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How to Support Black-Owned Restaurants in Dallas

From Local Bakeries and Bars to Beloved BBQ Spots

BY // 06.03.20

After days of emotional protests in honor of Houston-native George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement, many are looking for ways to continue to show support in their own community. One small way you can do that in Dallas is by patronizing black-owned businesses, including food and beverage institutions — which are already in dire need due to the pandemic.

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Kessler Baking Studio

Bishop Arts

1129 N. Beckley Avenue
Dallas, TX 75203  |  Map

Kessler Baking

Cinnamon Roll Saturday starts at 10 am at Kessler Baking Studio. Courtesy of Kessler

This Bishop Arts gem makes some of the best cookies, brownies, and cinnamon rolls in Dallas. Opened in 2014 by Clyde Greenhouse, Kessler Baking Studio makes their treats from scratch using local ingredients. Support them by pre-ordering online for pickup.

Invasions

East Dallas

4029 Crutcher Street
Dallas, TX 75246  |  Map

Invasions Burger

The Berry Good Burger at Invasions is unreal and only available on certain days. (Courtesy of Invasions)

New East Dallas gourmet sandwich, burger, and veggie bowl spot, Invasions, comes from personal chef Airric Heidelberg. After restaurants were shut down because of COVID, the restaurant‘s physical opening date was pushed back, but Heidelberg and co-owner Agon Raka were determined to give back to the community. Support them by trying one of their Cardi B fried chicken sandwiches or Berry Good burger available for takeout.

Val’s Cheesecakes

Lower Greenville

2820 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75206  |  Map

Val’s Cheesecakes Val Jean-Bart

Val Jean-Bart opened Val's Cheesecakes in 2012

Another Dallas bakery favorite, Val’s Cheesecakes was founded by Val Jean-Bart in 2012. He was inspired by his mom (who passed away from cancer shortly before) and love of baking. The first walk-up window version of Val’s opened on Maple Avenue, and a bigger, second location followed in Lower Greenville. Support Val’s by picking up cheesecake slices, jars, or whole pies to-go.

BurgerIM

Downtown

1722 N. Market Street
Dallas, TX 75202  |  Map

BurgerIM West End Dallas

Despite windows broken in during the weekend's riots in Dallas, BurgerIM West End has reopened. (Courtesy of BurgerIM)

Owner of BurgerIM, Wes Williams’s West End location of gourmet burger chain was vandalized during this past weekend’s rioting. Windows were broken in, but Williams has since reopened. To support the restaurant, order pickup or delivery from the West End spot.

Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que

Medical District

1820 W. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75235  |  Map

Black-Owned Restaurants Dallas Smokey John’s BBQ

Brothers Brent and Juan Reaves own Smokey John's Bar-B-Que. (Courtesy)

“Smokey” John Reeves founded Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que in the 1970s and has been serving hickory-smoked BBQ in the Medical District ever since. Owned by his sons, Brent and Juan, the barbecue joint is popular for its hot links, brisket, and more. Support the business by ordering pickup here.

Kookie Haven

Bishop Arts

337 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208  |  Map

Kookie Haven

Kookie Haven is well known in Oak Cliff for its cookies, cupcakes, and "stuffers." (Courtesy of Kookie Haven)

Sisters Darla McCuen, Nita Briggs, and Kim Haynes opened Oak Cliff dessert shop Kookie Haven in 2017. Offering every kind of cookie from butter toffee crunch to oatmeal cranberry, and even vegan options, the bakery is well-known for the “stuffer” — a glorious cookie and cupcake hybrid. To support Kookie Haven, order for pickup by calling 972-373-4084.

The Island Spot

Bishop Arts

309 W. Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208  |  Map

The Island Spot Dallas

The Island Spot is family owned and operated in Oak Cliff. (Courtesy of The Island Spot)

The Island Spot is a Jamaican kitchen and bar in Oak Cliff. Family owned and operated, recipes for jerk chicken and curry were originally passed down from Mama Joyce. Order mango juices, coconut shrimp, or Jamaican rum bread pudding to support the local spot.

Off the Bone Barbecue

The Cedars

1734 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215  |  Map

Off the Bone BBQ

Off the Bone Barbecue comes from award-winning chef Dwight Harvey. (Courtesy of OTB)

Award-winning chef Dwight Harvey opened Off the Bone Barbecue in The Cedars after running a successful catering business for several years. The barbecue joint is known for its smoked brisket, baby back ribs, and family-friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is currently offering delivery through Doordash and Postmates, as well as pickup.

