Food And Drinks

6 Orlando Black Eating places To Strive This Week


This week we have all watched the protests continue over the murder of George Floyd. But when the observation of injustice arouses anger and anger becomes action, we look for ways to bring about change.

Demonstrations raise awareness and attract the attention of those in charge of decision-making. However, there is another way we can start today to support change. To see everyone. And that’s with our wallets.

With that in mind, here are some of our suggestions for local and black-owned restaurants for you to enjoy right now.

This is not an exhaustive list. We intend to revisit this issue in the coming days, weeks, and months with the help of additional voices.

Because relationships are everything. And meWhen we’re better together, sitting down to eat together seems like a good place to start.

Nile Ethiopians (Roberto Gonzalez)

Nile Ethiopians

Conveniently located in the tourism corridor is Nile, a mainstay of International Drive since 2006. Owner Abeba Gonetse saw the need for diversity in the culinary offerings of Orlando and decided to answer the call herself. With homemade dishes, authentic spices and organic ingredients, it’s the perfect place to discover new flavors or immerse yourself in popular dishes. And definitely save time and space for the coffee ceremony that rounds off the meal perfectly.

7048 International Dr., (407) 354 0026,

Shantell is only available until …

When you step into Shantell’s, you will be hugged as a family. A wide variety of soul food is served with great charm and the chicken and waffles are some of the best we’ve had. Don’t miss the Jamaican Beef Patties, Collard Greens or Mac & Cheese. And plan to spend some time chatting with owner Shantell. Your story is worth hearing.

503 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford, (407) 878 7785,

That eats

That eats

With DaJen Eats, chef Jenn Ross has created a delicious place for herself and legions of fans, where Jamaican-inspired dishes are reinterpreted through a vegan lens. Chef Jenn’s passion and love is evident in every bite of her creations, from Jamaican jackfruit sliders to dairy-free sweet treats.

323 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite F, Eatonville, (407) 775 5791,

Evette Rahman from Sister Honey, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

Evette Rahman from Sister Honey (Roberto Gonzalez)

Sister honey

Sister Honey’s was named after her beloved mother and is the brainchild of Evette Rahman, who has been receiving awards for her delicious pastry slice since 2006 – plus cupcakes, cookies and more. Order 72 business hours in advance for whole cakes to be taken home for your next celebration. You won’t want to miss out on Evette’s famous pistachio layer cake in particular.

247 E. Michigan St., (407) 730 7315, sister

Caribbean Sunshine Bakery

A routine contender for Orlando Magazine’s Best Caribbean Food, Caribbean Sunshine Bakery has three locations and some of the world’s most delicious island dishes. Family Meal Deals caters for a ton of traditional dishes that include everything from Escovitch fish and oxtail to sweet plantains and dumplings.

2528 W. Colonial Dr., 6922 Silver Star Rd., 16112 Marsh Rd., Conservatory, (407) 839 5060,

Nikki’s place

Southern cuisine is the be-all and end-all at Nikki’s Place, which has served home-cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1999. Customers love the homemade dishes and the affordable prices, as well as the myriad of menu options. And really – can you ever go wrong with meatloaf as your grandma does? (Don’t tell her I said that.)

742 Carter St., (407) 425 5301,

But now we really want to hear from YOU! What are your favorite black eateries and eateries in Central Florida – and what should we try when we go?

Keywords:: African food, bakeries, caribbean food, Caribbean Sunshine Bakery, That eats, ethiopian food, jamaican food, Nikki’s place, Nile Ethiopians, Orlando, Orlando food, Shantells, Sister honey, Soul food, vegan, vegan food


Janet Smith