Jeremy McBride named his chicken sandwich the “big sexy,” or the 30-piece wing combo the “Jamal.” The story behind them is entertaining. Be sure to order the sweet potatoes and mac and cheese.

1110 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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