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Nine local, Black-owned restaurants to support now (and always)

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Mary's African Cuisine is a must-visit in downtown Halifax - LENNY MULLINS
  • Lenny Mullins
  • Mary's African Cuisine is a must-visit in downtown Halifax

It's always a good time to support Black-owned businesses, but with so many folks on social media looking for places to put their money where their mouth is, here are some of our favourites.

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Delicious to go from Jamaica Lee Style - LENNY MULLINS
  • LENNY MULLINS
  • Delicious to go from Jamaica Lee Style
Jamaica Lee Style food truck may not stay long in one location, but owner Ludlow Lee's jerk or curry chicken will have you following the truck all year round. You can often find it on Main Street in Dartmouth or on Agricola Street in the north end.

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Brawta's Christine Allen (centre) - IAN SELIG
  • IAN SELIG
  • Brawta's Christine Allen (centre)
Brawta Jamaican Jerk Joint is centrally located on Grafton Street at Pizza Corner. It offers “just like home” Jamaican meals and treats including jerk chicken and pork, curry goat, and Jamaican patties from owner Christine Allen. Brawta also serves lots of vegetarian options like jerk tofu, soy patties and curried potatoes.

3Mary’s African Cuisine is a Barrington Street gem owned by Mary Nkrumah, whose West African “comfort food” ranges from jollof rice to grilled chicken and lamb curry. She also recently started offering “suya”-style barbecue platters, which include grilled beef, chicken and goat, severed with a special hot pepper rub, and sides of fried yams, potatoes or plantain.

4Hill’s Jamaican Jerk Sauce is owned by Paul Hill and available at grocery stores like Sobeys and Pete’s. Hill started the business in 2016 with a sauce he says is inspired by his African ancestry and “adapted and modified over hundreds of years as various cultures added their influence.” The sauce can be used on chicken, pork, lamb, fish or veggies.

Dennis & Melissa, owners of Delectable Desserts - SNAPD DARTMOUTH
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  • Dennis & Melissa, owners of Delectable Desserts
5Delectable Desserts is co-owned by Dennis Mbeba and his wife Melissa. They make custom cakes for weddings, parties and events, as well as mousse and truffle cakes, tarts, brownies and squares. They opened the business in 2018 and operate out of 50 Eileen Stubbs Avenue.  

6Verano Halifax is owned by Adriana Gutierrez from Colombia, and her husband Eduardo Jaber, originally from Venezuela. They’ve got arepas, tacos, empanadas and more on their South American-inspired menu.

7MJ’s Eatery & Catering on the Bedford Highway has a variety of Caribbean food and also serves up all-day breakfast. You can order a burrito bowl, eggs benny, or a Caribbean breakfast of salt fish and ackee fruit. If you’re tired of cooking throughout the week, they also offer meal plans with a 6 meal minimum, with plates from chicken alfredo to glazed ham in a price range of $9 to $14.

Temi Ologbenla shows off her cakes at a wedding expo. - INSTAGRAM
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  • Temi Ologbenla shows off her cakes at a wedding expo.
8Temi Bakes is run by Nigerian-born Temi Ologbenla, who does wedding and party cakes that look almost too good to eat. Although she doesn’t have a storefront, Temi can do up cupcake mountains or dessert tables for all your dessert desires.

9Smooth Meal Prep is a North Preston-based business founded by Nevell Provo that brings “healthy meals and a healthy lifestyle,” to people. Chefs Karen Provo and Raemiah Dorrington bring their culinary experience, cooking meals from stuffed peppers to Greek chicken bowls.

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Editor's note: If you know a Black-owned food service or restaurant you want to see highlighted, email lifestyle@thecoast.ca.

Correction: This list previously included Caribbean Bliss in Halifax’s north end, but the Jamaican barbecue spot isn’t Black-owned. We will include it on another list when more appropriate.

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