The Cake Bar

Trinity Groves

3011 Gulden Lane, Suite 117
Dallas, TX 75012  |  Map

The Cake Bar

The Cake Bar sells classic cake flavors with a Southern twist. Courtesy of The Cake Bar

At Trinity Groves, The Cake Bar is still offering its famous cakes to-go for pickup and delivery. Opened by longtime baker Tracy German, The Cake Bar sells “cakes you grew up with” with a Southern Flair. Support the local bakery by ordering by the slice (or who are we kidding these days? By the cake) by calling 972-684-5801.

Shoals Sound & Service

Deep Ellum

2614 Elm Street, Suite 110
Dallas, TX  |  Map

Shoals Sound & Service

Shoals Sound & Service is a Deep Ellum bar inspired by Southern Rock 'n Soul of the 1960s and 1970s. (Courtesy of Shoals)

Founded in 2017 by Omar Yeefoon, Shoals Sound & Service has become a hotspot for Southern Rock ‘n Soul vibes in Deep Ellum. The bar is currently closed, but you can still help by donating to the “Help Shoals Ride the Storm” GoFundMe.

TLC Vegan Kitchen

Lake Highlands

520 Shepherd Drive, Suite 10
Garland, TX 75042  |  Map

TLC Vegan Kitchen

TLC's SOS Burger comes with chicken fried Impossible steak or Portobello mushroom with chipotle habanero Bar-B-Q sauce.

Recently opened in Lake Highlands as a new vegan ghost kitchen (meaning dishes are only available for takeout), TLC Vegan Kitchen was founded by chef Troy Gardner. The chef is also co-owner of V-Eats, another vegan spot in Trinity Groves. Favorite dishes include the Sausage and Mushroom pizza and Chicken Fried Steak. Both are made with Impossible meat, but you can hardly tell the difference (even if you’re usually a carnivore).

Fluellen Cupcakes

Downtown

1408 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75202  |  Map

Fluellen Cupcakes

Fluellen Cupcakes is one of the best cupcake shops in downtown Dallas. (Courtesy)

Opened by Keith Fluellen in 2013, Fluellen’s Cupcakes has some of the best cupcakes in Dallas. Cupcake flavors include Wedding Cake, Red Velvet, Chocolate Cream Cheese, and more. Order pickup orders online.

Aunt Irene’s Kitchen

Fair Park

3309 S Malcolm X Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75215  |  Map

Aunt Irene’s Kitchen Dallas

Aunt Irene's Kitchen offers some of the best Cajun-style seafood in Dallas. (Courtesy)

Inspired by her Aunt Irene, Dresha Harrison opened Aunt Irene’s Kitchen after a land-owning friend converted his mechanic garage into her first location in South Dallas. The diner quickly grew a massive social media following for its lobster boxes, seafood gumbo, potatoes, and more. Support the iconic spot by ordering takeout.

Sweet Georgia Brown

2840 E Ledbetter Drive
Dallas, TX 75216  |  Map

Sweet Georgia Brown

Sweet Georgia Brown has the best soul food in Dallas.

One of the best soul food restaurants in Dallas, Sweet Georgia Brown was founded by Walt Williams about 30 years ago. Located in South Dallas, the restaurant serves ribs, pork chops, hot links, and other barbecue staples. They’ve also got specials like meatloaf, fried chicken, and turkey wings. Order takeout to support.

Hall’s Honey Fried Chicken

Medical District

1407 Medical District Drive
Dallas, TX 75207  |  Map

Hall’s Honey Fried Chicken

MacKenzie Hall and John Hall of Hall's Honey Fried Chicken. (Courtesy)

Founded by John Hall, Hall’s Honey Fried Chicken is a spinoff of his grandfather’s Henderson’s Chicken Shack. Originally named the Chicken Shack in 1948, the spot was rebranded and in 1989, John’s father gave him his blessing to use the family recipe to open his own spot on Lancaster Road. Since then, John and his siblings have expanded to several locations throughout Dallas, offering some of the best fried chicken in the city. His daughter, MacKenzie Hall, owns the Medical District spot.

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