9 Black-owned cafés that bring big time flavor to Birmingham

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No one does soul food like Brown’s Southern Bistro. (Brown’s Southern Bistro / Facebook)

Lunch is sometimes the most underrated meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are nine Black-owned cafés that you can support right now.

1. Jasmine’s Cafe | Pratt City

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When it’s served family style, you KNOW it’s good. (Jasmine’s Cafe / Facebook)

Ah, Jasmine’s. As a Birmingham favorite since 2008, this spot has been hailed as the “best soul food in town”. Find staples like chitterlings and oxtails as well as sides like fried corns, turnip greens and candied yams.

Plus, find them on UberEats to get Jasmine’s delivered right to your door.

2. Blackmon’s Cafe | Fairfield

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Pickles on this salad? Say less. (Blackmon’s Cafe)

Known for their wings and affordable prices, Blackmon’s Cafe crafts their creations fresh to order. After reopening in May, this Black-owned café knows how to craft some great grub. Items like nacho bowls, cheeseburgers, and chef salads are available to satisfy all your lunch cravings.

3. Olivia’s Transit Café | Downtown

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A sucker for a good seasoned fry. (Olivia’s Transit Café / Facebook)

Located conveniently in the Birmingham’s Central Station, Olivia’s Transit Café is calling my name—quite literally. From breakfast to lunch to coffee and everything in between, this spot knows what’s up.

4. Green Acres Café | Downtown

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Green Acres is a Birmingham favorite. (Chaise Sanders / Bham Now)

Recently, we crafted a roundup for Fried Chicken Day and had several of you call us out for not including Green Acres Café—rightfully so. This spot has been a staple since the 1940s and serves fresh chicken and all the fixin’s (including some fantastic fried green tomatoes).

Since then, they’ve branched out to five locations across the Birmingham area.

5. Audrey’s Restaurant | Titusville

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Fried okra—a Southern staple. (Audrey’s Restaurant / Facebook)

Known for their Seafood Fridays and Sunday dinners, Audrey’s proves that you, in fact, can have it all. They post their menu every week for you to plan your meal, and pre-ordering is encouraged to get exactly what you have your eye on.

Keep in mind, this spot is carryout only, so you can enjoy at home (or somewhere with A/C).

6. Eagle’s Restaurant | North Birmingham

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Eagle’s Restaurant. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

You can’t think about Birmingham’s Black-owned cafés without thinking of Eagle’s. It’s opened six days a week and serves up specialities like oxtails, cube steak, baked chicken and baked pork chops.

Their daily Facebook posts detail their menu. Make sure you visit early to avoid a line and get exactly what you want!

7. Jake’s Soul Food Café | Hoover

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Jake’s Soul Food Cafe will give you enough leftovers for a week. (Cecilia Wood / Bham Now)

Calling all Hoover residents—this one’s too tasty to leave out. Jake’s marries your favorite soul food with Caribbean cuisine, making for the perfect fusion. Be sure to come hungry, because this spot serves large portions that you’ll be craving for lunch the next day.

In case you’re not feeling the dine-in experience, get Jake’s curbside or delivered.

8. Ga Briella’s Art Gallery and Bistro | Downtown

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Ga Briella’s is a favorite of Kevin Johnson, NBA player. (Ga Briella’s / Facebook)

Add Ga Briella’s to your Sunday calendar. This café, open on Sundays, serves up a new menu every week. This buffet is only $18 per person and comes highly recommended by locals. With 3-4 meats, sides, a dessert table and great hospitality, it’s hard to say no to a lunch at Ga Briella’s.

9. Brown’s Southern Bistro | Pratt City

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One word: yum! (Brown’s Southern Bistro / Facebook)

Brown’s Southern Bistro boasts southern hospitality along with its southern specialties. While all of their offerings look equally delicious, the homemade Peach Cobbler and Pound Cake really take the cake (pun intended).

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Olivia Moses
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