Celebrate Black History Month in the Most Delicious Way
By: Kayla Morano
February 1st marks the first day of Black History Month. The month of February is designated as Black History Month. This month-long event in the United States and Canada is an opportunity to honor Black success while also serving as a reminder to take account of where systemic racism exists and to highlight the people and organizations working to make improvements. A little history behind Black History Month: on February 7, 1926, Carter G. Woodson established the first "Negro History Week" to commemorate and increase awareness of Black history. It was then in 1976 Texas A&M University Afro-American history professor, Albert Broussard, named it a month-long celebration. City Food Tours wants to highlight this important month by starring some amazing Black-owned eateries throughout Philadelphia.
West Philly is the home of 48th Street Grille. This amazing spot is
Caribbean and American-inspired Cuisine… with a cajun twist.
Try their Jerk Chicken, it looks incredible!
310 S. 48th Street, West Philly
This Germantown spot is owned and run by a fabulous mother-daughter duo, Beverly Medley and Nyeisha Cabiness. With love for each and every customer, the two provide delicious raw and vegan food.
6108 Germantown Avenue, Germantown
photo credit: @allthewaylivecafe Instagram
Another West Philly staple is Bookers Restaurant and Bar. This spot
is named after Booker Wright, a server in the 1960s who advocated
and spoke out about what it was like to be a black waiter in a white
Mississippi restaurant. Check out this spot for some rich history
and southern-inspired cuisine.
5021 Baltimore Avenue, West Philly
photo credit: @bookers.westphily Instagram
Angry Deekin Ribs is owned and run by pitmaster Craig Martin. Their specialty is bbq and both beef and pork ribs! The owner is proud to produce his own style of bbq- he quotes “In Regards to our BBQ, we have not copied any regions style. We’re from Philly, so that’s our style”.
1019 Spring Garden, Spring Garden
photo credit: @angry_deekin_bbq Instagram
This Center City coffee spot is known for its organic sips with so many rich flavors. They also focus on providing eco-friendly shops and sustainable practices. This black-owned business has not only one but four amazing locations.
928 Pine Street, Washington Square West
photo credit: @goodkarmaphilly Instagram
This Kensington spot offers light bites, smoothies, and coffee. What’s special about Franny Lou’s is the living room vibe and community safe space the owner has cultivated. This cafe has truly become a catalyst for the black community and engages activism. The name Franny Lou’s porch is derived from two influencer women from the Civil Rights movement, Fannie Lou Hamer and Frances E.W. Harper.
2400 Coral Street, Kensington
photo credit: @frannylous Instagram
Old City is home to Stripp’d Juice, where they are serving up organic and non-GMO juices and fruit bowls. They also offer light bites such as savory and hand-crafted avocado toast.
263 N. 3rd Street, Old City
photo credit: @strippdjuice Instagram
Last but not least, we have one more West Philly fave. Banana Mousse is a bakery that serves up milkshakes, mousses, whipped cream, and much more. This spot is another inspiration, as it is run by a mother-daughter duo!
5602 Spruce Street, West Philly
photo credit: @bananamousse Instagram
We hope you have enjoyed getting to see some of these amazing Black-Owned Restaurants. Philly has always been a cultural center of the world, inviting people from all races, denominations, and cultural backgrounds together and celebrating brotherly and sisterly love. Let's wrap up with a quote from Frannie Lou Harper- “Nobody’s free unless everyone is free”.
Check out one of these businesses and tag us on social when you do!