Where To Eat During LA’s Black Restaurant Week
By Danielle Dorsey
Now in its fourth year, Black Restaurant Week has expanded beyond its Houston roots to host celebrations in six major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles.
From August 11th through August 18th, Angelenos and well-timed tourists will gain access to special deals at the city’s favorite Black-owned restaurants. Foodies can feel good knowing that a portion of their bill will go towards supporting rural farmers through Black Restaurant Week’s partnership with the nonprofit F.A.R.M.S. (Family Agriculture Resource Management Services). The week closes out with a Nosh, a culinary showcase where attendees can sample bites from Black chefs, caterers, and bartenders.
Follow your fork to these restaurants during LA’s Black Restaurant Week:
Located on West Slauson, Simply Wholesome is a neighborhood grocery store, convenience market, and restaurant rolled into one. Stop by for a quick breakfast for work and grab a healthy Caribbean-inspired snack to help you power through the workday. Simply Wholesome is also running a BRW lunch special which gets you three of their vegan Khalifa tacos and Caribbean sunshine cooler for under $25.
Undergrind Cafe is the perfect lowkey spot to get some work done without interruption, meet a friend for breakfast, or grab a quick coffee on the way to work. During BRW, they’re offering a Breakfast Sampler of shrimp & grits, breakfast slider, french toast bread pudding, and a small latte of your choice.
Comfort LA is a fast casual soul restaurant that’s renowned for their Not Your Average Organic Fried Chicken Wings and Southern staples like mac and cheese and candied yams. During BRW you can score their chicken and waffles brunch for $10 or add sides to that dish for $15 total.
Sky’s Gourmet Tacos
Founded in 1992 by Barbara “Sky” Burrell, Sky’s Tacos describes their flavor as “Mexican, with a splash of soul.” Stop by one of their three LA locations during BRW and get their taco lunch for $20.
Simply D’Licious Creole Cuisine
The name Simply D’Licious Creole Cuisine speaks for itself and the restaurant has been an LA staple for more than 35 years. Stop by for brunch during BRW and try their famous red velvet waffle for $11.98, gumbo wing bowl for $12.98, or a BBQ beef sandwich for only $5.98.
Bayou Grille is a pork-free Creole/Cajun restaurant and catering company housed in Inglewood. They have several mouth-watering options on their BRW dinner menu, including 6’ poboys with a side and a drink for $15, small gumbo with a side salad and a drink for $15, or a catfish/shrimp/oyster dinner complete with two sides, hush puppies, and bread for $17.
Dulan’s on Crenshaw
In business for nearly 50 years, Dulan’s on Crenshaw is a cafeteria-style restaurant that specializes in Southern home cooking. Come hungry during dinner and enjoy their smothered chicken or pork chops for $11.95, oxtails for $16.95, or short rib for $17.45. All mains come with your choice of two sides and cornbread.
Harold & Belle’s
Harold & Belle’s has been an LA institution since 1969, serving New Orleans Creole classics like jambalaya, file gumbo, shrimp and crawfish etouffee, charbroiled oysters, red beans and rice, French Quarter beignets and bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Sample their dinner specials for just $25 during BRW.
Post & Beam
Post & Beam offers their unique take on California soul with farm-fresh ingredients served in an open kitchen with a garden patio. Scope the restaurant out for your next private event while taking advantage of their BRW menu, which includes a three-course dinner with homemade cornbread, Angus beef short ribs, and a pecan praline sweet potato pie for just $35.
M’Dears Bakery and Bistro
M’Dears is an elegant bistro with a beer and wine bar that provides the perfect post-dinner nightcap. Wash down their desserts with $5 mimosas that are exclusive to BRW. If you’re looking for something more substantial, dinner includes oxtail over rice and peach cobbler with a side of lemonade.
Harriet’s Cheesecakes Unlimited
With over 60 handmade flavors to choose from, Harriet’s might have the Cheesecake Factory beat. Sweet Potato, Praline, and Key Lime are some of the bakery’s specialties and all of their cakes are made without additives or preservatives. During BRW, you can get two slices for just $10.
Visit LA Black Restaurant Week’s website for full menus and details.