Austin’s rich culture of food has seen a lot of changes in the last decade, but if you look closer there’s a rich history of restaurants and eateries helmed by African American chefs and cooks, producing some of the most delicious and authentic offerings in the city.

 

From home cooking, Ethiopian, BBQ and Cajun-style cuisine, these black-owned eateries share menus that combine a mix of their own family’s recipes, along with a style of their own.  See our guide to some of Austin’s black-owned restaurants and eateries.

 

 

EAST AUSTIN

 

J. LEONARDI’S

J. Leonardi’s Barbeque is helmed by owner and pitmaster Jerome Faulkner.  They offer authentic, old school, East Austin BBQ for outdoor dining at their food truck, as well as catering services.

1124 E 11th St

 

 

 

Bird Bird

BIRD BIRD BISCUIT

Helmed by co-owners, Ryan McElroy and chef Brian Batch, Bird Bird Biscuit is dedicated to serving the best possible biscuits and biscuit sandwiches to the people of Austin.

2701 Manor Rd

 

 

Hoover's Fried Chicken

HOOVER’S COOKING

Hoover’s Cooking is honest-to-goodness good Texas home cooking and soul food, for 15 years running in the heart of east Austin.

2002 Manor Rd

 

 

 

Sam's BBQ

SAM’S BARBECUE

Established in 1957 by founder Sam Campbell, Sam’s Barbecue is an East Austin Institution, offering classic East Austin-style BBQ.  The business was purchased by the Mays family in 1976 and remains a beacon the rich heritage of Austin’s African American community.

2000 E 12th St

 

 

 

KRAB KINGZ

Offering Cajun seafood platters, crab legs, lobster and shrimp plates, steamed and loaded with potatoes, corn on the cob and sausage, drenched in a special sauce of your selection.

Food Truck – E. 6th Street & I-35

Cafe – 202 Farm to Market 685 A1, Pflugerville

 

 

 

TONY’S JAMAICAN FOOD TRUCK

A ‘low-key food truck eatery featuring a menu of traditional Jamaican dishes with outdoor seating.

1200 E 11th St

 

 

 

MR. CATFISH

Down-home, easygoing cafe-style restaurant serving Gulf coast catfish, seafood plates along with a terrific lunch buffet.

1144 Airport Blvd Ste 220

 

 

 

BIG EASY BAR & GRILL

Authentic Cajun food with a traditional crawfish boil, crawfish cakes, etouffee and gulf seafood platters.  Also enjoy other cajun favorites like gumbo or red beans and rice with sausage.

1806 E 12th St

 

 

COUNTRY BOYZ FIXINS

Family owned and operated by Thera Dolphus Williams, featuring daily scratch-made, house lunch specials.

4140 E 12th St

 

 

 

ROLAND’S SOUL FOOD

An east Austin soul food eatery, known in the community for serving classics like brisket, oxtail & chitterlings.

1311 Chestnut Ave.

 

 

 

SASSY’S VEGETARIAN SOUL FOOD

Serving down-home cooking soul food, without the meat featuring fried cabbage, black-eyed peas, hot water cornbread, and a medley of collard, kale, and mustard greens.

1403 E 7th St

 

 

North Austin

 

EMOJI’S GRILLED CHEESE

A rolling food truck serving classic toasty, melty, buttery grilled cheese sandwiches a seductive menu of delicious options.  Add your choice of cheeses, veggies, and meats, all made to order, fresh on the spot.

Rolling Food Truck

 

 

 

Slab BBQ:

Located on Burnet Road and 183, Slab BBQ offers barbecue sandwiches, ribs by-the-pound and specialty nachos that is nothing short of epic.  You can place an order online or by phone at 512-351-997

 

 

 

HABESHA ETHOPIAN

Habesha prides itself on its authenticity,high quality ingredients,cleanness and more importantly its great service.
This authentic Ethiopian restaurant has been a great addition to the diverse culture of Austin Tx.

6019 N Interstate Hwy 35 North

 

 

 

THE ROLLING ROOSTER

Serving delicious fried chicken & waffles and southern style offerings in a casual atmosphere with a restaurant in Wells Branch and a food truck in east Austin.

  • 13717 N Mopac
  • 1104 E 11th Victory Grill

 

 

 

NEW AWLINS CAFE

The New Awlins Cafe is a bright and casual eatery, with folk art murals and a menu featuring the flavors of New Orleans by Chef Aaron.  The cafe is best know for its New Orleans style pies, cajun Po-boys and seafood basket platters..

