Five 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.

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.




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