Want to support black businesses on the North Side? From traditional Ethiopian, Ghanaian and Nigerian fare to Creole, Jamaican and soul food, check out these Black-owned restaurants north of the Loop. (Sadé Carpenter / RedEye). Featured Image
Back in February, I wrote a story about black food and beverage professionals in Chicago and their work to provide more inclusive spaces and visibility for other chefs and bartenders of color. One reader, Kareem Dixon of Edgewater, shared his reaction on Twitter:
I know this isn't the main focus of the article , but I wish there were more Black-owned establishments on the northside. I'd like to be able to support more.
— K D (@KaRashDi) February 14, 2018
“I know this isn’t the main focus of the article, but I wish there were more Black-owned establishments on the northside. I’d like to be able to support more.”
Dixon’s tweet touched on a couple of challenges people face when attempting to support black-owned businesses. It’s often difficult to identify these establishments in the first place, and many black-owned businesses are located on the South and West sides of the city. But, lest we forget, black people and black businesses exist on the North Side, too.
Batter and Berries
2748 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-248-7710
The BYOB Lincoln Park spot is consistently super busy, so be prepared to wait a couple of hours before digging into the French toast flight with strawberry, lemon, blueberry and caramel French toast ($11.50) or the cluck-n-gaufre, a sweet potato waffle stuffed and topped with fried chicken and hot sauce ($13.50).
1745 W. North Ave., 773-360-1793
Try the red hot tamales with spicy beef brisket ($6 for three), fried rice with chicken and mushroom ($16) or the grilled Isola catfish with eggplant and Chinese broccoli ($21).
4801 N. Broadway, 773-334-8787
Ethiopian chef/owner Tigist Reda opened Uptown’s Demera in 2007. Try a family style messob (combination platter) with beef, chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian dishes ($16.50-$17.95 per person) along with Tej, Ethiopian honey wine ($8).