92 Black-Owned Food Businesses in Eastern Pennsylvania

Supporting independent, Black-owned businesses has always been important. Due to systemic racist structures, securing capital investments, loans and property have long been disproportionately difficult for people of color. Add to that the razor-thin margins of food-related businesses, and you’ve got an extra-steep uphill climb for Black entrepreneurs in the culinary industry.

But make no mistake — there is no shortage of Black-owned food businesses in Pennsylvania! We’ve divided our list up into the eastern and western parts of the state, and will be adding to the list frequently as we learn of more places that should be included!

Bakeries & Sweets

Affinity Confections: A pastry chef, Joe Green, is the proprietor of this inspired pastry shop that offers two year-round “collections” supplemented by quarterly collections that focus on peak-season ingredients. The indulgent menu includes bars, like vegan brownies and a lemon curd poppy bar, mini tarts, shortbreads, cupcakes, cakes and trifles. The 202 spring/summer collection utilizes stone fruit, berries and citrus in creations, like strawberry shortcake and blueberry almond tarts. During COVID, Affinity Confections is open on a limited basis (though it is offering delivery); all orders must be placed ahead online. 310 S. 48th St. B, Philadelphia; (267) 297-4683

Birdie’s Biscuits: Using a beloved family recipe, Birdie’s aims to bring the highest quality biscuits to Philadelphia. Made daily with fresh ingredients, both the sweet and savory biscuits are divine; the house special is The Birdie,  with sweet potato crème brûlée and toasted pecans with a brown sugar glaze. Visit Birdie’s stands in Reading Terminal Market or at the Cherry Street Pier, or inquire about their catering services. 51 N. 12th St. (Filbert Street Entrance, Aisle B); Philadelphia; (267) 298-0341; 121 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

Cakes By Denise’s: Denise’s may be best-known for their elegant wedding cakes, but that’s just the start of what this Philly-based bakery (in action since 1990!) can do. Elaborate and detailed custom cakes can be made for all sorts of special occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries and showers. Order online or by phone! 2916 N. 22nd St., Philadelphia; (215) 225-5425

Carline’s Cheesecakes: Homemade, fresh and delicious, these cheesecakes go way beyond the typical flavors with offerings like pistachio, Nutella swirl, lemon, peanut butter cup and chocolate chip cookie. New flavors are introduced weekly, and reportedly, vegan options are coming soon! If you prefer a classic cheesecake, Carline’s knocks that out of the park, too. Call or text to order. no listed address, Scranton; (570) 677-3271

Cloud Cups: Find this new-wave ice cream shop serving CBD-infused treats in Fishtown, in the former Little Baby’s space adjacent to Pizza Brain. Gelato and sorbet made with 100% organic ingredients and high-quality CBD are spun by artisan maker Sierra Georgia, who was trained in Italy. The CBD infusions are co-founder Galen Thomas’ department. Shop online for a variety of flavors, which are available for shipping. 2313 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia.

Darnel’s Cakes: This bakery has a social mission to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Currently open Sundays for pick-up, Darnel’s slings more than just sweets (though the buttermilk bars and brownies are a must); biscuit and biscuit breakfast sandwiches round out the savory side. Shop online to preorder. 444 N. 4th St., Philadelphia; no phone

Gelat’Oh!: This gelato company and food truck is the sister brand to Cloud Cups, also run by Sierra Georgia. The truck is stationed in North Philly and is open for online ordering and pick-up, with a variety of traditional gelato and plant-based sorbet offered each day. You can also shop online for orders to be shipped (in dry ice, of course), and wholesale and catering options are also available! 1261 N. 23rd St., Philadelphia

Khanisa’s: A charming dessert shop specializing in puddings, Khanisa’s began as a pop-up in August of 2016 in Northampton, PA. The brand now has three locations: Menlo Park Mall, The Mills At Jersey Gardens Mall and Easton, PA (which is the flagship shop). Creamy, layered desserts, milkshakes and plated desserts are available. For curbside pick-up, pudding cups can be ordered online (please note that Khanisa’s is closed from June 7 to 12). 118 Northampton St., Easton; (484)-895-8002

Kia’s Cakes: A neighborhood bakery in Lansdowne that specializes in wedding and specialty cakes, baked fresh using natural ingredients, like unbleached flour, aluminum-free baking powders, organic milk, real butter, sea salt and pure vanilla. While Kia’s is currently open on Fridays and Saturdays only for takeout of treats like pineapple upside-down cake, cupcakes and shortcake parfaits, to support them during COVID-19, you can also purchase a cake for a later date, put down a deposit on a future cake or simply donate. 16 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; (484) 461-3793

