Local communities are looking to help out and support black-owned businesses. One way to show your support is to eat out! The following list below are some local black-owned restaurants and food trucks in Tampa that are serving up barbeque to seafood and everything in between! 


Al’s Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que and Soul Food

Experience the best barbeque joints that Tampa has to offer. Al’s Finger Licking Good and Soul Food prides itself for its delicious Tennessee-style barbeque and homemade sides and desserts. With everything prepped, smoked, and cooked daily, come enjoy the best ribs, roasted chicken, pork, and turkey leg Tampa has to offer and finish off with some delicious homemade banana pudding.

Chief’s Creole Cafe

In the heart of St. Petersburg’s historically African-American neighborhood, Chief’s Creole Cafe serves some of the best Louisanna-style cajun/creole dishes and southern comfort food in Tampa. The owners Elihu and Carolyn Brayboy welcomes everyone to experience the taste of creole and enjoy a good meal when they dine at Chief’s. Try their signature Gumbo, creole Jambalaya, and “dirty” beignets the next time you visit. 

Tampa Blue Crab & Seafood

Tampa Blue Crab and Seafood Market offer various ocean delights that are caught daily by local fishermen in the Tampa area. While scouting out fresh fish, blue crab, and other ocean delights, experience their delicious dishes made from the freshly caught seafood. Specifically, try their grilled blue crab, that is coated in old bay seasoning and garlic butter. 

7th and Grove

Located in the Ybor City area, 7th and Grove offers a contemporary twist on classic southern and soul food. This location is also unique for being part restaurant and a part lounge that serves as a nightclub. Try their incredible burgers along with a specially crafted drink the next opportunity you get to check out this establishment. 

Lorene’s Fish House

This little, locally owned restaurant has been going on strong since 1994, and that’s because of the amazing food served. Lorene’s Fish House offers some of the best seafood and southern dishes out of St. Petersburg including bodied shrimp and mussels, pork sandwiches, and fried grouper sandwiches. This Tampa restaurant is a must for all locals and tourists to experience!

Flavaz Jamaican Grille

Since 2017, Flavaz Jamaican Grille has been serving the best Jamaican dishes in Tampa. This family-owned restaurant serves incredible and savory Jamaican meals such as oxtails, jerk chicken, curry goat and chicken, and escovitch. Located in Riverview, come experience some amazing food and a warm, welcoming family environment. 

Food Trucks

Three Generations Food Truck with Chef Melly

This growing food truck company, Three Generations Food Truck serves gourmet meals that you could find at a gourmet restaurant. Chef Melly, Melissa Gardner, and her family work to deliver the best meals in Tampa straight to the customer. Try their delicious Cajun shrimp/fish and grits, savory chicken and waffles, and their sensational grilled bone-in truffle butter ribeye. Go Visit Three Generations at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Tuesday through Thursday, the next chance you get.

Heavy’s Food Truck 

With over 31 combined years of culinary experience under their belt, the owners and chiefs of Heavy’s Food Truck serve some of the best soul food in Tampa. Even though they are always on the move, Heavy’s Food Truck brings a welcoming family atmosphere when they serve each customer, and offer incredible prices for some of the best comfort food in the area.  Enjoy some incredible beef burgundy, pulled pork, barbeque chicken, turkey wings, and mac and cheese the next time you catch Heavy’s Food Truck.

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