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Florida Black Restaurant Week lands in Tampa Bay, other cities later this month

I remember earlier this year when 7th and Grove owner Jamaris Glenn and I were finished with our interview for A Soulful Taste. We talked about how there aren’t too many instances where Black-owned restaurants in Tampa Bay get the same shine as everyone else and we should create an event to highlight them all. Fortunately, someone else had the same idea but on a bigger scale.

The first Black Restaurant Week began in 2016 and is now in 11 different cities. Florida Black Restaurant Week debuts November 26-December 6 in Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. I spoke to co-founder Derek Robinson and got all the deets and what it’s all about:

“This year has seen a lot of civil unrest nationwide due to injustices against the Black community. From pesky Karens not minding their business to a myriad of protests bringing attention to police brutality, sometimes it’s good to escape from the craziness and take a few moments to feed the soul with some good food.

Black Restaurant Week was founded in April 2016 by friends Derek Robinson, Falayn Ferrell, and Warren Luckett in Houston, Texas to highlight the flavors of the African, African American, and Caribbean cuisines. Originally a week-long experience, it was extended to two weeks after overwhelming support from the Houston community.

“Houston is a huge melting pot of flavors. There’s so much to offer here and the city is one of the most diverse campaigns for Black Restaurant Week,” Robinson tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

The restaurant weeks became a hit and expanded to Atlanta and the Bay Area (San Francisco/Oakland) in 2017. Now, Black Restaurant Week is in 11 different markets across the U.S.—including Tampa Bay where it’s making a Florida debut from Nov. 27-Dec. 6. Participating cities include Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale.”

Registration is still open for Florida restaurants here. Read the rest of the my story about Florida Black Restaurant Week here.

A list of participating Tampa and Orlando restaurants:

Tampa Bay:

7th and Grove 

1930 E 7th Ave. 

Tampa, FL 33605



Ava’s Lowcountry Cuisine

112 Flagship Dr. 

Lutz, FL 3549




1047 Central Ave. 

St. Petersburg, FL 33705


Eggs Up Grill

3920 US 301 N

Riverview, FL 33578



Island Flavors and Tings

1411 49th St. S.

Gulfport, FL 33707



Kay’s Kitchen

11124 N 30th St. 

Tampa, FL 33612




1901 Drew St. 

Clearwater, FL 33765



M&R Cafe Southern Cuisine

3322 E Osborne Ave. 

Tampa, FL 33610



Mr. B’s Southern Cuisine

3401 N Nebraska Ave. 

Tampa, FL 33603



Shnookum’s BBQ

1575 S Fort Harrison Ave. 

Clearwater, FL 33756



The Cookie Monster

5226 S Dale Mabry Hwy. 

Tampa, FL 33611


1000 Degrees Pizza 

13599 W Colonial Dr. 

Winter Garden, FL 34787



Chef Shonari Services(Personal Chef) 

Orlando, FL 32818



Justin’s Caribbean Fusion Restaurant

6700 Conroy Rd. Unit 120

Orlando, FL 32835



Kalalou Caribbean Bar & Grill

5160 S John Young Pkwy.

Orlando, FL 32839



Loyd Have Mercy

3434 S Washington Ave. 

Titusville, FL 32780



Nessas Food Co. BBQ Restaurant 

14 W McKey St. 

Ocoee, FL 34761



Plates on Deck

9640 Boggy Creek Rd. 

Orlando, FL 32824



Seana’s Caribbean Soul Food

719 Good Homes Rd. 

Orlando, FL 32818



The Conch Queen 

3780 Ocoee-Apopka Rd. 

Apopka, FL