Make’m Bake’m: Small-batch cheesecakes in a tempting array of flavors — banana pudding, cinnamon swirl, match, key lime and so many more —are what Make’m Bake’m is all about. Vegan cheesecakes, Drunken Cheesecakes (yes, cheesecakes spiked with booze!), and other baked treats, like cinnamon rolls, biscotti, Bundt cakes and cookies, round out the options. no listed address or phone, Philadelphia

New Freedom Pie: What happens when a pie meets a cake? You get “pake”! This hybrid dessert, a cheesecake layered with traditional bean pie filling, is New Freedom Pie’s signature bake. Though its storefront is temporarily closed, you can still order treats through this online form. 3816 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia; (267) 536-9080

Scoops N Smiles Ice Cream: These neighborhood ice cream joints are everything you want out of spots like this: bustling with families, tons of delicious treats on offer, friendly staff of local teens … the whole nine yards. The flavors of Dutch Farm and super-premium ice cream rotate daily, and vegan options are always available! 327 E. King St., Malvern; (484) 329-6119; 6 E. Gay St., West Chester; (484) 266-0176

Second Daughter Baking Co.: Sisters Rhonda Saltzman and Mercedes Brooks founded this boutique baking company after both being laid off in March 2020 because of COVID. They’ve combined their talents for the culinary arts and photography to create captivating, artistic cakes and other tempting treats like pillowy focaccia loaves, crackle-topped brownies and sumptuous fruit tarts. They currently work out of a shared space in the Bok Building in South Philadelphia. 1901 S. 9th St., Philadelphia.

Sprinkled Sweetness: Pastry chef, educator and entrepreneur, Tatiana Wingate was trained at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill in Philadelphia, as well as in France, and she brings her prodigious skills to her Philly-based business. Breathtaking custom cake designs and cake-decorating workshops are her specialties. Shop online for a limited number of items, or get a quote for a custom jobno listed address, Philadelphia; (267) 252-2901

Sugarluxe by Babycakes: We got to know baker Khadijah Ford when we interviewed her last year for a feature as part of our “Pleased to Bake Your Acquaintance” series. Her detailed, stylish sugar cookies are unforgettable, and she’s now offering cookies, as well as cake and cookie mixes through a new online shopno listed address, Drexel Hill; (267) 225-3357

Sweet Jazmine’s: Chef Kimberly Davis Cuthbert founded Sweet Jazmine’s in 1999, and has been wowing the Main Line ever since with her creations, like her signature Sweet Potato Muffins, gourmet cheesecakes and gluten-free desserts. Beautiful specialty cakes are also available. Order online for curbside pick-up! 15 Bridge Ave., Berwyn; (610) 644-1868

Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen: High-quality, carefully crafted sweets are the name of the game at Robin Broughton-Smith’s Sweet Nectar Dessert Kitchen. Cupcakes, cookies, donuts, scones, brownies, pies and more are on offer, and classes and custom wedding and special occasion cakes are available! 547 N. 20th St., Philadelphia; (267) 318-7143

Sweet Nina’s: Located in Reading Terminal Market, Sweet Nina’s is owned and operated by Nina Bryan, an accomplished culinary innovator. Her sweet and savory creations have won her plenty of praise, including “Best of Philly” awards from Philadelphia Magazine in 2018 and 2019 for her banana pudding. Visit in person at the market Wednesday through Saturday, or order delivery through Grubhub. 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia; (215) 805-8757

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T. May’s Gourmet: It’s all about fabulous pies at Philly-based baker T. May. From beautifully designed fresh fruit tarts, to artistic geometric latticing, to torched meringue on top of a chocolate cream pie, the details make these treats truly shine. Usually, custom orders could be placed via email, but T. May’s business is currently on pause due to COVID-19. no listed address or phone, Philadelphia

Coffee Shops & Cafes

Alena’s Cafe: Tucked into a charming historic building on Germantown Ave., in Mt. Airy, find Alena’s Cafe, a neighborhood coffee shop with great hot and iced coffee drinks, gourmet pastries, breakfast dishes, and homemade sandwiches and salads, with plenty of vegan options. 6669 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia; (267) 437-2152

Amalgam Comics & Coffee House: In 2016, Arielle Johnson founded this hybrid comic bookshop and cafe as an intentionally inclusive space for Black and queer youth, and geeks of all ages and ethnicities, to gather. The shop quickly became a beloved cornerstone of the Frankford Ave. Arts Corridor, and a place of true community. Orders occasionally open during COVID. 2578 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia;  (215) 427-3300

