Cleveland Black-Owned Restaurants, Cafes and Bakeries You Should Have Tried by Now

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. And there are plenty of places dishing up amazing food these days that you should have checked out by now. 


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 Habesha Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant
16860 Lorain Rd., Cleveland 
When Habesha opened in early December of 2020, the number of Ethiopian restaurants in Cleveland increased to three and will be the only such eatery on the West Side. Habesha joins the long-standing Empress Taytu on St. Clair and Zoma in Cleveland Heights. Sadly, Lucy Ethiopian restaurant on Broadview Road has closed. Fans of Ethiopian cuisine will discover a tempting assortment of combination plates that offer various pairings of vegetarian and/or meat-based items.
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Habesha Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant

16860 Lorain Rd., Cleveland

When Habesha opened in early December of 2020, the number of Ethiopian restaurants in Cleveland increased to three and will be the only such eatery on the West Side. Habesha joins the long-standing Empress Taytu on St. Clair and Zoma in Cleveland Heights. Sadly, Lucy Ethiopian restaurant on Broadview Road has closed. Fans of Ethiopian cuisine will discover a tempting assortment of combination plates that offer various pairings of vegetarian and/or meat-based items.
 Beckham’s B&M
21921 Miles Rd., North Randall and 23840 Broadway Ave., Oakwood Village 
Beckham’s B&M has been in the Beckham family since 1958, when Eddie Beckham from Georgia teamed up with his wife from Virginia and partner James Mitchell decided to open a barbecue joint in the Hough area of Cleveland. Beckham’s son Greg and his wife Sonya still own the restaurant today, which expanded into four locations and a food truck. There are now two locations open.

Beckham’s B&M

21921 Miles Rd., North Randall and 23840 Broadway Ave., Oakwood Village

Beckham’s B&M has been in the Beckham family since 1958, when Eddie Beckham from Georgia teamed up with his wife from Virginia and partner James Mitchell decided to open a barbecue joint in the Hough area of Cleveland. Beckham’s son Greg and his wife Sonya still own the restaurant today, which expanded into four locations and a food truck. There are now two locations open.
Twan Jones Fine Dining
4793 Turney Rd., Garfield Heights
Twan Jones Fine Dining in Garfield Heights offers tasty lamb chops, seafood, a bunch of items loaded with alfredo sauce and more.

Twan Jones Fine Dining

4793 Turney Rd., Garfield Heights

Twan Jones Fine Dining in Garfield Heights offers tasty lamb chops, seafood, a bunch of items loaded with alfredo sauce and more.
 Big B’s Barbeque
5361 Mayfield Rd., Lyndhurst
This joint is not messing around when it comes to barbecue. Favorites include the dry-rubbed ribs and a traditional Polish Boy with sauce to die for.

Big B’s Barbeque

5361 Mayfield Rd., Lyndhurst

This joint is not messing around when it comes to barbecue. Favorites include the dry-rubbed ribs and a traditional Polish Boy with sauce to die for.
 Black Box Fix
25359 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst 
Boasting some of the best, most creative sandwiches in town, this Legacy Village spot from Chef Eric Rogers has built up a very loyal following. Here’s a description of one of their sandwiches, so you know we’re not joking around: cajun Fried catfish and shrimp, smoked cheddar, bacon, arugula, tomato, red onion, pickles, creole remoulade. It’s as delicious and overstuffed as it sounds. Rogers also owns the bakery The Sweet Fix.
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Black Box Fix

25359 Cedar Rd., Lyndhurst

Boasting some of the best, most creative sandwiches in town, this Legacy Village spot from Chef Eric Rogers has built up a very loyal following. Here’s a description of one of their sandwiches, so you know we’re not joking around: cajun Fried catfish and shrimp, smoked cheddar, bacon, arugula, tomato, red onion, pickles, creole remoulade. It’s as delicious and overstuffed as it sounds. Rogers also owns the bakery The Sweet Fix.
 Goodfellas BBQ
5156 Wilson Mills Rd., Richmond Heights 
If you’re looking for Cleveland barbecue done right, check out this spot. You won’t be disappointed.
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Goodfellas BBQ

5156 Wilson Mills Rd., Richmond Heights

If you’re looking for Cleveland barbecue done right, check out this spot. You won’t be disappointed.
 Capo Steaks
11332 Euclid Ave., Cleveland
Most people believe that you have to travel to Philadelphia to get an authentic cheese steak. Forget Pat’s and Geno’s - Capo Steaks, in East Cleveland, has the real deal. They’re messy but don’t worry about that; the mess is definitely worth it.

Capo Steaks

11332 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Most people believe that you have to travel to Philadelphia to get an authentic cheese steak. Forget Pat’s and Geno’s - Capo Steaks, in East Cleveland, has the real deal. They’re messy but don’t worry about that; the mess is definitely worth it.
 Caribbean Vybz Bar and Grill
7114 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland
Live music and tasty Jamaican food sounds like a good combination to us. Their wings are out of this world.

Caribbean Vybz Bar and Grill

7114 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland

Live music and tasty Jamaican food sounds like a good combination to us. Their wings are out of this world.
 CMB Soul Food
12503 Union Ave., Cleveland 
This place is one of the most delicious soul food spots in Cleveland, and they deliver. The loaded potatoes, garlic parmesan wings and onion rings are some of the best items on the menu.

CMB Soul Food

12503 Union Ave., Cleveland

This place is one of the most delicious soul food spots in Cleveland, and they deliver. The loaded potatoes, garlic parmesan wings and onion rings are some of the best items on the menu.
 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.
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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.
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