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: Preservation Biscuit
Do you prefer a savory breakfast or a sweet breakfast? The options are endless at Preservation Biscuit Company in Falls Church, serving up comforting house-made biscuits baked fresh daily and all dressed up. Their menu includes classic buttermilk biscuits, as well as out-of-the-box concoctions like hot honey chicken biscuits and biscuits with macerated peaches and graham cracker toppings.
Caribbean Plate brings the flavors and spices of the islands to you with a delicious menu featuring traditional dishes such as jerk chicken, curry goat, oxtail and other Jamaican eats. Aside from the delicious eats, they also have a wide selection of smoothies with tropical fruits available. Don't forget to pick up one of their delicious beef patties for a truly authentic experience!
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.
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: 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. With locations in Fairfax, Vienna, Reston, McLean, and Herndon (both Elden Street and Franklin Farm Road), you can easily experience tastiness at multiple places across Fairfax County. 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.
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.
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.
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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
Since 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, Merrifield and Fairfax City.
Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine
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 (Recently Moved Locations)
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. They recently moved from Springfield to open a new and upgraded space along RIchmond Highway.
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 its 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 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
Newish to the scene at Mosaic 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.
While these are only 16 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!