5 Black Owned Restaurants to check out during Howard Homecoming Weekend!


It’s one of the most anticipated weekends of the year in Washington, DC. Everyone from Hip hop giants to  Black college students across the country come to take part in a fun filled weekend of culture, music, games and of course HU pride. For those of you who don’t know Howard University’s  Homecoming is not just an event, it’s ingrained in the culture. Whether you’re a freshman, alumni, or foreigner like me, there’s something for everyone here!

So if you’re in town to party, network or just support your alma mater make sure you eat good too! Be sure to support and eat at these great Black owned restaurants in DC. You’ll thank me later.


1. Woodlands Vegan Bistro 

Serving up Vegan soulfood like no one else, their mac and cheese and crab cakes will make you consider crossing over to the vegan life if you haven’t already. For real! And with two locations and a food truck-you have no excuse but to try this treat!

Woodlands "chicken sandwich"  Source: OfficialBlackWallStreet

Woodlands “chicken sandwich” Source: OfficialBlackWallStreet

2928 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC


2.  Queen of Sheba

You cannot come to Washington DC  without eating Ethiopian food. You just can’t. Hosting one of the largest Ethiopian communities in America, DC is definitely  the place to try Ethiopian cuisine. Queen of Sheba serves up some of the best Ethiopian food in the city. Our suggestion is the  Golden Tibs (perfectly seasoned and cooked lamb served on injera) is amazing!

Ethiopian Platter Source: Instagram: WDC_eats

Ethiopian Platter Source: Instagram: WDC_eats

1503 9th St NW, Washington, DC

3. Bukom Cafe

Located in Adams Morgan, this restaurant makes delicious West african classics. Our suggestion is the suya- a spicy shish kabob that is absolutely delicious!  Not only is the food amazing they regularly have live music and it’s great!

Bukom Cafe Source: Instagram (Blackfoodie.co)

Bukom Cafe Source: Instagram (Blackfoodie.co)

2442 18th St NW, Washington, DC


4. Ben’s Next Door 

Owned by the same family behind the famous Ben’s Chilli Bowl, Ben’s next door has a much different feel. Rather than a chilli dog, you can enjoy a full course meal here. HU homecoming weekend is a time to reconnect with old friends,  we suggest  you meet at Ben’s Next Door for happy hour with friends.

Bens Next Door, Source : Instagram (thevogueroom)

Bens Next Door, Source : Instagram (thevogueroom)

1213 U St NW, Washington, DC

5. Oohhs and Aahhs 

If you’re taking part in the HU homecoming festivities, I’m sure you’ll be hitting up some of the  many parties that are hosted this weekend! After the club be sure to replenish with some late night eats on U street. Try Oohhs and Aahhs for a hearty soulfood fix!

Source: Instagram (rareliferod)

Source: Instagram (rareliferod)

1005 U St NW, Washington, DC

DC definitely has more restaurants to check out, let us know what else should be added to the list. Comment below with suggestions!


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  • Rebecca Matey says:

    This is a great list!

  • Valerie says:

    We LOVE Gojo and make special trips to Nashville just to eat there! So fun that you got to ceblerate Ethiopian Christmas there!Good luck on the himbasha. I would love to hear how it goes!

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