A guide to Black-owned restaurants near campus

A&E’s roundup of Black-owned restaurants near the University of Minnesota — all within five miles or fewer from East Bank campus.

Illustration by Luis Mendoza.

Luis Mendoza

Illustration by Luis Mendoza.

Meg Bishop

Minneapolis has been in a state of constant change since police killed George Floyd and protests broke out in all corners of the city. 

Students have donated time and resources to communities around the Twin Cities. Some have taken a stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and protested against racial injustices. Others showed their support by patronizing Black-owned businesses.

A&E has compiled a list of local Black-owned restaurants near campus, so dig in and help show your support.

On campus

Afro Deli in Stadium Village serves up fast-food style African and Mediterranean dishes. The menu is vegetarian friendly. They’re currently open for dine-in and takeout. Order by calling 612-871-5555.

Monday – Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dilla’s Ethiopian Restaurant in Cedar-Riverside is the self-proclaimed “best Ethiopian restaurant in Minneapolis” and is known for making customers feel like family. The menu is vegetarian friendly. They’re currently only open for takeout or delivery. You can order online through their website.

Monday – Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. 

The Red Sea in Cedar-Riverside, Minneapolis’ first-ever Ethiopian restaurant, serves flavorful dishes and music, depending on the night. They’re currently only open for takeout and delivery, however when the dining area is open the restaurant hosts DJs and other local artists. Order by calling 612-333-1644. The menu is vegetarian friendly.

Monday – Sunday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Three miles from campus

Soul Bowl in the North Loop creates fun home-cooked meals that are food for your soul, like chicken and potatoes in a bowl. They’re currently only open for takeout and delivery, but when dine-in opens back up patrons can check out the Hip Hop Brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The menu is vegetarian friendly. Order online through their website or by calling 612-567-7044.

Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.

Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant is located in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. Find yourself a filling meal at this family-owned and run Ethiopian restaurant. The menu is vegan friendly. They’re currently only open for takeout. Order by calling 612-839-5868. 

Monday – Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Four miles from campus 

Sammy’s Avenue Eatery on West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis has sandwiches galore, and you can finish off your meal with a homemade slice of pie. The menu is vegetarian friendly. They’re currently only open for takeout. Order by calling 612-767-6278.

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trio Plant-based is located in the Whittier neighborhood in Minneapolis. Imagine a thick double cheeseburger, but make it vegan: That’s what Trio does. The menu is vegan friendly. They’re currently only open for takeout and delivery. You can call at 612-326-1326.

Tuesday – Friday, and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ted Cook’s 19th Hole Barbecue has been passed down from generations and is the place to go for old-fashioned smoked ribs in the Longfellow neighborhood. The menu does not carry vegetarian options. Currently only open for takeout. Order by calling 612-721-2023

Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen is located in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis. The kitchen throws classic Jamaican jerk spice on local produce and meats. The restaurant is also a 2013 award-winning restaurant from Food Network’s show, “Food Court Wars.” The menu is vegan friendly. They’re currently only open for takeout or delivery. Orders can be placed through their website.

Monday – Sunday: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.