Celebrating Black History Month – Los Angeles Black Businesses (Dinner Guide)

I Know, I know It’s Dinner!  

TOTALLY against my food rules, BUT…just this once.

(Upscale)

Pips on La Brea
1356 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles
323-954-7477

Post and Beam
3767 Santa Rosalia Dr., Los Angeles
323-299-5599

Hal’s Bar & Grill
1349 Abbott Kinney, Los Angeles
310-396-3105

Xen Lounge
10628 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
818-505-3513

(Health/Vegan)

Azla Vegan
3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
213-745-7455

Simply Wholesome
4508 W. Slauson, Los Angeles
323-294-2144

Stuff I Eat
114 N. Market Street, Inglewood
310-671-0115

My Two Cents
5583 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
323-938-1012

(Cajun/Creole)

Bayou Grille
1400 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood
310-673-0824

Carribbean
10835 Venice Blvd
310-287-0668

Flavor Table Catering and Breakfast, The
2812 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles
323-751-6000

Harold & Bell’s
2920 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles
323-735-9023

La Louisanne
5812 Overhill Dr., Los Angeles
323-293-5073

Les Sisters Southern Kitchen & BBQ
21818 Devonshire St., Chatsworth
818-998-0755

Little Belize
217 E Nutwood St, Inglewood
310-674-0696

My Two Cents
5583 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
323-938-1012

Simply D’ Licious Southern Creole Cuisine
4641 W Washington Blvd., Los Angeles
562-326-6863

Uncle Darrow’s Creole Cajun Eatery
2560 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey
310-306-4862

(Seafood)

Shabazz Seafood Restaurant and Bakery
2618 W King Jr. Blvd, Los Angeles
323-730-1669

(BBQ)

Bludso’s Barbeque
811 S Long Beach Blvd, Compton.

609 N La Brea Ave, Hollywood
323-931-2583

 

Brother’s Bar-B-Que
7725 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles
323-751-1050

D’s Original Take Out Grill
7873 S. Western Ave, Los Angeles
323-971-3663

JNJ BBQ and Burgers
5754 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles
323-933-7366

JR’s Barbeque
3055 La Cienega Blvd., Culver City
310-837-6838

Les Sisters Southern Kitchen & BBQ
21818 Devonshire St., Chatsworth
818-998-0755

Phillip’s BBQ
2619 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles
323-731-4772

4307 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles
323-292-7613

1517 Centinela Ave., Inglewood
310-412-7135

Uncle Andre’s BBQ
11715 Moorpark St., Studio City
818-763-8414

Woody’s BBQ
3446 W. Slauson, Los Angeles
323-294-9443

(Soul food)

Adolph Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen
202 E. Manchester Blvd., Los Angeles
310-671-3345

Aunt Rosa Lee’s Mississippi
2781 S Western Ave, Los Angeles
323-733-8586

Bertha’s Soul Food Café
1714 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles
323-777-3373

Carolyn’s Kitchen
853 E. Manchester Ave, Los Angeles
323-585-1660

Chef Marilyn’s Soul Food Express
2638 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles
323-737-8101

Comfort LA
1110 E. 7th St., Los Angeles
213-537-0844

Delicious Southern Cuisine
4371 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles
323-298-0445

Dirty South Soul Food
14100 Crenshaw Blvd., Gardena
424-297-0761

Dulans Soul Food Kitchen
4859 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles
323-296-3034

3411 Westmount Ave, Los Angeles
323-296-7918

202 E Manchester Blvd, Inglewood
310-671-3345

Flossie’s Southern Cuisine
3566 Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrence
310-352-4037

Les Sisters Southern Kitchen & BBQ
21818 Devonshire St., Chatsworth
818-998-0755

M&M Soul Food
335 E Albertoni St., Carson
310-324-5317

10807 Crenshaw Blvd., Inglewood
310-412-0106

Ms. B’s M & M Soul Food
801 E. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood
310-412-2800

My Two Cents
5583 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
323-938-1012

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
50006 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
323-934-4405

1514 N. Gower St. Los Angeles, CA
323-466-7453

621 W. Manchester Blvd, Inglewood
310-981-4141

R & R Soul Food
18427 Avalon Blvd., Carson
310-715-6716

(Jamaican)

Ackee Bamboo
4305 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles
323-295-7275

Derrick’s Jamaican Cuisine
6806 La Tijera Blvd., Los Angeles
310-641-7572

(American)

Brooklyn Deli & Mini Mart
4308 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles
347-981-8408

Buffalo Wild Wings
3939 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles
323-596-4955

JNJ BBQ and Burgers
5754 W Adams Blvd., Los Angeles
323-933-7366

MO Better Burgers
901 S La Brea Ave. #2, Los Angeles
310-737-8556

(Ethiopian)

Azla Vegan
3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
213-745-7455

Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
1041 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
323-938-8827

(Caribbean)

The Brownstone Bistro
5047 W Pico Blvd., Los Angeles
323-965-9400

(Mexican)

All Flavor No Grease (street vendor)
728 E. 108th St., Los Angeles
323-318-0409

(Brazilian)

Wood Spoon
107 W. 9th St. Los Angeles
213-629-1765

(African)

Nkechi African Cafe
2717 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood
323-541-1265

Veronica’s Kitchen
528 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood
310-673-4890

(Somalian)

Banadir Somalia Restaurant
137 W. Arbor Vitae, Unit C, Inglewood
310-419-9900

 

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Something new for breakfast in downtown Pgh

My aunt and I decided to try out Bufford’s Kitchen, a newish spot in Pittsburgh located near the now, PPG Paints Arena.   Out of the three, we attended the downtown location, which means metered street parking.