Atiya Ola’s Spirit First Foods: This vegan and raw foods-focused cafe has been part of the West Philadelphia community in various forms for decades. Founder Atiya Ola describes her mission as, “to assist the Divine, Sacred Earth families to return to spiritual, mental and physical health and well-being.” Plant-based dishes, like stir-fries, salads and wraps can be ordered online for pick-up multiple days each week. 310 S. 48th St., Philadelphia; (215) 939-3298

Black Seed Cafe: With a focus on fresh ingredients, this new cafe’s menu features all organic ingredients, as well as cage-free eggs and abundant vegan options. At breakfast, choose from delicious choices like challah french toast and a breakfast quesadilla, and at lunch or dinner, try a salmon cheesesteak, a shrimp po’boy, or a customizable rice bowl, stir fry, pasta dish or salad, all with your choice of protein and sauce. Catering is also offered! Order online through Black & Mobile, DoorDash or UberEats for delivery; takeout is also available. 2400 Federal St., Philadelphia; (215) 544-1235

Blu Diamond Juicery: This cheerful juice cafe, off the bustling 52nd Street business corridor, calls itself the “Home of The Healthy Eats and Vegan Treats.” Fresh, cold-pressed juices, shots and smoothies, plant-based wraps and salads and organic popcorn are the menu specialties. Don’t forget to balance out the healthy options with a vegan cookie or two. 5114 Walnut St., Philadelphia; (215) 796-9618

Bower Café: With a minimalist-but-welcome aesthetic, this cafe centers on warm hospitality and high-quality coffee. Locally roasted coffee, creative toasts, Old World-style cured meats and pastries are the menu’s focus, and “good vibes and simplicity of service” are the ethos. Order online for pick-up. 263 S. 10th St., Philadelphia; (267) 758-5536

Guardhouse Cafe in Northeast Philadelphia

Guardhouse Cafe: Chef and entrepreneur Khoran Horn of Stripp’d Juice and partner Matthew Gansert opened this cozy-modern coffee house in Northeast Philly’s Frankford Arsenal campus in October of 2021. Its menu features chef-driven sandwiches, breakfast dishes, coffee drinks and pastries, including basque cheesecake, coffee cake and the signature six-ounce Guardhouse Cookie. 2275 Bridge St., Building 101, Philadelphia; (215) 613-5558

Franny Lou’s Porch: This cafe goes well beyond organic coffee and baked goods (of which it has plenty), and positions itself as a space for community activism and cultural awareness. The business name is the combination of the names of two influential Black women from the Civil Rights movement: Fannie Lou Hamer and Frances E.W. Harper (learn more here). Owner Blew MaryWillow Kind, her staff and the community they’ve built, carry on these women’s work by creating a place where people can “connect, rest, and mobilize.” Order online for pick-up and delivery. 2400 Coral St., Philadelphia; (267) 596-6274

I Got the Juice Cafe: Serving smoothies, fresh juice and nutritious plates like seafood rice bowls and crab and shrimp salad, I Got the Juice isn’t all health food. Burgers, fries, and cheesesteaks are all on the menu, too; the catch is there’s no red meat! Call to order and pay for pick-up or delivery. 4 N. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne; (267) 587-7331

iMunch Cafe: After working in restaurant kitchens around town, Philadelphian native and Art Institute of Philadelphia culinary arts grad, Executive Chef Nicquan Church opened iMunch, a casual eatery focused on healthy food. On the menu, find coffee and smoothies, breakfast foods and light lunch fare. Order online for pick-up or delivery. 1233 N. 31st St., Philadelphia; (215) 236-8624

Juice Box 215: This fresh-pressed juice brand offers affordable raw juices and smoothies for delivery across the Tri-State area. Cleanses, mixed-flavor packages, health shots, and alkaline superfoods like sea moss and soursops are all offered; shop online to check out the full range of offerings. 16 N. 58th St., Philadelphia; (215) 337-3974

Little Man’s Juice Bar & Grill: If you need a dose of fresh fruit and veg, check out the dozens of juice, smoothie, smoothie bowl and protein shake options at Little Man’s! Many of the juices are designed with a specific purpose, like the Fight a Cold (orange, carrot, lemon, ginger) and the Beauty Glows (apple, cucumber, pineapple). Other menu items include cheesecake spring rolls, vegan lunch bowls, plant-based or chicken cheesesteaks and more. Call or pick-up or delivery, or order online through DoorDash or Uber Eats. 4218 Princeton Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 338-4520

