9 Black-Owned Restaurants to Try in the Triad

Graphic by Francesca Daly for Cardinal & Pine

By Leah Sherrell

February 27, 2023

Black History Month may be coming to a close, but we’re continuing to highlight Black-owned businesses across North Carolina, with a deep dive into the food scene in the Piedmont Triad.

High Point, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem create a region in North Carolina known as the Piedmont Triad. They’re the three largest cities in the northern-central area of the state and have some pretty great food options. 

Here’s our list of must-try Black-owned restaurants and drink stops to keep in mind for your next visit or when you need to answer “what should I get to eat?”.


Black Magnolia Southern Patisserie 

9 Black-Owned Restaurants to Try in the Triad
   Cupcakes from the Black Magnolia’s Southern Patisserie 

If you love baked goods made from scratch, with love and fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Black Magnolias Southern Patisserie is where your baked goods dreams come true. Sample their award-winning cinnamon rolls, buttermilk biscuits, pies, cookies, and so much more the next time you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Kim’s Kafe 

9 Black-Owned Restaurants to Try in the Triad
      Ribs, Mac & Cheese, and Green Beans from Kim’s Kafe 

5 stars all-around for this mother-daughter restaurant specializing in classic southern soul food. Whether you’re looking for a date night, family dinner, or a new place to frequent, Kim’s Kafe is dedicated to bringing you delicious food in an intimate environment.  

Monk’s Cheesesteaks & Cheeseburgers 

Catch American favorites like cheeseburgers, wings, chili cheese fries, and of course, cheesesteaks, at Monk’s Cheesesteaks and Cheeseburgers. You can find them at their brick and mortar in Greensboro or their food truck


Sweet Potatoes 

9 Black-Owned Restaurants to Try in the Triad
Sweet Potato Cornbread from Sweet Potatoes 

Vivián Joiner and Stephanie Tyson combine their years of experience in the food industry into “unique, southern inspired uptown, down-home cooking.” Sweet Potatoes has an award-winning menu and features fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles, sweet potato cornbread, and a cocktail list to go along with your meal. 

Forsyth Seafood Market & Cafe 

9 Black-Owned Restaurants to Try in the Triad
Plates from the Forsyth Seafood Cafe 

This seafood is FRESH. Stop in for lunch and leave with the catch of the day at the Forsyth Seafood Market and Café. They also offer everything from catfish and wild salmon to crabcakes and oysters, and you can order dinner entrees, combos, a family pack, and even sandwiches.

High Point 

Uncle Cheesecake 

9 Black-Owned Restaurants to Try in the Triad
Cheesecake from Uncle Cheesecake 

Uncle Cheesecake treats you like family by making sure you get only the best. Daniel Gray’s from-scratch cheesecake recipe took two years to perfect, and has been turned into over 73 flavors to choose from. Everything is made the way you like it (i.e. you customize the crust, filling, and toppings). 

Damn Good Dogs 

9 Black-Owned Restaurants to Try in the Triad
  Hot Dog from Damn Good Dogs 

Damn Good Dogs started as a food truck and now has a physical location at the Stock + Grain Assembly Food Hall. They serve custom made hotdogs like the Carolina (chili, coleslaw, mustard, and onions), Philly Dog (caramelized peppers and onions, cheese sauce, seasoned philly steak), and even a vegan sausage dog option! 

Pop’s Mini Donuts


9 Black-Owned Restaurants to Try in the Triad
          Cinnamon, Nana Puddin’, and S’mores Donuts from Pop’s Mini Donuts 

Pop’s Mini Donuts is also located in the Stock + Grain Assembly Food Hall. They used to frequent food truck festivals in the area and now they’re the perfect dessert to pair with Damn Good Dogs. They’ve got classic donuts (cinnamon sugar, iced, powdered sugar), specialties (like strawberry shortcake, maple bacon, and southern comfort), and if you’re looking to go even sweeter, grab one of their ice cream specials!

Miss Johnnie Mae’s 

9 Black-Owned Restaurants to Try in the Triad
Food from Miss Johnnie Mae’s

Otis Battles Jr. opened Miss Johnnie Mae’s food truck to honor his late grandmother and memorialize her recipes. The local favorite is a fusion of Soul, Caribbean, and Cajun cuisine and features dishes like dirty rice (beef or pork), jerk chicken pasta, oxtails with gravy (in bulk), desserts like rum pound cake, cinnamon honey bun pound cake, and peach cobbler.  


  • Leah Sherrell

    Leah Sherrell is a multimedia reporter for Cardinal & Pine. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington, she's a resident of Kernersville with a background in video production and communication. Leah uses many forms of media to explore the multifaceted lifestyles and cultures present in North Carolina.

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