February 03, 2022

Detroit's Black-owned restaurants everyone should've tried by now

Detroit is a city with a rich culture, a whole lot of soul, and great food. It's also one of the Blackest big cities in America. Despite this, we often see many non-Black faces and businesses getting highlighted when looking for places that represent Detroit.

We've compiled a list of Black-owned Detroit restaurants that we think everyone who has ever stepped foot in the 313 should have tried by now.

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Joe Louis Southern Kitchen
3100 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-788-8338; joelouissouthernkitchen.com
Joe Louis Southern Kitchen surely is a knockout when it comes to Southern breakfast staples.The restaurant features classics like, buttermilk biscuits, croquettes and rice, shrimp and grits, country fried steak, and much more.
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Joe Louis Southern Kitchen

3100 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-788-8338; joelouissouthernkitchen.com

Joe Louis Southern Kitchen surely is a knockout when it comes to Southern breakfast staples.The restaurant features classics like, buttermilk biscuits, croquettes and rice, shrimp and grits, country fried steak, and much more.

Photo via Joe Louis Southern Kitchen/Facebook
Lobster Food Truck & Pitstop
10405 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-406-5854; thelobsterfoodtruck.com
The Lobster Food Truck & Pitstop is what the dreams of lobster lovers are made of. From lobster mac-n-cheese, fried lobster bites, and of course, a lobster roll (hot or cold), it gives Detroit a taste of the sea all year round. 
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Lobster Food Truck & Pitstop

10405 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-406-5854; thelobsterfoodtruck.com

The Lobster Food Truck & Pitstop is what the dreams of lobster lovers are made of. From lobster mac-n-cheese, fried lobster bites, and of course, a lobster roll (hot or cold), it gives Detroit a taste of the sea all year round.

Photo via The Lobster Food Truck/Facebook
Ima
2015 Michigan Ave., Detroit | 4870 Cass Ave., Detroit | 32203 John R. Rd., Madison Heights | imanoodles.com
Located in Corktown, with newer outposts in Midtown and Madison Heights, this Japanese eatery is run by chef-owner Mike Ransom. Filling menu items are created with a base of either rice or udon noodles and they're freaking delicious. Try the Midtown location's spicy karaage chicken sandwich.
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Ima

2015 Michigan Ave., Detroit | 4870 Cass Ave., Detroit | 32203 John R. Rd., Madison Heights | imanoodles.com


Located in Corktown, with newer outposts in Midtown and Madison Heights, this Japanese eatery is run by chef-owner Mike Ransom. Filling menu items are created with a base of either rice or udon noodles and they're freaking delicious. Try the Midtown location's spicy karaage chicken sandwich.

Photo by Tom Perkins
SuperCrisp
4830 Cass Ave., Suite C, Detroit; 313-474-8880; supercrisp.com 
Chef Mike Ransom’s karaage fried chicken sandwich at his other restaurant Ima was so popular that he decided to open another shop dedicated to it. Beyond the famous fried chicken sandwich, SuperCrisp also offers burgers and fries topped with Asian flavors like kimchi and wasabi. There are also plenty of vegetarian options available. 
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SuperCrisp

4830 Cass Ave., Suite C, Detroit; 313-474-8880; supercrisp.com

Chef Mike Ransom’s karaage fried chicken sandwich at his other restaurant Ima was so popular that he decided to open another shop dedicated to it. Beyond the famous fried chicken sandwich, SuperCrisp also offers burgers and fries topped with Asian flavors like kimchi and wasabi. There are also plenty of vegetarian options available.

Photo via SuperCrisp/Instagram
Baobab Fare
6568 Woodward Ave., Suite 100, Detroit; 313-265-3093; baobabfare.com
Opened by immigrants, Baobab Fare brings East African fare, coffee, and fresh juices to Detroit’s New Center neighborhood. Their signature dish is Nyumbani, a slow-simmered beef dish served with fried plantains, peanut stewed spinach, and coconut rice. 
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Baobab Fare

6568 Woodward Ave., Suite 100, Detroit; 313-265-3093; baobabfare.com

Opened by immigrants, Baobab Fare brings East African fare, coffee, and fresh juices to Detroit’s New Center neighborhood. Their signature dish is Nyumbani, a slow-simmered beef dish served with fried plantains, peanut stewed spinach, and coconut rice.

