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9 top Houston Black Restaurant Week spots and what to order at them

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More than 150 eateries are participating in Houston Black Restaurant Week in 2022. 

The event debuted in 2016, an effort by organizers Falayn Ferrell, Warren Luckett and Derek Robinson to highlight Houston’s many Black-owned restaurants, food trucks and other food businesses that they felt were underrepresented in Houston Restaurant Weeks.

Here are nine standouts and what specials to order at them.

Bloom Foods

From pop-up to food truck, Bloom Foods has been serving quality vegan food in Houston since 2019, including plant-based burgers, tacos, nuggets and more. The truck shows up at The Flat and the Urban Harvest Farmers Market.

What to order: Buffalo Not a Chicken Sandwich ($10.95)

Craft Burger's newest iteration is in Katy.

Craft Burger’s newest iteration is in Katy.

Craft Burger / Craft Burger

Craft Burger

“Chopped” winner Shannen Tune now has a brick-and-mortar Craft Burger restaurant in Katy’s Mason Village Shopping Center. Expect gourmet burgers, sandwiches and sides like loaded sweet potatoes.

What to order: Buffalo Blue Cheese Mushroom Burger ($20) with all-natural Black Angus beef, marinated mushrooms, Creole mustard aioli, buffalo sauce and blue cheese served with fries and a milkshake

Fainmous BBQ serves up East Tennessee-style barbecue.

Fainmous BBQ serves up East Tennessee-style barbecue.

Fainmous BBQ

Fainmous BBQ

Jamie and Karen Fain bring Tennessee-style smoked meats to Houston’s Texas ‘cue scene. They moved their Fainmous BBQ restaurant from Westbury to Sawyer Yards in 2020, serving ribs, pulled pork, sausage, brisket and more.

What to order: BBQ sandwich with seasoned fries ($15.99) with your choice of hickory-smoked meat: ribs, pulled pork, chicken, sausage or brisket

Frenchy’s Chicken

Percy “Frenchy” Creuzot opened a restaurant in 1969 where he served a family recipe for fried chicken. Frenchy’s Chicken now has 10 locations across Houston, serving the same chicken and Louisiana Creole staples.

What to order: The 5 Wine ($11.99), which includes five wings, one side (your choice from Frenchy fries, dirty rice, collard greens and red beans) and a 20-ounce drink.

The loaded baked baked potato at the Houston Sauce Pit is 100 percent vegan.

The loaded baked baked potato at the Houston Sauce Pit is 100 percent vegan.

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Houston Sauce Pit

Chasitie and Courtney Lindsay have opened many vegan concepts in Houston in the past few years. (The newest, Mo’ Better Brews, is a favorite of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s.) Houston Sauce Pit is a food truck that focuses on vegan barbecue.

What to order: Trill Nachos ($14) with chopped “veef,” housemade chips, trill sauce, barbecue sauce, potato-based cheese and pico de gallo

Houston This Is It Soul Food as been around since the 1950s.

Houston This Is It Soul Food as been around since the 1950s.

Houston This Is It Soul Food

Houston This Is It Soul Food

Originally opened in Fourth Ward’s Freedmen’s Town in 1959, Houston This Is It Soul Food is one of the oldest Black-owned restaurants in Houston. The newest generation of owners has operated the new location in Third Ward since 2010.

What to order: Smothered Chicken ($16.50) with bell peppers, onions and gravy. This includes your cornbread, three sides of your choice, peach cobbler or cake, and a drink.

Jerk chicken from Jamaica Pon Di Road.

Jerk chicken from Jamaica Pon Di Road.

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Jamaica Pon di Road

Chef Gareth Powell’s popular Caribbean food truck Jamaica Pon di Road now has a brick and mortar in Acres Homes, which opened last year. Enjoy Jamaican specialties in a charming blue converted bungalow.

What to order: Jerk Chicken Plate ($13.99), which includes a quarter chicken marinated in their signature Nyam Good jerk marinade, served with two sides and plantains

What do Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. have in common? They’ve both eaten Lucille's famous chili biscuits.

What do Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. have in common? They’ve both eaten Lucille’s famous chili biscuits.

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Lucille’s

Chef Chris Williams opened Lucille’s, an homage to his trailblazing great-grandmother Lucille B. Smith, in 2012. The restaurant serves Southern cuisine in a Museum District bungalow with a great patio, and has earned Williams a James Beard Award nomination this year.

What to order: The prix-fixe dinner menu ($35) has three courses with options including Lucille’s chili-cheese biscuits, shrimp and grits, and bread pudding.

Trez Art and Wine Bar


This wine bar opened in 2019 in the Heights. Trez offers by-the-glass and bottle selections from around the world, as well as wine flights. There’s also food, live music and space for local artists to showcase their work.

What to order: Cajun pasta ($24) with choice of chicken, shrimp or vegetables



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