Los Angeles is known for its abundance of food options but the city’s black food scene is something to revel in, too. Many of LA’s black-owned food spots have roots in the deep South. Due to migration and a lack of soul food restaurants in Southern California, many of the restaurateurs on this list set out to serve the familiar flavors of their childhoods.
While LA is not one of the country’s predominantly black cities, the West Coast hub has a variety of black-owned restaurants to dive into. If you’re headed to LA, consider planning your trip around the annual Black Restaurant Week, which celebrates the flavors of African-American, African, and Caribbean cuisines. If you’re visiting outside of this week and are in need of some tradition, community, and very good food, here are six of the best black-owned restaurants in the LA area.