Houston's Black Restaurant Week returns with more than 70 mouthwatering options
One of Houston’s most popular dining events has returned for 2023. Black Restaurant Week takes place from April 2-16.
Founded in 2016 by Warren Luckett, Falayn Ferrell, and Derek Robinson, the event shines a spotlight on Black-owned restaurants and other culinary businesses and serves as a showcase for African American, African, and Caribbean cuisine. Organizers cite a 15-percent increase in business for participating restaurants as proof of the event’s popularity.
“From being overlooked for revitalization funds to inflation, most Black-owned culinary businesses cannot afford advertisements/PR/marketing to build awareness and attract consumers,” Luckett said in a statement. “That’s why we proudly do this for free — it’s peer-to-peer support for 10 or 14 days within each market and for the past seven years.”
This year’s event features more than 70 restaurants, caterers, and food trucks. Below are five restaurants that have opened new locations in the last year or so along with one of Third Ward’s most popular breakfast spots.
Bungalow Downtown Dining
Part of ALife Hospitality Group (Lost & Found, Kamp, etc.), this luxurious restaurant on Main St. is participating in its first BRW. The $65, three-course menu begins with appetizers such as spicy seafood bisque and wagyu meatballs. Entree choices include filet mignon with garlic butter, a pork chop with chimichurri, and Texas redfish topped with crab. Finish with one of three desserts.
At this new coffee shop and restaurant in the South Park neighborhood, chef Keisha Griggs has partnered with Houston farmers Jeremy Peaches of Fresh Life Organics and Ivy Walls to serve healthy, Caribbean-inspired dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s BRW menu include choices such as a Classic Sunday plate that comes with Trinidadian Stew Chicken, Macaroni Pie, and Coconut Red Beans; a Trinidadian flatbread stuffed with curry chickpeas; and a smoked salmon burger topped with a fried egg, pickled red onions, caper-avocado mayo, and Dijon mustard.
Mo Better Brews
Third Ward residents have been flocking to this vegan coffee shop and restaurant since it opened in 2021. For BRW, it will be featuring specials such as the Blvd. Burger, chicken-fried mushrooms and grits with three different sauces, gumbo, and chicken fried mushrooms and waffle
1929 Po-boy Kitchen
Located at Lyric Market in the Theater District downtown, this Louisiana-inspired eatery offers a compelling menu of sandwiches, gumbo, seafood, and more. At lunch, the restaurant is offering a two-course, $25 menu that include choice of cucumber salad or fried green tomatoes and a choice of Buffalo chicken po’ boy or shrimp and grits. The $45, three-course dinner menu features entree choices such as beef rib yakamein, blacked catfish po’ boy, and whole fried snapper. Add strawberry lemonade or blueberry limeade for $3.99 more.
Among the newest additions to downtown’s Finn Hall food hall is this barbecue joint from Oxtail Mash Up winner Reginald Scott. The restaurant’s BRW offerings include chicken boudin with choice of side ($15) and a stuffed turkey leg with a side ($25).
Located in the Ion mixed-use development, this food truck-turned-restaurant sells chicken wings and chicken tenders stuffed with fillings like dirty rice and mac and cheese. Its BRW special is four stuffed tenders with fries and a purple lemonade for $14 (usually $18).