Spending your money on creamy mushroom tagliatelle or smoked brisket from local, Black-owned businesses isn't the only way to fight racism and systemic injustice, but it is one of the simplest, most repeatable ways to let your dollars do the talking. From Renton to Woodinville, Bellevue to Bothell, here are some Black-owned restaurants, cafes, and a brewery on the Eastside currently open for takeout.
Boon Boona Cafe: Efrem Fesaha's Renton cafe is your source for all things African coffee—from Ethiopian unroasted green beans you can prepare at home to a monthly subscription of roasted beans from countries like Rwanda and Burundi—and it's all available for takeout or shipping, including 50 percent off shipping throughout the US right now.
Carolina Smoke BBQ: Despite the name of his Bothell restaurant, David Hayward isn't beholden to a particular style—the South Carolina native cultivates his own brand of barbecue, smoking brisket and pulled pork over a variety of woods and making his own sauces. Order online for takeout.
Métier Brewing Co.: Washington's first Black-owned brewery has set up online ordering for award-winning beers like Black Stripe Coconut Porter and Belgian Golden, offering pickup at its Woodinville taproom or delivery to a wide range of Eastside and Seattle zip codes with a minimum order of $40.
Peyrassol Café at Southport: Co-owner Sachia Tinsley helped open her sister's beloved Italian spot, Osteria La Spiga, on Capitol Hill, so it's no surprise the menu at this Renton cafe features European fare like fresh pastas (lasagna with ragu, tagliatelle with forest mushroom cream sauce), crispy polenta cakes, and beef bourguignon. Order online for takeout, including pantry items and cocktails.
Pinckney Cookie Cafe: These decadent cookies (including vegan and gluten-free creations) are based in Kirkland, but shipped nationwide in highly gift-worthy packages.
Where Ya At Matt: Matthew Lewis's mobile ode to his native New Orleans arrived in the early days of Seattle's food trucks and remains one of our best. Check Facebook for current locations (including appearances east of Lake Washington) and menu; right now you can text orders in advance.
Wingstop: With the support of former Seahawks players like wide receiver Sidney Rice, the nationwide chain has canvassed the Seattle area, including locations in Bellevue and Renton. Order online for carryout or no-contact delivery of chicken wings and tenders galore.