5 Black-Owned Eateries to Check Out in San Francisco

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One of the many charms of San Francisco is the array of cultures and identities from all over the world that reside within the city. The ways to honor different cultures within San Francisco are endless from museums to parades to music festivals. 

However, the easiest way to honor and appreciate a culture is to support locally owned restaurants and businesses. In light of Black History Month, we will expose you to five black-owned eateries in San Francisco you can support this month and beyond. 

Taste Buds 

Taste Buds is a soul food inspired café located in the Inner Richmond neighborhood. Melvin and Helen Simmons, the owners, hope to bring a sprinkle of Louisiana and the south to every bite taken from their menu. They offer a variety of southern dishes like shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, red beans and rice to even modern dishes like tuna sandwiches and classic burgers. The family-run eatery provides a lively and welcoming atmosphere with decor that makes all feel at home. Whether you are in the mood for an easygoing lunch or a quick bite to eat, Taste Buds is the place to be. 

Location: 600 5th Avenue Inner Richmond

Koolah Cafe

Koolah Cafe is an Australian influenced venue that serves superb coffee and pastries. The name of the establishment, Koolah, is the Aboriginal word for Koala. They offer a multitude of coffee options ranging from cappuccinos, espressos, and lattes. Their menu also includes pastries and sandwiches. The large space offers chill vibes and great music. Koolah Cafe is a spot you do not want to miss if you are a coffee lover looking to grab tasty food to go. 

Location: 6909 Geary Blvd Outer Richmond 

Cafe International 

Cafe International is a jazzy and affordable cafe located in Lower Haight. While there are many special aspects about this establishment, the prices are truly like no other café. They sell latte’s under $5 dollars and bagel sandwiches under $10 dollars. On top of reasonable prices, there are live jazz performances that play every Sunday afternoon as well as open mic nights. Cafe International is not just the place to be because of their food, prices, or live music, but the community formed as a result of the comfy and homey atmosphere. It is no surprise that within this cafe people spark conversations with strangers, others write or sketch in their notebooks, and some drop by as a part of their morning routine. 

Location: 508 Haight Street Lower Haight

Vegan Mob 

Vegan Mob is a vegan soul food and barbecue fusion food truck located in the Mission District. The truck was created to help empower communities to enjoy delicious and savory food while encouraging a healthy lifestyle. The variety of options the menu offers sets them apart from other vegan ran restaurants. From shrimp po boys to mob burger cheese rolls to collard greens, the Vegan Mob no doubt has something for everyone. Someone really can not go wrong with any item on the menu.  

Location: 701 Valencia Street mission district 

El Nuevo Frutilandia 

El Nuevo Frutilandia is an Afro-Caribbean restaurant located in the Mission District. This family-run restaurant has been in business for over 60 years and is dedicated to serving delectable Cuban and Puerto Rican style comfort food. They are no stranger to Caribbean staples like empanadas, ropa viejas, yuca frita fries, and sweet plantains. While El Nuevo Frutilandia has an unassuming appearance, the looks and flavors of each dish are quite the opposite, bold and beautiful. 

Location: 3077 24th Street 

Erin Brown

Erin is currently a senior at the University of San Francisco. She is an LA native, but absolutely adores the Bay Area and all the wonderful foods and restaurants it has to offer. She enjoys writing and learning about new organizations and businesses within the city.