One of the easiest ways to dine out healthfully is to choose cultural restaurants that serve traditional world cuisines. Whether Senegalese, Mediterranean, Indian, or Japanese, cultural restaurants often offer the widest variety of healthy, plant-based dishes, preparing vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish, meats, and spices in dramatically delicious new ways.

Here is a list of African heritage restaurants across the U.S. that serve healthy cuisines from the many regions of Africa and the African Diaspora. From Ethiopian to Ghanaian, Jamaican to Cuban to Southern style, African heritage restaurants bring a wide variety of cooking techniques and flavors to our communities.

Please let us know if we’re missing one nearest you, and feel free to share your favorite dishes with us here: johnisha@oldwayspt.org

 

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A C D F G H I K L M N O P S T U V W

State/City Restaurant Cuisine
Alabama    
Athens Island Spice Jamaican
Birmingham Rafiki’s Grill East African 
Birmingham Southern Caribbean Restaurant Jamaican
Birmingham Yo Mama’s Restaurant Southern/Soul
Montgomery Marrakech Restaurant Moroccan 
Montgomery O’dessa Blessings Restaurant Southern/Soul
Roanoke Sunny’s Home Cooking Southern/Soul/African
     
Alaska    
Anchorage Roscoe’s Catfish and Barbeque Southern/Soul
Anchorage Safari Restaurant Somali
     
Arizona    
Chandler Hot Pot Caribbean Cuisine Caribbean
Phoenix Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles Southern/Soul
Phoenix The Breadfruit Caribbean
Queen Creek Rhema Soul Cuisine Soul/Southern 
Tempe A Taste of the Caribbean Caribbean
Tempe Café Lalibela Ethiopian
Tuscan Zemams Ethiopian
     
Arkansas    
Mariana Jones Bar-B-Q Diner Southern/Soul
     
California    
Anaheim Kenyan Café and Cuisine East African Kenyan
Bakersfield Mama Roomba Caribbean
Inglewood Sumptuous African Restaurant West African/Nigerian 
Inglewood Veronica’s Kitchen West African
Los Angeles Ackee Bamboo Jamaican Cuisine Caribbean
Los Angeles Cafe Brasil Caribbean
Los Angeles Meals by Genet Ethiopian
Los Angeles Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market Ethiopian 
Los Angeles Mesa Brazilian Eatery  Brazilian 
Redlands Dhat Island Foods Caribbean
Sacramento Caribbean Breeze Cuisine Restaurant Caribbean
Sacramento Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant Ethiopian 
San Bernadino Stone’s & Chins Caribbean
San Diego Flavors of East Africa East African Kenyan
San Francisco Amawele’s  South African 
San Franciso Mourad Moroccan 
San Francisco El Mansour Moroccan
San Francisco Al Masri Egyptian
San Francisco Bissap Boabab Village West African, Senagalese
San Jose Jubba Somali
     
Colorado    
Aurora CoraFaye’s Café  Soul
Aurora Kirk’s Soul Food Soul 
Colorado Springs Island Grill Takeout Caribbean 
Colorado Springs Jamaican Flavor Caribbean 
Colorado Springs Spice Island Grill Caribbean
Colorado Springs London’s Soul Food Soul 
Denver Abyssinian Ethiopian Restaurant  Ethiopian 
Denver African Grill and Bar  West African 
Denver Welton St. Cafe Soul
     
Connecticut    
Bridgeport Miss Thelma’s Southern/Soul 
Hartford Abyssinian Ethiopian/Eritrean
New Haven Sandra’s Next Generation  Southern/Soul
New Haven Soul de Cuba Cafe Afro-Cuban
Stamford Teff Stamford Ethiopian/Eritrean
Stratford Kingston Kafe Jamaican 
     
District of Columbia    
Wash. DC Apioo African Bar & Grill Ghanaian
Wash. DC Bukom Café Ghanaian/West African
Wash. DC Dukem Restaurant Ethiopian 
Wash. DC Ethiopic Restaurant Ethiopian 
Wash. DC Florida Avenue Grill Southern/Soul
Wash. DC Kith and Kin West African/Caribbean 
Wash. DC Marrakesh Moroccan
Wash. DC Sweet Home Café African American regional
Wash. DC Teddy’s Roti Shop Trinidadian/Caribbean
Wash. DC Woodland’s Vegan Bistro

