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We’ve compiled the perfect list to satiate that hunger, consisting of the top must-see black-owned restaurants on the premise of their originality, zesty food, and positive reviews. From soul vegetarian food to that juicy all-American cuisine, it’s needless to say, you’re going to find a taste of it all on this list.

The Delta 1745 W. North Ave.

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Try the red hot tamales with spicy beef brisket ($6 for three), fried rice with chicken and mushroom ($16) or the grilled Isola catfish with eggplant and Chinese broccoli ($21).

Mikkey’s Retro Grill 5319 S Hyde Park Blvd

Here comes Mikkey’s, whipping up salmon, turkey and veggie burgers in a neighborhood where you’ll find a “vegetarian, pescatarian, meatatarian and a vegan all on the same block,” according to the owner, Erik Nance. But of course, a retro shack like this comes with a menu of burgers, waffle fries, shakes and sundaes. Also, we recommend checking out Nance and his contributions to the Chicago community.

Demera 4801 N. Broadway

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Ethiopian chef/owner Tigist Reda opened Uptown’s Demera in 2007. Try a family style messob (combination platter) with beef, chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian dishes ($16.50-$17.95 per person) along with Tej, Ethiopian honey wine ($8).

Batter and Berries 2748 N Lincoln Ave

If the name isn’t delicious enough? This cafe has you covered with creative pancakes, omelets & other breakfast eats, and it’s melee of sandwiches and lunch. Then there’s also the excitement of the 68-seat breakfast nooks and the mosaic-tiled tables, crafted by the owners themselves.

Original Soul Vegetarian 203 E 75th St

You’ve got your vegetarian and vegan foods, and then you’ve got your vegetarian and vegan southern/soul foods with health and spice, and everything nice, because that’s what real foods are made of. With a juice bar and local art works to show, the longevity of this hub speaks for itself.

The Bronzeville Jerk Shack 5055 S Prairie Ave

If you find yourself in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood, and craving a menu centered around jerk, chicken and pork, freshly made to order, stop by the Jerk Shack. You’ll also be able to get a couple complementary sides and an assortment of island sweets.

Sip and Savor 5301 S Hyde Park – 528 E 43rd Street – 9920 S Western Ave

With three locations and the latter recently opening in Beverly, Sip and Savor is your grandiose coffee shop with music entertainment. Like the others, this place is for all patrons to come and mingle, read ans sip, write and type—well, we’re sure you get it by now.

Frontier 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave

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Grab your friends and family and share a whole smoked pig served with mac and cheese, salad, seasonal vegetables and buttered rolls ($550, serves 12-15 adults, pre-order three days in advance) or choose an entree for one, like the lamb burger with cucumber dill yogurt ($15).

Ja’Grill Harper court, 1510 E Harper Ct

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Hello to Mr. President Obama’s Chicago neighborhood of Hyde Park, Ja’Grill is cooking up curries, jerks & other Jamaican specialties in a very upscale-casual space that has a lounge and, yes—weekend DJs.

Truth Italian 56 E Pershing Rd

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The truth is, Truth! is a five-star cuisine, offering dishes like ravioli Florentine, marinated grilled lamb chops, and more. This is an Italian affair to the T.

Hecky’s Barbecue 1902 Green Bay Road, Evanston

Image result for hecky's barbecueHecky’s has been serving barbecue in Evanston since 1983. Try the Chicago style ribs and hot links combo ($14.50) with fries and bread.

Kizin Creole Restaurant 2311 Howard St.

Image result for kizin creoleGet a “taste of Haiti” with taso kabrit, fried goat with spicy Creole sauce and a side of diri kole, Haitian rice and beans ($14.99).

Currency Exchange Café 305 E Garfield Blvd37378_995031_747773151931318_2912225954971453944_n

The cafe has a very unique design that was completely birthed from re-purposed materials and includes the original hand-painted signs of the currency exchange that formally inhabited the space. Did we mention there is a library? Serves a mix of American, Mexican & Filipino food.

Brown Sugar Bakery 328 E 75th St

Calling all sweet tooth’s: if a fix of Brown Sugar’s baked goods, sweat treats and custom cakes won’t do it, what will? If you check in on Yelp, you get a free cupcake. We recommend the caramel cake and the peach cobbler.

Mr. Brown’s Lounge 2301 W. Chicago Ave

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Try the oxtail with butter beans, rice and peas, cabbage and plantains ($22) at the West Town Jamaican spot, which also features live music and DJ sets.

Peach’s Restaurant 4652 S King Dr

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Just your breakfast all day, casual diner, peach coffee, duck bacon, and bourbon compote spot.

Vee-Vee’s African Restaurant 6232 N Broadway St

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You may have spotted Vee-Vee’s at the Taste of Chicago a few times, but you can find their mainstay in the Edgewater neighborhood. Red beans and rice with jerk chicken, the jollof rice, the plantains, the goat; Vee-Vee’s is one of the best West African/Caribbean restaurants you’ll find in Chicago.

Luella‘s Southern Kitchen 4609 N Lincoln Ave

From the outside, Luella’s is a simple storefront in a narrow space. But the inside is as spectacular as they come. Find traditional southern favorites and a BYOB policy in Lincoln Square.

Norman’s Bistro 1001 E 43rd

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What are you going to dive into at Norman’s Bistro? For appetizers, (get it?) this high-end eatery is recognized by locals as one of Chicago’s bests and the top restaurants in the Hyde Park and Kenwood area. There’s American Creole Cuisine with a Brazilian Flair, and an exquisite dessert menu with an elaborate wine bar and wine list.

Soulé 1931 W. Chicago Ave

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Owner Bridgette Harris opened the West Town soul/Creole restaurant in 2017, which features dishes like fried catfish with your choice of side ($15). Side dishes include dirty rice, greens, mac and cheese and sweet potatoes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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