This is a collaborative post.
Looking for something new to try in your own cooking? Or maybe you’re on the hunt for a black restaurant near you that features Black American, African, and/or Caribbean cuisine. We’ve compiled a list of five reasons you should celebrate the flavors of African-American, African, and Caribbean Cuisine.
1. They’re delicious
We’re not just talking about fried food here—we mean everything from jerk jackfruit to stews. All these dishes have unique ingredients and spices that make them stand out and leave you wanting more. It’s known for its bold flavors like cumin, ginger, collard greens, okra, hot peppers and more!
2. They’re nutritious
Soul food is known for being comforting and filling. But it also happens to be healthy when prepared correctly (think whole grains over white flour). And many Africans’ diets are rich in vegetables; this means that we get a lot of nutrients from plants without even having to think about it!
3. They’re community gathering spaces
These days more than ever before it seems like people are looking for places where they can go out together as a family or group to have fun and enjoy great food without having to leave home too far behind them.
4. Rich in history and culture
These food cultures are rich in history and culture, with roots dating back thousands of years ago to when slaves first arrived in America. And eating these dishes will help you connect with your ancestry while celebrating all the hard work our ancestors did to make this country what it is today!
5. They’re affordable
In many cases, black-owned restaurants are incredibly affordable ways to try new foods or learn about different cultures—without breaking the bank at a fancy restaurant or paying for expensive ingredients like truffles or caviar that are hard to find elsewhere in your neighborhood.
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a full sit-down meal, you’re sure to find African or Black-owned restaurants or cafes for just about every occasion in any location. You can enjoy the flavors of sesame chicken and jambalaya in the company of friends or treating yourself and your date to a gourmet dish steeped with caramelized onions and flavorful spices. So there’s no longer any reason to go without the Black food you crave when the time comes, so get out there and enjoy!