This week marks the debut of Black Restaurant Week in the Midwest. The celebration aims to shed light on Black-owned restaurants and eateries, and to celebrate unique dishes and flavors.
Through gift cards, prizes and a restaurant bingo game, restaurants around Missouri are partnering with Black Restaurant Week to showcase their cuisines.
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With over 75 businesses participating in the celebration, many types of cuisines are represented, from Creole and Cajun to cupcakes. Here’s a small sampling of what some Missouri restaurants are serving up this week:
The Caribbean and Ethiopian fusion restaurant, located in Kansas City’s Midtown neighborhood, combines the bold flavors of two cuisines for a gourmet experience. Head chef Cherven Desauguste and owner Mehret Tesfamarian said they brought their skills and ingredients to Kansas City in order to showcase new international flavors in the area.
Mesob is offering a four-course dinner at $35 per person for Black Restaurant Week.
Emmanuel’s Family Restaurant
This restaurant, situated blocks away from the Mississippi River in St. Louis, serves up Southern dishes alongside vegetarian and vegan options. Emmanuel’s will be offering Cajun chicken and grits, as well as vegan Cajun Broccoli Alfredo as its Black Restaurant Week specials.
Kansas City Cupcake Co. Cafe
This shop seeks to provide cupcakes for any occasion from its location in Kansas City, Kansas. Kansas City Cupcake Co. Cafe features lots of sweet treats, including cupcakes, cakes, cookies, brownies, cake pops and dipped pretzels. The cafe also offers breakfast and lunch options.
Owner Celeste Gant is celebrating the week with a $10 lunch special that includes a sandwich, a side, a can of soda and — of course — a cupcake.
It’s hard to shine a spotlight on Kansas City restaurants without seeing barbecue. Sisters Deborah “Little” and Mary “Shorty” Jones said they have been keeping their father’s legacy alive with Jones Bar-B-Q for 30 years. You can get a taste of that legacy at their restaurant in Kansas City, Kansas.
The Jones sisters are celebrating Black Restaurant Week with a $10 combo plate special that includes two meats and one side.
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All smiles because it’s #BlackRestaurantWeek! We’re so excited to participate in this year’s Midwest @blackrestaurantweek. Stop by and see us for our $10 (tax included) Combo Plate special: includes choice of two meats (beef, ham, turkey) and one side (french fries, coleslaw, potato salad). Available while supplies last through August 2. We are open at 11AM Tuesday – Saturday. Head over to @blackrestaurantweek to see all participating restaurants and plan out your eats for the week! 😊🙌 Photo: @fefacarlo
Gourmet Soul Restaurant and Catering
Southern-style dishes are the specialty of Gourmet Soul. The downtown St. Louis restaurant cooks up a diverse menu and catering service, ranging from teriyaki chicken to collard green artichoke dip.
The restaurant is featuring a new special for each day of Black Restaurant Week. Some of these specials include deep-fried salmon, jerk tacos and shrimp and grits.
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The Breakfast & Lunch Lovers’ Restaurant
This restaurant features breakfast and lunch items until 2:30 p.m. The menu features all of the classic breakfast favorites, as well as creative twists on traditional meals. You can find the Breakfast & Lunch Lovers’ Restaurant just south of Kansas City in Raytown.
The Black Restaurant Week deal includes peach cobbler and cream cheese pancakes with eggs, bacon, sausage or potatoes.
One way that Black Restaurant Week is challenging diners to try new places in through a game of bingo. Adventurous eaters can try new foods and attempt to fill out a row on the bingo card to be entered to win gift cards and other prizes. Participants can submit their bingo board and restaurant receipts for a chance to win at blackrestaurantweek.com.