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Black-owned restaurants you can support in Orlando

Jamaican, soul food offered across Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida is full of wonderful and delicious restaurants that offer food and experiences from many different cultures.

Diners across the City Beautiful offer Ethiopia eats, Caribbean cuisine and more. So next time you’re looking for a meal or even just a snack, why not support a black-owned business?

To help you out, we compiled this list, based off a recent Facebook post, of Black-owned restaurants in Orlando. For more information about each location, just click the bold link to visit the website, which is where you’ll find the address and menus.

Did we miss something? Send an email to acutway@wkmg.com.

1,000 Degrees Pizza: Some like it hot, some like it 1,000 degrees hot. For those who also like hand-tossed dough and high-quality toppings, this pizza joint is the place to go.

Antille’s Cuisine: Antille’s promises “Haitian cuisine with a flare” with dishes like joumou, ragout and tassot cabrit.

Brick & Spoon: The mission for this Maitland restaurant is to serve up a “high-quality Southern experience” that includes breakfast, brunch and lunch -- not to mention the option to build your own bloody Mary.

Caribbean Sunshine Bakery: More than just sweet treats are offered here. In fact, this site on Colonial Drive offers an extensive menu with everything you’d expect to see on it, including oxtail, ackee and more.

Chicken Fire: You haven’t had a chicken sandwich like this before. Located at À La Cart, this food truck offers meals that are made from scratch without any antibiotics or hormones.

DaJen Eats: Yes, you can veganize Jamaican food and DaJen Eats has done just that. Once located in a gas station, DaJen has now expanded to a brick and mortar location in Eatonville that still offers plant-based hoax tail, jerk steak burgers, chik’n biscuits and more.

Deva Cakes: Cakes, cake pops, cake in a jar and every other variation of cake is offered at this Sanford location. Fair warning though, some almost look too pretty to eat -- but don’t let that stop you.

Donevette's Confections
Donevette's Confections (Courtesy of Donevette's Confections)

Donevette’s Confections: If you’re looking for “large, delicious cookies,” look no further. Order online or look for Donevette’s at farmers markets in Winter Garden, Orlando, Apopka and Lake Nona.

Edward’s Gourmet Confections and Fine Coffees: Grab something sugary and say hi to chef Edward himself at farmers markets across Central Florida. Expect pastries, danishes and more.

House of Chicken: #NoHarmNoFowl is the motto for this business offering plant-based chicken any way you like it, including fried, grilled, sauteed and in drumettes.

Justins Caribbean Fusion Restaurant: Justins vows to give guests “wonderful food, a great time and excellent service.” To get the full experience, be sure to stop by during Wine Down Wednesday or another similar event.

Island Classic Caribbean: Reviewers call this place a “hidden treasure” with authentic eats. Not sure what to get? They recommend the oxtail.

Island Thyme: There are a lot of options here to get the most bang for your back. Grab a family meal with enough food to feed five people for $25 or swing by on a Tuesday for buy one, get one half off tacos.

Jesse’s Rib Shack: Jesse’s homemade “magic sauce” is what makes the ribs here special. If that’s not your thing, seafood and chicken are also on the menu.

Jesse's Rib Shack
Jesse's Rib Shack (Courtesy of Jesse's Rib Shack)

Karen’s Tasty Crabs: Come for the tasty crabs, like the name implies, and stay for the ever-so-popular liquid marijuana shots. Located on Kirkman Road, expect dinner and a night out all in one.

Mad Crab Seafood & Wings: Talk about a combo any carnivore would enjoy. That formula must work because according to Yelp, this place gets five stars.

Mark’s Jamaican Bar & Grill: Dine in, take out and catering are available for anyone who wants “authentic and delicious” Jamaican food.

Mila’s Front Porch: The cupcakes, cookies and brownies offered here are just as cute as the name. Keto options are available, too.

Negril’s Spice Cuisine: Head over to Sanford for a Jamaican patty and wash it down with a Red Stripe.

Nikki’s Place: From breakfast to dinner, Nikki’s Place has you covered all day with its soul food offerings. Swing by on a Wednesday to get the chef’s special for just $5.

Nile Ethiopian: If you’ve been wanting to try a taste of Ethiopian food, here’s your chance. While doro wat and gored gored may be popular, there’s a whole list of vegetarian entrees, too.

Oley’s Restaurant, Catering and Events: Oley’s has been offering family-style dining in Central Florida since 1990. Barbecue, Caribbean and American fare are all offered here.

P&D Soulfood Kitchen
P&D Soulfood Kitchen (Courtesy of P&D Soulfood Kitchen)

P&D Soulfood: The website description says it all, “P&D Soul Food Kitchen is a take-out restaurant with all your favorite, down-home, comfort food classics.”

Seana’s: Just opened earlier this year, Seana’s provides Caribbean soul food in a semi-self-serve environment in the Ocoee area.

Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine Inc.: “A blend of spice, a blaze of color (and) a burst of flavor," are what Selam promises to diners who hit up its Central Florida Parkway location.

Sister Honey’s Bakery: Recently inducted into the Orlando Magazine Dining Hall of Fame, Sister Honey’s has been serving up sweets from its SODO-area shop since 2012.

Something Fishy: In a bowl or in a taco, blackened or sauteed, you can have your fish any way you like it at this Apopka restaurant.

Soul Food Fantasy: Your wildest dreams, or at least your soul-food related ones, can come true at this Eatonville eatery.

Taste of Jamaica: You don’t need to hop on a plane or book a cruise to get a taste of Jamaica, not with this restaurant serving up all the island staples in our backyard.

