November 20, 2019

24 Black-Owned Eateries To Try During Cincinnati Black Restaurant Week

Cincinnati Black Restaurant Week returns for its second-annual event, celebrating 24 black-owned and -operated restaurants and offering dining specials across the city. Hosted by Urban League Young Professionals of Southwestern Ohio and Cincy Soul, the event takes place from Nov. 18-24. During that period, participating restaurants will offer discounted menu items and prix-fixe meals under $30 per person. Some will offer percentages off the total bill. Diners can look forward to enjoying bites from local favorites like Conscious Kitchen, Just Q'in, Island Frydays, BlaCk Coffee, Ollie's Trolley, Sugar, K&J Seafood and more. This year's event tripled in size from last year's inaugural event, which included eight local eateries. For specific information about each restaurant's specials, reach out to individual participating restaurants. For more information about the event, visit ulypgso.com. Cincinnati Black Restaurant Week, Nov. 18-24.
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Just Q'in
975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Just Q’in is “committed to the mission of Faith, Love and BBQ,” and offers their smoked brisket, ribs, chicken and more coupled with classic barbecue sides. 
Photo:  Lindsay McCarty

Just Q'in

975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Just Q’in is “committed to the mission of Faith, Love and BBQ,” and offers their smoked brisket, ribs, chicken and more coupled with classic barbecue sides.
Photo: Lindsay McCarty
Ollie’s Trolley
1607 Central Ave., Over-the-Rhine/West End
Located in a bright yellow and red trolley car, Ollie’s Trolley is a soul food staple in the Cincinnati area. The eatery serves a variety of smoked pork, including ribs, rib tips and pulled pork, plus plenty of sides, like collard greens, buttered corn and potato salad. Get a pulled pork sandwich, side and a slice of pie for under $9.
Photo via Facebook.com/OlliesTrolleyCincinnati

Ollie’s Trolley

1607 Central Ave., Over-the-Rhine/West End
Located in a bright yellow and red trolley car, Ollie’s Trolley is a soul food staple in the Cincinnati area. The eatery serves a variety of smoked pork, including ribs, rib tips and pulled pork, plus plenty of sides, like collard greens, buttered corn and potato salad. Get a pulled pork sandwich, side and a slice of pie for under $9.
Photo via Facebook.com/OlliesTrolleyCincinnati
Goodies BBQ
7440 Hamilton Ave., Mount Healthy
Goodies knows their pork butt — pit-smoked slowly ’til the fat has completely dissolved and a crunchy, caramelized crust has formed on the outside. Lip-smackin’ rib tips and Buffalo wings are complemented by standard Southern sides of collard greens, red beans and rice or mac and cheese. For those not tempted by the sauce, there’s the fish sandwich or fried okra. Peach cobbler and sweet potato and chess pies are available. Photo via Facebook.com/Goodiesbarbeque

Goodies BBQ

7440 Hamilton Ave., Mount Healthy
Goodies knows their pork butt — pit-smoked slowly ’til the fat has completely dissolved and a crunchy, caramelized crust has formed on the outside. Lip-smackin’ rib tips and Buffalo wings are complemented by standard Southern sides of collard greens, red beans and rice or mac and cheese. For those not tempted by the sauce, there’s the fish sandwich or fried okra. Peach cobbler and sweet potato and chess pies are available.
Photo via Facebook.com/Goodiesbarbeque
BlaCk Coffee
824 Elm St., Downtown
This new coffee shop is from the owners of BlaCk OWned. BlaCk Coffee’s coffee is supplied by La Terza and their house “Wakanda” blend is a mix of Ethiopian, Rwandan and Brazilian beans. All of the food served at BlaCk Coffee comes from black-female-owned businesses in Cincinnati; pastries are provided by Sweet Petit Desserts, the cakes are from Shana’s Sweet Treats and sandwiches are made by personal chef Chanel Jordan of Chanel’s Upscale Homestyle Cooking.
Photo: Liz Davis

BlaCk Coffee

824 Elm St., Downtown
This new coffee shop is from the owners of BlaCk OWned. BlaCk Coffee’s coffee is supplied by La Terza and their house “Wakanda” blend is a mix of Ethiopian, Rwandan and Brazilian beans. All of the food served at BlaCk Coffee comes from black-female-owned businesses in Cincinnati; pastries are provided by Sweet Petit Desserts, the cakes are from Shana’s Sweet Treats and sandwiches are made by personal chef Chanel Jordan of Chanel’s Upscale Homestyle Cooking.
Photo: Liz Davis
Island Frydays
2826 Short Vine St., Corryville
Island Frydays is the definitive restaurant to break out of culinary monotony featuring authentic Caribbean cuisine made by former University of Cincinnati football captain and Jamaica native Leo Morgan. Though the restaurant has a petite and unassuming interior, they pack a whole lot of flavor.
Photo via Facebook.com/IslandFrydays

