Come Out to Support Our 7 Favorite Local Black Owned Restaurants in Cincinnati

February 22, 2021
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Black lives have always mattered, but 2020 helped the world understand this concept on a national level that spread across the globe. Black owned restaurants are a local staple of Cincinnati with some having been around for nearly two decades, while others got their footing in recent years. This year, we are seeing that these delicious restaurants serving everything from Soul and Jamacian cuisine to American comfort food classics get the recognition that they deserve! Here are our top seven favorite black owned restaurants in Cincinnati with some history to go along. 

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1. Conscious Kitchen 

Vegetarian and vegan restaurant serving delicious healthy options

Cuban sandwich for meat lovers -- or try one of their vegan or vegetarian options too! Image courtesy of Yelp.

2912 Vine St. | Cincinnati | consciouskitchen513.com

Sometimes, one of the most difficult things to accomplish is finding a restaurant with vegetarian options, let alone vegan options! Look no further, because with Conscious Kitchen you have all the options you need -- complete with vegan cheese and portobello mushroom burgers. They offer a wide variety of options with a small menu -- but their small menu boasts bold flavors that will make your tastebuds dance! 

Don’t worry if you’re a die hard meat eater because this place has it all, not just vegan and vegetarian options, but delicious meat options as well! From a ground turkey burger to a turkey BLT and classic cuban sandwich, there is a delicious meal on the menu for everyone. 

“One of the best locations in Cincinnati for vegan/health options! Great carryout/delivery menu. Their fresh cut fries are YUMM for those who like greasy foods too.” - Yelp Review

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2. Eddie’s Southern Style BBQ 

“Pig Roasts A Specialty,” and more of your favorite barbeque delicacies 

Stop in and eat with your family or get food for a party -- either way you won’t regret it. Image courtesy of Eddie’s Place.

7633 Dixie Hwy. | Florence | eddiesplace

Eddie’s is another restaurant working with a limited yet delicious menu. Here you are sure to find all of your favorite barbeque comfort food classics from a selection of sandwiches to fish and rib dinners to the pig roast specialty and a mountain of sides to choose from, you will leave Eddie’s with a warm and full belly! 

If you’re in need of catering, this is the place to order from! They also have a dining area for events that can hold up to 70 people. So, the next time we’re able to have big events, keep Eddie’s in mind. 

“I have yet to find another barbecue place yet to come close to my favorites in Cincinnati! This comes close to what I would say is a true authentic experience great smoked ribs and pulled pork will def eat there again.” - Yelp Review

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3. Goodie’s Southern Style BBQ

Serving Kansas City style BBQ with hand-rubbed meats smoked in-house

Goodies has been serving southern style barbeque for years, and you can still get a taste of their delicious food today! Image courtesy of Yelp.

7440 Hamilton Ave. | Cincinnati | goodiesbarbeque.com

Goodies has been in Cincinnati for years serving Kansas City style barbeque with meats that are hand-rubbed and smoked in-house for the perfect down-home taste. The owners recommend you try their pulled pork, rib tips, and buffalo cheese sticks because those are their customers favorites! An outing to Goodies comes with a family-friendly atmosphere and a feeling of home, so when you go, you’ll be inducted into the family. 

If you end up loving this place as much as we do -- don’t worry because you can buy a bottle of their BBQ sauce for your fridge at home. If you’re not too full after your lunch or dinner, they offer a number of delicious desserts from banana pudding to sweet potato pie. If you’re in the area, you have to try this place at least once.

“I have been comparing Goodies rib tips to every other rib tip I get. NOTHING compares to Goodies! I have been on a mission trying to find something even close and can't.” - Yelp Review

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4. Island Frydays

The best place in Cincinnati to get Jamacian cuisine 

Island vibes all day long with Caribbean classics. Image courtesy of Yelp.