The Tipsy Cookie: Who knew you could put alcohol in cookies? This Lake Mary bakery offers whiskey mud cookies, strawberry daiquiri sugar cookies, amaretto almond vodka cookies and so much more. If you’re watching your figure, consider just sending a tip online.

Vi Vibez Authentic Virgin Island Cuisine: Even just the website alone for this one will have you wanting to take a trip to the islands. If a vacation isn’t on the books, the food can still make you feel like you’re there.

Wildmangoes Caribbean Restaurant: The internationally trained chef here who came straight from Jamaica creates “delightful dishes with beautiful presentations” that patrons can enjoy anywhere they’d like.

News 6 partner Florida Today provided the list below of black-owned restaurants in Brevard County:

Coastal Crab Company. 2911 S. Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, 321-722-2722, facebook.com/coastalcrab. Fresh seafood. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Cosmos Ice Cream. Food truck, 321-212-7712, facebook.com/CosmosIceCreamTruck. Cool treats from the "world's largest ice cream truck." Hours: Follow at facebook.com/CosmosIceCreamTruck to find times and locations.

The Crab Stop. 1550 Indian River Drive, Sebastian, 772-571-6767, crabstopofsebastian.com. Fresh seafood. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday.

Chumley’s Depot. 1929 Depot Drive, Melbourne, 321-208-5766, facebook.com/ChumleysDepot. Wings, sandwiches and fries. Hours: 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 3 p.m.-midnight Sunday.

Dat B Good. Food truck, 321-750-7375, facebook.com/DatBGood. Barbecue. Follow at facebook.com/DatBGood for times and locations.

Downtown Diner: 605 S. Hopkins Ave, Titusville, 321-603-0211, downtowndinerfl.com. Traditional American breakfast and lunch fare. Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.

Flavor by Chef Kenya: Catering and private chef service, 321-310-1852, flavorbykenya.com. Specializing in Italian, barbecue, American and Mediterranean.

Friendly's Subs & More. 3425 Bayside Lakes Blvd. Suite 106, Palm Bay, 321-473-8590, friendlyssubsandmore.com. Subs, soups, wraps and salads. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

From Scratch Restaurant. 1050 Clearlake Road Unit 8, Cocoa, 321-806-3912, fromscratch321.com. Seafood and soul food. Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Hazel's Caribbean Kitchen. 4970 Stack Blvd., Melbourne, 321-768-6453, hazelscaribbean.com. Caribbean dishes. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

Heavenly Seafood and More. Food truck, 321-282-9617, facebook.com/heavenlyseafoodandmore. Grilled and fried seafood and seafood pots. Follow on facebook.com/heavenlyseafoodandmore for times and locations.

The Heroes Grill. 1300 South St., Titusville, 321-607-6739, theheroesgrill.net. Cheesesteaks, burgers, subs and salads. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday.

Jerk Flavas Jamaican Restaurant. 935 School St., Cocoa, 321-806-3583, jerkflavasrestaurant.com. Authentic Jamaican cuisine. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Keys Wings. Food truck, 321-615-0292, facebook.com/KeysWings. Wings and homemade sauces. Hours: Follow at facebook.com/KeysWings for times and locations.

Lizzy's. 1301 E. University Blvd., Melbourne, 321-953-8400, search "Lizzys" on facebook. Soul food. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

Loyd Have Mercy. 3434 S. Washington Ave., Titusville, 321-269-1008, loydhavemercy.com. Southern favorites and soul food. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Saturday.

Melbourne Sweets. 306 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, 321-327-3936, facebook.com/MelbourneSweets321. Gourmet popcorn, cheesecake, chocolate and cupcakes. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Mister Bar-B-Que. 704 S Fiske Blvd, Cocoa, 321-631-6906. Southern-style barbecue, plus burgers and sides such as collard greens and fried okra. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Mo Bay Grill. 1401 Indian River Drive, Sebastian, 772-589-4223, mobaygrill.com. International cuisine and cocktails. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 am.-8 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. Charlies Signature Wings Express. 4940 Babcock St. N.E., Palm Bay, facebook.com/CharliesHotWings. Wings and fries. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, drive-through only.

North by South Bistro. 228 State Road A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-428-5659, facebook.com/NorthBySouthBistro. Seafood, Southern and Cajun specialties. Hours: 3-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday.

Pebbles Catering & Event Design. 1046 Dixon Blvd., Cocoa, 321-735-4910, pebblescatering.com. Catering and event-planning company.

Skeebo's Rib Shack. 2280 Harris Avenue NE, Palm Bay, 321- 956-3405, facebook.com/skeebos. Barbecue and soul food. Hours: 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.

Soul Hibachi. Food truck, 321-614-8002, soulhibachi.com. Japanese hibachi. Hours: Follow at facebook.com/soulhibachi for times and locations.

Soul Sushi 9: Food truck, 321-209-5493, facebook.com. Sushi, crepes, poke bowls. Hours: Search Facebook and follow to find times and locations.

Strawberry Caribbean Restaurant. 1504 Palm Bay Road N.E., Palm Bay, 321-722-9660. Caribbean specialties. Hours: 10 am.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Sugabears. 3550 Washington Ave., Titusville, 321-696-9223, sugabears.com. Hotdogs and sandwiches. Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Village Food Tours. Food tour operator, 321-233-4600, villagefoodtours.com. Organizes tours of Space Coast restaurants. Hours: Call to book a tour, or follow facebook.com/villagefoodtours.

Wings & Things Too. 4651 Babcock St. N.E. Suite 3, Palm Bay, 321-727-7778, WingsandThingsToo.com. Wings, hotdogs, burgers and cheesesteaks. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday.


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