6 Black-Owned Orlando Restaurants to Try This Week
Food forges connection. If you're looking for ways to support local, black-owned businesses, here is a good start.
This week, we’ve all watched as protests stemming from the killing of George Floyd continue. But as observation of injustice yields anger, and anger turns to action, we look for ways to effect change.
Demonstrations promote awareness and get the attention of those who wield the power to make decisions. However, there is another way that we can start—right now, today—to support change. To see everyone. And that’s with our wallets.
With that in mind, here are a few of our suggestions for local, black-owned restaurants and eateries to enjoy right now.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. We intend to revisit this subject, with the help of more voices, in the days and weeks and months to come.
Because relationships are everything. And if we are better together, then sitting down to a meal together seems like a good start.
Located conveniently in the tourism corridor you’ll find Nile, a mainstay of International Drive since 2006. Owner Abeba Gonetse saw the need for diversity in Orlando’s culinary offerings and decided to answer the call herself. With made-from-scratch dishes, using authentic spices and organic ingredients, it’s the perfect place to explore new flavors or dig into beloved dishes. And by all means, make sure to save time and room for the Coffee Ceremony, which caps off the meal perfectly.
7048 International Dr., (407) 354 0026, nileorlando.com
Shantell’s Just Until…
When you enter Shantell’s, you’re embraced as family. A wide array of soul food is served with a big side of charm, and the Chicken and Waffles are some of the best we’ve had. In addition, don’t miss out on the Jamaican Beef Patties, the Collard Greens or the Mac & Cheese. And plan to spend some time chatting with owner Shantell. Her story is worth hearing.
503 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford, (407) 878 7785, shantellsinsanford.com
Chef Jenn Ross has carved out a delicious spot for herself and legions of fans with DaJen Eats, where Jamaican-inspired dishes are re-imagined through a vegan lens. Chef Jenn’s passion and love are evident in every bite of her creations, from Jamaican Jackfruit Sliders to non-dairy sweet treats.
323 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite F, Eatonville, (407) 775 5791, dajeneats.com
Named for her beloved mother, Sister Honey’s is the brainchild of Evette Rahman, who has been winning awards for her delectable baked goods since 2006. The mainstay of the SoDo district offers a bevy of beautiful creations to guests, with pies and cakes available by the slice—plus cupcakes, cookies and more. Order 72 business hours in advance to take home whole cakes for your next celebration. You especially won’t want to miss Evette’s famed Pistachio Layer Cake.
247 E. Michigan St., (407) 730 7315, sisterhoneys.com
Caribbean Sunshine Bakery
A routine contender for Orlando Magazine’s best Caribbean cuisine, Caribbean Sunshine Bakery offers three locations and some of the most delicious island fare around. Family Meal Deals feed a crowd with traditional dishes that include everything from Escovitch fish and Oxtail to Sweet Plantains and Dumplings.
2528 W. Colonial Dr., 6922 Silver Star Rd., 16112 Marsh Rd., Winter Garden, (407) 839 5060, csborlando.com
Southern cuisine is the name of the game at Nikki’s Place, which has been serving up home cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1999. Customers love the from-scratch dishes and great prices, as well as the myriad of menu choices. And really—can you ever go wrong with meatloaf as good as your grandma makes? (Don’t tell her I said that.)
742 Carter St., (407) 425 5301, nikkisplace.net
But now, we really want to hear from YOU! What are your most favorite black-owned restaurants and food stops in Central Florida—and what should we try when we go there?