8 Black-Owned Restaurants In Ottawa That Will Spice Up Your Dinner Date
Get a taste of the islands. 🥭🍗
Celebrating through food is a wonderful way to connect with a different culture and experience something new. February is Black History Month, a time to honour and emphasize Black voices and celebrate Black creators and their accomplishments.
Supporting Black-owned businesses including restaurants is a wonderful way to not only recognize and celebrate them, but to try new things and make your taste buds happy. Spice up your life with these Black-owned restaurants in Ottawa.
Address: 1224 Shillington Ave., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This spot is all about authenticity and family recipes, as they create delicious Caribbean food, including Jamaican patties. They serve up island favourites like jerk chicken, chicken and waffles and plantain. You can pick up dinner or have them cater your next event.
Address: 1805 Gaspe Ave., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This award-winning Caribbean food offers takeout and delivery for ready-made meals, pre-made meals to heat at home and artisan food products. They have lots of vegan options so plant lovers can add some sizzle to their dinner. A few food options you'll find are quesadillas, jerk chicken wraps, soups and curry bowls.
Address: 5370 Canotek Rd. Unit #1, Gloucester, ON
Why You Need To Go: This kitchen is cooking up spiced seafood that is packed with flavour. It accepts online orders for delivery in the Ottawa area, offering tray dinners that serve two to 12 people full of crab, shrimp, lobster, potatoes and corn. All meals come with a side of rice or mac n' cheese. Currently, they offer delivery only.
Address: 261 Centrepointe Dr., Nepean, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can dine in to discover your new favourite authentic Caribbean meal. Known for their jerk chicken and mango salsa, you'll also find a number of other dishes including tropical fried chicken, BBQ ribs, oxtail and stirfry at this restaurant.
Address: 1800 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: You can indulge in authentic Jamaican dishes including oxtail, jerk chicken and beef patties. Get ready for all of the flavour. You can even order a Jamaican drink to complement your meal.
Jerk On Wheels
Cuisine: Caribbean street food
Address: 119 Iber Rd., Stittsville, ON
Why You Need To Go: This food truck serves up staple items mixed with a kick of Caribbean flavour. You can get a hamburger and jerk poutine, a fried jerk chicken sandwich as well as chicken wings. As an outdoor truck, they may not be open during winter storms or when the temperature is at -20 degrees Celcius.
Address: 324 Bank St., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This Caribbean joint has a signature jerk rub and cooks over an open-flame grill for a true island feel to their restaurant and food. It has tropical salads, reggae wings, jerk chicken poutine and island specials such as oxtail and curry goat. It is open for takeout only.
Address: Pick up on Cedarwood Dr., Ottawa, ON
Why You Need To Go: This kitchen mixes African and European flavours and you can order vanilla, lemon, chocolate or strawberry crepes and add ice cream for extra sweetness. You can go the savoury route with options like ham and cheese crepes. The crêpe spot also provides event catering options with more specific flavours.
This article has been updated since it was originally published on February 19, 2022.
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