2826 Vine St. | Cincinnati | islandfrydays.com

As seen on the Food Network hit, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and you can watch the clip on their website too! Born in 2009 by owner and Jamacian native, Leo Morgan, he had a dream to bring his Carribean cuisine to the Queen City and cook for those who lived in the Cincinnati community. If you’re looking to find island hospitality, music, and food in the big city -- this is the best place to be! 

Here you will find Caribbean classics from jerk chicken to fish sandwiches, brown stew, and curry. If you want the inside scoop -- the dishes that were featured on Triple D were jerk chicken and the escovitch snapper dinner. So, you might want to add these to your priority list when you visit Island Frydays. 

“If you want to try some amazingggggggggg Caribbean food right here in Cincinnati, you have to go to Island Frydays! This is literally one of my favorite restaurants in Cincinnati.” - Yelp Review

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5. Ollie’s Trolley 

Serving the best burger in Cincinnati.. Or maybe even the world! 

A local hit right in the West End with rich history to go along. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1607 Central Ave. | Cincinnati | olliestrolley

Serving food out of their vintage yellow and red trolley and with the best burgers around, sometimes even placed among the best burgers in the world -- if you’re looking for a delicious lunch this is the place to go. Ollie’s Trolley is often referred to as one of the best delicacies in the neighborhood and is recommended by everyone around. All we have to say is try it for yourself and you’ll be hooked! 

Marvin Smith, the Ollie of Ollie’s trolley, catered five of Barack Obama’s campaign events before his election to the presidency. You can find pictures of Marvin posing with both Barack and Michelle Obama all over the outside of his trolley. This place is a true American gem to say the least. Whenever you go, try the Ollie’s burger!

“The best hamburger ever! Love the ollie fries to ..staff was really kind and professional. Highly reccomend them .Mr Ollie a true Queen city legend..love it Paul [ BIGDADDYKING!] King” - Yelp Review

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6. Park Place Restaurant 

American style foods with a healthy, yet delicious twist 

A family-friendly operation that doesn’t serve red meat. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1185 Kemper Meadow Dr. | Cincinnati | parkplacerestaurant

Park Place Restaurant is a family-friendly eating experience dedicated to serving clean food to hungry customers. By clean food we mean they are a non red meat restaurant, so you won’t find any beef or pork here. What you will find are delicious chicken wings, turkey wings, fish and chips, and unexpected additions like fish tacos and fresh spring rolls. 

They have a small menu, but perfected each item on their menu. You can try a delicious artisan flatbread or our favorite -- fried pickles! If you’re in need of some accompanying spirits, they have a fine selection of wines and liquors. 

“This is probably my new favorite spot for fried fish now.  Came here for spoken word night that they have every Thursday and was very impressed.” - Yelp Review

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7. Rasheedah’s Cafe 

A restaurant determined to serve halal and classic comfort foods to community members 

Having been around for 14 years, Rasheedah’s serves comfort food and halal dishes. Image courtesy of Yelp.

5922 Hamilton Ave. | Cincinnati | rasheedahscafe.com

Rasheedah’s Cafe has been serving delicious comfort food classics to the Cincinnati community since its debut in 1993. For the past 14 years, they have been serving amazing home-cooked meals and halal dishes. In fact, the restaurant was born out of a need for halal dishes in the Cincinnati area. 

At Rasheedah’s you will find daily specials as well as beef short ribs, jerk chicken, salmon croquettes, and our favorite -- delicious mac and cheese. All your soul food needs will be accomplished with a trip to this restaurant!

“Rasheedah's was phenomenal. The service was great, and the food was absolutely DELICIOUS! The amount of food we got, especially for the price, was almost unreal. I will definitely go back, and I will definitely eat the cornbread again when I go.” - Yelp Review

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If you’re looking for a place to experience delicious Soul food classics, American must haves, and Jamacian specialties -- your amazing eating experience is right here on our list. Try one or try them all, but be sure to stop in to one of these local black owned businesses and give them a try. You and your belly are sure to leave happy and full with a smile on your face after a trip to one of these local hits in Cincinnati!

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