(Triangle Trend) — The media may have slowed down its promotion of black-owned businesses, but that doesn’t mean you have to. The economy was shaken up in 2020 but one thing’s for certain—black-owned businesses aren’t going away. Here are the top black-owned restaurants in Raleigh where you’ll find authentic cuisine, delicious flavors, and great experiences.
Your Pie is one of the first in the industry to serve casual, brick-oven, custom personal pizzas. Founded by Drew French in 2008, the idea behind this pizzeria was inspired by family recipes from the Italian island of Ischia.
They proudly use hand-tossed dough, fresh ingredients, homemade pizza sauces, and salad dressings, and offer a generous variety of traditional, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free pizzas, chopped salads, and paninis. They also serve local craft beer, wine, and Italian-style gelato pairings to round out each diner’s meal perfectly.
1516 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27610
5416 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh, NC 27610
Jack’s specializes in good ole Southern cooking. You know the kind we’re talking about. Their specialties of seafood and soul food are served in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Consider them your neighborhood kitchen for down-south home cooking.
Their convenient U-shaped driveway is easy to spot off the main road, making them a great spot for driving by and picking up. They have a high-demand service structure and they’ve got great food that is well worth the fifteen-minute wait. Their parking lot is small yet manageable, and their food is delicious—all of it fried but the sides.
4638 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604
1100 Raleigh Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27610
Lee’s Kitchen opened in 2007 and they’ve slowly become one of the best-known secrets in town. They offer both savory Jamaican and Southern Cuisine, all under one roof. Expect a feast of delicious choices, including mouth-watering oxtails, fried chicken, curry chicken, ribs, fish, yams, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and a few other things.
People today crave fresh tastes, quick service, and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. That’s precisely what Lee’s Kitchen delivers, with a special touch that’s uniquely their own. You’ll see it on their menu, in their service, and in their smiles.
1909 Poole Rd. Raleigh, NC 27610
Jerk Masters is easy to find and located in a small shopping center with plenty of parking. The interior is small with 1 or 2 small tables to sit at, so you will more than likely get your food to-go. The menu is great with plenty of choices for everyone. The portions are generous and more than enough for one serving.
They’ve even been described by consumers as having the best Caribbean food in the Wake County area. Their jerk chicken is just spicy enough, and their jerk seasoning is very flavorful and authentic.
2101 E Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604
This food truck’s fare is always delicious. Momma’s Soul Food’s menu consists of fried chicken, baked chicken, BBQ ribs, fried shrimp, and fried fish. For their sides, you can choose from macaroni and cheese, candied yams, collard greens, and potato salad. You can also get a fish or chicken sandwich. Each plate comes with a dessert. It’s a bit of a wait but definitely worth every minute. Check out their website to see where the truck is at right now.
3901 Capital Boulevard, Suite 101, Raleigh 27604
Mum’s owner is originally from Jamaica. He has been living in the U.S. for twenty-two years but made sure to bring a taste of his home country with him to the Triangle. He grew up cooking with his grandmother, whose techniques and flavors inspire much of his cooking today. He’s worked in restaurants most of his career and his love for cooking drove him to open a restaurant of his own here in Raleigh.
Don’t expect any fluff or flash here—just delicious authentic Jamaican food. They serve small, medium, and large plates. They have a small section of items for sale, including spices and delicacies.
2637 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham 27707
Chef Ricky Moore draws inspiration from classic American fish camps and waterside seafood shacks. He focuses his menu on local, fresh seafood prepared in a simple way that lets the flavor be the star of the show. In 2012, he opened his first restaurant right here in the Triangle and later expanded in 2017 to a second location. Customers have raved over the food, and it’s gotten press attention. Saltbox has been recognized by The Indy Week, Vogue, and The News & Observer, just to name a few.
As the food is dependent on the availability of what our local fishermen catch, Saltbox’s menu changes daily, handwritten on a chalkboard with the day’s offerings. All menu items are made fresh.