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Louisiana Creole Gumbo
2051 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-567-1200 | 13505 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-397-4052 | 29216 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills | detroitgumbo.com
Louisiana Creole Gumbo has been a staple in Detroit’s Eastern Market since 1970. More than 50 years later, the cajun restaurant expanded to the suburbs and opened a new location in Farmington Hills.
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Louisiana Creole Gumbo

2051 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-567-1200 | 13505 W. Seven Mile Rd., Detroit; 313-397-4052 | 29216 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills | detroitgumbo.com

Louisiana Creole Gumbo has been a staple in Detroit’s Eastern Market since 1970. More than 50 years later, the cajun restaurant expanded to the suburbs and opened a new location in Farmington Hills.

Photo by Kelley O'Neill
Trap Vegan 
20198 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-340-2988; trapvegan.com
Dope. Healthy. Good AF. This vegan fast-food restaurant offers plant-based burgers, smoothies, acai bowls, and salads. When Trap Vegan opened in November of 2021, they sold out the first day — that’s how good it is. 
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Trap Vegan

20198 Livernois Ave., Detroit; 313-340-2988; trapvegan.com

Dope. Healthy. Good AF. This vegan fast-food restaurant offers plant-based burgers, smoothies, acai bowls, and salads. When Trap Vegan opened in November of 2021, they sold out the first day — that’s how good it is.

Photo via Trap Vegan /Facebook
Spudz & Cluckz
18456 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-394-1374; spudznclucks.com
Spudz & Cluckz is a fast-casual restaurant that pushes the culinary boundaries on wings and loaded fries offerings. Some of Spudz & Cluck's menu items include Samurai fries, fries loaded with your choice of meat, seasonal vegetables tossed in a garlic butter sauce, and the Breakfast Butter Clucker sandwich, a fun twist on traditional chicken and waffles.
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Spudz & Cluckz

18456 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-394-1374; spudznclucks.com

Spudz & Cluckz is a fast-casual restaurant that pushes the culinary boundaries on wings and loaded fries offerings. Some of Spudz & Cluck's menu items include Samurai fries, fries loaded with your choice of meat, seasonal vegetables tossed in a garlic butter sauce, and the Breakfast Butter Clucker sandwich, a fun twist on traditional chicken and waffles.

Photo courtesy of Spudz & Cluckz
ImaginATE
401 S. Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak; 248-633-8899; imaginaterestaurant.com
Owned by Chef Omar Mitchell, ImaginATE uses technology and creativity to elevate the fine dining experience. ImaginATE makes dining entertaining with the addition of Le Petit, a digital dining experience that shows animated chefs and characters preparing your order digitally before the server presents your real plated meal.
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ImaginATE

401 S. Lafayette Ave, Royal Oak; 248-633-8899; imaginaterestaurant.com

Owned by Chef Omar Mitchell, ImaginATE uses technology and creativity to elevate the fine dining experience. ImaginATE makes dining entertaining with the addition of Le Petit, a digital dining experience that shows animated chefs and characters preparing your order digitally before the server presents your real plated meal.

Photo via ImaginATE/Facebook
Detroit Vegan Soul
19614 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-766-5728; detroitvegansoul.com
Having a desire to make healthy food more accessible, Detroit Vegan Soul’s mission is to help people live healthier lives by offering a menu full of great tasting and nutritious vegan food.
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Detroit Vegan Soul

19614 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-766-5728; detroitvegansoul.com

Having a desire to make healthy food more accessible, Detroit Vegan Soul’s mission is to help people live healthier lives by offering a menu full of great tasting and nutritious vegan food.

Photo via Detroit Vegan Soul/Facebook