Black-Owned Restaurants and Food Trucks to Support Year-Round

By: Ariel Taranski

Black History Month is a pivotal time in Memphis; not only because our city has been at the center of Black innovation and achievement for generations, but also because we still continue to see Memphis’ Black community influence worldwide culture today. However, part of the importance of this month shouldn’t be forgotten all of the other months throughout the year, so we’re here to share some businesses you can support year-round. And with Memphis being such a foodie city, it’s no wonder we wanted to highlight these in particular!

Da Guilty Vegan Food Truck

Being a vegan in the city of barbecue may be rough at times, but Da Guilty Vegan is here to demonstrate that good food can still be animal-free! Whether you’re craving barbecue nachos, a burger, or even some delicious sandwiches, this place has a wide rotating selection of foods you’ll want to try again and again. You can usually spot this food truck down Houston Levee, but if you want to double-check where this truck will be stopping next, check out their social media for all of the updates.

Brain Food Memphis

Think fresh, natural, organic food can’t possibly be hearty? Think again. BrainFood in Memphis uses the best ingredients to create scrumptious, mouth-watering dishes that’ll make you come back for more. Though they don’t have a physical location, you can order curbside or delivery from anywhere to your home or office. They cater, too, so check out their social and website for all of the current servings, availability, and more.

Waffle Iron

When you have breakfast (or brunch) at Waffle Iron, you’ll understand why Food Network named them one of the 50 best waffles in America! You can even take home boxes of their sweet potato pancake and waffle mix if you just can’t get enough. Check out their website, social media, and Collierville location to snag some of their delicious goodies for yourself.

Jamaican Queen Food Truck

The search for Jamaican cooking won’t have you traveling too far with Jamaican Queen’s food truck. If you’ve got a hankering for jerk spices and scrumptious sides, this menu will have something for you! You can’t miss the truck painted with the Jamaican flag, but just in case you want to catch it near you, follow them on Facebook for updates.

Chicken Coop

If you’re on the search for some amazing wings, Chicken Coop is the place for you! So many tantalizing flavors and combinations, how could you possibly choose just one? They don’t just serve up wings, though, offering burgers, hot dogs, and many more things to delight your taste buds. Check out their site for more information, or follow their social media to see what’s new on the menu.

I Love Waffle Cream

We can’t deny we love chicken and waffles, but sometimes you just want waffles and ice cream instead, you know? This is where I Love Waffle Cream excels, offering some delicious waffle and ice cream combos. You may even brave the Memphis winter to get one of these cold treats! (They also have an Elvis-inspired flavor, because would the menu be complete without it?) Find the food truck on their website or social media to see where they’ll be stopping next!

Grillmaster Chew Food Truck

Since Memphis has its own food truck park, it’s no wonder so many amazing food trucks have made this list, including Grillmaster Chew. The taste of barbecue never gets old in this city and this food truck offers some yummy takes on some classics, like ribs, sandwiches, and barbecue nachos. Find them on Facebook to keep up with their latest locations.

Dr. Bean’s Coffee and Tea

For your caffeine fix, Dr. Bean’s Coffee and Tea has you covered. Since they source their own beans, you know you’re in for some unique flavor profiles with genuine thought and care behind them. You can shop their coffees online or visit their location to enjoy a fresh cup for yourself. Follow them on social for specials and check their website to place an order.

Know some other local eats and treats that are Black-owned that we should know about? Tell us in the comments! We’d love to support some more local, small businesses!

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