February 05, 2021

25 Black-Owned Cincinnati Restaurants You Should Have Tried By Now

From barbecue joints to Caribbean cuisine, bakeries to Southern soul food, the Queen City is full of delicious Black-owned eateries to explore.
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Just Q'in
975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Owned by Matt Cuff, Walnut Hills barbecue joint 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
Owned by Matt Cuff, Walnut Hills barbecue joint 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. Ollie's 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 Big Ollie Burger, side of fries and a slice of chess pie for less than $10.
Photo: Jesse Fox

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. Ollie's 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 Big Ollie Burger, side of fries and a slice of chess pie for less than $10.
Photo: Jesse Fox
BlaCk Coffee
824 Elm St., Downtown
This 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 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
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 portabella mushroom burgers; “aquatic” egg rolls with salmon spinach and feta; hearty salads; and even carrot fries. 
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 portabella mushroom burgers; “aquatic” egg rolls with salmon spinach and feta; hearty salads; and even carrot fries.
Photo via Facebook.com/ConsciousKitchen513
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. All of their sides are vegetarian and all but the mac and cheese is gluten free.
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. All of their sides are vegetarian and all but the mac and cheese is gluten free.
Photo: Lindsay McCarty

Elm St. Social Club
1819 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Imagine if a deli and a bodega were joined in holy matrimony to create a place that serves Italian subs wrapped in butcher paper and breakfast sandwiches after 11 a.m. Maybe you could grab a black coffee, too, and a scoop of ice cream for dessert. That place exists and it’s called Elm Street Social Club (ESSC). It’s the collaboration of three culinary transplants: Jordan Anthony-Brown, Mikey Fabian and Willa Pelini, who became friends working in Washington, D.C.’s food scene. 
Photo: Provided by Elm St. Social Club

Elm St. Social Club

1819 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Imagine if a deli and a bodega were joined in holy matrimony to create a place that serves Italian subs wrapped in butcher paper and breakfast sandwiches after 11 a.m. Maybe you could grab a black coffee, too, and a scoop of ice cream for dessert. That place exists and it’s called Elm Street Social Club (ESSC). It’s the collaboration of three culinary transplants: Jordan Anthony-Brown, Mikey Fabian and Willa Pelini, who became friends working in Washington, D.C.’s food scene.
Photo: Provided by Elm St. Social Club

Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge
1432 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Owned by Tammi Scott, Over-the-Rhine's Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge features bottles from women and minority winemakers, as well as eight wines on tap, live music, a limited selection of spirits and beer, and light bites from The Rhined. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge

1432 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Owned by Tammi Scott, Over-the-Rhine's Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge features bottles from women and minority winemakers, as well as eight wines on tap, live music, a limited selection of spirits and beer, and light bites from The Rhined.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Alabama Que
2733 Short Vine St., Corryville
Alabama Que was founded by Dwan Ward in 2008, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and former UC football player. 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 their famous turkey tips.
Photo via Facebook.com/AlabamaQueFanPage

Alabama Que

2733 Short Vine St., Corryville
Alabama Que was founded by Dwan Ward in 2008, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and former UC football player. 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 their famous turkey tips.
Photo via Facebook.com/AlabamaQueFanPage
Pata Roja Taqueria
Pata Roja Taqueria serves cheap, Mexico City-style street food like spit-roasted pork and pineapple tacos or chips and tangy “salsa especial.” Owner Derrick Braziel operated the taqueria out of The Takeaway’s carry-out window for a stint, and recently received a grant to work in Northern Kentucky’s Incubator Kitchen Collective rent-free for all of 2021. 
Photo: Provided by Pata Roja

Pata Roja Taqueria

Pata Roja Taqueria serves cheap, Mexico City-style street food like spit-roasted pork and pineapple tacos or chips and tangy “salsa especial.” Owner Derrick Braziel operated the taqueria out of The Takeaway’s carry-out window for a stint, and recently received a grant to work in Northern Kentucky’s Incubator Kitchen Collective rent-free for all of 2021.
Photo: Provided by Pata Roja
Davis Cookie Collection
4926 Reading Road, Bond Hill
This local sweet shop specializes in gourmet desserts, offering over 20 varieties of cookies, in addition to ice cream and cookie cakes — all created without any additives or preservatives. Varieties range from chocolate chip to strawberry shortcake, and they also offer vegan and gluten-free options. 
Photo via Facebook.com/DavisCookieCollection

Davis Cookie Collection

4926 Reading Road, Bond Hill
This local sweet shop specializes in gourmet desserts, offering over 20 varieties of cookies, in addition to ice cream and cookie cakes — all created without any additives or preservatives. Varieties range from chocolate chip to strawberry shortcake, and they also offer vegan and gluten-free options.
Photo via Facebook.com/DavisCookieCollection