Community Spotlight: Black-Owned Restaurants

1911 SmokeHouse Bar-B-Que

Trenton's premier dining and cocktail fun-spot serving the finest in smoked appetizers, entrees, and dynamic, creative cocktail mixology. They are open for food, beer, wine, and spirits via curbside pick-up and delivery.

Hours: 7 Days a week 12:00PM–8:00PM        Phone: 609.695.1911         Location: Trenton


Brunswick Deli and Dr. Bird Jamaican Restaurant

Brunswick Deli has the number one jerk chicken in Trenton, New Jersey!

Hours: 7 Days a week 10:00AM–11:00PM        Phone: 609.393.1341         Location: Trenton


Health Is Wealth Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant & Juice Bar

Health is Wealth in Trenton will bring happiness among conscious food lovers!

Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00AM–7:00PM        Phone: 609.393.1721        Location: Trenton


Ila Mae's Restaurant

Experience a 30–year tradition of great taste. A unique blend of Southern and American food.

Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00AM–10:00PM        Phone: 609.498.0642         Location: Trenton


Jamaican Empire

A great dive spotreal authentic Jamaican food with friendly and helpful staff. Great oxtail and jerk chicken, with generous portions. You can get two medium-size dishes for about 20 bucks. And it's a perfect spot for a vegan mix up!

Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00AM–9:00PM        Phone: 609.337.7951        Location: Trenton


Seafood De'Lite

Seafood De'Lite is a product of our community. Their goal is to provide our family, friends, and community with great service, quality food, great hospitality!

Hours: 7 Days a week 10:00AM–11:00PM        Phone: 609.396.6600         Location: Trenton


Sunrise Luncheonette

If you’re looking for a friendly diner to have a leisurely breakfast in downtown Trenton, look no further than Sunrise Luncheonette: a modest cafe with humble decor and a relaxed atmosphere. Step inside and you’ll instantly feel like you’re a regular returning to a favorite joint, welcomed by the owner, and greeted by your (new) friends.

Hours: Monday to Sunday 7:00AM–4:30PM        Phone: 609.278.8994         Location: Trenton


The Big Easy

Providing the most mouth-watering soul food in Trenton, this local favorite is owned by Olugbala Sababu, a Trenton native who has been in the food business over 35 years. With a mosaic tile floor, a large chalk board displaying the daily menu and specials, fresh flowers on each table, regulars say you can get a good amount of food for a reasonable price, with the added bonus of a great dessert menu including carrot cake, sweet potato pie, red velvet cake and chocolate cake!

Hours: 7 Days a week 9:00AM–8:00PM        Phone: 609.989.7900         Location: Trenton


Arlee’s Raw Blends

Modern shop offering glass-bottled, cold-pressed juices made with locally sourced, organic produce. Healthy meals and snacks also available.

Hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00AM–4:00PM        Phone: 609.580.1889 | 609.880.1101       Location: Princeton | Trenton



Cooks Kitchn

Sea for the Soul. 

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10:00AM–10:00PM        Phone: 732.820.9545         Location: Rahway


The Gingered Peach

Quaint bake shop featuring custom cakes, breakfast pastries & other goodies in a comfy atmosphere.

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8:00AM–2:00PM        Phone: 609.896.5848         Location: Lawrence


Morgan's Island Grill

Specializing in Caribbean dishes like jerk chicken and oxtail, Morgan's Island Grill was opened by Jamaican-born Highstown residents Kenroy and Jewel Morgan. 

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00AM–9:00PM        Phone: 609.308.2108        Location: Hightstown


Rick’s Backyard Barbecue & Grill

Slow and low delicious cooking with your health in mind, Rick's specializes in serving the most tender juicy BBQ in a clean and relaxing, hospitable outdoor setting. 

Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12:00PM–8:00PM        Phone: 609.476.4040         Location: Hamilton



Ada's Gojjo

Ada's Gojjo restaurant features authentic Ethiopian and Dominican flavors. The menu offers a wide array of delicious plates packed with classic dishes created from scratch and bursting with flavors. Daily specials incorporate seasonal and local fresh ingredients. From delicious appetizers to tasty salads, inspired entrees to decadent desserts.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 1:00PM–8:00PM        Phone: 732.222.5005        Location: Asbury Park


Soon C Deli

Known for “quality food at a quality price,” Soon C Deli boasts homemade honey glazed shrimp, candied yams, baked mac n’ cheese, golden butter cornbread, rice & beans fish, chicken, fried cabbage and more. Order in, take out and catering available. Recent online reviews say: “Great food. Excellent service” and “Thumbs up, I’m in love!"

Hours: Monday to Sunday 12:00PM–10:00PM        Phone: 732.775.0006         Location: Asbury Park


Tijo's Kreyol Kitchen

Hailing from North Jersey, the owner of this wonderful Haitian food spot knows what he's doing, big time. The chicken on the bone is beyond flavorful with the meat falling right off the bone. Fried chicken, fried tilapia, spicy pork, and a one-of-a-kind smoked herring patty are also phenomenal. 

Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00AM–11:00PM        Phone: 732.774.2200         Location: Asbury Park


Simply Southern

Simply Southern, founded by former NFL Player & NY Giant Rasheed Simmons and his mom Rita Simmons, offers delicious tastes of the deep south, award-winning crab cakes, and fried catfish with the feel of some good ol' home cooking.

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00AM–9:00PM        Phone: 732.243.9259         Location: Belmar



Uncle Ralston’s Jamaican Homestyle Cooking

Chef Ralston, who comes from Jamaican and Bermudian roots, is inspired by the world around him: food ties the world together. Visit the restaurant to indulge in his delicious homemade Jamaican style food with each savory bite!

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12:00PM–7:00PM        Phone: 732.462.7214         Location: Freehold



Norah’s Irie

Homemade Jamaican cuisine served with love and soul to fill your heart and belly with every savory bite.

Hours: Seven days a week 11:00AM–11:00PM        Phone: 732.443.4781         Location: Long Branch



Shore Caribbean Restaurant

Real Jamaican restaurant serving Caribbean and American cuisine. When you see a place that has 30 five-star reviews, it makes you wonder what makes the place so good.

You might think you’re lost as you drive down the residential street – Shore Caribbean is right in the middle of a quaint neighborhood. You can hear the music from the street sending island vibes to hungry masses. It feels a little dive–like an island establishment in Long Branch. You can get a $6 lunch of tender goat in curry sauce, rice, beans, cabbage and plantains along with a can of soda. Sit outside and enjoy the breeze with their incredibly tasty island flavors. The hype is real!


Hours: Seven days a week 11:00PM–10:00PM        Phone: 732.963.9928         Location: Long Branch



Eileen's Soul Food & Catering

Explore Eileen's delicious home cooked original recipes! All dishes are crafted with love & authenticity. Eileen started cooking for parties, church events, funerals, weddings, and even baby showers. When the time finally came that she catered a 400 person Walmart Christmas Party, she knew this is what she was destined to do.

Hours: Thursday to Sunday 11:00PM–7:00PM        Phone: 732.807.3223         Location: Neptune


Jameson's Soul Food Restaurant

Jameson's has been in business for 23 years, starting in Long Branch as "Country Kitchen" then moved to Neptune, NJ as "Jameson's The Ultimate in Southern Cooking."

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 12:00PM–9:00PM        Phone: 732.775.4699         Location: Neptune




Boycemode is a plant-based meal prep and cellular cleanse available online.  This is a guide to assist in accomplishing wellness goals -sustainable for the long term and designed to help you live your best life. It is 100% plant-based and 100% delicious. Conveniently delivered in NJ and NYC.

Hours: Online Store        Phone: 917.543.7417         Location: NJ Based




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