Discover These 12 Black-Owned Worcester Restaurants


Posted: September 7, 2020

If you’re seeking to support Central Massachusetts Black-owned businesses, Worcester is home to over a dozen Black-owned restaurants offering an eclectic and delicious variety of food and drinks. The list below will get you started and includes recommendations for dishes to try.

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Start your morning downtown with a smoothy at Vegan Nest so you can make a day trip of your experience and dive deeper into Worcester’s Black culture. Take a cue from legendary Worcester cyclist Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor, the world’s first Black sports superstar, and make it a food tour by bike. Or combine with a self-guided Public Art itinerary to discover the POW! WOW! Worcester murals nearby featuring images that reflect Black history and culture.

Whether you’re biking, taking a walking tour, or jumping in a car, use the Plan Your Trip tool to tap into this itinerary of Black-owned restaurants.

 

The Vegan Nest Café

6 Waldo Street

The Vegan Nest offers a menu that help you attain a healthy, natural, holistic and compassionate lifestyle. Not only do they offer vegan favorites like “Smashed Avo Toast” and “The Hippocrates” - olive tapenade, herbed feta, heirloom tomato, bell peppers, grilled seasonal vegetables – locals should look into their Nesting Box offer, a curated box of organic, plant-based grocery delivery that includes a recipe card and house-made meats, cheeses and small-batch pastries.

 

Addie Lee's Soul Food

596 Main Street

Know for their great customer service and unbeatable value, you’ll find classic comfort foods at Addie Lee’s. Popular dishes include their fried chicken, beef ribs that “fall off the bone” and locals consider their peach cobbler “heavenly.”

 

Accra Girls Restaurant

1280 Grafton Street

Emmanuel Labri, is the entrepreneur behind bringing the “taste of Ghana” to Worcester, first at Accra Girls and most recently at ākra Eatery & Juice Bar. Try the Omo Tuo, a Ghanaian staple food made with rice, served in a peanut butter soup with goat meat.

 

ākra Eatery & Juice Bar

150 Green Street

Akra Eatery and Juice Bar features natural food influenced by West African cooking traditions and is based inside the buzzing Worcester Public Market. Create your own bowl or wrap, or try classics like the Waakkye Bowl. As for drinks, locals especially enjoy the Juixe.

 

Anokye Krom

687 Millbury Street

If you visit for dinner, try the Sizzling Akomfem (guinea fowl) at this Afro Ghanaian-American restaurant. If you’re just looking for a snack, you can’t go wrong with the fried plantains and an Alvaro, a unique refreshing natural malt drink.

 

Aretha's Kitchen

118 Cambridge Street

Discover Jamaican favorites at Aretha’s Kitchen, described as “a hidden gem” by locals. Try the Ackee & Saltfish or Jerk Chicken for an authentic Jamaican dinner experience.

 

Belmont Vegetarian Restaurant

157 Belmont Street

Enjoy a savory soulful twist on Jamaican and American inspired dishes at Belmont, where a meat-free, non-dairy, body-nourishing diet is the cornerstone of the menu design - perfect for vegan and vegetarians alike. Try the veggie stew or create your own combo plate.

 

Caribbean Flaavor

976a Main Street

In the heart of Main South you’ll find delectable oxtail with mac and cheese at Caribbean Flaavor, a Jamaican restaurant where you’re invited to discover the fresh and bold flavors of the Caribbean without packing your luggage. Try their homemade Jamaican Beef Patties if you’re looking for a quick bite on the go.

 

Elder Paintsil's African Restaurant

984 Main Street

This is a great option if you’re looking for African cuisine on Main street. Locals recommend the jolloff rice fried fish and fried tomato stew.

 

Fatima's Café 

43 W. Boylston Street

Omar and Fatima’s café restaurant provides a taste of home with traditional dishes served with care. The Somali chicken and steak sandwiches are popular favorites with guests and are filled to the edges with seasoned meat, peppers, and onions.

 

Gold Coast Catering & Restaurant

79 Millbury Street

Check out Gold Coast for both take out and event catering, as they’ve led Central Massachusetts in multi-cultural catering since 2011. Also, their Fish & Chips, available on Fridays, is a great deal that should not be missed!

 

Jamaica Thymes

169 Lincoln Street

A staple of their neighborhood, Jamaica Thymes is a great choice if you’re looking for Caribbean favorites. Try the steamed red snapper or if you’re looking for beef patties, get there early because their most popular choices often sell out.

 

PHILIPS’ E&N Seafood

264 Grafton Street

A seafood spot with West African flavors, you won’t want to miss their Jonah Crab, shrimp & corn combo. For a fun drink unique to Philips’ the new jolly rancher flavored slushees will give you a sugar kick that lasts the whole day!