Khadijah Williams
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In this Midwestern college town, you find most of us running for coffee in our favorite coffee shops or going out for dinner. There are over 20 restaurants in their niche foodie areas from traditional pizzerias to food fusions throughout CoMo.

Economic Policy Institute mentions that the average wealth for white families in the United States is 7x higher than the average wealth for Black families. So Black-owned restaurants, allows owners to build wealth to share with their families.

Let’s go on a taste exploration through this town and show our support for minority-businesses! Click To Tweet

Ms. Kim’s Fish & Chicken Shack

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Ms. Kim is well known for her southern style of cooking fried chicken. She gives her heart and soul into her dishes that why they have so much flavor and seasoning is just the right amount; our ancestors would approve.

The warm, welcoming atmosphere will make you feel at home as Ms. Kim greets with a smile. Ms. Kim’s Fish & Chicken Shack is currently closed for safety reasons but looks forwards to reopening soon at a new location.


Jerk Hut

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Started by two childhood friends who wanted to bring their Caribbean culture to the Midwest with their slogan “A taste of the Tropics”. Jerk Hut’s menu entrees featuring jerk chicken, curry chicken to oxtails, or escovitch fish dishes. A Rasta lemonade that you hit with many tropical flavors like mango and papaya in a slush form inside their branded cups.

Originally started with a food truck, they have branched out to two locations in Missouri. The food truck is still bringing a taste of the Caribbean culture that they grew up in across Missouri.  I recommend checking out their FB page to know where their next stop is.

711 Vandiver Dr., Columbia, MO 65202


Big Daddy’s BBQ

A family-owned restaurant ran by Fontella and Lloyd Henry for 5 years since Fontella retired from being a police officer. They bring their heritage of making homemade meals such as Catfish or BBQ ribs following traditions passed between generations.

I love eating brisket especially after waiting in line to get a great savory-sweet style of barbecue sauce drizzle on top of tinder meat. The Henry’s are open during summer to late fall, so I recommend visiting often and try a new meal each time.

1205 N Garth Ave.


Mr. Murphy’s Stuffed Potatoes

Jheron Nunnelly runs a food truck that specializes in stuffed foods since 2019. He looks forward to building generational wealth by passing down the food business to his son and one day open a restaurant.

Spuds, nachos, and salads made up the menu, referring to stuffed potatoes or loaded nachos. A favorite is the American Dream made with pulled pork, dill pickles, shredded cheddar, spicy mustard, sour cream and chives to fulfill your wildest stuffed potato dream. I recommend checking Mr. Murphy’s FB page to know where the next pop-up will be.



Joshua Williams wanted to bring his Texan food culture to the Midwest and show people that you can make your dreams come true. A story of success comes from Joshua’s inspiration, his grandma known for her cooking.
Since 2018, Joshua continues to work on feeding as many as he can for anyone who’s hungry just like his grandmother. Papadoo’s has a southern menu featuring seafood and chicken platters that come with side items. There is a delivery service available with a $2 delivery fee for ordering from home.

904 Business Loop 70 E., Columbia, MO 65201


Mrs. G’s A Touch of Soul

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Step into the soulful kitchen of Mrs. G and enjoy seasoned dishes with flavorful sides that will fill you right up. The large portions feature fan-favorites like smothered chicken, fried shrimp, and chitterlings so you’ll walk away with take-home containers.

Mrs. G wants to bring a part of the culture into Columbia in the food scene to represent southern style cooking to Midwesterners.

1301 Vandiver Drive Suite E., Columbia, MO 65201


Al and Lena’s Catering and Plate Service

The pair, Al and Lena started this catering business in 2016 to service southern food for events like graduation, weddings, or parties. They prepared orders fresh and with a portion size for a group of 25 or more to eat. Soul food meals featuring iconic savory collard greens, creamy potato salad, and classic sweet potatoes. They also bake desserts like a fluffy cake flavored with white vanilla topped off with chocolate icing and more.

1205 Rangeline Street, Columbia, MO 65201


Scooter’s Food Joint & Catering

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D’Auntre Prince developed his skills in the kitchen through culinary art classes and then graduated from the Art Institute of St. Louis in 2017. He started the food truck business following his graduation to bring comfort food back to his community. The food truck travels throughout Columbia serving wings in BBQ, sweet and spicy, and hot sauce baked on top of the wings with fries on the side.

Daily specials changing occasionally from sandwiches to catfish nuggets so you can try something new. Although Scooter’s food joint is temporarily closed, they are still taking catering orders.


Whenever the owner of Scooter's Food Joint has time, he spends it helping kids in the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia, teaching them how to cook dishes as he was once in their shoes. Click To Tweet

Bush’s Catering

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Are you always in a rush and find it difficult to cook meals without having to get eat out all the time? Bush’s Catering offers you meal prep options with an average shelf life of 7 days for those always on the go. The catering service features comfort foods like pork loin, chicken breast, and ribeye with delicious veggies too.

On their menu, you can view how many calories, protein, and fats are in the meals for tracking your diet.


Quintilla’s Kitchen

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By following after her grandmother named Quintilla who was known for her cooking, Shannon Wilson started down the path of cooking and soon became a chef.

Her grandmother left a strong impact on the personal chef, Wilson who carries on her legacy by naming the catering business after her grandmother. Shannon offers her skills as a personal chef and catering services for events in hopes of nourishing people while presenting beautiful meals.


Like visiting a small-town vibe community that will feel like home, check out this list of Black-owned places in Florida!

South Florida Style Chicken & Ribs

Kim and Gerald Nathan started the family-owned restaurant to take their hometown traditional food with them in the Midwest. Both grew up in Southern Florida, familiar with seafood and barbecue dishes that are customs to the location.

Community favorites are the seasoned ribs with a tasty Barbecue sauce glazed on top with excellent sides like creamy mac ‘n’ cheese or flavorful collard greens. Come by and have a taste of backyard family homemade dishes.  

1013 Park Ave, Columbia, MO 65201


Joy’s Carry Out and Catering Service

Joycelynn Linzie provides soul food that also features vegetarian options for meals. Her pies are highly recommended, especially around Thanksgiving made with family recipes and quality ingredients. The love and care that Joy dispenses in every meal or dessert give you a taste of home cooking from your grandma’s house.  

2202 Paris Road, Columbia, MO 65203


Xola’s Vegan On-The-Go

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Erica Dickson created Xola for catering vegan and vegetarian meals to the Midwestern community. Meals like the Soul Food Bowl that includes black-eyed peas, collard greens, and sweet potatoes upon quinoa is a healthy option that still packs a punch of flavor. Even cherry or pineapple cake cups as sweet treats after you finish your meal.

Erica works to show people that vegan food options don’t have to be boring or bland while helping your digestive system. Vegan meals can be just as interesting and unique as other meals, so look at her menu to find out how flavorful vegan options can be.


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Come support Black-owned restaurants in the Midwestern region and enjoy delicious meals from this college town!
Come support Black-owned restaurants in the Midwestern region and enjoy delicious meals from this college town!

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