Lit Roasters: A combo coffee roastery and rustic bakery, Lit is a collaboration between Made by Lino Bakery and Monancy Roasters. While the shop is temporarily closed, there are still ways to support, including donations, and ordering coffee and baked goods online. Made by Lino also offers custom work for wedding cakes, etc. 26 E. 3rd St., Bethlehem; (484) 626-0945

Stripp’d Juice: Founded by Khoran Horn, Stripp’d creates its fresh-pressed juice and smoothies with non-GMO, responsibly grown local produce and ingredients. Push the reset button with one of Stripp’d’s juice cleanses, or just lighten up for the day with one of its smoothie bowls, toasts or stellar juice combos, like Green! with parsley, broccoli, cabbage, lemon, watercress, romaine and ginger. Nut milk smoothies and coffee are also on the menu. Order through Caviar for delivery. 263 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia; (267) 550-7877

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books: Marc Lamont Hill founded this Germantown bookstore/cafe hybrid as an homage to his own Uncle Bobbie, whose home was always full of books, conversation and laughter. With coffee and light fare on the menu, and books across numerous genres, with a focus on BIPOC authors, this space is truly focused on community, knowledge and inclusion. Uncle Bobbie’s is temporarily closed due to COVID; supporters can donate through a GoFundMe page. 5445 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 403-7058

WinWin Coffee Shop (Philadelphia): After changing ownership in 2019, this coffee shop/bar refocused as a community space for artists to gather. Pre-COVID gatherings included open mic nights, shows and DJ nights. Menu items include coffee and boozy drinks, Machine Shoppe pastries, toasts and more. Temporarily closed. 931 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia; no phone

Catering & Food Trucks

Big Ben’s Catering: Big Ben’s specializes in banquet-style catering, from casual options, like sandwich platters, hot dogs and burgers, to more formal dining choices, such as shrimp Alfredo and steaks. West African dishes, like tola and rice and palm butter and rice are also on offer. 5215 Woodland Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 594-6644

Boomer’s Kitchen & Catering: This woman-owned catering company and food truck offers fresh, quality food for all kinds of functions, from private dinner parties to kid’s birthdays, as well as lunch delivery to local businesses. At the food truck, popular menu items include breakfast specials, like egg-and-cheese Belgian waffle sandwiches and veggie burritos, and lunch bites, like cheesesteak poppers and salmon BLTs. no listed address; (267) 471-4250

Brotherly Grub: This food truck, founded by Chef Tanesha Trippett blends Southern cooking techniques with Spanish flavors, and supports local businesses and urban farms through sourcing. Dishes include street tacos, southern-style sandwiches, jumbo Gulf shrimp, with vegan options available, too. Philadelphia

Chef Big Rube: Reuben Harley is a 21-st century jack of all trades, with a career spanning marketing, writing, street fashion photography and blogging, and food. As a chef, Big Rube is known for his catering, private dinners and fried chicken pop-ups, the most recent of which have been at Moonshine, a neighborhood bar in South Philadelphia. (Moonshine’s address): 1825 E. Moyamensing Ave., Philadelphia; (267) 639-9720

Corneey’s Food Truck: This brand new food truck (opened September of 2020) is a celebration of local corn, with a focus on gourmet corn-on-the-cob, as well as flavored popcorn. Owner/operator Nija Wiggins incorporates different global cuisines into her corn dishes, like The Elote (Mexican-style), The Jerk (Jamaican-style) and The Deep Fried (Southern-style). The truck, which parks on the corner of Chew & Upsal Streets in Germantown, is open seasonally. In 20201, it will open in May and will operate from noon to 9 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Philadelphia

Food Everyone Deserves: Jena Harris’ community-centered catering connects food work to organizing and social justice efforts. As she says on her website, “It is my aim to provide quality catering that not only sustains this project, but also is able to lift up those around me.” During COVID-19, Harris and others have been the organizers of West Philly Bunny Hop, a weekly event in West Philadelphia that provides free food and goods to the community. no address or phone listed, Philadelphia

F.U.N. Kitchen: While not a catering company, per se, this plant-based meal jar delivery company brings delicious, healthful food to customers at home. Meal varieties include Twerk & Jerk with jerked cabbage, kidney beans, shredded carrots and brown rice; Pause, with purple cabbage slaw, broccoli, carrots and oven-roasted peanuts with a homemade peanut butter sauce; and Corny, with peach corn salsa, layered with brown rice and black beans, topped with raw spinach. Order online for Philadelphia delivery. no listed address, Philadelphia; (267)-314-7585

Jamil’s Cafe on Wheels: This community-focused, affordable food truck caters events large and small. The owner’s commitment to supporting his neighborhood is so strong that he even celebrated his 40th birthday with a fish fry fundraiser, using the money raised to provide free food to the community the following week.

