Note: this is a guest blog post from Alanna Morton. Learn more about Alanna at the bottom of the post.
People often say, “no politics at the dinner table,” but food itself is political. The food we eat reflects our heritage, culture, shared history, and even our economic status. Food is also comfort, creativity, poetry, and an escape. But now more than ever, what we can’t escape is the reality that systemic racism has been oppressing marginalized communities for decades (not only in the United States, but right here in Canada). It’s time to invite conversations about politics, social justice, and yes – racism, to the dinner table. It’s time to find comfort in a delicious meal, while speaking about things that make us uncomfortable.
I grew up in Beaumont and as a kid, one of the highlights of trips into Edmonton was making pit stops for great food. One of our family favourites was Irie Foods (and still is)! My dad always asked for fresh patties, no matter how long the wait. It was always worth it. Ten year old me would tell you ketchup is the only way to enjoy a hot Jamaican patty. Today, I think they’re perfect just the way they are.
Many are looking for ways to help amplify BIPOC voices, support the Black Lives Matter movement, and be a good ally. If you’re still unsure, check out Linda’s last newsletter. But please remember, when the hashtags fade away and new posts replace the black squares, Black owned businesses will still need your support.
So, next time you’re ordering food, consider one of these (delicious) Black owned establishments:
Guide to Black-Owned Restaurants to Support in the Edmonton Area
Note: this is not a definitive guide, and can always be added to! If you’d like to add a Black-owned restaurant or food-related business in the Edmonton area, please email to be added to the directory.
This guide was last updated on June 13, 2020 and is listed in alphabetical order.
Restaurants, Bars, Cafes or Grocery Stores
featuring over 50 establishments!
Note: The French Creperie is donating 15% of all orders in June to Black Health Alliance Canada. Their mission is “reduce the racial disparities in health outcomes and promote the health and wellbeing for people from the diverse Black communities in Canada, with emphasis on the broad determinants of health, including racism.”
There’s really no shortage of delicious food in Edmonton, and great options for supporting Black-owned restaurants/businesses.
There have been some great social media posts recommending Black-owned restaurants to support.
You can also check out this AfroBiz Edmonton directory for more Black-owned businesses.
This guide was developed by guest blogger Alanna Morton.
Alanna works as a marketing professional, supporting local businesses in Edmonton.
On her own time, she enjoys baking and experimenting with all things dough – pastries, bread & pizza. Outside of the kitchen, she enjoys: film, plants, cats, and urban exploration, like Linda’s Instagrammable Wall tours!
If you’d like to suggest additions to the Guide, please send an email!