The annual Black Restaurant Week highlights black-owned restaurants and culinary businesses in Houston to expose Houston residents and visitors to African American, African and Caribbean cuisine. Black Restaurant Week kicks off April 14th and runs through the 28th, and this year, there are prizes on the line for hungry diners who complete a Bingo card detailing their restaurant visits. Here is a complete list of participating restaurants and schedule of events for Black Restaurant Week.
During the fourth year of BRW, you can enjoy the Aroma Culinary Panel Discussion, the Art of Flavor Pop-Up Dinner, the NOSH culinary showcase and the black-owned food truck festival. All this and discounts at dozens of featured restaurants await local foodies, so loosen your belt buckle and get ready to take your palate on a wild ride.
We don’t know what’s better at Ogun Art & Wine … the beautifully striking original art on the walls or the exquisite offering of wines from continents across the globe. Whatever the reason, be sure to visit this gallery/wine bar located in the Memorial Heights area. While you sip on vino from South Africa, be sure to take in the oil and acrylic paintings and rich, cultural atmosphere. If you get hungry, there’s an array of meat and cheese plates, signature pizzas, salads and a selection of small plates to share.
We bet you’ve never had comfort food like this before. Kulture takes traditional Southern and Caribbean cuisines and adds its own spin for an unexpected, yet creative, menu. Located downtown in Avenida Houston, Kulture is a swanky, cosmopolitan restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows that lets you take in the sights of passersby while sipping on one of their signature cocktails. Don’t leave without trying the mac and cheese, fried okra or collard green purses.
Turkey Leg Hut
Turkey Legs are the order of the day at the Turkey Leg Hut, located south of Midtown in Third Ward. Besides sandwiches, salads, sides and dessert, diners flock to the restaurant for its turkey legs stuffed with ingredients such as alfredo shrimp, homemade crawfish macaroni. The Cajun Crawfish Mac & Cheese, and the Hennessy Glazed Turkey Leg are a few crowd favorites. And if you’re feeling extra thirsty, consider sharing their mega mimosa, an Instagram-worthy drink that includes three whole bottles of champagne mixed with fruit juice, slices of fresh fruit and liquid nitrogen to give it a smoky look. Don’t leave without trying the Ciroc Mango Habanero Glazed Turkey Leg. A word of advice: get there early and dress comfortably as people tend to line up before the doors even open.
Lucille’s is a great spot to visit after you’ve worked up an appetite taking in fine art in Houston’s Museum District or painting the town red. You’ll feel right at home in the cozy atmosphere of the restaurant. Traditional Southern dishes such as braised oxtails, shrimp and grits, and smothered duck. Sides include collard greens, cornbread, hot rolls, or truffled brussel sprouts. If brunch is your cup of tea, Lucille’s has a varied selection for any palate.
Etta’s Little Kitchen isn’t your typical brick and mortar restaurant – it’s a Sunday pop-up brunch. Crispy vegan breakfast tacos, stuffed brioche French toast, jerk chicken and waffles and crawfish and cornbread are just a few of the novel food combinations you can find on the menu. Pair these with a blood orange mimosa, margarita or whiskey jubilee for a mighty fine Sunday indeed. You can catch this pop-up brunch at Bar 5015 on Almeda Rd. in Third Ward.
Add a little jazz to your week at Phil and Derek’s Jazz Lounge in Midtown. You can get a bite to eat on the restaurant side of the venue or have a casual drink with the gang on the lounge side. Phil and Derek’s is known for its live music during the week and lively jazz brunch on the weekends. Get your taste buds ready for oysters on a half shell, shrimp and sausage jambalaya, or friend catfish, and don’t even think of leaving until you’ve tried the peach cobbler.
Prospect Park isn’t a park at all. Who knew?! But it is a great hangout spot, especially for groups. It’s a smorgasbord of options for entertainment, whether you want to watch a game on one of its 45 TV screens, hang out in the hookah lounge, listen to live Zydeco music (weekends only), relax on the large patio or enjoy a Texas-sized frozen drink or cocktail. Prospect Park is a great place for out-of-town guests and locals alike.
Take a trip to New Orleans without ever leaving Houston! Neyow’s Creole Café is the latest transplant from our Louisiana neighbors. The restaurant has quickly gained a reputation for its chargrilled oysters, gumbo and it’s signature drink, the Bow Wow, which boasts ten shots of alcohol (yes, ten). The décor is quintessential New Orleans, with wrought iron accents that hold hundreds of bottles of spirits throughout the venue. An outdoor patio is perfect for diners on a nice Spring or Summer day.
Houston’s This Is It Soul Food in Midtown makes you feel like your grandma is in the kitchen cooking up your favorite meals. This restaurant has become an institution in H-Town thanks to its menu of traditional Southern dishes including yams, smothered pork chops, turkey wings, oxtails and chitterlings. Some of their most popular sides include cabbage, mustard greens, black eyed peas, candied yams and okra. You might have to hit the gym before and after, but it’ll be well worth the effort.
Alfreda’s Soul Food has been serving Houstonians for over 50 years for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. Located in the historic Third Ward area, this cafeteria-style eatery has many of the comforts of home. Large portions of the catfish, oxtails, chicken, green beans and desserts are what keep patrons coming back for more week after week.