Little Jimmy’s: Jimmie Reed is a restaurateur who’s opened a number of businesses in PA, including the popular Little Jimmie’s Bakery Café in Mt. Airy. Now, his focus is on his catering company, pop-up events, and catering events at the Brossman Center at thee Luther Technological Seminary Philadelphia campus. Reed’s catering menu focuses on modern flavors, with dishes like grilled octopus, Hen of the Wood mushrooms with herbs, and wood-fired sea bream. 7301 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 687-4144

Princess Potpies: This take-and-bake and catering business specializes in healthier comfort and soul food classics, like deep dish pot pies, lasagna, salads, stews and stromboli. A nice array of cinnamon rolls are on offer, too, in flavors like peach cobbler, apple strudel and white chocolate. no listed address; (267) 873-2055

Pizza Hero: Co-owners Randy Camacho and Gina Cocchiaro run this mobile pizzeria that frequently pops-up in Philadelphia and Montgomery county, with weekly specials and ordering instructions posted through social media. no listed address, Lansdale; (267) 638-6025

The Taste Smokers: Pit Master Quartez Moore brings his Chicago-style barbecue to Bethlehem. Between competitions and pop-ups, The Taste Smokers offer catering to all sorts of private events, like family reunions, weddings, tailgates, birthday parties and more. no address listed, Bethlhem; (484) 597-1980

UnSoul Food Catering: Specializing in vegan southern cuisine, UnSoul Food’s founders, Bryon and Natasha Dockett, are also the brains behind the Vegan Supper Club and the Philly Vegan Night Market in Point Breeze. Their food takes classic down-home dishes, like glazed ham and black-eyed peas, and gives them modern, plant-based updates. Email online for weekly pick-ups. no listed address or phone, Philadelphia.

Restaurants & Bars

48th St. Grille: With years of culinary experience under his belt, Chef Carl Lewis aims to bring a fresh, modern American-Caribbean neighborhood restaurant to West Philadelphia. The relaxed, thoughtful space has become a gathering place for people from all over the city. They come for house specials, like Rasta Pasta, Island wings, braised oxtail and more. Order online for take-out. 310 S. 48th St., Philadelphia; (267) 244-4764 

720 West Bistro: A modern bistro and jazz lounge offers great food and lively atmosphere. With a full kitchen and bar, 720 West is known for tasty dinner and brunch specials, and drinks flowing ’til 1 a.m. 720 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia; (215) 472-4400 

Barkley’s BBQ: After 15 years as a truck driver, Terrell Barkley opened a BBQ restaurant in 2014, where he is now pit master (followed by a food truck in 2018). Fresh, slow-cooked food is Barkley’s aim, with a menu full of classics, like pulled pork, brisket and chicken, sides and sauces. Order for delivery on apps like UberEats and DoorDash. 2017 N. 29th St., Philadelphia; (215) 763-7427

The Bayou Southern Kitchen & Bar: Part of The Bayou Boys Hospitality Group, this New Orleans-inspired restaurant is helmed young restaurateurs Cristian Duarte, Jeremy Straub and Mo Taylor. High-quality food, great craft beer and attentive service are the cornerstones of the Bayou, and while you can’t currently enjoy that experience in its stylish, rustic restaurants, you can order online for pick-up or local delivery. 702 Hawthorne Rd., Bethlehem; (610) 419-6669; 64 Centre Square, Easton; (610) 829-1700

Black & Mobile: This smartphone app is the first Black-owned food delivery service that partners with other Black-owned businesses. This app launched in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Detroit; in Philly, it offers delivery from dozens of restaurants in every corner of the city.