Vegan Soul

     
Delaware    
Bear Spice and Nice 2 Jamaican
Smyrna Karibbean Grill BBQ Jamaican/Caribbean 
Newark  African Fusion Restaurant West African 
New Castle 1 in Town African Restaurant West African/Ghanaian
New Castle L & G Soul Food Southern/Soul 
     
Florida    
Fort Myers Janda’s Place Liberian
Jacksonville The Potter’s House Soul Food Bistro Southern/Soul 
Miami Clive’s Cafe Jamaican/Caribbean
Miami Moji African Restaurant Nigerian 
Miami Leela’s Restaurant Haitian/Southern/Soul 
Miami  Piman Bouk Haitian Restaurant Haitian 
Plantation Dutch Pot Jamaican  Jamaican/Caribbean
Tampa Queen of Sheba Ethiopian
     
Georgia    
Atlanta Afrodish Caribbean/African
Atlanta 10 Degrees South African
Atlanta Busy Bee Cafe Southern/Soul
Atlanta Imperial Fez Moroccan
Atlanta Soul Vegetarian No. 2 Vegetarian Soul
Lithonia Green Love Kitchen  Vegetarian/Vegan/Caribbean
Marietta Africa Restaurant Senegalese/African
Marietta Motherland Kitchen African/Nigerian
Marietta Sandy’s Soulfood & Caribbean Cook’n Soul/Caribbean 
     
Hawaii    
Aiea Hughley’s Southern Cuisine Southern/Soul
Honololu Ethiopian Love Ethiopian 
Honolulu Jawaiian Irie Jerk Restaurant Jamaican 
Oahu Casablanca Restaurant Moroccan 
     
Idaho    
Boise Kibrom’s Ethiopian and Eritrean Cuisine Ethiopian/Eritrean
     
Illinois    
Chicago Bolat African Cuisine African
Chicago Original Soul Vegetarian Vegan Soul 
Chicago Palace Gate Restaurant African
Chicago Qaato Restaurant African
Chicago Tasha’s Healthy Soul Food  Soul 
Chicago Vee Vee African Restaurant West African
Chicago Yassa African Restaurant Senegalese
     
Indiana    
Indianapolis Jiallo’s African-Caribbean Cuisine African/Caribbean
Indianapolis Juba Market Somali Resaurant Somali/East African
Indianapolis Maxine’s Chicken & Waffles Southern/Soul 
     
Iowa    
Cedar Rapids Vivian’s Soul Food Southern/Soul
Coralville Elikia Congolese
Des Moines Patton’s Restaurant & Catering Southern/Soul/Caribbean/Creole
Elkader Scheras Restaurant Algerian/North African
     
Kansas    
Manhattan The Little Grill Jamaican 
Overland Park Elsa’s Ethiopian Restaurant Ethiopian
Overland Park A Taste of Africa African 
Wichita Rachel’s Kitchen Southern/Soul 
     
Kentucky    
Louisville Addis Bar & Grill Ethiopian
Louisville Funmi’s Café Nigerian
Louisville Queen of Sheba Ethiopian
Louisville Shirley Mae’s Café Southern/Soul 
Lexington Sav’s Grill West African
     
Louisiana    
Lake Charles Tasterite Jamaican Restaurant Jamaican 
New Orleans Bennachin West ­African cuisine (specifically Cameroonian and Gambian)
New Orleans Dooky Chase’s Restaurant Creole
New Orleans Lil’ Dizzy’s Café Creole/Soul 
New Orleans Willie Mae’s Scotch House Southern/Soul 
     
Maine    
Cape Neddick Jamaican Jerk Center Jamaican
Portland Asmara Ethiopian
     
Maryland    
Baltimore The Land of Kush Vegetarian/Vegan Soul 
Capitol Heights Everasting Life  Vegan Soul 
College Park The Jerk Pit Jamaican 
Hyattsville Kitchen Near You African
Landover De Ranch Restaurant African/Caribbean
Takoma Park  Caribbean Palace Caribbean 
     