8650 Spicewood Springs Rd #111

 

 

 

DA SLICE PIZZA

A catering service offering specialty gourmet pizza, chicken wings, famous for their Chicken and Waffle Pizza.

 

 

 

CAJUN SKILLET CATERING

Authentic Cajun catering services offering crawfish, shrimp, and andouille sausage as stapled meats used in a variety of dishes.

 

 

 

DOWN SOUTH TEXAS BBQ

Family owned and operated, featuring south Texas BBQ favorites like brisket, ribs, pulled pork and hot links all, along side with their famous smoked mac and cheese, collard greens, and Mom’s homemade potato salad.

1716 West Howard Lane

 

 

 

JUST LIKE MAMA’S SOULFOOD

Offering soul food at its finest with all the classic fixings you can think of as far as food for the soul.

1609 Butter Cup Rd., Pflugerville

 

 

 

GOSSIP SHACK CHICKEN & WAFFLES

1615 Grand Avenue Parkway, Pflugerville

 

 

Central & Downtown Austin

 

ASTER’S ETHIOPIAN

A cozy, long-standing cafe featuring classic Ethiopian dishes with a terrific lunch buffet, sitting on centrally located on I-35.

2804 N Interstate 35

 

 

 

 

ninja pig

NINJA PIG

The Ninja Pig od truck offers delicious smoked BBQ sandwiches, pastor tacos, and breakfast tacos and can usually be seen at several events and farmer’s markets. Preorder by calling 512-980-0072.

 

 

 

 

TLV

Located inside of Fareground, offering authentic Israeli street food featuring traditional hummus plates, iconic street sandwiches like falafel and sabich, roasted cauliflower, sufganiyot (Israeli donuts), borekas/burek, homemade pickles, homemade spice blends, the highest quality imported tahini, and real Israeli pita from Angel Bakery.

111 Congress Ave

 

 

 

EMMER & RYE

Award-winning, fine dining restaurant located in the heart of Rainey St. helmed by Executive Chef Kevin Fink and partner Tavel Bristol-Joseph.

110 Rainy St.

 

 

 

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We're excited to announce that our dining room will be open for a limited number of nightly reservations starting on Friday, May 29th. We'll be offering a six course menu to celebrate the summer season in Texas. The meal will include a selection of small bites from the kitchen, sourdough bread and accoutrements, our house made pasta, and more.⁠ ⁠ Our takeout service will transition into Dinner for 2 Meal Kits this Tuesday, which will be available between 5 – 6pm, Tuesday through Sunday. These will be beautiful, multi-course meals to give you an Emmer & Rye experience at home. Kits will be a combination of fully prepared dishes & items to finish at home, and wines will still be available to add on at retail prices. ⁠ ⁠ We will continue to offer our Patio Picnic outside as well, so that you have the option of having a contactless, counter service experience if that's the best fit for you. We hope that during these times we can continue to provide true hospitality to you and your family, whether it's in the restaurant, on our patio, or at home.⁠ ⁠

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HESTIA

Hestia, named after the “Greek goddess of the hearth,” is a live-fire, modern-day grill house integrating a chef-focused service to provide a more intimate look into the food.  The restaurant lead by Executive Chef Kevin Fink and partner Chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph.  This modern grill house will integrate chef-focused service to provide a more intimate look into the food.

607 W. 3rd St

 

 

 

Kalimotxo

KALIMOTXO

Kalimotxo is an elevated bar concept from the team behind Emmer & Rye and Hestia, featuring a menu of snacks, small shared plates, and cocktails, as well as sips from the famous Spanish Porron wine pitchers. 

607 W. 3rd St, Suite 105

 

 

 

HENBIT

Located in the Fareground food hallHenbit is a concept from the team behind Emmer & Rye, featuring an upscale menu with a fast-casual vibe, created by Chef Kevin Fink and partners Tavel Bristol-Joseph and Rand Egbert highlighting local sourcing, seasonality, and working closely with farmers – offering an approachable everyday menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Fareground food hall is located at 111 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701

Located in Fareground food hall

 

 

 

South Austin

 

TASTE OF ETHIOPIA II

Authentically prepared Ethiopian cuisine with Beef, lamb chicken, Goat and multiple vegetarian dishes.

3801 S Congress Ave #107

 

 

 

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CRIMSON CREEK BBQ

Oklahoma style BBQ making a strong statement in Austin since 2015.

 

 

 

MY GRANNY’S KITCHEN

A food truck offering healthy alternatives to fast food with southern style affordable and delicious meals.  Granny’s is presently only available for food truck lunch catering and corporate catering delivery.

 

 

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