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15 black-owned restaurants and cafes to support in Central Ohio

Erin Edwards
eedwards@columbusmonthly.com
Lamb burger with fries from Flavor 91 on East Main Street in Whitehall.

This is not a comprehensive list. Find more black-owned restaurants around Central Ohio at blackoutcoalition.org.

The injera here is about as good as it gets with traditional Ethiopian dishes like tibs, kitfo and doro wot.

This 100 percent gluten-free coffee shop and retail bakery is an extension of Bake Me Happy’s growing wholesale business. The cheerful café offers coffee from local roasters, nostalgic treats and some savory offerings.

Some of the best barbecue in town is served from this small East Side spot operated bymilitary veteran James Howell. The menu includes fall-off-the-bone ribs, pulled pork, turkey ribs, wings and great mac ’n’ cheese.

This family-owned restaurant founded by chef Henry Butcher serves Louisiana classics like gumbo, po’boys and crawfish etouffee.

At Traci Lukemire’s year-old doughnut shop, customers can adorn warm doughnuts with a variety of toppings, drizzles and icings.

Founded more than 20 years ago by matriarch Vinell “Ena” Hayles, a native of Jamaica, this Linden area restaurant offers authentic Caribbean fare like jerk chicken, callaloo and goat curry.

Located inside Polaris Fashion Place Mall’s food court, Fay’s offers French-style crepes with a variety of toppings such as strawberries and cream, and banana and Nutella.

This family-owned craft burger joint on the border of Whitehall and Reynoldsburg is dedicated to serving local, organic and fresh ingredients. Go for the flavorful salads, the berbere-rubbed chicken wings, the Flavor Burger and the friendly atmosphere. 

A carryout-only spot serving affordable soul food classics like smothered pork chops, fried fish(whiting, perch or tilapia), collard greens and more. 

Hoyo’s Kitchen offers Somali cuisine with authentic dishes inspired by the owner’s mother. Don’t pass on a combo plate with goat and a berbere-spiked sauce or the daal soup, a hearty lentil dish. Hoyo’s added a fast-casual location inside North Market last year. 

Olde Towne East’s new plant-based café is run by chef Shanna Dean. The menu ranges from plant-based pastries to vegan chicken and waffles to sliders.

Four college friends launched this Cleveland-style barbecue joint in 2016 on the city’s North Side and expanded this year to Parsons Avenue. In addition to ribs, pulled pork, candied yams andmac ’n’ cheese, don’t miss thePolish Girl sandwich: sausage, pulled pork, fries and coleslaw crowded into a bun. 

Since 2011, Micael Habte’s coffee shop in OTE (a second is in Gahanna) has been a friendly constant, connecting with neighbors through house-roasted coffee, art and live music. 

Down-home cooking is served at chef Yonder Gordon’s restaurant, which relocated to the South Side in 2019. Expectshrimp and grits, seafoodgumbo, po’boys, etouffee and more.

The gregarious and charming Wycliff Nduati is usually on hand to guide diners through the menu at his Kenyan eatery. Dishes such as the karanga mbuzi (goat stew) make Wycliff’s a worthy destination. Be sure to pair dinner with notable sides like pilau (seasoned rice with meat) and kabeji (cabbage).