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    A Taste of Oakland

    By Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember At-Large–

    Every day is Black History Day, so just because Black History Month is over doesn’t mean that we should stop celebrating Black culture. Oakland has a rich history of Black businesses making significant contributions to the community. This tradition is still taking place today. These enterprises are not just places to shop or dine but pillars of resilience, creativity, and cultural heritage. Let’s explore why supporting these businesses is essential:

    Economic Resilience: Black-owned businesses face unique challenges, including historical disparities in access to capital. By supporting them, we contribute to their financial resilience. When these businesses thrive, they create jobs, foster innovation, and strengthen not only Oakland’s economy, but also the entire Bay Area’s as well.

    Community Empowerment: Black-owned businesses are often deeply connected to our neighborhoods. When we patronize them, we invest in our community’s well-being. These businesses sponsor local events, mentor youth, and provide spaces for cultural expression.

    Cultural Preservation: Black-owned businesses preserve cultural traditions. the arts, and cuisine. They celebrate diversity and contribute to the rich tapestry of Oakland’s identity. From soul food restaurants to Afrocentric boutiques, each establishment tells a story.

    We are sharing a list of Black-owned restaurants in Oakland. By spending our dollars intentionally, we uplift communities and promote equity. Let’s celebrate Black excellence and history and support building a brighter future together.

    alaMar Dominican Kitchen
    100 Grand Ave #111

    Asmara Restaurant
    5020 Telegraph Avenue

    Blackberry Soul: Chef Rene Johnson

    2300 Valdez Street Suite A

    Caña Cuban Parlor & Café
    530 Lake Park Avenue

    Coco Breeze Restaurant and Catering Service
    2370 High Street

    Crumble and Whisk Pâtisserie
    4104 MacArthur Blvd

    Enssaro Ethiopian Cuisine
    357-A Grand Avenue

    Everett and Jones BBQ
    126 Broadway

    Falafal Boy Inc.
    1924 Franklin Street

    Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
    410 14th Street

    Graffiti Pizza
    719 Washington Street

    Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts
    285 23rd St

    Home of Chicken and Waffles
    247 4th Street

    Hook You Up Catering & BBQ Services
    2420 Renwick Street

    Jusla Eats and Catering
    1955 Broadway

    Oeste Bar & Kitchen
    722 Clay Street

    Red Door Catering
    2925 Adeline Street

    Red Bay Coffee Headquarters & Café
    3136 International Boulevard

    Robert Dorsey Catering and Events
    344 20th Street

    Roderick’s BBQ
    2708 98th Avenue

    Teni East Kitchen
    4015 Broadway

    The Cook and Her Farmer
    510 9th Street

    Town Fare by Chef Michele McQueen
    1000 Oak Street

    Willows & Pine Restaurant and Catering
    3525 Fruitvale Avenue

    Councilmember At-Large and Council President Rebecca Kaplan, who is the Vice Mayor of Oakland, was elected in 2008 to serve as Oakland’s citywide Councilmember; she was re-elected in 2016 and 2020. She also serves on the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC). Follow Councilmember Kaplan on Twitter @Kaplan4Oakland ( and Facebook (

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