As stores and restaurants start to get back on their feet, post closures in March of this year, now is an ideal time to ensure we are supporting local businesses. On top of that, we are in the middle of a movement with the focus being on the black community and trying to find ways to support them. With this combination, we have felt it is important to highlight local black owned restaurants you can support. Whether you are looking for a place to go out for dinner, brunch with your friends, or just looking for an on the go snack, we have put together a list of a variety of black owned restaurants in Ottawa for you to visit.
The Thirsty Maiden: www.thethirstymaiden.com
The Thirsty Maiden is a coffee shop in Stittsville that has created a brilliant business model. The owner has taken advantage of the space and has turned it into a trendy coffee shop by day and utilizes the space for events by night. There is a slightly different menu each day so there is always something new for customers to try. This is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee while getting some assignments done, or to just catch up with some friends.
The Fresh Mango: http://thefreshmango.com
If you are looking to make healthier decisions then The Fresh Mango is a great option. This juice and smoothie bar also serves salads, bagels, teas and coffees. Located in Orleans, they are a fantastic spot to grab a quick smoothie when you are on the go. All their ingredients are antioxidant, high in omega acids and full of vitamins and minerals to keep your body fresh. The owners pride themselves in creating the best, real and fresh-made products to enhance the overall wellness of every customer.
In the heart of the Byward Market, Headquarters is a modern restaurant, cafe and salon all in one. They serve a phenomenal brunch that is currently available for takeout. Not only do they do coffee and tea, but creative cocktails as well. There is an option for everyone on their menu and it is a perfect spot to catch up with friends and family.
The Bagel Run: https://www.thebagelrun.com
In the mood for a more casual bite to eat in the morning? Look no further than The Bagel Run, located in Orleans. They make handcrafted bagels and challah bread each day for order. In addition, they have pick up options in the Findlay Creek and Rockland area for those who are looking to use their bagels at home. Additionally, they provide keto bagels on their menu for those who require them. Overall, The Bagel Run is a fantastic way to start your morning and ensure you have a full stomach and smile on your face.
Want to spice up your life? Then check out the Tingz. With a catchy name it is no surprise this bar and restaurant serves some killer jerk chicken. Their caribbean flavours will leave your mouth craving more. Chef Jae-Anthony, the chef at Tingz, has cooked for celebrities including Drake, J-Cole, Boi-1Da and many more. In the middle of downtown, this is a restaurant you can’t help but wanting to try.
Jerk on Wheels: https://www.instagram.com/jerkonwheels613/
Looking for something more casual for dinner? Look no further than Jerk on Wheels. The name says it all, this is a food truck located on Merivale Road serving some amazing jerk chicken creations. Whether you are in the mood for tacos, burgers, poutine or a good wrap, they got it.
For more restaurants and other business you can support check out the following link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QYfYrvHsaEL_qv_JhDJo_GTvgVmBa_Yq1dr1wm7RlBI/edit#
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