Island Frydays

2826 Short Vine St., Corryville
Island Frydays is the definitive restaurant to break out of culinary monotony featuring authentic Caribbean cuisine made by former University of Cincinnati football captain and Jamaica native Leo Morgan. Though the restaurant has a petite and unassuming interior, they pack a whole lot of flavor.
Photo via Facebook.com/IslandFrydays
Conscious Kitchen
2912 Short Vine St., Corryville
Located on Short Vine near the University of Cincinnati campus, this health-conscious eatery offers a chef-crafted menu of items like salmon, turkey or veggie burgers; veggie or “aquatic” egg rolls; hearty salads; and more. 
Photo via Facebook.com/ConsciousKitchen513

Conscious Kitchen

2912 Short Vine St., Corryville
Located on Short Vine near the University of Cincinnati campus, this health-conscious eatery offers a chef-crafted menu of items like salmon, turkey or veggie burgers; veggie or “aquatic” egg rolls; hearty salads; and more.
Photo via Facebook.com/ConsciousKitchen513
Alabama Que
2733 Short Vine St., Corryville
Alabama Que proudly boasts on their website that they are the “home of the turkey tips.” This restaurant was founded by Dwan Ward in 2008, a veteran of the U.S. Navy. An Alabama native, Ward’s restaurant oozes Southern charm and a food truck was added to the business to keep up with growing demand. Some meat options include smoked chicken, beef ribs, smoked salmon and, of course, the famous turkey tips.
Photo via Facebook.com/AlabamaQueFanPage

Alabama Que

2733 Short Vine St., Corryville
Alabama Que proudly boasts on their website that they are the “home of the turkey tips.” This restaurant was founded by Dwan Ward in 2008, a veteran of the U.S. Navy. An Alabama native, Ward’s restaurant oozes Southern charm and a food truck was added to the business to keep up with growing demand. Some meat options include smoked chicken, beef ribs, smoked salmon and, of course, the famous turkey tips.
Photo via Facebook.com/AlabamaQueFanPage
Davis Cookie Collection
This local sweet shop specializes in gourmet desserts, offering over 15 varieties of cookies, in addition to brownies and cookie cakes — all created without any additives or preservatives. Varieties range from chocolate chip to strawberry shortcake. They also offer vegan and gluten-free options. The bakery is in the process of opening a brick-and-mortar location in Bond Hill, but offer their cookie collections (sold by the dozen) online. During Cincinnati Black Restaurant Week they are offering a 10 percent off of online orders by using the code “Blackrestweek19” at checkout. 
Photo via Facebook.com/DavisCookieCollection

Davis Cookie Collection

This local sweet shop specializes in gourmet desserts, offering over 15 varieties of cookies, in addition to brownies and cookie cakes — all created without any additives or preservatives. Varieties range from chocolate chip to strawberry shortcake. They also offer vegan and gluten-free options. The bakery is in the process of opening a brick-and-mortar location in Bond Hill, but offer their cookie collections (sold by the dozen) online. During Cincinnati Black Restaurant Week they are offering a 10 percent off of online orders by using the code “Blackrestweek19” at checkout.
Photo via Facebook.com/DavisCookieCollection
Aunt Flora’s
9501 Colerain Ave., Colerain (inside of Northgate mall)
Aunt Flora’s Colerain location can be found inside of Northgate mall. The eatery offers Southern dishes and is open Thursday through Sunday. They will be offering a different special each day of Cincinnati Black Restaurant Week they are open.
Photo via Facebook.com/AuntFloras

Aunt Flora’s

9501 Colerain Ave., Colerain (inside of Northgate mall)
Aunt Flora’s Colerain location can be found inside of Northgate mall. The eatery offers Southern dishes and is open Thursday through Sunday. They will be offering a different special each day of Cincinnati Black Restaurant Week they are open.
Photo via Facebook.com/AuntFloras
Sweet Petit Desserts
1426 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Army veteran Taren Kinebrew comes from a family of bakers. She used the family pastry knowledge passed down for generations to open Sweet Petit Desserts in August of 2009. Her petite treats are small in size, but pack a huge flavor punch and are designed to enjoy, but not over indulge. Find old favorites like Rice Krispy Treats or discover a new love like her petite fours, which is pound cake covered in a confectioner's glaze.
Photo via Facebook.com/sweetpetitetk/

Sweet Petit Desserts

1426 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Army veteran Taren Kinebrew comes from a family of bakers. She used the family pastry knowledge passed down for generations to open Sweet Petit Desserts in August of 2009. Her petite treats are small in size, but pack a huge flavor punch and are designed to enjoy, but not over indulge. Find old favorites like Rice Krispy Treats or discover a new love like her petite fours, which is pound cake covered in a confectioner's glaze.
Photo via Facebook.com/sweetpetitetk/