Blazin Flavorz: Walk up and order from the window at this neighborhood spot, which offers treats like funnel cake, nachos, gourmet pretzels, water ice, ice cream and more. Delivery is also available through UberEats and GrubHub. 2406 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia; (267) 428-6552

Bleu Soul Fine Dining: This Southern food restaurant founded by Nolbert Brown is known for hearty food, live jazz and the blueberry cinnamon cornbread that’s served with every meal. During COVID-19, Bleu Soul is open for takeout; check out the menu online, then call to place an order. 6339 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 621-7790

Booker’s Restaurant: This restaurant and full bar features Southern food with a modern twist, and lots of vegetarian and vegan options. Brunch is where Booker’s really shines, with craveable dishes like huevos rancheros and fried chicken, waffles and shrimp. Order online for pick-up. 5021 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia; (215)-883-0960

Butter’s Soul Food To Go: For over 20 years, owner/operator Kevin Bell has been providing the neighborhood with homey, familiar fare, like smothered pork chops, BBQ wings and potato salad. Delicious desserts and catering are also available. Call ahead to place an order for pick-up. 2730 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 235-4724

Champagne Cafe: This bar/restaurant in historic Germantown combines a relaxed atmosphere with an upscale aesthetic, and is a place for family and friends to meet for dinner and drinks. Steakhouse fare, like baked potatoes, char-broiled burgers and Caesar salads are on the menu; order online for pick-up or delivery. 21 E. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia;  (215) 849-7366

Chef Milly’s Cafe: This eatery, event space and BYOB serves up weekly specials, such as seafood mac-and-cheese, deep-fried lobster burger, NY strip steak cheese fries and more. Call to preorder for pick-up or delivery. (Take note: The menu frequently sells out each day!) 5139 Walnut St., Philadelphia; (215) 436-3365

Cherry’s Caribbean Palace: Jamaican and soul food is the focus of this takeout spot in the Lehigh Valley. During COVID, menus are shared on Cherry’s social media, with the option to pick up or order through UberEats for delivery! 415 Main St., Freemansburg; (610) 419-4456

Chick-a-Boom: A casual fried-chicken shop, the sandwiches here are not to be missed! Unique flavor combos, like Thai chili and mango habanero, share the menu with classic flavors, such as honey mustard, Blazin’ Buffalo and hot honey. Top a sandwich off with a Boom Milkshake or smoothie. 1946 Delmar Dr., Folcroft; (484) 494-1177

Coal Lounge & Grill: This West African fusion restaurant serves local and seasonally-inspired Ghanaian cuisine. House specialties include Ampesi Abomu (spinach, mackerel and palm oil stew), Sefsouf (bulgur wheat salad) and Indomie (noodle, egg and vegetable stir fry with meat). Curbside pick up hasn’t been offered while the sleek, lovely restaurant is temporarily closed, but word has it Coal will start offering it soon! 81 W. Broad St., Bethlehem; (484) 456-1192

Cooking for the Culture: What started as a collaborative dinner series featuring some of the country’s emerging African-American chefs is now a weekly takeout meal hosted by South Philly Barbacoa, with Black chefs designing the menu each week. Cooks for Culture has also been organizing free meals during the past week in traditionally African-American neighborhoods to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Culture Jam Jamaican Cuisine: From peanut porridge and beef patties for lunch to stew chicken and ackee and saltfish at dinner, Culture Jam is serving up Jamaican classics from noon through the evening every day but Sunday. Call to place an order for pick-up. 921 W. Hamilton St., Allentown; (610) 351-9390   

Danielle’s Cafeteria: Specializing in Southern and Caribbean food, Danielle’s posts a new menu on social media for pick-up. Order online for pick-up. Due to a death in the family, Danielle’s is temporarily closed. 738 E. 4th St., Bethlehem; (610) 419-0112

Debreaux’s: Adjacent to the Overbrook train station, the long wait times for food are a bit controversial among some diners. But for those patient enough (or who know to call ahead to order), the home-cooked Southern food at Debreaux’s is worth the wait. 2135 N. 63rd St., Philadelphia; (215) 877-4559

Dhalak Paradise: Perhaps known best as a neighborhood watering hole with a large, lively back patio, Dhalak also offers a full menu of Eri-Ethiopian food. Order online for delivery through GrubHub. 4708 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 726-6464

Down North Pizza: It’s worth waiting in line for the Detroit-style pizza and Thai chili wings and apple pie milkshakes at this comfort-food spot founded by Muhammad Abdul-Hadi and Chef Kurt Evans. But Down North’s mission goes deeper than ‘za;  it aims to reduce recidivism rates in Black communities by erasing employment barriers faced by formerly incarcerated men and women, and paying fair wages. 2804 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 377-9787

Dwight’s Southern Bar-B-Que: For over 30 years, Dwight’s has been dishing up generous portions of BBQ classics, like turkey legs, BBQ salmon, ribs, greens and mac-and-cheese. 4345 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 879-2497

