In Good Taste: Black Owned in the Metro Detroit Food Industry

By Alicia Price

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Full Transparency…

I struggled with finding a topic for this month’s article. We are in the middle of fighting against injustice and racism while still adjusting to this “new normal” of pandemic life. Writing about my favorite beach destination or my top 5 hangout spots is tone-deaf and insensitive. Before I am a writer, a photographer, a food lover, a wanderlust; I am Black. I want to contribute more…for us.

We must all take on different roles in order to produce real change. The protesters, the educators, the activists and the legislators are as necessary as the Corporate America employee addressing a racist comment in a meeting. There is no singular correct way. However, what we can do, collectively, is pour more into our Black businesses.

Remaining true to the things that I love, I’ve compiled a list of 15 Black Owned Restaurants, 6 Black Chefs and Food Trucks. So on your next date night, quick bite to eat or catered event, give one of these a try.

**Note: This is not an all inclusive list. These are a few of my favorites paired with businesses that I’d like to see gain more exposure.

Black Chefs

Chef Kiluanji Watkins of Kings Kitchen Hospitality
Chef K has catered every event I’ve organized and manages to leave me speechless every time. Not only is his food amazing, but he also offers a widespread variety of options ranging from his specialty lamb chops to Thai dishes with homemade noodles. His consistency and the overall customer experience are unmatched. As an added plus, Kings Kitchen Hospitality also offers its catering services on a national scale.
IG: @chefkiluanji
FB: Kings Kitchen Hospitality LLC

Chef Woodstock of Woodstock Catering Co.
Listen, this is a dangerous man in the kitchen. I’ve eaten half a pan of his strawberry banana pudding in one sitting because I just couldn’t put the fork down. His famous “Slap Yo Daddy” chicken sandwich, fried wings and anything in the seafood food group is magical. Chef Woodstock is also owner of Uncorked Spices, offering his “designer spices for the modern kitchen” with a new product for the summer launching in the very near future.
IG: @chefwoodstock
FB: Uncorked By Woodstock & Chill
www.uncorkedspices.com

Channyj of Channyjs
The passion that Channyj has for sharing her Jamaican culture through cooking radiates in every dish. Her jerk cuisine gives a euphoric island feeling that no words can truly describe. Channyjs began as a catering company, which has developed into a brand highlighting health and culinary education by way of her seamoss line, recipe & ebooks and cooking tutorials. This is absolutely a must try.
IG: @channyjs
FB: Channyjs
www.channyjscatering.com

Black Owned Food Trucks

The Good Food Truck
Owner: Chef Mike
IG: @thegoodfoodtruck
FB: Good Food Truck Detroit
www.thegoodfoodtruckdetroit.com

The Gripper Food Truck by Durden’s Catering
Owner: Chef Durden
IG: @durdenscatering
FB: The Gripper Food Truck
www.durdenscatering.com

Comfort Cafe Food Truck
IG: @eatcomfortcafe
FB: Comfort Cafe
www.eatcomfortcafe.com

Black Owned Restaurants/Establishments

The Turkey Grill
8290 Woodward | Detroit
IG: @theturkeygrill
FB: The Turkey Grill
www.theturkeygrill.com

The Kitchen
6529 Woodward | Detroit
IG: @thekitchenbycwq
FB: The Kitchen by Cooking With Que
www.thekitchenbycwq.com

Sweet Potato Sensations
17337 Lahser Rd | Detroit
IG: @sweetpotatosensations
FB: Sweet Potato Sensations
www.sweetpotatosensations.com

Narrow Way Cafe
19331 Livernois | Detroit
IG: @thenarrowwaycafe
FB: Narrow Way Cafe
www.thenarrowwaycafe.com

Yum Village
6500 Woodward | Detroit
IG: @yumvillage
FB: Yumvillage
www.yumvillage.com

North Bar and Grille
29555 Northwestern Highway | Southfield
IG: @northbarandgrille
FB: North Bar & Grille Southfield

Folk Detroit
1701 Trumbell | Detroit
IG: @folkdetroit
FB: FOLK Detroit
www.folkdetroit.com

Views Bar & Grill
24200 Grand River | Detroit
IG: @viewsbar
FB: Views Bar & Grill

Ima Noodles
Corktown: 2015 Michigan Ave | Detroit
Midtown: 4870 Cass Ave | Detroit
Madison Heights: 32203 John R. Rd | Detroit
IG: @imanoodles
www.imanoodles.com

Norma G’s Cuisine
14628 E. Jefferson Ave. | Detroit
IG: @normagscuisine
FB: Norma G’s Detroit
www.normagscuisine.com

Detroit Vegan Soul
8029 Agnes St. | Detroit
IG: @detvegansoul
FB: Detroit Vegan Soul
www.detroitvegansoul.com

Good Cakes & Bakes
19363 Livernois | Detroit
IG: @goodcakes_andbakes
FB: Good Cakes and Bakes
www.goodcakesandbakes.com

Coop Caribbean Fusion
474 Peterboro St. | Detroit
www.coopdetroit.com

Pop Culture Vegan Cafe
15439 Mack | Detroit
IG: @popculturevegancafe
FB: Pop Culture Vegan Cafe
www.popculturevegan.com

IVY Kitchen & Cocktails
9215 E. Jefferson | Detroit
IG: @ivy_detroit
FB: IVY Kitchen & Cocktails Detroit
www.ivykc.com

There are plenty of Black owned businesses spread across various industries. Let’s make it a point to highlight them, support them and keep our dollars circulating within our community.