San Antonio Black-owned restaurants and businesses you can support right now
Unique and successful Black-owned businesses abound in San Antonio, and we’re kicking off Black History Month by highlighting nearly 50 of those ventures.
These local entrepreneurs are award-winning chefs, celebrated healthcare providers, respected fitness pros and more. Their continued financial successes lift up the whole community.
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Photo via Instagram / tankspizza
902 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 320-9224, tankspizzamenu.com
With an emphasis on freshly-made dough, Tank’s Pizza just gets it right. The credit goes to chef and owner Mike Brown, who makes the dough himself, as well as the sauces and sausage. Though it offers the coziness of a neighborhood pizzeria, Tank’s is worth a visit for the dough of course, as well as the house-made herb-infused olive oil and fresh ingredients.
Photo courtesy of Organically Bath & Beauty
Organically Bath & Beauty
Multiple Locations, organicallybathbeauty.co
Based in San Antonio, Texas, and founded by Kela Nabors, Organically Bath & Beauty offers organic beauty products such as bath bombs, soap bars, moisturizers and much more to nurture and repair all facets of the body. The family-owned business was sparked by Nabors’s own interest in making natural products to treat her daughter’s eczema. Now, the skin care line is available at North Star Mall, at their brick and mortar location off Wurzbach Rd. and online via Organically’s website as well as Target.com
Photo via Instagram / thejerkshack
The Jerk Shack
10234 TX-151, (210) 776-7780, thejerkshacksatx.com
Chef Nicola Blaque’s West Side Jamaican hotspot is a consistent mention in restaurant roundups for its wild flavors, hefty portions and good eating.The jerk chicken is obviously a big seller, but they also offer jerk ribs, plantains and mac and cheese. Just keep in mind, you might want to get there early, because they often sell out!
Photo via Instagram / rootedvegancuisine
Rooted Vegan Cuisine
8503 Broadway, Suite 111, (855) 766-8338, rootedvegancuisine.com
Founder, co-owner and head chef of Rooted Vegan Cuisine, Naomi Hendrix Oyegoke offers customers restaurant quality frozen vegan meals. Rooted ships their famous frozen lasagnas nationwide, with additional options available for sale locally at Kosmic Vegan Marketplace and Revolución Coffee & Juice. Keep an eye on Rooted’s Instagram page
for updates on their Test Kitchen, which features delivery options on Doordash, Grubhub, Seamless and via phone and recently opened to walk-ins on Broadway.
Photo by Kimberly Machado via Instagram / weatheredsoulsbrewing_satx
Weathered Souls Brewing Co.
606 Embassy Oaks - Suite 500, (210) 274-6824, weatheredsouls.beer
A 2023 James Beard Foundation nominee, Weathered Souls Brewing made a name for itself back in 2020 with its Black is Beautiful social justice campaign. You can still get the signature brew at the northeast SA taproom, but we’d encourage you to try any of its other many brews while you’re there.
Photo via Instagram / nommocni
NOM-MOC-NI Art Gallery
1100 Broadway Ste. 301, instagram.com/nommocni
Swerv O’Harold, the San Antonio artist behind clothing line Orange Noir is at it again, opening an art gallery and multi-use space off Broadway. Be sure to check their Instagram account frequently for info on the latest exhibitions and to reserve tickets to events.
Photo via Instagram / southernrootsbiz
Southern Roots Vegan Bakery
6208 S. Flores St., (210) 279-9414, southernrootsvegan.com
Marcus and Cara Pitts, were on a mission to provide healthier meals for Cara's grandmother Mary Lee when they started Southern Roots Vegan Bakery (SRVB). Southern Roots offers an extensive menu of vegan and gluten-free donuts, cookies and brownies and vegan cinnamon rolls that are to die for. Furthermore, they accept and ship orders nationwide, so you can impress your out-of-towner friends with delicious vegan treats!
Photo via Instagram / saballetschool
San Antonio Ballet School
2106 NW Military Hwy., (210) 802-7931, sanantonioballetschool.com
The San Antonio Ballet School is a realized dream of lifetime dancer Danielle Steans. SABS offers ballet classes and workshops for all experience levels, and manages a nonprofit youth ballet designed to “cultivate the art of dance among future generations.”
Photo via Instagram / smashincrab
Multiple Locations, smashincrab.com
Get your seafood fix at one of Smashin Crab’s several locations. Whether you’re in the mood for boiled seafood, po’ boys or cajun fries, the Smashin Crab has got you covered.
Photo via Instagram / little.mama.eats
Mrs. Kitchen Soul Food Restaurant
5237 Walzem Rd., Windcrest, (210) 549-4392, mrskitchensoulfoodrestaurant.com
Mrs. Kitchen may evoke the imagery of a kind old woman cooking up a feast, but the East Side gem is actually owned by Chef Garlan L. McPherson. Heading the restaurant and bakery, McPherson gained his love for cooking from his grandmother as well as by watching other family members in the kitchen. This eatery started in a cottage near downtown, but now slings heaping portions of fried chicken, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf and collard greens in a location on Walzem Road.