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 10 Black-owned restaurants in Fairfax County to visit for amazing cuisine.


Granddaddy's Skillet

 

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Posted by Granddaddy's Skillet on Wednesday, November 11, 2020


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). 

 

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

 

Posted by Tim B. Hoang on Wednesday, August 28, 2019


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 10 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! 

 

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