#FoodieFriday: Celebrate Black History Month, Head to Some of Texas’ Best Black-Owned Restaurants

by Bebe Brown on February 18, 2022 in Food+Drink, Living Texas,

Seafood, burgers, barbecue, soul food, hot chicken, and so much more: the Black-owned eateries of the Lone Star State are as diverse as they are tasty.

Now, in celebration of Black History Month, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) is making it easy to support some of these amazing Black-owned restaurants with the release of their mouthwatering list of standout Black-owned eateries across Texas.

Houston’s Gatlin’s BBQ is owned by Greg Gatlin, who was seen most recently in the acclaimed Netflix series High on the Hog: How African-American Cuisine Transformed America. Photo courtesy Gatlin’s

And every region is represented — so it’s time for you to pull on those comfy pants and explore.

In Houston, stops are encouraged at Gatlin’s BBQ, owned by Greg Gatlin, who was seen most recently in the acclaimed Netflix series High on the Hog: How African-American Cuisine Transformed America. In Austin, Emmer & Rye is an inspired farm-to-table operation that is also pioneering green practices as a carbon neutral restaurant. Nestled in Duncanville and owned by Louis Rainey, The Pelican House interprets Cajun and Creole traditions through a deliciously Texan lens. Down the road in San Antonio, Tony G’s Soul Food has hooked a new generation on sublime Southern comfort food.

Mico’s Hot Chicken. Photo Becca Wright

“Black History Month invites important conversations and intention on the topics of diversity and inclusion, but these restaurants are gems that should be on every food lover’s radar all year long––not just during February,” says Dr. Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., President and CEO of the TRA. “And of course this list isn’t exhaustive. We hope these highlights encourage folks to try a new restaurant and to return to an old favorite.” The TRA will add to the list below throughout the month of February, creating a comprehensive list of Black-owned restaurants from across the state at https://txrestaurant.org/TXBlackOwnedRestaurants


Houston Region

Alfreda’s Soul Food

5101 Almeda Road, Houston, TX 77004

Bonfire Wings

3 Houston-area locations: Northshore, Aldine, and Midtown

The Breakfast Klub

3711 Travis at Alabama, Houston, TX 77002. (713) 528-8561

Photo courtesy Gatlin’s BBQ

Gatlin’s BBQ 

3510 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX 77018. (713) 869-4227

LA Burger & Daiquiris

3755 N. MacGregor Way, Houston, Texas 77004. (346) 571-8401


Lemond Kitchen is a gourmet food market and catering company located in the Greater Heights area specializing in Southern food. Courtesy photo

Lemond Kitchen

612 Archer St., Houston, Texas 77009. (713) 790-0441

Mico’s Hot Chicken

1603 North Durham Drive, Houston, TX 77008. (713) 434-6133

Precious Soul Food & BBQ

903 N Robb St, Trinity, TX 75862. (936) 594-0332

Wing Quarter

3929 Old Spanish Trail #100, Houston, TX 77021. (713) 747-WING (9464)

Wing Snob

3902 N Fry Rd,  Katy, TX 77449

Central Texas

Down South CaJJun Eats

15630 Vision Dr, Pflugerville, TX 78660. (512) 435-1029

Photo courtesy Emme & Rye

Emmer & Rye

SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St UNIT 110, Austin, TX 78701. (512) 366-5530

Fowler’s Smokin’ Soul Food

5811 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78723. (512) 300-0226

Hoover’s Cooking

2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722. (512) 479-5006

Photo courtesy Hoover’s

The Real New Orleans’ Style Restaurant

1700 Ranch Rd 1431, Marble Falls, TX 78654. (830) 693-5432

Y’all’s Down Home Café

2000 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Round Rock, TX 78681. (512) 243-8014

Dallas Region

Belzoni’s Catfish Cafe

110 Jim Wright Fwy Ste. C, White Settlement, TX 76108. (817) 386-0714

Photo courtesy Chocolate Secrets, Dallas

Chocolate Secrets

3926 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219

Kaybee Cakes LLC

Located in Grow DeSoto Market Place

324 E. Belt Line RD Ste 204, DeSoto, TX 75115-5706. (214) 334-6100

Off the Bone BBQ

1734 Botham Jean Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215. (214) 565-9551

Photo courtesy The Pelican House

The Pelican House

107 S Cedar Ridge Dr, Duncanville, TX 75116. (972) 296-0403

Smokey D’z BBQ

215 W. Camp Wisdom Rd Suite 3, Duncanville, TX 75116

Photo courtesy Soulgood


1201 Oakland St Denton TX 76201

Wing Snob

5 locations in Frisco, Allen, Forney, Carrollton & Lewisville

Visit their website for addresses, phone numbers, and more.

San Antonio Region

Jacked Potato

8340 Seguin Rd Suite 4 Converse, Texas 78109

Ma Harper’s Creole Kitchen

1816 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX 78208. (210) 226-2200

Photo courtesy Smashin Crab

Smashin Crab

700 E Sonterra Blvd #1117, San Antonio, TX 78258. (210) 402-3337

Tony G’s Soul Food

915 S Hackberry, San Antonio, TX 78210. (210) 451-1234

Wayne’s Wings

Two locations in San Antonio. Visit their website for addresses, phone numbers, and more.

Photo courtesy Wayne’s Wings

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Cover photo courtesy Alfreda’s Soul Food, Houston