Here are 13 eateries to try during Long Beach’s first Black restaurant week

As part of the first-ever Long Beach Black Restaurant Week, about a dozen Black-owned restaurants throughout the city are offering various deals and promotions—so it’s time to get a taste of this Black food scene.

Organized by Long Beach Food & Beverage, the inaugural Long Beach Black Restaurant Week is an eight-day event devoted to celebrating diverse African, African American and Caribbean eateries in and around Long Beach between Sunday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 30.

On Tuesday, Jan. 25, five Black eateries (flagged below) will be featured at a pop-up for the event at Trademark Brewing, 233 E. Anaheim St. at 4:30 p.m.

So far, Long Beach Food & Beverage has listed 13 participating restaurants:

A Pinch of Salt Catering

Quianna Bradley from A Pinch of Salt Catering hands over a plate of gourmet food during a chef event at the Long Beach Rescue Mission on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Chef Quianna Bradley will run her day of specials on Monday from 7 and 11 a.m. (On her breakfast special webpage, Bradley said that after selecting food items, “put zero seconds” on the pick-up time.) Bradley is only taking pickup orders near Fifth Street and Chestnut, and the exact address will be sent to customers after ordering, she said. Catch Bradley on Tuesday during the pop-up at Trademark Brewing. (Website)

Kat’s Gourmet Cookies

Classic triple chocolate chip cookies. Photo courtesy of Kim Thomas.

Owner Kim Thomas bakes her cookies as soon as she gets her orders online or via phone. While she can deliver some orders if they’re local, for now, Thomas said she’s trying to limit the service to pick-ups. She bakes and distributes from her home at Pacific Coast Highway and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Catch Thomas on Tuesday during the pop-up at Trademark Brewing. (Website)

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles

Located at 730 E. Broadway in Long Beach, this Hollywood-based soul food restaurant chain is best known for serving chicken and waffles, but it offers more traditional menu items as well. Takeout options are also available. (Website)

Sweet Dreamery Desserts

This online dessert shop specializes in cake pops and pretty petit fours. It also serves layers cakes, cupcakes, and “Jars of Yum!” (Website)

Smokin’ Crackers & Dips

We’ve all seen that charcuterie craze recently, and owner Michelle Roberts has the crackers and dips for your cheese board days. Call or order online to have Roberts’ products shipped. Or, you can purchase her crackers in-store at nearby cities at the Temple Mini Mart at 17531 S. Central Avenue, #C, Carson, or The Wine Country 2301 Redondo Ave., Signal Hill. Catch Roberts on Tuesday at Trademark Brewing. (Website)

Filthy Rich Banana Pudding

Filthy Rich Banana Pudding. Photo courtesy of Latanya Ward.

This home-based mobile dessert business sells multiple flavors of banana pudding with the top 5 flavors being original, caramel, strawberry, toffee and Oreo cookie. Catch Filthy Rich Banana Pudding on Tuesday at Trademark Brewing. (Website)

Extraordinary Banana Pudding

Toran Grays, owner, holds a banana pudding at Extraordinary Banana Pudding in Long Beach Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Toran Gray’s puddings are so good, they sell out at pop-ups. Last year, Gray opened his second shop in Long Beach at 1208 Long Beach Blvd. (Website)

Devi’s Donuts & Sweets

For the vegan community out there, she’s got vegan donuts. Devi sells a large variety of unique donuts flavors, from piña colada to espresso to lemon pistachio. This dessert shop is at 3600 E. Anaheim St. with online orders also available. (Website)

Gone Loco Spicy Food Truck

For all the it-burns-so-good folks, Chef Vida Virgillito packs West Coast heat with her “everything is spicy” menu. Specializing in comfort food, she sells vegan fries, chicken burgers, shrimp tacos and even makes her own hot sauce. Follow Gone Loco Spicy Food Truck on Instagram to keep up with pop-up locations.

Mr. Fries Man

Co-owner Deonta Douglas holds up a plate of fries topped with fried chicken and multiple sauces outside his Mr. Fries Man franchise in North Long Beach, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Want to have a cheat day on that new year diet? Mr. Fries Man has your back. This family-operated business serves gourmet fries including fried chicken-topped fries and the classic chili-cheese. Located at 1009 E. Artesia Blvd., this fry shop also takes catering and online orders. (Website)

Georgia’s Restaurant

This SoCal soul food restaurant offers classic comfort foods including pulled pork sliders, barbecue ribs, vegetarian garlic fries and much more. Georgia’s Restaurant is located at 4101 Mc Gowen St., suite 155. Pickup and delivery options are also available. (Website)

The Boujie Crab

Nickey McKnight, owner, cradles on of her amazing Boujie Signature Bowls while at her restaurant The Boujie Crab in Long Beach Friday, January 29, 2021. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Wanna eat seafood in style? New Orleans native Nickey McKnight, owner of an upscale-styled seafood restaurant, specializing in cajun cuisine. Visit Boujie Crab for your lobster claw, crab fix or try McKnight’s signature seafood bowls. (Website)

Northtown Bistro

Chef Ronnie Woods of Northtown Bistro. Photo: Long Beach Burger Week

Chef Ronnie Woods’ mission to bring home-style meals to Long Beach with his pop-up Northtown Bistro, catch Woods’ next pop-up on Tuesday at Trademark Brewing, followed by another at Liberation Brewing at 3630 Atlantic Ave. on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. where he’ll be serving North African cuisine such as Moroccan Kefta rolls and Moroccan prawns with saffron rice pilaf and veggies.

Click here to view offers and specials.

Other restaurants, food trucks, caterers, bakeries, pop-ups and retail food businesses are welcome to participate.

For more information or to sign up for news of the weeklong event, visit https://blackrestaurantweeklb.com/  

Chefs serve more than 100 gourmet meals at Long Beach Rescue Mission

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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