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FOODIE EVENT: Detroit Black Restaurant Week (Summer Edition) Features Over 50 Restaurants

Detroit foodie lovers get ready. The summer edition of Detroit Black Restaurant Week (DBRW) starts today!

The 10-day event will feature over 50 restaurants and include a food truck rally on three select dates. Check out all of the details below!

DETROIT BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK (Summer Edition)

WHAT: Detroit Black Restaurant Week (Summer Edition)

WHEN: August 20 – 29, 2021

WHERE: 50+ participating restaurants (see full list below)

Kwaku Osei-Bonsu and Dr. Lloyd M. Talley, MLN8 (Melanate) partners and owners of EastEats, believe “Detroit’s soulful restauranteurs and their hustle are vital to this event’s continued run.”

Photo credit: Jimmy Goldfinger
In April, I connected with Kwaku Osei-Bonsu, founder of Detroit Black Restaurant Week, to check out City Wings Detroit for the 2021 spring edition of DBRW!

DETROIT BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS

  • 44 Burrito
  • Baobab Fare
  • Beans and Cornbread
  • BlackCloud.Creamery
  • BlackCloud.Kitchen
  • Berts on Broadway
  • Burger Grille Detroit
  • Central Kitchen
  • City Wings
  • Comfort Cafe
  • COOP
  • Delphine’s Jamaican
  • Detroit Pepper Company
  • Detroit Taco Bar
  • DUO Restaurant & Lounge
  • Durden’s Catering
  • EastEats
  • Ellis Food Truck
  • Floods
  • Fork in Nigeria
  • Golden Wingz
  • Good Times on the Ave
  • Good Vybz Lounge
  • Griot Music Lounge
  • Ima
  • Imaginate
  • IVY Kitchen and Cocktail
  • Jamaican Pot
  • Jed’s
  • Joe Louis Southern Kitchen
  • Junk Food and Friends
  • Kai’s Loaded Bakery
  • Kola Restaurant and Lounge
  • Kuzzo’s Chicken & Waffles
  • Le Crepe
  • Master Chef Mobile Grill
  • Norma G’s
  • Ozale’s Kitchen
  • Smokey Joe’s BBQ
  • Soul in a Roll Food Truck
  • Soul of Detroit Restaurant
  • Soup Dive
  • Spud Headz
  • Sweet Magnolias
  • Sweet Potato Sensations
  • Tasty Fixins
  • The Block
  • The Detroit Smoothie Spot
  • The Good Food Truck
  • The Gripper Food Truck
  • The Kitchen by Que
  • The Lobster Food Truk
  • The Pasta Bowl
  • Vicki’s BBQ
  • What’s Crackin
  • Yoshi Hibachi Grill
  • Yum Village

Back in April, Kwaku invited me to check out City Wings for the spring edition of Detroit Black Restaurant Week.

I recommend the Mild Buffalo and Sweet Chili Wings. They’re so good!

City Wings is also participating in August’s DBRW so make sure you go check them out!

Ten Black-owned restaurants in Detroit’s suburbs are also participating in Detroit Black Restaurant Week.!
Kenyatta M. Campbell, owner of The Detroit Smoothie Spot

DBRW FOOD TRUCK RALLY

AUGUST 23: Midtown Rally hosted by The Detroit Association of Women’s Clubs

LOCATION: 5461 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48202

TIME: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AUGUST 26: Northwest Rally

LOCATION: 8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221

TIME: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. AND 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

AUGUST 28: Eastside Rally

LOCATION: 1018 Navahoe, Detroit, MI 48215

TIME: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PARTICIPATING FOOD TRUCK RESTAURANTS

  • Ellis Food Truck
  • Comfort Cafe Gourmet Street Eats
  • Farmacy Food
  • Fork of Nigeria 
  • Junk Food and Friends
  • Norma G’s
  • Soul in a Roll 
  • Smokey Joe’s BBQ
  • Sugah Please Coffee House
  • Tasty Fixins
  • The Detroit Smoothie Spot
  • The D Loft Cafe 
  • The Good Food Truck
  • The Gripper Food Truck
  • The Lobster Food Truck

Black-owned food trucks that may have missed the open call can still participate by contacting DBRW organizers and signing up. For more info, visit www.mln8.co and DBRW’s brand partner Pepsi’s Full of Soul website.

Come show your support for Detroit’s Black-owned restaurants and eat some delicious food! (Photo credit: Jimmy Goldfinger)

A FEW OTHER ACTIVITIES YOU MAY LOVE

EastEats hosts a variety of activities and entertainment. Check out these events and connect with EastEats for the days/times of each event!

ENJOY THE GRAPE JAM MUSIC AND WINE EVENT.

Each Friday at EastEats, you can enjoy house music, wine, and vibes at Grape Jam.

PLAY A FUN GAME OF SNEAKERBINGO.

Play a fun game of SneakerBingo to win rare and collectible kicks. The event is sponsored by EastEats, Burn Rubber, GhettoKids, and SpiceRack. (Day and time TBA.)

GET INSPIRED WITH SUNDAY MEDITATIONS.

Erin Juliana teaches a meditation class on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., and Meg Watt leads two Gong Therapy sessions at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.!

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

As COVID cases surge, DBRW participants offer dining options from curbside to dining-in. Restaurant menus are online per CDC guidelines with contactless service reservations.

Follow Detroit Black Restaurant Week on Instagram for the latest updates!

All photographs courtesy of Carlton Signature PR.


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