Massachusetts    
Beverly Alma Caribbean Fusion Caribbean
Boston Bintimani Restaurant West African
Boston  Cesaria Cape Verdean
Boston Doña Habana Cuban
Boston Express Cafe Somali
Boston Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill Caribbean
Boston Irie Jamaican Style Restaurant Jamaican
Boston Jerk Jamaican
Boston Lucy Ethiopian
Boston Only One Jamaican Restaurant Jamaican
Boston Prestige Cuisine Caribbean
Boston Raphael’s Caribbean Cuisine Caribbean
Boston Safari African Restaurant Pan-African
Boston Sam’s Spot Catering Caribbean/Southern/Catering
Boston Savvor Southern/Soul
Boston Teranga Senegalese
Boston Vejigantes Caribbean
Brockton Luanda Restaurant & Lounge Cape Verdean
Brockton Wham’s Cafe Kenyan
Cambridge Asmara Ethiopian/Eritrean
Cambridge Bakara Café Algerian-Tunisian/North African
Cambridge Camie’s Bakery and Restaurant Caribbean
Cambridge Izzy’s Restaurant & Sub Shop Puerto Rican
Cambridge La Fabrica Central Caribbean
Cambridge Muqueca Restaurant Brazilian
Cambridge The Coast Cafe Soul/Caribbean
Charlestown Tangierino North African/Moroccan
Dorchester Wingz & Tingz Jamaican
Eastham Karoo South African
Everett La Perle Caribbean
Jamaica Plain Blue Nile Ethiopian
Jamaica Plain El Oriental de Cuba Cuban
Lowell Serengeti Catering African/Caribbean
Lynn Rite Spice Jamaican
Malden Habesha Ethiopian
Malden Mogogo Ethiopian
Roslindale La Lechonera Puerto Rican
Roslindale Suya Joint Nigerian/West African
Roslindale 100 % Delicias Caribbean
Roxbury Ashur North African
Roxbury Darryl’s Corner Southern/Soul
Roxbury Merengue Caribbean
Roxbury Suya Joint West African
Somerville Blessing Caribbean Haitian
Somerville Fasika Ethiopian
Somerville Moroccan Hospitality Restaurant Moroccan
Somerville Pikliz International Kitchen Caribbean
Somerville Southern Kin Hospitality  Southern
Waltham Taste of Karibu African
Watertown La Casa de Pedro Venezuelan
Worcester Fatima’s Cafe East African
     
Michigan
Detroit Detroit Vegan Soul Soul/Vegan 
Detroit/Farmington Hills Kola Restaurant & Lounge  West African 
Detroit River Bistro Soul/Caribbean
Grand Rapids Little Africa African/Ethiopian/Vegan 
Southfield Taste of Ethiopia Ethiopian
     
Minnesota
Burnsville Tawakal Restaurant East African/Somali
Minneapolis Breaking Bread Café Soul/Caribbean
Minneapolis Safari Restaurant Somali
Minneapolis Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine Caribbean
St. Paul Fasika Ethiopian
     
Mississippi
Jackson  Gloria’s Kitchen Southern/Soul 
Senatobia Alma Jean’s Southern Kookin Southern/Soul
     
Missouri
Kansas City Blue Nile Café Ethiopian 
Kansas City Juballand Grill Somali 
Kansas City  Niecie’s Restaurant Southern/Soul
St. Louis Smoki O’s Southern
University City De Palm Tree Restaurant Jamaican 
     
Montana    
Great Falls Jah-T’aime Food and Catering Jamaican/ Caribbean
     
Nebraska
Bellevue Quick Bites Soul Food Southern/Soul
Omaha Caribbean Delight Jamaican/Caribean
Omaha Ethiopian Restaurant Ethiopian
     
Nevada
Las Vegas Folaf Nigerian
Las Vegas Soul Food Café Soul/Southern 
Las Vegas Tasty Island Jamaican Restaurant Jamaican 
Reno Zagol Ethiopian
     
New Hampshire
Claremont Sunshine Jamaican Style Cook Shop Jamaican/Caribbean
     
New Jersey
Union Abuja Traditional African
Montclair Vital Jamaican 
Newark Mimi African Restaurant African 
Orange Odabro African Restaurant & Lounge Nigerian
Plainfield The Family Soul Spot Southern/Soul 
     
New Mexico
Albuquerque  Frank’s Famous Chicken & Waffles Southern/Soul
Santa Fe Jambo Café West African/Caribbean
     
