Lois the Pie Queen in Oakland. Photo: Emilie Raguso

The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately affected the nation’s black communities and, as recent events have only magnified, cultural and economic disparities are contributing factors to why black Americans are more likely to get sick from COVID-19 and suffer financially.

As the nation responds to the death of George Floyd, many are looking for ways beyond protesting to support local black communities. While buying a single takeout meal isn’t going to solve systemic racism, sustained monetary support of black entrepreneurs is a meaningful way to help.

We’ve put together a list of black-owned restaurants and other food businesses in Berkeley and Oakland that are currently open for delivery and takeout. Check out an even more comprehensive Bay Area-guide, put together by San Francisco Chronicle food critic Soleil Ho.

Know of a spot we missed? Email nosh@berkeleyside.com and we’ll add it to the list.


Alchemy Collective Café (1741 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley)

Anthony’s Cookies  (2575 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley)

Cali Alley (1012 Grayson St., Berkeley)

Two women stand behind the counter of Cupcakin' a cupcake business inside Swan's Market in Old Oakland.
Cupcakin’ in Swan’s Market in OId Oakland. Photo: Sarah Han

Cupcakin’ Bake Shop (2391 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley; Swan’s Market, 510 Ninth St., Oakland)

Ethiopia Restaurant (2955 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley)

Everett & Jones Barbeque (1955 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley; 126 Broadway, Oakland; 4245 Macarthur Blvd., Oakland)

A Girl Named Pinky (delivery only, for now)

Kaffa Ethiopian (2987 Sacramento St., Berkeley)

KC’S BBQ (1235 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley)

Lemat Kitfo, a beef tartar served with housemade Ethiopian cottage cheese and collard greens at Lemat in Berkeley. Photo: Andria Lo

Lemat (3212 Adeline St., Berkeley)

Nabolom Bakery (2708 Russell St., Berkeley)

Nuttin Butter Cookies (pickup location: 1371 Dwight Way, Berkeley)

Pinky & Red’s (currently closed; support through purchasing gift cards)

Rasa Caffe (3140 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley)


Abesha Ethiopian Cuisine (4929 Shattuck Ave., Oakland)

Addis Ethiopian (6100 Telegraph Ave., Oakland)

Sobre Mesa chef-owner Nelson German, who also operates alaMar in Oakland. Photo: Thomas Kuoh Photography
alaMar/Sobre Mesa chef-owner Nelson German. Photo: Thomas Kuoh Photography

alaMar Kitchen & Bar (100 Grand Ave., Oakland)

Alem’s Coffee (5353 Claremont Ave., Oakland)

Asmara Restaurant (5020 Telegraph Ave., Oakland)

Barcote Ethiopian Restaurant (6430 Telegraph Ave., Oakland)

Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant (160 14th St., Oakland)

Brown Sugar Kitchen (2295 Broadway, Oakland)

Burlap Coffee (511 40th St., Oakland)

Café Colucci (6427 Telegraph Ave., Oakland)

Café Romanat (462 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland)

Caña Cuban Parlor and Café (530 Lake Park Ave., Oakland)

Catered to You (1711 Telegraph Ave., Oakland)

The Cook and Her Farmer (Swan’s Market, 510 Ninth St., Oakland)

Dimond Slice Pizza (2208 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland)

Dixon’s (8999 International Blvd., Oakland)

Drexl Bar, Fort Green, The Miranda (currently closed; support through GoFundMe)

Ensarro Ethiopian Restaurant (357A Grand Ave., Oakland)

Flipnsoul (2101 14th Ave., Oakland)

Grandeur on Grand Avenue in Oakland.
Grandeur on Grand Avenue (seen here before the shelter-in-place order took effect) is open for takeout and delivery. Photo: Grandeur

Grandeur (366 B Grand Ave., Oakland)

Home of Chicken and Waffles (444 Embarcadero West, Oakland)

Horn Barbecue (coming soon; support Horn’s Feed the Community program through GoFundMe)

It’s All Good Bakery (5622 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland)

James & the Giant Cupcake (6326 San Pablo Ave., Oakland for walk-in orders; 465 2nd St., Oakland for online orders)

Kefa Coffee (422 29th Ave., Oakland)

Kingston 11 (2270 Telegraph Ave., Oakland)

Lane-E Kefa Coffee (77 8th St., Oakland)

Lena’s Soul Food (6403 Foothill Blvd, Oakland)

Little Giant Ice Cream is open for pickup. Photo: Sarah Han

Little Giant Ice Cream (1951 Telegraph Ave., Oakland)

Lois the Pie Queen (851 60th St., Oakland) Friday to Sunday dinner takeout service starting June 5.

