Put your stretchy pants on and get ready! If you're looking to support locally-owned Black small businesses, this is the list for you. From classic soul food favorites to international cuisine, here are 15+ Black-owned restaurants in Fairfax County to visit for amazing cuisine.
 

New Addition: Kitchen Cray

KitchenCray is a foodie's paradise. Instagrammable cheese pulls, expertly seasoned meats, saucy pastas, and more come alive in their beautifully plated meals. Having originally started in Maryland, they've recently expanded into Northern Virginia with another location in the Franconia-Kingstowne area. From red velvet waffles to catfish and grits, you're sure to find something tasty on their always-changing menu. 

 

New Addition: Roaming Rooster

Who can resist a juicy fried chicken sandwich? Sweet & Spicy, Honey Butter, and Nashville Hot chicken are just a few mouthwatering sandwiches on the menu at Roaming Rooster. Having originally opened as a local food truck in Washington D.C., the family-owned business gained so much popularity that they've opened several brick-and-mortar stores in the DC Metropolitan Region as of late - one of which is in Tysons. Named the "Hottest New Sandwich Shop" by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) in 2021, their fast expansion is easy to explain (and even easier to understand once you taste for yourself). 

 

New Addition: Local VA

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Local VA at Lake Anne Plaza mixes casual with upscale, describing themselves as a "farm to table, gourmet dive bar." The eatery serves American classics such as chicken wings and BBQ burgers, as well as twists on more unique dishes like their Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki and Smoked Corned Beef. Take a seat on their expansive lake-front patio, and be sure to explore the other local businesses in and around Lake Anne

 

New Addition: Big Buns D#*! Good Burgers

If you like big burger buns and you cannot lie, you'll need to head to have a bite at Big Buns. At its Reston location (and coming soon to Herndon and Vienna!), this Thompson Hospitality-owned eatery is serving up monstrously large burgers and chicken sandwiches. Not to mention craft beers, cocktails, and hand-spun boozy milkshakes.

 

New Addition: Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey didn't invent brunch, but they certainly perfected it. Experience an award-winning southern brunch with locally sourced ingredients and sustainable food options. If you're in the mood for low country dishes, you'll love the blackened salmon shrimp and grits, jumbo-smothered chicken and biscuits, shrimp po'boy, and more. You'll definitely want to save room for dessert, however, to indulge in their deep-fried strawberry shortcake biscuits and peach cobbler. 

 

New Addition: Ruby's Jamaican Kitchen (Takeout Only) 

Ruby's Jamaican Kitchen is bringing a taste of the islands to Northern Virginia with authentic Jamaican cuisine. Jerk chicken, stewed oxtails, beef patties, and more are available for takeout. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste Jamaica’s natural fruit, ackee, with a side of saltfish. 


Granddaddy's Skillet

 

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If cast-iron fried fish, mac and cheese, collard greens, and lemon pound cake make your ears perk up, you'll love the soul food offerings at Granddaddy's Skillet in Alexandria. In 1921, 22-year-old Percy Ledbetter began his legacy with the opening of Percy's Soul Food in Pittsburgh. Over a century later, his granddaughter Roxanne David and her husband Andre carry on his legacy with this new Fairfax County soul food restaurant. 

 

The Pie Gourmet

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Since the Pie Gourmet's humble beginnings in 1987, they've been serving homemade artisan pies and baked goods from their hometown in Vienna, VA. The best part? All pies are handmade from scratch with natural ingredients. From sweet classics like apple and raspberry to savory quiches such as curry and spinach - Pie Gourmet has a wide selection of amazing flavors to make your taste buds smile! 

 

Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro

Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro is a popular neighborhood place to enjoy wood-fired pizza, mini burgers, chef-inspired entrees, craft beer, and other cocktails. Crafted from high-quality ingredients and inspired by a friendly atmosphere, the elevated American restaurant has expanded since its first DC location - even earning the "Best New Restaurant" title in 2003 from the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). Find locations of this Thompson Hospitality-owned restaurant in Reston and Merrifield. 

 

Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ethiopian cuisine is few and far between in Fairfax County, which is why Meaza Restaurant has become such a staple for both local Ethiopians and those who love to partake in their traditional foods. Owner Meaza Zemedu started her business by supplying local Ethiopian stores with her home-baked injera bread, a decision that grew into her majestic restaurant. Delectable dishes such as injera bread, doro wat stew, kitfo beef, and more are served among portraits of Ethiopian emperors and sweeping swirls of color. 

