February 24, 2016

18 incredible black-owned restaurants in Detroit you should know about

National stories about Detroit's emerging restaurant scene are exciting and all, but those of us who live here know that Motown has a rich history in food and drink. It goes far beyond the trendy new cocktail bars and small plate eateries that have been heavily promoted as of late. Specifically, black-owned bars, restaurants, and other businesses have played an integral role in Detroit life, long before the city became a so-called food mecca. While we know we are only giving a small glimpse of the popular spots around town, we hope this slideshow offers some ideas of places - old and new - that you'll want to check out, stat.

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Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, 19345 Livernois Ave. This popular eatery, founded by former NFL player Ron Bartell, will satisfy your breakfast and soul food cravings day or night. (Photo by Dontae Rockymore)
Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles, 19345 Livernois Ave.
This popular eatery, founded by former NFL player Ron Bartell, will satisfy your breakfast and soul food cravings day or night. (Photo by Dontae Rockymore)
The Block, 3919 Woodward Ave. This gastro pub-style establishment launched last fall under the ownership of George Stewart and Michael Byrd, who also own the Garden Theater. It's a more casual setting than its short-lived predecessor, Midtown Grille, with gourmet chicken wings, burgers, and other bar snacks among its menu offerings.
The Block, 3919 Woodward Ave.
This gastro pub-style establishment launched last fall under the ownership of George Stewart and Michael Byrd, who also own the Garden Theater. It's a more casual setting than its short-lived predecessor, Midtown Grille, with gourmet chicken wings, burgers, and other bar snacks among its menu offerings.
Floods Bar and Grille, 731 St. Antoine This downtown establishment, owned by the same Byrd family behind The Block in Midtown, has been serving up soul food, drinks, and live entertainment for almost 30 years. (Photo via Instagram user @kanitaunique)
Floods Bar and Grille, 731 St. Antoine
This downtown establishment, owned by the same Byrd family behind The Block in Midtown, has been serving up soul food, drinks, and live entertainment for almost 30 years. (Photo via Instagram user @kanitaunique)
Cutter's Bar and Grille, 2638 Orleans Situated in the Eastern Market area, Chuck Nolen's Cutter's is famous for its old school burgers and its chic yet laid back, urban atmosphere. (Photo via Instagram, @cutterseasternmarket)
Cutter's Bar and Grille, 2638 Orleans
Situated in the Eastern Market area, Chuck Nolen's Cutter's is famous for its old school burgers and its chic yet laid back, urban atmosphere. (Photo via Instagram, @cutterseasternmarket)
The Bridge, 6730 E Jefferson Ave. This relatively newer, swanky spot opened was launched last year by Alicia Strong and Zamarr Woods. The place adds a bright spot on an otherwise meh stretch of East Jefferson. Drink specials are plentiful, the New American menu is approachable, oh and Sunday brunch. (Photo by Jenna Belevender)
The Bridge, 6730 E Jefferson Ave.
This relatively newer, swanky spot opened was launched last year by Alicia Strong and Zamarr Woods. The place adds a bright spot on an otherwise meh stretch of East Jefferson. Drink specials are plentiful, the New American menu is approachable, oh and Sunday brunch. (Photo by Jenna Belevender)
Sweet Soul Bistro, 13741 W. McNichols This westside bar and restaurant has a cool, loungey feel and an elevated menu of bar food with hints of Motown inspiration. (Photo by James Brown)
Sweet Soul Bistro, 13741 W. McNichols
This westside bar and restaurant has a cool, loungey feel and an elevated menu of bar food with hints of Motown inspiration. (Photo by James Brown)
Sweet Potato Sensations, 17337 Lahser Road Cassandra and Jeffrey Thomas have been preparing all manner of sweet potato treats for almost three decades including, single-serving-sized pies, belgian sweet potato waffles with chicken wings, even ice cream. (Photo via Instagram, @sweetpotatosensations)
Sweet Potato Sensations, 17337 Lahser Road
Cassandra and Jeffrey Thomas have been preparing all manner of sweet potato treats for almost three decades including, single-serving-sized pies, belgian sweet potato waffles with chicken wings, even ice cream. (Photo via Instagram, @sweetpotatosensations)
Detroit Vegan Soul, 8029 Agnes St. Marrying two otherwise conflicting culinary styles, this popular West Village spot manages to retain that hearty flavor found in most soul food, sans lard. (Photo via Instagram, @detroitvegansoul)
Detroit Vegan Soul, 8029 Agnes St.
Marrying two otherwise conflicting culinary styles, this popular West Village spot manages to retain that hearty flavor found in most soul food, sans lard. (Photo via Instagram, @detroitvegansoul)
Central Kitchen and Bar, 660 Woodward Ave. #4a This scaled-up gastro-pub, co-owned by Dennis Archer Jr., is your happy medium in downtown dining. Not too pretentious, not too divey, you're guaranteed unique burgers, giant salads, and fun, fruity cocktails. (Photo via Instagram, @centralkitchenandbar)
Central Kitchen and Bar, 660 Woodward Ave. #4a
This scaled-up gastro-pub, co-owned by Dennis Archer Jr., is your happy medium in downtown dining. Not too pretentious, not too divey, you're guaranteed unique burgers, giant salads, and fun, fruity cocktails. (Photo via Instagram, @centralkitchenandbar)
House of Pure Vin wine shop, 1443 Woodward Ave. Not a restaurant per say, but still a great place to pick up a bottle of vino downtown or indulge in regular wine tastings. Opened toward the end of 2015, founders Regina Gaines, Terry Mullins and Andrea Dunbar have introduced a high-end wine shop in the heart of downtown. (Photo by Dontae Rockymore)
House of Pure Vin wine shop, 1443 Woodward Ave.
Not a restaurant per say, but still a great place to pick up a bottle of vino downtown or indulge in regular wine tastings. Opened toward the end of 2015, founders Regina Gaines, Terry Mullins and Andrea Dunbar have introduced a high-end wine shop in the heart of downtown. (Photo by Dontae Rockymore)