Lula (2805 Telegraph Ave., Oakland)

Mela Bistro (35 Grand Ave., Oakland)

Messob Ethiopian Restaurant (4301 Piedmont Ave., Oakland)

Miss Ollie’s (901 Washington St., Oakland)

MLK Café (3860 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland)

Monaghan’s (2820 Mountain Blvd, Oakland)

New Karibbean City (1408 Webster St., Oakland)

Oeste’s food and cocktails are available for pickup and delivery. Photo: Taylor Lee

Oeste (730 Clay St., Oakland)

OVO Tavern & Eatery (5319 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland)

Phat Matt’s BBQ (3415 Telegraph Ave., Oakland)

Red Bay Coffee (3098 East 10th St.Oakland; 2327 Broadway, Oakland)

Red Sea (5200 Claremont Ave., Oakland)

Roux and Vine (3443 San Pablo Ave., Oakland)

Rush Bowls Oakland (350 17th St., Oakland)

Plantains and rice from Ruth’s Buka, a Nigerian restaurant in East Oakland, now open for takeout and delivery Photo: Ruth’s Buka/Facebook

Ruth’s Buka (5250 Foothill Blvd., Oakland)

Selam (2786 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland)

7th West (currently closed; support through GoFundMe)

Shewhat (6101 Shattuck Ave., Oakland)

Smokin’ Woods BBQ (4307 Telegaph Ave., Oakland)

Sobre Mesa (1618 Franklin St., Oakland)

Souley Vegan (301 Broadway, Oakland)

Southern Café (2000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland)

Sugarsweet Cookie + Cake Studio (5855 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland)

Super Juiced (Swan’s Market, 540 Ninth St., Oakland)

Suya African-Caribbean Grill (408 22nd St., Oakland)

Pea shoot salad and roti with curry at Teni East Kitchen — now open for takeout and delivery. Photo: Sarah Han

Teni East Kitchen (4015 Broadway, Oakland)

Trap Kitchen Oakland (420 14th St., Oakland)

Tribune Tavern (currently closed, support through purchasing gift cards)

Uncle Willie’s BBQ & Fish (614 14th St., Oakland)

Vegan Mob (500 Lake Park Ave., Oakland)

The Veg Hub (2214 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland)

Yammy’s Café (542 Ninth St., Oakland)

Berkeley/Oakland caterers, pop-ups, wholesalers and farmers markets vendors

B.A.B.S. Catering

Blackberry Soul Fine Catering

Carolyn’s Creole Kitchen

Chef Dee Creations

Chef Ron’s Pastries

Chef Smelly’s

Chris Evans Events and Catering

Sweet cheesecakes, along with entrees and other baked goods from Berkeley’s Crumble & Whisk can be ordered online for pickup at the Grand Lake farmers market. Photo: Crumble & Whisk

Crumble & Whisk

DeVaughn’s Cajun Kitchen

Full Belly Bakery

Gourmet Puff

Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts

Healing Kitchen

Hella Nuts

Hils Cooking & Catering


Jusla Eats

Kendejah Restaurant Food Truck

Kopia Delices

Kubé Nice Cream

Lady Flint’s Creole and Soul Food

Layers By Xanthe

The Needy Meaty vegan burger from Malibu's Burgers in Oakland.
The Needy Meaty vegan burger from Malibu’s Burgers in Oakland. Photo: Malibu’s Burgers

Malibu’s Burgers

Mamie & Makhi’s


Mi Granny’s Kitchen

Mobb Kitchen

Monifa Dayo Supperclub

Lamont Perriman, co-owner and executive chef of Montperi Catering.
Lamont Perriman, co-owner and executive chef of Montperi Catering. Photo: Montperi Catering

Montperi Catering and Events

Oakland’s Fat Man Super BBQ


Pleasure Principle Dining Events

Red Door Catering

Reuschelle’s Cheesecakes

Roderick’s Restaurant and Mobile Catering

SSO Kitchen

Two Chicks in the Mix

Yahshi Bakes

Sarah Han is Senior Editor, Food for Oaklandside and Berkeleyside. She has worked as an editor at The Bold Italic, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Read more stories by Sarah Han on Berkeleyside.