Friday Saturday Sunday: After working for many high-profile chefs in Philadelphia and New York, Chef Chad Williams and his then-girlfriend (now wife) Hanna Whitaker, bought, renovated and revamped this Fitler Square stalwart. It’s now one of the most-loved electric modern restaurants in Philadelphia, earning Williams Eater Philly’s readers’ choice award for “Chef of the Year” in 2017. 261 S. 21st St., Philadelphia; (215) 546-4232

Family Chicken & Waffles Catering: Don’t let the name fool you! Yes, there are chicken and waffles at this Lehigh Valley restaurant and catering company, but seafood is its true strength. Platters and pots of lobster, king crab, shrimp and more are offered each day for takeout — these often sell out, so don’t wait to call in your order! 1800 Sullivan Trail Suite 360, Easton; (610) 438-1882

Buttermilk biscuits topped with buttermilk fried chicken tenders in spicy honey sauce at Food Chasers’ Kitchen

Food Chasers’ Kitchen: Founded by two sisters with a passion for travel and food, this new spot in Elkins Park features breakfast and lunch menus loaded with comfort food. There are familiar classics, like breakfast sandwiches and cheesesteaks, as well as house specialties, like a salmon BLT and This Jawn Bangin, a fried chicken sandwich with “bang bang sauce”, cheese and pickles on a potato bun. Dine in or order online; catering is also available. 7852 Montgomery Ave., Elkins Park; (215) 758-2078

Green Soul: This health-conscious eatery was founded in 2011 to offer an alternative to traditional soul food. That means veggie-packed salads, fresh juices and vegan soups. Despite vandalism from the recent protests in Philly, Green Soul is open for business, offering weekly specials, family dinners and cocktails to-go. 1410 Mount Vernon Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 660-9600

Happy Sandwich Caribbean Cuisine: Great Caribbean cuisine and a relaxed ambiance are what this spot is known for! Roti, curry goat, oxtail, shark, stew turkey, stew chicken, jerk chicken and curry chicken are just some of the dishes on offer. Call in your order for curbside pick-up; hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or order delivery through UberEats or Postmates. 123 S. 7th St., Allentown; (610) 432-1325 

Hot Plate Southern Kitchen: Capturing the essence of Southern hospitality, Hot Plate Soul Kitchen celebrates the food, culture and music of the south. From the Cajun hand-cut fries, to the Boss Lady Shrimp Platter, to the Bob Marley Jerked BBQ Bowl, the dishes here pay homage and send love to many cultural influences. Order through Metro Food Drop for delivery. 37 S. 9th St., Allentown; (484) 866-4140

Liberty Place Pub: Owned by James Miller (who is also the proprietor of State Street Pizza and Grill, see below), this pub in The Market at Liberty Place opened in 2019. Craft beer, including local breweries, wine and spirits, as well as six-packs to go, are available at this family-friendly establishment. 148 W. State St., Kennett Square; (610) 925-3411

Mabel’s BBQ: Mabel Spann, who grew up in Paoli, PA, draws from the BBQ secrets and techniques of generations before her to make authentic, genuine barbecue. Quality ingredients, carefully and patiently tended, lead to delectable dishes, like fried catfish, chicken, ribs, baked beans, and hush puppies. Homemade desserts, including whole pies, are also offered. Catering is available. 607 E. Market St., West Chester; (610) 701-0288

Miss Winnie’s: This restaurant is inspired by, and dedicated to, the memory of Winnifred Johnston, a Jamaican woman who immigrated to the US and was beloved by her community. Head Chef Bert Johnston uses Winnie’s secret recipes to make his award-winning Jamaican favorites, like beef and vegetable patties, curries, and, of course, jerk chicken. Catering is available. Call to order, or order online for delivery through GrubHub or Caviar. 211 E. Market St., West Chester (484) 266-0508

Ms. Tootsie’s & KeVen Parker Soul Food Cafe: This restaurant group, which includes Simply Delicious Caterers, is owned by entrepreneur Keven Parker. Ms. Tootsie’s is an opulent, stylish lounge and bar serving authentic Southern cuisine, and KeVen Parker Soul Food Cafe brings a smaller version of that to a stand at the Reading Terminal Market. 1312 South St., Philadelphia; (215) 731-9045; 1136 Arch St., Philadelphia; (215) 625-0650

Paradise Soul Food: Scratch-made soul food and Southern classics, with desserts galore, are what this casual to-go spot is known for. Customer favorites include mac and cheese, fried chicken, collard greens, candied yams, pound cake and cobblers. Order online through GrubHub or Seamless. 350 Adams St., Scranton; (570) 703-0403

