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Best Black-Owned Restaurants In Oakland

By Bianca Lambert

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Oakland is known for its rich culture and diversity, making it a great place to try food from local chefs as well as cuisine from across the world. Here are seven black-owned eateries for you to support the next time you’re in Oakland.

Oeste Bar and Kitchen

Though this rooftop spot is just getting its footing in Oakland, it is already becoming a favorite on the local foodie scene. Be sure to try pop by during happy hour and try their highly rated mango habanero margarita.

Brown Sugar Kitchen Counter

After a name change and an Uptown move, this iconic West Oakland brunch haven is ready to keep serving up top chef’s Tanya Holland version of soul food staples.

Miliki

If you’re looking for a place in Oakland that serves authentic Nigerian dishes (spice included), head on over to Miliki since it’s the only Nigerian restaurant in Bay Area.

Souley Vegan

Who said soul food can’t be healthy? Well, Souley Vegan is giving Oakland residents “distinctive flavors of the south” with a vegan twist.

Enssaro

Looking for a place to eat traditional Ethiopian food? Enssaro is the place to go. The small restaurant even sources many of their ingredients and spices from the town of Enssaro in Ethiopia.

Everett & Jones BBQ

BBQ is always a good idea, and it’s even better when you’re supporting a local black-owned favorite. With two locations, you can be sure to find a route to get to great BBQ.

Chef Smelly’s Pop-Up Restaurant

Chef Smelly’s Pop-Up might be on hiatus for a bit, but we still wanted to share this business with you. People have lined up for at least an hour at their former 14th St location on Tuesday and Friday nights to feast on fries topped with crab, lobster, and steak alongside prawns, Dungeness crab, and the restaurant’s signature garlic noodles. Due to an issue with a landlord, the chef was forced out of it Downtown Oakland location, but he will be back.

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