The vibrant Bay Area culinary scene is replete with black-owned restaurants in every cuisine imaginable.
1. Reve Bistro
In the heart of Lafayette is this refreshingly unpretentious French bistro run by Chef Paul Magu. His previous experiences in a Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant and in San Francisco’s own Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis hotels speak for themselves with its seasonal selection of classic French delicacies – onion soup with Gruyere, duck breast with cherry gastrique and a variety of air-light dishes Macaron Cookies.
2. Axum Cafe
Carnivores and vegetarians alike will enjoy Axum Cafe’s wide variety of Ethiopian favorites, including lamb with garlic, turmeric, and herb butter. mushrooms sauteed with jalapeno pepper; and tumutumo, a lentil puree cooked with traditional Ethiopian spices. Enjoy your meal the traditional way with lots of injera, a flatbread used as a utensil for picking up meat and vegetable dishes.
3. Brown Sugar Kitchen
Come for the pampering soul food and stay in Oakland’s Brown Sugar Kitchen for the batch cocktails. Classically French-trained chef Tanya Holland’s delicious menu includes plates of fried buttermilk chicken, North African-seasoned oxtail and bacon, cheddar and spring onion biscuits. Accompany the meal with the b-side cocktail with bourbon, mezcal, bitter and vanilla.
4. From Flora
Chef Jen McMahon and her husband Darren Lacy attach great importance to fresh, simple ingredients in their Mediterranean-style Italian eatery, Da Flora. Highlights include sweet potato gnocchi with smoked bacon with sherry cream, risotto with sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes, and espresso and rum-laden tiramisu cake.
5. International smoke
Entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling recipe book author Ayesha Curry and acclaimed chef Michael Mina have teamed up with International Smoke, a global dining experience that focuses on wood dishes. In anticipation of its reopening in San Francisco, the culinary powerhouses feature Mina Family Kitchen, a takeaway menu featuring International Smoke’s famous grill. Curry’s curated tasting festival includes cucumbers and watermelon marinated in Sichuan, St. Louis-style ribs, and corn bread with Thai red curry butter.
A team of three owners curates a sustainably focused menu in Oeste with Mediterranean and Latin American cuisine. Browse fried Brussels sprouts with a Korean-style dip, wild-caught shrimp and Georgia semolina, and fried salmon alongside garnet yams. For dessert, treat yourself to the pecan bread pudding with lemon whiskey sauce.
7. Teni East Kitchen
Founded by Ethiopian-born chef Tiyobestia Shibabaw, this Burmese and Asian fusion hotspot in Oakland offers a variety of South Asian dishes such as chicken and cardamom curry, crispy catfish with tamarind chilli oil and the signature pea sprout salad. Finish the meal with orange-saffron-almond cake or ube, a purple yam dessert from the Philippines.
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