Princess Authentic Jamaican Food: A tight menu of Jamaican fare, from pastries and patties to soups and entrees, is offered daily. Lunch specials for students are just $5, and local delivery is free on orders over $10. 2300 Butler St., Easton; (610) 438-4154

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Queen City BBQ: Shuffleboard, a jukebox, a fireplace and other cozy touches make this tavern a boisterous and convivial gathering place in the Lehigh Valley. The Smokehouse Menu includes all the in-house smoked meats and sides you’d expect from a BBQ joint, as well as starters, sandwiches, desserts and cocktails. An in-house buffet and catering menu provide more extensive options. Order online for pick-up or local delivery. 27 N. 7th St., Allentown; (610) 351-4072

Relish: This modern restaurant and jazz bar is part of the Bynum Hospitality Group, which also owns Green Soul, Warmdaddy’s and SOUTH. Though the inviting, intimate space is temporarily closed, takeout and delivery are offered. Try a Hennessy Sangria cocktail, fried Carolina catfish and Caribbean salmon, with a piece of brown sugar pineapple bread for dessert. 7152 Ogontz Ave. #2016, Philadelphia; (215) 276-0170

Rosa’s Southern BBQ Grill: This BBQ spot pulls inspirations from Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and the Carolinas, with saucy, tasty platters of brisket, jerk chicken, pulled pork and ribs, plus classic fixings like corn on the cob, mac-and-cheese, collards with bacon, coleslaw and yellow rice. 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton; (570) 472-7064

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SOUTH Kitchen & Jazz Bar: Perhaps one of the best-known jazz lounges in Philadelphia, the dynamic music program at SOUTH is matched with eclectic Southern fare. When it was open, brunch was not to be missed; for now, order online for pick-up or delivery. Despite damage sustained during the recent protests in Philadelphia, SOUTH is currently open for business. 600 N. Broad St., Philadelphia; (215) 600-0220

State Street Pizza and Grill: Located in The Market at Liberty Place, this classic pizza joint offers cheesy pies and pasta dishes, as well as casual American fare like cheesesteaks, hoagies, wings and snacky appetizers (think: jalapeno poppers and sweet potato fries. Order online for pick-up. 148 W. State St., Kennett Square; (610) 444-4642

Taste of Soul: This family-friendly soul food restaurant in Allentown’s Hamilton District donates all of its proceeds to support The Caring Place Youth Development Center. Breakfast dishes, Southern-style daily specials, and burgers and sandwiches mean you’re in for a great meal any time of day. Order online for delivery through UberEats, DoorDash or GrubHub. 931 Hamilton St., Allentown; (610) 433-8937

Vegan-ish (Philadelphia): This casual sandwich shop is in the heart of West Philadelphia, and offers fast-food-style vegan and pescetarian dishes. Chickpea burgers, vegan “cheezy” fries, Vietnamese hoagies and buffalo cauliflower are just some of the menu favorites. Order online for take-out. 1215 N. 52nd St., Philadelphia; (215) 477-1153

Warmdaddy’s: Known for soul food and live music, this South Philly venue has been around since 1995. While temporarily closed, Warmdaddy’s is offering takeout and delivery; order online for menu favs, like BBQ turkey wings, Cajun shrimp deviled eggs and Southern Caesar salad. 1400 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia; (215) 462-2000

Westside Flava’s: This casual spot in West Scranton specializes in Southern-style cuisine, with roots stretching from South Carolina to New Jersey. Signature dishes include the Soul Roll, country fried chicken sandwich, and banana pudding. 1316 Luzerne St., Scranton; (570) 507-9142

Winston’s Jamaican Restaurant: This counter-serve spot specializes in traditional Jamaican specialties. The platters, like oxtails and curry chicken are amazing deals, and the sweets and desserts, like cocoa bread, bulla cake and carrot cake, are not to be missed. Call in for pick-up or order through GrubHub for local delivery. 619 N. 7th St., Allentown; (855) 205-3463

Wiz Kidz: This is the fifth restaurant from The Bayou Boys restaurant group. Inside this 1980s-inspired shop, you’ll find killer Philly cheesesteaks, bowls, salads, sides (like buffalo pierogis!), milkshakes and smoothies. Order online for pick-up or local delivery, explore the catering menu or support Wiz Kidz’s staff with the purchase of a gift card. 65 E. Elizabeth Ave., Bethlehem; (610) 419-2566

We realize that we may have missed some Black-owned food businesses in the eastern part of PA — please let us know who, and we’ll add them to this list right away! Chime in on the comments here, or on the PA Eats Facebook page.

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