February 04, 2022

80 Black-Owned Cleveland Restaurants, Cafes and Bakeries You Should Support

Any examination of our restaurant scene isn't complete without recognizing our rich history and tradition of black owned bars and restaurants in the region. Here are some places you should check out.

Cleveland's vibrant restaurant scene has been recognized locally and nationally for a while now. But any examination of our restaurant scene isn't complete without recognizing our rich history and tradition of black-owned bars and restaurants in the region. Here are some incredible spots you should check out.

 

 

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 Zanzibar Soul Fusion
Multiple Locations 
This Shaker Square eatery, which expanded to downtown in 2018, owned by the same restaurateurs that started Angie’s Soul Food Cafe, is a must-visit soul food spot. This place does their own take on southern comfort and the catfish po'boys and fried chicken are staples on the menu.
Check out Scene’s review.
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Zanzibar Soul Fusion

Multiple Locations

This Shaker Square eatery, which expanded to downtown in 2018, owned by the same restaurateurs that started Angie’s Soul Food Cafe, is a must-visit soul food spot. This place does their own take on southern comfort and the catfish po'boys and fried chicken are staples on the menu. Check out Scene’s review.

Photo via Zanzibar Soul Fusion/Facebook
 Battiste and Dupree Cajun Grill
1992 Warrensville Center Rd., Cleveland 
Fans of this quirky little restaurant in an overlooked strip center have come to expect glacial service from chef and owner Junior Battiste, who operates at a speed unto himself. For 10 years now, a committed and enthusiastic clientele has put up with that "leisurely" pace just to get their hands on this city's best Creole and Cajun cuisine.
Photo via Scene Archives

Battiste and Dupree Cajun Grill

1992 Warrensville Center Rd., Cleveland

Fans of this quirky little restaurant in an overlooked strip center have come to expect glacial service from chef and owner Junior Battiste, who operates at a speed unto himself. For 10 years now, a committed and enthusiastic clientele has put up with that "leisurely" pace just to get their hands on this city's best Creole and Cajun cuisine.

Photo via Scene Archives
 31707 Urban Street Food
4812 Turney Rd., Garfield Heights 
A steak omelette, chicken philly egg rolls and a french toast philly breakfast sandwich? Check out this urban grill for those and other creative and delicious offerings. 
Photo via @3_1_7_0_7/Instagram

31707 Urban Street Food

4812 Turney Rd., Garfield Heights

A steak omelette, chicken philly egg rolls and a french toast philly breakfast sandwich? Check out this urban grill for those and other creative and delicious offerings.

Photo via @3_1_7_0_7/Instagram
 Fresh and Meaty Burgers
13187 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights
This Cleveland Heights fast-food spot (also out of California) is aptly named. Every burger is made fresh and they’ll deliver around the Cleveland Heights area. The fries are handcut and the burgers are delicious. 
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Fresh and Meaty Burgers

13187 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Heights

This Cleveland Heights fast-food spot (also out of California) is aptly named. Every burger is made fresh and they’ll deliver around the Cleveland Heights area. The fries are handcut and the burgers are delicious.

Photo via freshandmeatyburgers/Instagram
 Empress Taytu
6125 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland
Empress Taytu is one of just two Ethiopian restaurants around Northeast Ohio, and if you’ve never had Ethiopian food, it’s definitely worth checking out. Not only is it a cool dining experience, with diners getting to sit at low-slung basket tables called mesobs, but the food is also unique and tasty. 
The restaurant won a Best of Scene award in 2016 for Best African Restaurant. 
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Empress Taytu

6125 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland

Empress Taytu is one of just two Ethiopian restaurants around Northeast Ohio, and if you’ve never had Ethiopian food, it’s definitely worth checking out. Not only is it a cool dining experience, with diners getting to sit at low-slung basket tables called mesobs, but the food is also unique and tasty. The restaurant won a Best of Scene award in 2016 for Best African Restaurant.

Photo via Empress Taytu/Facebook
 Swerve Grille
20126 Chagrin Boulevard, Shaker Heights 
This upscale joint in Shaker Heights features barbecue/comfort food and live music. You can enjoy a nice quiet dinner, but when the music starts, it turns into a party, so be prepared. 
Photo via Swerve Grille/Yelp

Swerve Grille

20126 Chagrin Boulevard, Shaker Heights

This upscale joint in Shaker Heights features barbecue/comfort food and live music. You can enjoy a nice quiet dinner, but when the music starts, it turns into a party, so be prepared.

Photo via Swerve Grille/Yelp
 The Sweet Fix Bakery
2307 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights 
This Lee Road Bakery serves up delicious baked goods to Cleveland Heights’ locals. It’s owned by Chef Eric Rogers, owner of Black Box Fix and The Fresh Fix. 
Photo via Sweet Fix Bakery/Facebook

The Sweet Fix Bakery

2307 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

This Lee Road Bakery serves up delicious baked goods to Cleveland Heights’ locals. It’s owned by Chef Eric Rogers, owner of Black Box Fix and The Fresh Fix.

Photo via Sweet Fix Bakery/Facebook
 Frederick’s Wine and Dine
22005 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights 
If you’re looking to hear some live blues or jazz with your meal, Frederick’s is the place for you. The restaurant/bar has live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and on Saturday and Sunday, the shows often go to at least midnight.
Photo via Frederick’s/Facebook

Frederick’s Wine and Dine

22005 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights

If you’re looking to hear some live blues or jazz with your meal, Frederick’s is the place for you. The restaurant/bar has live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and on Saturday and Sunday, the shows often go to at least midnight.

Photo via Frederick’s/Facebook
 Brown’s Corner Restaurant
14511 Miles Ave., Cleveland
Brown’s has been in business for over thirty years. It’s a breakfast spot, and one reviewer on Facebook aptly calls it “morning comfort food”.
Photo via ghostdadon79/Instagram

Brown’s Corner Restaurant

14511 Miles Ave., Cleveland

Brown’s has been in business for over thirty years. It’s a breakfast spot, and one reviewer on Facebook aptly calls it “morning comfort food”.

Photo via ghostdadon79/Instagram
 Columbo Room
1988 Noble Rd, Cleveland
A quiet neighborhood bar located on the border of East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights, the Columbo Room is known for being more than just a local watering hole. The restaurant serves up excellent, juicy corned beef and really good fried fish.
Photo via Columbo Room/Yelp

Columbo Room

1988 Noble Rd, Cleveland

A quiet neighborhood bar located on the border of East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights, the Columbo Room is known for being more than just a local watering hole. The restaurant serves up excellent, juicy corned beef and really good fried fish.

Photo via Columbo Room/Yelp