5 Black-Owned Restaurants You Can Support in Toronto

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June 18, 2020

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Local Torontonians are searching out Black-owned businesses and restaurants to help support Black members of the Toronto community. Toronto is home to hundreds of Black-owned businesses, and many of them have changed their offerings to better fit the needs of the Toronto community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at dipp, we believe it is important to shine the light on these local businesses and provide accurate information to the public to make supporting local businesses in Toronto as easy as possible. 

Here are 5 Black-Owned Restaurants to Order Takeout and Delivery From in Toronto

1. Aunty Lucy’s Burgers

Location: 1346 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L4

Hours: Wed-Sun: 3 p.m. -11 p.m.

Order: DoorDash, Skip the Dishes, UberEats, Ambassador
Aunty Lucy’s just opened a couple of weeks ago and has sold out their entire menu every night. If that’s not a good sign, then we don’t know what is! Their affordable menu has a mix of smash burgers, sandwiches, fried chicken, and fries, as well as combos to feed your whole squad. Owner Chief Bosompra has incorporated aspects of his culture and family with his business in many ways. The Kumasi Burger ($8 CAD) is named after the city his father is from in Ghana, and the Accra Burger ($11 CAD) is named after Bosompra’s hometown. Bosompra decided to name his restaurant after his grandmother, who went by “Aunty Lucy” and encouraged his creative ideas. Aunty Lucy’s is driving Black culture and creativity in the Toronto community – they even have a playlist on Spotify showcasing music from Ghanaian artists!

2. Illstyl3 Sammies

Location: 300 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1X2

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Fri: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m., Sat: 6 p.m. - 12:30 a.m., Sun: 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Order: Order online for takeout only 
Known for the best cheese steak sandwiches in town, Illstyl3 Sammies has been dominating the game with their tasty sandwiches and fresh ingredients. Chef-Owner Germanin Marshal was born in Saint Lucia but lived in Philadelphia for many years before settling in Toronto. Illstyl3 Sammies is also known for its homemade hot sauce, AAA ribeye beef, fresh Italian baguettes and classic American Cheese. The Illstyl3 Sammies menu boasts a number of unexpected side dishes that pay tribute to Marshal’s Caribbean heritage. For example, Tostones ($7 CAD) are smashed crispy fried plantain topped with aioli and green onion. You can order these delicious sandwiches online and pick them up from their Richmond St location.

3. Rasta Pasta

Location: 61 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K1

Hours: Tues-Sat: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Order: UberEats, DoorDash, JustEat, Ritual
Located in the heart of Kensington Market, Rasta Pasta combines Jamaican and Italian culture and cuisine, creating a unique culinary experience. Everything at Rasta Pasta is made from scratch – their famous Jerk Chicken is even marinated for two days! Menu items include the Dreadlock Lasagna, Irie Pizza, Dutch Pot Oxtail and more. Rasta Pasta is famous for its grilled panini, The Vatican ($6 CAD), which comes filled with jerk chicken and coleslaw. Rasta Pasta is perfect for quick takeout as their restaurant is small. Their relaxed atmosphere and tasty food is loved by many Toronto locals.

4. Beach Hill Smokehouse

Location172 Main St, Toronto, ON M4E 2W1

Hours: Wed-Sun: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Order: UberEats, Skip the Dishes, DoorDash
Located in the Upper Beaches, Beach Hill Smokehouse is serving up authentic Texas BBQ in Toronto. For those who don’t know, Central Texas is the world capital of smoked meats and tasty barbecue, which is why Beach Hill Smokehouse is proud to serve flavours from the Texas region. Co-owners Darrien List and Terrence Hill are cousins who both went to University in Louisiana on football scholarships. List and Hill smoke all their meat with oak wood, which is the most commonly used wood in Texas. Their mouth-watering menu boasts a great selection of handcrafted sausages, halal chicken, beef ribs, pork ribs, brisket, and more. List and Hill know BBQ is a messy meal, that’s why you’ll find full rolls of paper towels and BBQ sauce at every table.

5. Buna: The Soul of Coffee

Location: 1176 Queen St W, Toronto,W ON M6J 1J5

Hours: Daily: 9am-7pm

Order: In-store takeout only
This Queen Street cafe is a powerful homage to Ethiopian coffee and traditional roasting of that region. The coffee is hand-roasted every 30 minutes throughout the day to ensure that customers are always sipping fresh coffee. Buna offers the choice of enjoying their coffee with an elaborate traditional ceremony or more quickly by pouring the espresso instantly. They also offer classes that teach you how to roast your own coffee. Buna boasts a selection of samosas, baked goods, and sweet and savoury crepes. Owners Nunu and Chris Rampen also own the Ethiopian Fusion restaurant next door, making it the perfect spot to grab a bite and a cup of traditional coffee. Follow Buna on Instagram to learn more.

Support Black-owned restaurants in your community 

It is time to celebrate and uplift the contributions that black Canadians have made in Toronto. From restaurants to fashion brands, there is no better time than now to discover new Black-owned businesses or continue to show your support to your local favourites. Please continue to practice the social distancing measures outlined by officials as you show your love and support.

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