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Black-owned restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area

Black-owned restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area

Black-owned restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area

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. 

Albert's Choptime Catering – GTA

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

Miss Millies Jamaican Pies – GTA

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

Updates:

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!

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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. 

Albert's Choptime Catering – GTA

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

Miss Millies Jamaican Pies – GTA

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

Updates:

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!

Tags:

Black Lives Matter

Toronto Restaurants

Black-Owned Restaurants