If you’re ready for the Taste, raise ’em high!  The only thing that makes this summer staple even sweeter is that we can grub, while supporting our local Black owned businesses. Here is our list of 7 Must-Visit Black owned vendors participating in the Taste of Chicago. 

1. Aunty Joy’s Jamaican Kitchen- 1217 W. Devon Ave., Chicago

This family-owned Jamaican spot might be known for their fiery jerk chicken, but Aunty Joy has A LOT more to offer! The curry goat is a cult favorite, along with the Jamaican Style Oxtail. Located in Roger’s Park, not only is the menu diverse (there’s a vegetarian plate, too!) but very easy on the pockets. Be sure to catch Aunty Joy’s Jamaican Kitchen.

2. Iyanze – 4623 N Broadway, Chicago

If you’re ever looking for delicious, traditional African cuisine, Iyanze is your place. Located in the Uptown area, it’s the perfect spot to satisfy your jollof rice craving, while offering a variety of seasoned and savory meats like chicken, goat, and fish that will pair perfectly. You can’t go wrong adding in a meat pie with your order. Be sure to grab a sample at the Taste! 

3. Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize- 2518 W 63rd St, Chicago 

While you’re sampling different food flavors, be sure that you get a taste of Belize. Garifuna Flava is bringing it’s Carribean flava to the festival this year and we can’t wait. Whether it’s the jerk chicken taco dinner, Belizean stew Chicken, or a delicious side of fried plantains, you must explore the savory dishes that come with Carribean cooking. Our mouths are watering just thinking about this spot! 

4. Josephine’s Cooking- 436 E 79th St, Chicago 

This delicious soul food spot has been feeding Chicago residents for over 30 years now. Josephine’s Cooking provides a wide range of dishes to choose from, but is known for its perfect, crunchy fried chicken. For a tasty bite and a flashback to your Grandmother’s classic cooking, we suggest that you stop by this booth.

5. Luella’s Gospel Bird- 2009 N Damen Ave, Chicago

You’ve probably either heard about or have been to Luella’s Southern Kitchen (Love Black Chicago posted about it on our Instagram @Loveblackchicago). Well, the owner and chef, Darnell Reed,has struck again with Luella’s Gospel Bird. This place is all about the fried chicken.  Well, not just chicken. . They’ll also satisfy your sweet tooth with French toast, Chocolate pie with Peanut butter mouse or even beignets! Everything on the menu will have you drop what you’re doing and head on over. No matter what they bring to the Taste—you gotta make sure you try it. 

6. Classic Cobbler- Available online 

You’re probably going to be eating a lot of savory items, so don’t forget to save room for something sweet. Real sweet. Classic Cobbler isn’t your average desert.  Last year was their debut at the Taste serving up their popular Peach Cobbler, Blueberry Cobbler, and Bread pudding desserts, and thankfully, they’re back for more.  Don’t just take our word for it, try it for yourself. 

7. These Wingz?- Available online 

If you are looking for a vegan spot at the Taste of Chicago, you cannot miss These Wingz. These sietan-based wings are the perfect healthy option for non-meat eaters.  Vegan or not, add These Wingz to your Taste “must-try” list.

Bonus Pick: The Slab BBQ- 1918 E. 71stSt., Chicago

The Slab BBQ has created quite the buzz since it reopened its establishment in the South Shore neighborhood last summer.  Critics have raved about the St. Louis-style ribs and homemade sides, and for good reason. To get some of the smoky goodness, check out this family-owned business at The Taste..

Note to all of our Tasters: Classic Cobbler, Luella’s Gospel Bird and These Wingz are operating as pop up restaurants this year, so they won’t be available all five days. If these eateries are high on your “must-try” list, make sure you catch them while they’re there!

We know you’ll enjoy the vendors on this list, so let us know about it. Make sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram if you check out any of the above vendors.  We might just share your pics.  And if you find a “must visit” spot that’s not on our list, tag us with those too.  We want to know your top picks of the Taste of Chicago.  Bon Appetit!  

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