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5 of the Best Black-Owned Restaurants in Richmond

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at VCU chapter.

If you’re a VCU student or Richmond native, you may know that Richmond is home to some of the best local dining in the country. According to National Geographic, the city was actually named a “top destination” for food travel this year. With that being said, it’s about time we shine some light on a few of Richmond’s best (college budget-friendly) Black-owned local restaurants.

1. Big Herm’s Kitchen 

Buffalo Wild Wings, move out of the way. Whether you like them southern fried or tossed in one of their signature sauces, Big Herm’s wings will have you coming back to N 2nd St. every Monday for the $5 special.

2. Loft Seventeen 

Comfort food meets fine dining. Located in Historic Shockoe Bottom, Loft Seventeen’s open and relaxing atmosphere is the perfect place for a first date.

3. Sweet Teas 

Who doesn’t love southern cuisine? Family owned and operated, Sweet Teas will definitely satisfy that home-cooked meal craving we all begin to get around this time of the semester. You can find Chef Gary cooking it up in the heart of Shockoe Bottom.

4. Jus’ Fish 

All they do is fish! Located on N 25th St., Jus’ Fish’s signature golden-brown lake trout fillets are served with seasoned fries and your choice of either potato salad or coleslaw. Show up with a friend on Friday or Saturday and get their delicious “Meals for Two” special!

5. Mama J’s 

Richmond loves Mama J’s. If you’re looking for an authentic soul food experience, this is the place for you. Located in Historic Jackson Ward, Mama Js’ a la carte menu allows you to mix and match all of your favorite dishes.



Erica Dabney is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University. Some of her favorite activities include discovering new music, tearing down the patriarchy and dining out at black-owned restaurants in Richmond. She plans to graduate with her bachelors in journalism in 2019.
Keziah is a writer for Her Campus. She is majoring in Fashion Design with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. HCXO!