Going out to eat? Consider visiting one of these black-owned local businesses

Orlando, Fla. — One of the best things about living in the greater Orlando area is the wide range of food selections.

From delicious Puerto Rican mofongo to finger-licking Ethiopian injera dishes—Central Florida is home to a beautifully diverse array of cooking styles.

With that said, local black-owned eateries and shops were some of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Associated Press.

Here’s a list to get your taste buds started on a colorful delectable experience:

  • DaJen Eats Cafe & Creamery
    • 323 E Kennedy Blvd suite F, Eatonville, FL 32751
    • "Small, modest quick-serve cafe offering Caribbean sandwiches, salads, sides & ice cream."
  • Seana's Caribbean | Soul Food
    • 719 Good Homes Rd, Orlando, FL 32818
    • Recent Review: "Pork chops were AMAZING!!! Mac and cheese was good and greens too. I didn't even use salt and pepper. Love it love it love it. Will be going back."
  • Chicken Fire
    • 609 Irvington Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
    • Located in the À La Cart hub, Chicken Fire is a takeout must-have for the spicy food lovers. Come for quality food, good portion sizes, and amazing taste at a  great price.
  • Golden Krust Caribbean Restaurant
    • 5510 W Colonial Dr #107, Orlando, FL 32808
    • Started in NY more than 30 years ago, this Carribbean food franchise is revered for its fun atmosphere and kind staff.
  • Taste of Jamaica
    • 6406 N Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32810
    • "Casual cafe decorated in cheery traditional colors, serving Caribbean & West Indian dishes."
  • Coleman's Sports Design Pizza
    • 521 E Kennedy Blvd, Maitland, FL 32751
    • Recent Review: Amazing pizza and cheese steak. "Have been visiting from Philadelphia and could not find a place that has its own delivery driver until this place."
  • Sister Honey's
    • 247 E Michigan St, Orlando, FL 32806
    • "Artisan bakery selling a variety of cakes (whole or by the slice), cupcakes, pies & pastries."
  • Something Fishy
    • 2107 E Semoran Blvd A, Apopka, FL 32703
    • "Easygoing seafood spot offering crab cakes, fish tacos & classic dishes in bright, relaxed digs."
  • Brick & Spoon
    • 933 S Orlando Ave, Maitland, FL 32751
    • "Unique meals with a spoonful of southern flair that comforts the heart and soul: upscale breakfast, brunch, and lunch dining."
  • Pete's Famous BBQ
    • 4334 Raleigh St, Orlando, FL 32811
    • Recent Review: "Good ribs, great mustard sauce, friendly service."
  • Bar-B-Q Boyz
    • 6801 Forest City Rd, Orlando, FL 32810
    • Recent Review: "The ribs, brisket, baked beans, and that pineapple lemonade is on point! I suggest you try that!! Customer service is great too!! Definitely call ahead."
  • Virginia's Seafood & Wings
    • 968 W State Rd 434, Longwood, FL 32750
    • "Great food. Great price. Order ahead....even months after [move] the consistency is flavor is still there, if not, even better."
  • Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine
    • 5494 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32821
    • "A menu featuring Ethiopian dishes in a traditional dining room with natural light & blue interiors."

Want more? The Bungalower and Orlando Weekly compiled more local businesses.

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