In recent weeks, the world has become increasingly aware of the injustices that black people and our communities face. Sometimes making a difference can feel like it’s beyond our reach but one of the simplest ways we can contribute is by putting money back into our communities. Below is a list of black-owned restaurants you’ll want to check out if you find yourself in Austin, Texas.
Inspired by their obsession with sandwiches and biscuits, longtime owner/operators of Austin’s Thunderbird Coffee decided to open a restaurant that focused exclusively on biscuit sandwiches. It took two and a half years, the addition of a third partner and consulting with a secret Austin “Biscuit Whisperer” but Bird Bird Biscuit finally opened in 2018 and has quickly solidified itself as an Austin staple with lines out the door (don’t worry, they move fast).
2701 Manor Rd.
Austin, TX 78722
2804 N. Interstate Hwy. 35
Austin, TX 78705
SLAB serves up slow-cooked, fall-off-the-bone barbecue and crisp craft beer. Their sandwich shop boasts meats straight off the smoker, slathered in one of their four award-winning barbecue sauces, and sandwiched between two slices of fresh bread. In addition to their brick and mortar location, you can find their food truck cruising the streets of Austin.
7101 W Hwy 71
Austin, TX 78735
“Emmer & Rye is a restaurant designed around the farmer’s haul, featuring a menu that changes daily with a focus on seasonal and local cuisine. Heirloom grains are milled fresh for house-made pastas, breads, and desserts, whole animal butchery is done on-site, and an extensive in house fermentation program captures flavors at their peak and preserves them for the offseason.”
SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St #110
Austin, TX 78701
1251 University Blvd., Ste B
Round Rock, Texas 78665
“In January of 2004, Baby Greens started a fast-food revolution by serving made-to-order salads and wraps out of a tiny drive-thru building in South Austin. What once was a hamburger joint, became the home of the first fast-food salad restaurant. Baby Greens quickly became the destination for fresh and healthy fast food, winning many awards for serving the best salads & dressings in town.” Now located in North Austin, Baby Greens continues to provide delicious and healthy fast food to those looking for a change of pace from the heavy (but oh-so-delicious) bar-b-que Texas is known for.
1508 W Anderson Ln.
Austin, TX 78757
Lady T. Kitchen offers authentic Nigerian food for those looking for Jollof rice, fried plantains, and goat meat stew. Lady T’s motto is “Caring for your stomach is our business.”
15608 Spring Hill Ln.
Pflugerville, TX 78660
2200 South Austin Avenue, Suite 101
Georgetown, TX 78626
A Chicago Style restaurant, Bahadi’s Chicken and Lounge offers fried chicken, soul food, and Chicago style pizza as well as live music in their lounge. Swing by on Soul Food Sunday and treat yourself to chicken free of antibiotics, steroids, or growth hormones!
907 FM 685
Pflugerville, TX 78660
1326 Rosewood Ave.
Austin, TX 78702
As a child, Hoover grew up visiting his family farm in Utley, Texas where he picked fresh peas, melons, greens, and tomatoes, watched his father butcher farm-raised meats, and ate what is now known as “farm-to-table.” Sticking to his roots, Hoover has carefully crafted relationships with area farmers and serves fresh, local food daily.
Hoover says he has always associated food with bringing people together. A fifth-generation Texan, his food is influenced by the state itself. “The delicious and distinct flavors on our menu strive to bring together the melting pot of cultures and people who make up this great state.”
2002 Manor Rd.
Austin, TX 78722
Visit R&B Steak and Fries food truck if you have the hankering for a classic Philly cheesesteak (cheese whiz and all). Made with perfectly grilled Texas ribeye and served on a fresh Amoroso roll, your taste buds won’t be disappointed. Check out their website or follow them on Instagram for location and hours.