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Best Black-Owned Restaurants In Missouri

By Parker Diakite

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While known for its toasted ravioli and regional style of barbecue, the Show-Me State has an incredible array of cuisines that will surprise you.

Here are some of the best black-owned restaurants to try during your next visit to Missouri:

Gate’s BBQ

One of the oldest black-owned restaurants in Kansas City and the best barbecue places in the town is Gate’s Barbecue. 

This family-owned restaurant, founded in 1946, is known for its distinctive barbecue sauce and flavor.

Instagram | @gatesbbqkc

 

King’s Table Soul Food

Open from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. seven days a week, it’s often hard to find a place to sit at King’s Table Restaurant but for good reason.

Here is where you will find southern hospitality in the Midwest and comforting cuisine to match.


Instagram | @ kingstablerestaurant

 

Beignet Kansas City

From po-boys, gumbo, crepes, and sweet & savory beignets, you will find the best Cajun cuisine at Beignet in the historic city market.

Photo courtesy of Beignet Kansas City

 

Beyond Sweet

If dessert is on your mind, then be sure to try Beyond Sweet in St. Louis. The owners specialize in massive shakes, funnel cakes, ice cream and more.

Photo courtesy of Beyond Sweet

 

Steve’s Hot Dogs

Consistently ranked among the best casual dining restaurants in St. Louis, Steve’s Hot Dogs has become a well-known attraction among tourists for its hot dogs, mac n cheese, and hamburgers.

There is also a vegetarian dog option.

 

Photo courtesy of Steve’s Hot Dogs Saint Louis

 

Veg Nation

Speaking of vegetarian options, if you’re looking for an alternative in the state, then head to VegNation in St. Louis. The menu includes jollof rice, falafel, and empanadas. 

Big Baby Q

Founded by local chef Ben Welch and his father, Bennie Welch, Big Baby Q’s menu features Memphis-style dry-rubbed meats, southern-inspired sides, and desserts made from scratch.

Photo courtesy of Big Baby Q

 

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