How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Maine
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
We scoured the internet for black-owned businesses in Maine. Although there isn’t a huge selection of options to choose from, there are certainly enough to spend an entire day supporting the community.
From Portland to Searsport, African-cuisine seems to rule supreme when it comes to black-owned restaurants. Spend some time getting to know the locals and owners of these top-rated dining spots and one beauty supply store across the state.
Start The Day With Brunch
Head to the Red Sea for brunch with a taste of East Africa. The Eritrean and Ethiopian food they serve is said to be delicious and affordable, with reviews saying the space in like an old-school café with amazing food and staff that feels like family.
Make A Beauty Stop
Toni’s Touch Beauty Supply and Braiding Salon sells hair and beauty products as well as clothing, jewelry, and other accessories. Stop here to grab a few supplies or to get your hair done by one of the friendly stylists.
Head to Asmara, an Eritrean restaurant, where their dishes are served communal style on a large piece of flat bread called injera. Their large menu includes fiery chicken stew, beef with okra, shiro, and so much more.
Take A Road Trip For Dinner
Me Lon Togo brings the delicious flavors of West Africa to the Mid Coast. Located about two hours from Portland in Searsport, Me Lon Togo is worth the drive while you enjoy parts of Maine’s rocky, picturesque coastline and natural beauty.