Durham’s Best Black-Owned Restaurants for Plant-Based and Pescatarian Eats

And today, we give thanks to all the benevolent Black foodie ancestors for putting us in Durham, NC, just in time for Black Restaurant Week!

Pure Soul

Plant-based food is always a go-to for us, and @puresoulff did *not* disappoint. From the perfectly flavored and textured vegan NC BBQ and vegan shrimp to the fresh kale salad, cole slaw, and even the vegan, gluten-free Snickers cupcake, we ate so good and so well!

Saltbox Seafood Joint

2637 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

With a name like Saltbox Seafood Joint, we were honestly nervous that we’d wind up walking out with the itis. But every bite of our order was so fresh, whole foods-based, and divinely seasoned that we left feeling more than satisfied and still light on our feet. James Beard Award nominee Chef Ricky Moore nailed it with every dish! (Shoutout to Carmen who was the sweetest, most amazing host!)


African cuisine holds a special place in our hearts, and Ethiopian food is top-tier. Inside their cozy and vibrant restaurant, Goorsha offers a range of Modern Ethiopian dishes prepared traditionally with the finest local and organic ingredients. From the sambusas, to the shrimp awize, to the vegan sides with injera, this Black-owned family restaurant more than blessed us with flavor.

Beyú Caffè

341 W. Main St, Durham, NC 27701

Beyú Caffè is a downtown Durham pillar for good reason. For coffee drinkers, their beverage menu features culturally-themed brews for a variety of tastes. Jess’ grits and veggie sausage with peppers was a southern brunch winner, and Steve’s grilled shrimp po’boy went next level with the spicy remoulade. (Pro tip: order ahead and beat the crowd!)

Morehead Manor

We don’t typically eat breakfast, but the homemade puffed apple pancakes with vegan Beyond Sausage links at Morehead Manor? Ms. Monica showed out! We really appreciated the consideration given to our dietary restrictions without losing a touch of flavor. Book a room at the Manor on your next or first visit to Durham, and take advantage of home cooking where you can definitely taste the love.

Give these Black-owned eats in Durham a try, and let us know which ones are your favorite!

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