Black History Month is a time when we celebrate all of the accomplishments African Americans achieved. In honor of that, we highlighted a few incredible Black-owned businesses that help contribute to Houston’s success.
Indigo – Northside
Just under 30-years-old, Chef Jonathan “Jonny” Rhodes’s culinary vision has earned praise from GQ, Food & Wine, and in 2019, Indigo landed on Time magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places, 100 Destinations to Experience Right Now.” The restaurant’s neo-soul food tasting menus offers diners an extraordinary lesson in African-American and indigenous people’s history, and the culinary and educational experience is meant to provoke conversations.
What Yelpers say: “Indigo serves what Chef Johnny Rhodes calls ‘neo-soul food’ that reflects on the cuisine of the oppressed. His kitchen takes humble ingredients historically ingested for survival, and elevates them to haute cuisine.” –Drew K, Yelp Elite
The Tipping Point – Downtown
Since 2007, The Tipping Point offers a highly curated selection of sneakers, apparel, books, music, and art for creative-types and early adopters. Drop in for some retail therapy, or check out one of their special events, such as book signings and film screenings.
What Yelpers say: “One of the reasons that Houston is cool, hip, and on the cutting edge is The Tipping Point… You won’t be disappointed.” –Christian A
Lucille’s – Museum District
Brothers Ben and Chris Williams honor their great-grandmother Lucille B. Smith’s culinary and entrepreneurial legacy at the namesake restaurant. The menu features some of Smith’s claim-to-fame recipes – the chili biscuits were a known favorite of President Roosevelt – paired with the innovative creations of Le Cordon Blue trained Chef Chris Williams. It’s Southern comfort food to experience!
What Yelpers say: “While Lucille’s is a great choice for any meal, they go all out for Sunday brunch with live music and a fun atmosphere. My absolute favorite dish is the croissant french toast with the added wings. It’s like fried chicken and waffles, but with a soft, buttery, delicious french toast. Seriously, you have to try it.” –Lindsey L
Burns Original BBQ – Acres Homes
The legendary barbecue joint, founded by the late Roy Burns, has been a Houston institution since the 1980s. Still family-owned and operated, their fanbase now spans the globe after receiving a nod from Anthony Bourdain in the 2017 “Parts Unknown” episode of Houston. And from barbecue to burgers, check out their next door eatery Burns Burger Shack.
What Yelpers say: The legend of Burns Original BBQ is real! …We got chopped brisket, ribs, and an assortment of sides (potato salad, green beans, etc). All of it was really, really, good. Ribs were fall off the bone tender, and the sides were spot on.” –Orze K, Yelp Elite
Simply Scents Candle Co. – Museum District
Houston-native Shanquita Greggs used her final paycheck as a flight attendant to fund her own candle company. From making candles in the family kitchen to selling them from the trunk of her car, Gregg now sells her products in-store, online, and at select Walgreen’s locations.
What Yelpers say: “They have a large variety of diffuser oils, body oils, strong smelling candles, and even car sprays. My favorite is the Eucalyptus Mint… Another highlight is you can always go online and have the stuff delivered…” –Carla H, Yelp Elite
Green Seed Vegan – Museum District
From food truck to brick-and-mortar restaurant, their menu attracts both vegans and non-vegans – and also praises from Food & Wine, naming it one of the top 20 vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the US.
What Yelpers say: “This place has so many options all with delicious ingredients. Panini, plant-based burgers, raw bowls, juice, appetizers, elixirs, desserts. They are sustainably minded with their utensils and straws which is also great to see.” –Michelle O, Yelp Elite
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