Each of these Black-owned establishment has proven themselves in the literal fire of the Omaha culinary scene, but now more than ever deserve their neighbor’s support. This list isn’t exhaustive, because we only had 1200 words, and have already used 1202 of them.
B’s Bones & Sauce
Family owned and locally sourced, B’s Bones is ready to cater your family gathering, work event, or special occasion. Helmed and honed by patriarch Robert Brown, these recipes are universally satisfying – but Brown’s Maple-Bourbon sauce will outkick any Omaha BBQ you’ve ever been invited to.
8319 N 30th st
Located in Florence, the family that owns Best Burger didn’t name it that, their customers did. Using fresh, quality ingredients, respect for their clients, and a little bit of love ensures that each burger is better than the last. Choose from Grass-fed Black Angus beef, non-GMO hormone-free turkey, or enjoy a Thai black bean vegan burger. Try the Bold and Blazin for a bite with heat that doesn’t overpower the flavor, or the intention.
Big Mama’s Kitchen
2112 N 30th ste #201
In March of 2018, Omaha said goodbye to Patricia “Big Mama” Barron. For years, Big Mama served soulful food with a level of kindness and compassion which became a greater part of her legacy than the recipes that earned her numerous shout outs from The Food Network*1. Patricia’s family knew that Omaha needed Big Mama, and so they took up the reigns. Today, the family runs Big Mama’s Kitchen, as well as a scholarship in Patricia’s name, offering an opportunity to attend Metro’s Culinary Arts Program. To contribute to the fund, visit The Donation Page*2
Black Bottom Biscotti
4724 N 24th st
Owner Sophia Jordan knows that if you want something done right, you just may have to do it yourself. With delicious gluten free and vegan offerings, everyone can find a sweet treat to satisfy their cravings.
Call (402) 807-0530
While the owner has been working tirelessly to launch a food truck, he couldn’t be stopped from finding a way to help out during the Covid crisis. Knowing that many children are facing a summer with limited lunches, Boiled Claws’ owner offered sack lunches to children in need. For questions or to for catering email Info@boilingclaws.com and follow along on facebook for truck launch dates.
2819 N 30th st
The Wrenn family behind Cajun Kitchen could have written the book on spicy, saucy cuisine, but they’ve chosen to serve it instead. There isn’t an item on the menu that isn’t a messy delicious masterpiece, but the smothered pork chop is worth ignoring a lot of the crave-able menu for.
2304 N 72nd
From savory spiced beef pastries to rich and delicious curries, the hearty Jamaican cuisine served by CD will satisfy the soul. Your tastebuds, on the other hand, will never have enough to calm the craving.
Chaima’s African Cuisine
5060 s 107th st
Home of Authentic African Cuisine, Chaima’s dishes are packed with surprises. From savory to sweet, each dish is as generously spiced as it is portioned. Try: Fufu PB Lamb
The Cooler’s Sno-Balls
2323 N 24th st #2214
Crum Cakes Bakery
When searching for a cake that is as delicious as it is beautiful, visit Crum Cakes Bakery. From custom celebratory cakes to grab-and-go brownie pans, each dish is thoughtfully prepared and decadently decorated.
Dripped And Draped
Opening a business is a risk and a challenge in any climate, but these entrepreneurs decided that not only did Omaha need a new take on coffee, sweets, and style, but that even an international crisis couldn’t slow their growth. Having opened their doors at the peak of pandemic (so far? We hope? We’ll see..?) the team set to work creating a safe environment to serve their specialty teas. Come for the Turmeric Latte, stay for the incredible energy.
2118 N 24th st ste101
1706 N 24th st
Catfish can be done wrong. It can be done fine. And then there’s Get-N-Go. In spite of the hurry you hear in their name, the time is taken to season each dish to perfection.
2305 N 90th
6209 Ames Ave
For dishes that will make you want to linger, grab and go from Jackson’s Takeout. Take your time deciding between the many wing flavors, but don’t skip the app. Cajun shrimp nachos will always be the right answer.
Jim’s Rib Haven
3801 Ames Ave
Spicy and rich, meals are served family-style on Injera, a spongy bread used in place of silverware. Lalibela also serves as an African grocer, allowing you to purchase the ingredients to make each dish at home.
Lutfis Fried Fish
2527 N 72
Don’t let the name fool you, as Lutfis offers far more than a standard fish fry. No matter how it’s prepared the fish is light and airy, but you’ll regret not having tried blackened catfish.
Mixins Ice Cream
New Orleans Sneaux
A Farmer’s Market favorite, this Jazzy Snowmobile does more than put your favorite flavors on ice. While we could all use a cool down right now, Sneaux is my geaux-to in the fall for caramel apple pie sippers and steamy hot chocolates.
Okra African Grill
1303 S 72nd st101
Even a pandemic couldn’t keep people from welcoming Nina Sodji back to business in Omaha. Having previously served the community via her African Market, Nina finally returned to the scene on March 14th.
Quick Bites Soul Food
105 W Mission Ave
The “quick” only references how long it takes to serve you, and how soon you’ll want to come back. You’ll find yourself lingering long after, enjoying the sounds and smells of QB.
2928 Ames Ave
Creative twists on comfort classics, Sapphire Grill has its menu dialed in. The crab cakes are as airy as the cheesesteak is hearty, and the turtle pie is the perfect ending to any of the offerings.
Smokin Jay’s BBQ
2524 S 13th st
2414 Patrick Ave
The fried lobster tail on the menu is the perfect example of T Marie’s bold take on Homestyle dishes. Don’t leave without sampling the featherbones.
Taste of New Orleans
Owners have been working hard to restore their original truck while pushing forward on their second. Follow the team on Facebook for updates!
Time Out Foods
3518 N 30th st
Time Out Foods closed their doors at the end of 2019 after losing owner Steve Mercer to cancer.
People waited in line for hours to welcome the family back, and weren’t disappointed when their patience paid off. Welcome back, Time Out Foods!
Wayne’s New Skoo BBQ
Owner Lawayne Nockai has curated his menu to offer only certified winning recipes, but I only have one thing to say. Hot. Boy. Sandwich.
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