Understand we love eating, shopping and simply being social.  Therefor, staying “hip” she recommended Bufford and from there we made out way downtown.  While entering this space, the first thing you notice is all the metal and wood used all around the restaurant which was pretty nice.

“Oh, check this place out!” I said out loud.

The place was fairly empty, but it was early and only two other tables were consumed with customers.  This was ok because it just meant we had more time to chat with our wonderful waitress and waiter in training.  We went back and forth with our menu selections while taking suggestions from the staff and together decided to get the Our Soon To Be Famous French Toast and the Shrimp & Grits Bowl that consisted of cajun seasoned shrimp with a bbq butter sauce, egg and topped with cheddar cheese.

“Did you like it?” I asked.  She did, which is great!

As for myself I actually do not eat cheese in grits so it wasn’t a wonderful mouth experience, but it was fine, different.  I’ve mentioned cheese in my breakfast in the past and it’s just not my thing, but was open to try once again.  The butter sauce also too greasy and made sick.  I could feel my stomach beginning to turn once we left.  Thank God for the lemon water!  The shrimp itself was pretty good.   bufford-pgh.jpg

 

As far as the french toast, I’ve had much better.  Not sure if the menu title is appropriate <lol> but I wish them the best.  The bread the ok, not dry, but not buttery and tasty.  It was missing something…maybe cinnamon or nutmeg?  It seems a lot of restaurants do not flavor their food unless it’s a family owned spot who really understands what their people want.  Maybe that’s more of what I want, mom and pop spots?

 

 

I still want you to try this place out.  Why?  The customer service was awesome, it’s very clean, they seem to have great drinks at the bar, breakfast is served all day and it’s simply another cool place to visit whenever downtown.

Amenities (parking, location, seating, menu selections, etc) **
Customer Service (greeted, helpful, polite, checking-in, etc) ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience (themed, music, atmosphere, energy, etc) ***
Taste **
Price **


Want to try croissant french toast?

RECIPE:

Croissant French Toast

4 old croissants

3/4 cup milk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

  • Slice croissants in half (or not, personal preference)
  • In a bowl or shallow dish, stir together milk, eggs and vanilla
  • Dip croissant halves into one at a time into egg mixture.  Make sure it’s nicely coated and moist.
  • Melt butter in large skillet/frying pan over medium heat. Once warm, place croissants in pan, allowing to cook about 2-3 minuets on each side or until golden brown to your liking.

Love fruit or other toppings?  I do!  Consider topping with whipping cream, strawberries, berries or glazed bananas.  Enjoy!

The Flavor Table

The Eagle and I came across this (BO) business by accident called The Flavor Table. They’re located on Florence.  So we went in and tried their breakfast.  It was cool.  The price didn’t bother me and the decor fit their theme, a Louisiana feel.  They have the typical photos on the wall, beads in the corner, flowers on the table, everything is red and purple and the waiters are pleasant offering great customer service.  They offer catering, take out, no reservations, there’s street parking and you’ll pay a typical $12 for your meal.  Oh and I’ve only been there twice and I just learned they have a little patio eating area in the back.  I’ll try it out next time whenever I’m around.  I think I saw about three tables back there surround by umbrellas and additional covering for added privacy.  Simple area for a small group of maybe 10 who want some fresh air and privacy.  Keep in mind it’s in a residential area.

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So the first time I went there I ordered the Peach Cobbler French Toast.  I thought it was going to be smothered in yummy sauce with juicy peaches, but instead they offered the cobbler in a side dish and the french toast on its own plate.  I was a little disappointed.

Pictured above is what I ordered the second time we visited.  It’s their Caramel French Toast.  Maybe I’m asking for too much but I could have used a tad more of a thicker sauce or syrup.  It was simply caramel poured on top.  So they lack creativity, but the food was still good enough for myself to return in time.

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The Eagle usually gets items such as rice, eggs and salmon croquettes of which I guess I need to learn how to make.  This is his plate pictured to the left.  He said he really enjoyed his Shrimp and Crab Omelet.  I was pleased for I hate to have him upset with his meal.  It cost about $17.

 

 

All and all the place is fine.  If you’re in the area, try them out for yourself.  I may not drive across town just to eat here, but if in the area I would definitely continue to support.

Amenities (parking, location, seating, menu selections, etc) **
Customer Service (greeted, helpful, polite, checking-in, etc) ***
Cleanliness ***
Experience (themed, music, atmosphere, energy, etc) **
Taste **
Price ***

 

Best Breakfast in Chicago :)

I love my Eagle so much.  (He’s the boyfriend remember)  Well, he took us to Chicago simply to dine at varied restaurants for my blog…ok fine and to also visit family.  We literally visited a new spot each day for every meal of the day <sigh of gratitude> HE’S AMAZING! (picture me smiling, doing turning paddle turns while tossing confetti)

First up was Batter & Berries.  This (B.O.) spot was and is a “must visit”.  Known for their french toast, I decided to order the ‘Flight of French Toast’ which is their sample platter offering four-five varied flavors such as (in photo order) Taffy Apple, Lemon Curd, Caramel Pecan, Strawberry and Blueberry.

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