These are just some of the Black-owned restaurants to support in Toronto right now

The #BlackOutTuesday movement has taken over social media feeds around the world — with people everywhere encouraging supporters to amplify Black voices, support Black businesses, and donate to the cause. For those seeking a small way to make a positive impact here in Toronto, we’ve rounded up some excellent Black-owned restaurants that are currently open for takeout.

 

Beach Hill Smokehouse

 

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A strong contender for the city’s best barbecue joint, Beach Hill Smokehouse specializes in Central Texas barbecue — a style that sees the meats rubbed with spices and cooked over pecan or oak wood. In addition to their Upper Beaches location, Beach Hill is set to soon open a second outpost near Danforth and Chester.

 

Albert’s Real Jamaican Foods

Open since 1986, Albert’s has become a St. Clair West institution thanks to its quality Jamaican fare. Hearty dinner combos centered around mains like oxtail and jerk chicken come served with rice, peas, and coleslaw.

 

Congo Coffee & Mikate House

 

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Get your sweet fix at this Cabbagetown cafe, which specializes in traditional Congolese beignets and direct-trade coffee sourced from producers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Congo Coffee‘s beignets can be served plain or topped with icing sugar or flavoured syrups.

 

Pam’s Roti

This Bloorcourt favourite known for its affordable Caribbean fare is on the brink of closure, according to a Facebook post written by owner Pam Singh. Singh has asked for help from the community to push back against her landlord, who has refused to apply for the rent subsidy. The subsidy could offer the financial relief Singh needs to keep Pam’s Roti open by allowing her to pay only 25 per cent of her total rent in June.

 

Boukan

Boukan serves Haitian and Creole food, including indulgent fritay boxes packed with fried plantains and mains like griyo, a style of baked pork shoulder that is one of Haiti’s most beloved dishes.

 

Scott Hill Cuisine

 

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Named for a street in St. Ann, Jamaica, Scott Hill Cuisine is a family-owned Caribbean restaurant located near Avenue and Lawrence. The menu covers classic dishes ranging from ackee and saltfish to curry shrimp.

 

True True Diner

 

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Chef Suzanne Barr’s modern diner has been temporarily closed since mid-March amid the pandemic, but a recent Instagram post hinted that True True might soon be bringing back their beloved brunch for takeout.

 

Xawaash

 

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Xawaash brings Somali Mediterranean fare to the GTA with its locations in Etobicoke and Mississauga. Grilled veggie and meat mains are served with sides like oven-baked pitas. The husband-and-wife team behind the restaurant also have a food blog aimed at introducing readers to Somali cuisine.

 

Rendez-Vous Ethiopian and Eritrean Restaurant

As its name suggests, Rendez-Vous specializes in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine, including doro wat, a spicy chicken stew-like entree that’s recognized as Ethiopia’s national dish. When dine-in resumes, they’re also known for their tableside coffee roasting.

 

Roux

 

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This west end restaurant focuses on Creole and Southern cuisine. Roux has simplified its menu for takeout amid the pandemic, offering fare like fried chicken and boxes filled with smoked meats like ribs and andouille sausage.

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