Black History Month

5 Black-Owned Restaurants You Have to Try

Celebrate Dallas' diverse culture with these fantastic black-owned restaurants.

David C Justin
Posted on Nov 7, 2016

Over the years, African-American chefs, bakers and caterers have built an iconic reputation for some of Big D's tastiest bites. Celebrate their achievements and enjoy some great food with these five favorites.


Smokey John's Bar-B-Que & Home Cooking

Smokey John's opened its doors for business in 1976 on the corner of Lemmon and Mockingbird under the name of Big John's. Soon, the busy intersection was filled with the alluring aroma of burning hickory. 

This hickory smoke became a staple of the neighborhood, earning owner John Reaves the nickname Smokey John and enticing customers to experience the delicious home cooking. Soon enough, the name changed, but the food only got better, much to the appreciation of barbecue lovers everywhere. This Dallas favorite was also named a 2016 Big Tex Choice Award Winner by the State Fair of Texas.


The Cake Bar

The Cake Bar, located in Trinity Groves, is a bakery and retail shop where you can enjoy a large selection of traditional, southern-style made-from-scratch cakes and confections on the spot or take them to go. You can feast on 16 different made-from-scratch cakes, a variety of pound cakes, quick breads, cookies, ice cream and assorted beverages.

Longtime baker Tracy German's passion for baking inspired her to open up shop with the help of the Trinity Groves incubator program. "Making food for people is a very personal thing, and it connects you to every person," she says. 


The Island Spot Oak Cliff

Dallas' famous Jamaican Kitchen and Bar, The Island Spot, has expanded beyond its Carrollton location to a second spot at The Jefferson Tower development in Oak Cliff. Patrons can expect even more of the award-winning jerk chicken that has quickly morphed into a DFW staple.

With the new installation of a wood fire grill, the favorite Jamaican jerk chicken will be as authentic as one can get outside of the island. The pimento wood and smoke techniques are similar to those found at Boston Bay Jerk Center in Jamaica – the home of the original jerk chicken. 



A vegetarian and vegan fast food restaurant, Soulgood offers healthy organic foods to North Texans in a fresh and unique way. Chef Cynthia, a mother of three and cousin to Grammy award-winning gospel recording artist Tamela Mann, infuses her southern roots and her family's love of art into her meal creations.

She carefully sources and selects local produce and ingredients from organic farmers and suppliers. She only selects the best organic or responsibly grown whole ingredients for her recipes – from her Italian Po' Boy sandwiches to her Soulgood Street Tacos.


Wingfield's Breakfast & Burgers

Not all burgers are created equal. And if you've ever had a Wingfield burger, you know what we're talking about. Home to one of the biggest burgers in Dallas, Wingfield's patties almost qualify for their own zip code.

This iconic burger joint has been grilling 'em large for over 30 years. And no matter how hungry you think you are, you'll definitely go home satisfied. Single patty burgers start at $7, while the monstrous triple will cost you $15 – a small price to pay for something this good.