 

Della J's Delectables

Della J's Delectables was founded by Jerry, who fondly remembers the recipes and dishes made by his mother, Della. With a modern twist and a few new favorites, Della J's was created. Over the years, Jerry and his wife, Lydia, have built an extensive menu of delicious Southern favorites - including fried fish, coconut panko shrimp, pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches, and specialty cocktails. 


Caribbean Corner

 

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Teleport to the tropics with delicious oxtail, jerk chicken, beef patties, and more at Caribbean Corner. Located in the City of Fairfax near George Mason University, the modest spot has developed a strong following based on the strong flavors and authenticity of their food alone. Be sure to call ahead, as their hours are often in flux! 

 

Maker's Union Pub for the People

Makers Union is a modern pub designed around the idea of inclusivity. The pub boasts travel-inspired dishes alongside new twists on familiar classics, representing the local area's diversity and adding flair to Reston's food scene. With a focus on supporting local makers, many of the ingredients and dishes are sourced locally - from Virginia wine and coffee to Maryland blue crabs. 

 

Skrimp Shack

Skrimp Shack prides itself on being "the home of the FATTEST fish sandwich." Stacked po'boys, fish and chicken sandwiches, and shrimp and fish dinners are their signature offerings that make people feel good. 

 

Urbano Mexican Fare

New to the scene at Mosaic this year is Urbano Mexican Fare, with a focus on fresh ingredients, excellent hospitality, and delicious Tex-Mex inspired food. Don't miss out on their grilled steak & chicken fajitas and top-shelf margaritas. In fact, they're home to the only 56oz. Margarita! We know where we're going. 

 

Crepes & Karak Cafe

Crepes & Karak Café is a first-of-its-kind coffeehouse, as America's first cafe serving authentic Karak Chai - a blend of loose black tea, milk, and spices - and Chapati, along with a variety of savory and sweet crepes and hot beverages. Try one of their sweet waffles and crepes to go with your coffee! 


While these are only 15 of the Black-owned restaurants in Fairfax County, there are so many more to visit and support. See below or click here for a comprehensive list of Black-owned restaurants in #FXVA. Is your mouth watering? Because mine totally is! 

Be sure to watch our video to meet some of the owners of our Black-owned Restaurants! 

 

Austin Grill

  • 8430-A Old Keene Mill Rd.
  • 703-644-3111

Like the city it’s named for, what sets Austin Grill apart is the unique combination of…

Caribbean Corner

  • 4008 University Drive
  • (703) 246-9040

Great local place to get your fill of Caribbean cusine. You'll find everything here from…

Caribbean Plate

  • 133 E Annandale Road
  • (703) 942-8580

Caribbean Plate was curated out of owner Rod O'Savio, who previously ran the well-known…

CupCakes & Beyond

  • 9540 Lee Highway
  • (703) 397-6400

CupCakes & Beyond is a cupcake business that make freshly baked cupcakes, cakes and other…

Della J's Delectables

  • 7692 Richmond Highway
  • (703) 866-8058

NEW LOCATION ON RICHMOND HIGHWAY NOW OPEN! The name, Della J's Delectables, was inspired…

Enatye Ethiopian Restaurant

  • 275 Sunset Park Drive
  • (703) 435-2166

Named Best Ethiopian Food by Northern Virginia Magazine. Enatye is where the aroma…

Grace's Pastries

  • 370 Elden Street
  • (703) 303-3044

Grace's Pastries is a family owned bakery in Herndon, VA, offering freshly baked delights…

Makers Union

  • 1811 Library St
  • (571) 313-0272

It all began with a simple question — what would a modern pub look like today if it were…

Manna Bistro & Bakery

  • 14215 Centreville Square
  • (703) 543-6990

With its authentic Ethiopian food, Manna Bistro & Bakery in the heart of Centreville is a…

matchbox Merrifield

  • 2911 District Ave.
  • (571) 395-4869

what makes a great pizza? It starts with a great oven! Ours is an authentic wood- fired…

McLean Pizza & Subs

  • 1434 Center Street
  • (703) 356-2700

Best Italian and Greek dining in McLean, VA. We offer pizza, subs, sandwiches, burgers…

Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine

  • 5700 Columbia Pike
  • (703) 820-2870

Named Best Ethiopian Food by Northern Virginia Magazine. One of the Washington DC area's…

Pie Gourmet

  • 507 Maple Avenue West
  • 703-281-7437

Described as a “gem among local bakeries” by the Washington Post, all of Pie Gourmet’s…

Skrimp Shack

  • 7700 Richmond Highway
  • (571) 371-8056

At Skrimp Shack, we want to give people something they can’t get anywhere else and treat…

Urbano Mexican Fare

  • 2985 District Ave
  • (571) 282-3358

**NOW OPEN** We strive to provide our guests with a unique dining experience guided by…