New York
Bronx Accra Ghanaian
Bronx B.B. African and American Guinean/Sierra Leonean
Bronx Fouta Halal Food Corp.  Senegalese
Bronx Papaye Ghanaian
Brooklyn Buka Nigerian
Brooklyn Joloff Senegalese
Brooklyn SoCo Southern/Soul
Harlem Africa Kiné Restaurant Senegalese
Harlem Madison African Caribbean  African/Caribbean 
Harlem Massawa Ethiopian
Harlem Red Rooster American South
Harlem Serengeti Kitchen Harlem pan-African 
Harlem Tsion Café Ethiopian
NYC Kusharista Egyptian
NYC Braai Bar & Grille South African
     
North Carolina
Charlotte Caribbean Hut Caribbean
Charlotte Motherland Cuisine & Market Nigerian
Charlotte Zoewee’s Restaurant Liberian
Durham SALTBOX Seafood Joint Southern
Durham The Palace International East African
Elizabeth City Island Breeze Grill Caribbean
     
North Dakota
Fargo Rugsan Cuisine East African/Somali
Fargo Shuga’s Soul Food Southern/Soul catering
     
Ohio
Cincinnati Emanu East African Restaurant East African 
Cincinnati/Hartwell Teranga West African/Senegalese
Cleveland Zanzibar Soul Fusion Southern/Soul
Columbus Darbo Restaurant African/Somali
Columbus Drelyse African
Columbus Irie Jamerican Cuisine Jamaican 
     
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Carican Flavors Caribbean 
Oklahoma City Florence’s Restaurant Southern/Soul 
Oklahoma City Off the Hook Seafood Southern
Oklahoma City Queen of Sheba Ethiopian
     
Oregon
Portland Horn of Africa Northeast Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti)
Portland Jamaican Homestyle Cuisine Jamaican 
Portland Po’Shines Café De la Soul Southern/Soul 
Portland Queen of Sheba Ethiopian
     
Pennsylvania
Germantown The Nile Café Vegetarian & Vegan  Soul 
Lancaster Addisu Ethiopian Ethiopian
Philadelphia Caribbean Feast Restaurant Jamaican 
Philadelphia Chef Abu’s Kitchen African and Caribbean
Philadelphia Kilimandjaro Restaurant Senegalese
Philadelphia Le-Mandinque Liberian
Philadelphia South Southern/Soul
     
Rhode Island
Pawtucket Monte Cara Cape Verdean
Pawtucket Village Restaurant Nigerian
     
South Carolina
Charleston Martha Lou’s Kitchen  Southern/Soul 
Charleston Rodney Scott’s BBQ Southern
Columbia Harambe Ethiopian Restaurant Ethiopian 
Greenville Jamaica Mi’Irie Caribbean/Jamaican
     
South Dakota    
Garretson O’ So Good Southern
     
Tennessee
Antioch Gateway to Africa — Somewhere in Africa Café West African
Memphis Kaloum Restaurant African
Memphis Southern Hands Family Dining Southern/Soul 
     
Texas
Arlington Jamaica Gates Caribbean
Austin Cazamance West African
Austin Nice N Ful Vegetarian Soul Food Vegetarian Soul 
Dallas Aso Rock Restaurant & Lounge West African
Grand Prairie Kemi’s Kitchen African
Houston Afrikiko West African
Houston Gatlin’s BBQ Southern
Houston Green Seed Vegan Southern/Caribbean/Vegan
Houston Suya Hut West African/Nigerian
Houston Reggae Hut Cafe  Caribbean 
Irving African Village African
Plano Taste of the Islands Caribbean
     
Utah
Salt Lake African Restaurant East African
Salt Lake Mahider Ethiopian Restaurant & Market Ethiopian
     
Vermont     
Windsor Global Village Cuisine  Kenyan/Ethiopian/Moroccan 
     
Virginia
Charlottesville Shebeen South African
Hampton Mango Mangeaux Southern
Richmond The Nile Ethiopian
Richmond  Chef MaMusu’s Africanne  Liberian/West African
Richmond Croaker’s Spot Soul/Southern 
Richmond Lady N’awlins Southern/Creole/Cajun
     
Washington
Seattle Island Soul Caribbean
Seattle Safari Njema African Mediterranean
Seattle (Multiple Locations) Plum Bistro Soul/Caribbean/Vegan
     
West Virginia
Martinsburg Ting & Ting Carryout  Caribbean
Charleston Dem 2 Brothers & A Grill Southern/Soul
 
Wisconsin
Milwaukee African Hut West African
Milwaukee

Alem Ethiopian Village

Ethiopian