Must-Try Black-Owned Restaurants in Tallahassee

By Visit Tallahassee

Black-owned restaurants are an essential part of Tallahassee cuisine and culture. Whether you’re craving Southern style cooking, fresh seafood, or something sweet, Tallahassee has a wide selection of restaurants to satisfy your appetite.  Here are just a few black-owned businesses to consider the next time you’re hungry in the Capital City! There is no better way to support local than to fill your belly and your soul while doing it.

Earley’s Kitchen

For over 30 years, Earley’s Kitchen has been dishing up good ol’ Southern country cooking for breakfast and lunch. “Honest Goodness” serving fried chicken, pork chops, made-from-scratch vegetables, desserts and more, as well as a few extra Savannah-style dishes like shrimp and grits.


Big Easy Snowballs

Big Easy Snowballs is a staple of Lake Ella, providing families the perfect treat for a hot summer day. Their signature snowballs come in 75 delicious flavors, offering something sweet for everyone. Add to the fun and have your snowball “stuffed” with frozen vanilla soft serve. With their large menu of unique flavors, you’ll be sure to find the Big Easy Snowball just for you.


Olean’s Café

For over 20 years, Olean’s Café has proudly served Southern cooking from the soul. Located directly across from FAMU’s campus, Olean’s Cafe and has been a staple for Rattlers and southern food lovers alike. Olean McCaskill owns and operates the café, and on most days can be seen working behind the counter. The walls are adorned with photos of her family, the community, and FAMU legends. If you’re looking for soul food with heart, Olean’s is the place to go!


Mo Betta BBQ

Expect nothing less than sweet and savory barbeque slow cooked to perfection at Mo Betta BBQ. The food truck can be found five days a week at its Apalachee Parkway location, where the fall-off-the-bone bbq is guaranteed to “Break Yo Mouth” as the truck reads. Mo Betta BBQ is a must for barbeque lovers looking the perfect slow cooked meal.


Smoothie Time

Smoothie Time is a family owned café providing healthy smoothies made fresh just for you. Their smoothies are made with all-natural ingredients, providing the perfectly balanced and delicious treat that is good for your health. The menu also features all-day breakfast and lunch options. Owners Abby and Erick Smith are longtime residents of Tallahassee, making this family owned restaurant great for a sweet and healthy treat.


Leola’s Crab Shack

Bring your appetite when you visit Leola’s Crab Shack! Their menu is stacked with a variety of crab trays, wings, and golden fried seafood. Their brick and mortar location can be found on Orange Avenue, but their food truck is seen across town throughout the week. Whether you’re looking for a quick lunch or dinner for the entire family, Leola’s Crab Shack has delicious options from both land and sea for everyone.


Hemplade Vegan Café

The main goal at Hemplade Vegan Cafe is to give people true quality plant-based foods from herbal remedies to amazing Pizzas! Sea-Moss Drinks, Hemp Smoothies, Natural Green Juices, Ginger Shots and the world-famous HempLade Tea and CBD Products.


JMO’s Sneauxball Catering Co.

JMO’s serves some of the best gourmet snoballs in Tallahassee with handcrafted syrup made from scratch using real cane sugar. Our goal is to create sweet memories while being of service to the community. We are the home of the cheesecake stuffed snoball. Our business is local, family and proudly black owned.


Oh’ Lemonade Inc.

Oh’ Lemonade serves fresh squeezed lemonade Shakeups.


Gurlies Lemonade and Sweets

Gurlies Lemonade & Sweets, has made a name for themselves serving their grandma’s secret recipe for homemade drinks and deserts including their famous fried Oreo’s recently featured on NBC’s Today Show.


Catering with Care

Catering With Care is a family-owned and operated cafe and catering company that pride’s themselves on providing quality, freshly prepared southern-style cooking and professional service prepared from the heart. . .with the soul in mind.


Bourne Brilliant

Young sisters Lyrica, Zaira and Nadira are the CEO’s and founders of Bourne Brilliant LLC. The young entrepreneurs handcraft plant-based baked goods, beverages and other comfort foods. The goals of these multi award-winning team of culinary creatives include promoting healthier family meal habits and seeing kids participating more in the kitchen and to encourage other youth to create their own enterprises. With the help of their parents they have owned and operated the venture for over seven years.


CC’s Kitchen

CC’s Kitchen is cooks stellar seafood specialties using signature butters and a special blend of seasonings. Try their enormous platters of crab legs or shrimp with Gar-licky Butter or test your taste buds with their spicy Voodoo Butter. You won’t just be tasting quality seafood; you’ll be tasting addiction itself.


509 Caribbean Cuisine 

Enjoy traditional Haitian cuisine, a blend of culinary styles that excite every pallet. 509 Caribbean Cuisine is a black-owned business in Tallahassee.


Madison’s Scoop of ParadICE

New to the Southside is Madison’s Scoop of Paradice! Serving up the Italian ice, funnel cakes, ice cream, and more is none other than Madison Bridges. The 10-year old took an idea and turned it into her very own business next to Cascades Park. She also developed the menu featuring flavors just as wild as her imagination.  Tie dye, Unicorn, and Mango Lemonade are just a few you can choose from. This young entrepreneur has a creation for visitors of all ages.

Madison of Madisons Scoop ParadIce

Ice Cream Cone

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