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If you are looking for ways to support your local Black community, start with ordering from Black-owned restaurants and food services. Though some of these businesses are catering companies or may have limited hours and small delivery radiuses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can still reach out to these businesses and show your support. Due to the dramatic decrease in income that has affected restaurants globally on account of the pandemic, ordering food, purchasing merchandise or buying gift cards for future use is greatly appreciated by restaurant owners.
Chef Jamie Beeston, owner of Toronto-based catering company Barbacoa Boyz.
The spots mentioned below produce some of the tastiest plates in the city. With a unique blend of spices and dishes from all over the globe, these restaurants represent traditional cuisine from countries like Ethiopia, Nigeria, Haiti, Ghana and Jamaica -- to name a few. Some of these business owners also put contemporary twists on dishes by creating fusion fare that is just divine! From delicious vegan food, organic juices and quality coffee, check out how your local Black restaurant owners have been serving the community.
Jerome Robinson, owner and chef of recently opened restaurant, The Heartbreak Chef.
These hardworking, passionate restaurant owners care deeply for the communities that stand behind them to make operation successful. In the past, TasteToronto has had the opportunity to speak directly with some local Black restaurant owners concerning their personal stories about the journey of opening a business and the successes and struggles along the way. Recently, we covered the opening of Parkdale fried chicken joint The Heartbreak Chef by Jerome Robinson and SugarKane co-owner Nicole Charles-Page.
Nicole, Renée and Donna, sisters and co-owners of SugarKane Restaurant.
Now, more than ever, as the world reignites the movement against racism, awareness is spreading on the discrimination black people face in their daily lives and the systemic racism that is very much still ingrained in our society. People of the GTA and surrounding cities can take a step forward and support this movement by showing support for black restaurant/business owners.
A & N Takeout - 1427 Queen St W
African Delight Cafe and Restaurant - 1180 Bloor St W
African Village - 2849 Weston Rd, North York
Afro Continental Bar & Grill - 849 Albion Rd
Alabon Libon - 1837 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough
Albert's - 542 St. Clair Ave W.
Ali’s Roti - 1446 Queen St W
Art of BBQ - 2478 Kingston Rd
The Art of Catering - 11 Curity Ave, East York
Aunt Lucy's Burgers - 1346 Queen St W
Baddies Patties - GTA
Barbacoa Boyz - 35 Hettersley Dr, Ajax
Beach Hill Smokehouse - 172 Main St
Beryl’s Pepper Pot - 467 Westney Rd S #17, Ajax, 1101 Kingston Rd #3, Pickering,
Bliss Truffles and Gelato - 621 Barton St #8, Stoney Creek
Boukan Restaurant - 452 Kingston Rd
Carib 21 - 2039 Eglinton Ave W
Caribbean Jerk Pit - 0737 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, 34 Avondale Blvd, Brampton
Caribbean Queen of Patties- 1294 Bloor W
Celebrity Pure Vegetarian - 1474 Eglinton Ave W, York
Chic Pease Veg Cuisine – GTA
Chris Jerk - 2570 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough
Classic Juice Co - 287 Coxwell Ave.
Cool Runnings - 146 Main St, Toronto
Congo Coffee & Mikate house - 371 Front St W
Creole Jamaican Kitchen + Bar - 7887 Weston Road, Unit #7
The Diners Corner - 714 Yonge St
Dirty Bird Chicken + Waffles - 79 Kensington Ave
Don's Caribbean Jerk - 3078 Mayfield Rd., Brampton
Edible Bliss - Brampton Ontario
El Habanero Churro Bar - 4915 Steeles Ave E #8, Scarborough, ON
Entertainment Kitchen - 1559 Eglinton Ave W, York
Friday Roots - 876 Dundas St W
Gerry’s - 724 St Clair Avenue West
Good Vibes Kitchen - 1299 Danforth Ave
The Heartbreak Chef - 1316 Queen Street West
Ital Vital - 741 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough
Jerk and BBQ Haven - 488 Eglinton Ave W
Kaspace Cafe - 1183 Queen St E
Killaah's Kitchen – GTA
King’s Catering - 1695 Dufferin St
Lalibela Ethiopean Restaurant - 869 Bloor St W, Toronto
Loveless - 1430 Dundas St W
Lloyd's Jamaican Restaurant - 1710 Jane St, York
Mama Dee's Caribbean Cuisine - 1128 Simcoe St N, Oshawa
Merk Snack Bar - 189 Ottawa St N, Hamilton
Mofer Coffee - 1040 St Clair Ave W and 1577 Danforth Ave unit 1
Mona's Roti - 4810 Sheppard Ave E.
Mr. Clutch Catering - GTA
Nunu Ethiopian Restaurant - 1678 Queen St. W.
One Love Vegetarian - 854 Bathurst St
Pam's Roti - 1089 Bloor St W
The Palms Jerk & Grill - 2419 St Clair Ave W
Pat's Homestyle - 558 Queen St W
Potluck Restaurant- 21 Dundas St E, Mississauga 1107 Britannia Rd E, Mississauga etc.
Rap's - 1541 Eglinton Ave W, York
Rasta Pasta - 61 Kensington Ave
The Real Jerk - 842 Gerrard St E, 1004 Kingston Rd
Rendez-Vous Ethiopian - 1408 Danforth Ave
Ritz Caribbean - 762 Yonge St, 32 Eglinton Ave W etc.
Roux - 2790 Dundas St. W.
Royal Caribbean Cafe - 1127 St Clair Ave W
ScottHill Caribbean Cuisine - 1943 Avenue Rd
Selam Restaurant and Lounge - 812 Bloor St W
Simone's Caribbean Restaurant - 596 Danforth Ave
Steady’s - 261 Fulton Ave
Street Shak Catering - 907 Queen St. W
Stush Jamaican Patties - GTA
SugarKane - 699 Danforth Ave
The Suya Spot - 12 Bradstock Rd #10, North York, 269 Morningside Ave, Scarborough
T Dot Jerk - 26 Roncesvalles Ave
Taste Seduction - 399 Keele St
Tasty's Caribbean Cuisine - 405 Spadina Ave 17.
That's A Pita - 4555 Hwy 7 West
Tony's Skinny Chef Bistro - 6436 Dixie Rd.
Transcend by Jex - GTA
True True diner - 169 King St. E.
Twist Catering - 91 Rylander Blvd., Suite 6
V's Vegan Caribbean Restaurant - 1221 Weston Rd, York
Veggie D'Light - 160 Baldwin St #1
Xawaash- 130 Queens Plate Dr #1,2, Etobicoke
Cake Your Way - 7007 Islington Ave Unit #10, Woodbridge
Chic Pease Veg Cuisine - Toronto
Dav’s Hotspot - 1365 Mid-Way Blvd, Mississauga
East End Vegan - Toronto
Enat Buna - 175 Queen St E
Est 2020 Restaurant and Lounge - 3603 Langstaff Rd Unit 8, Woodbridge
Hirut Café and Restaurant - 2050 Danforth Ave
Honey Bre Cakery - Markham
Jamaica House - 145 Clarence St #23-24, Brampton
King Rustic Kitchen and Bar - 905 King St W, Toronto
Mary’s Brigadeiro - 1912 Danforth Ave
Nana Shake - 4750 Yonge St. unit 134 Toronto
Peta Cakes - Scarborough
Portland Jerk - 9025 Torbram Rd, Brampton
Randy’s Patties - 1569 Eglinton Ave W, York
Roywoods - 121 Fort York Blvd
Sahan Restaurant - 2010 Lawrence Avenue East, Scarborough
Sazerac Bar - 278 James St N, Hamilton
Scoty Bons - 789 Warden Ave, Scarborough
Swankys Hot Pot - 1165 Victoria Park Ave
Thobors Patisserie and Bakery - 1116 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto
Twice as Nice - 4180 Kingston Rd, Scarborough
Veggie Thali - 1410 Victoria Park Ave, North York
Vegan Jerk- 1400 Squires Beach Rd, Pickering
Vibez Caribbean & Southern Grill- 971 King St E, Hamilton
Wanda’s Caribbean Kitchen- 1844 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga
Zhane Cooks - Scarborough
416 Crab Shack - Scarborough
This is not an exhaustive list, so please let us know in the comments what restaurants, bakeries, cafes or caterers that we have missed!