30 Black-Owned Businesses in Alexandria, VA to Support Right Now

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30 Black-Owned Businesses in Alexandria, VA to Support Right Now

1799 Prime Steak & Seafood

1799 Prime Steak & Seafood is a sophisticated yet welcoming steakhouse in Old Town, owned by Jahmond Quander, a member of one of the oldest recorded African American families, and co-founded by Chef Sonny Tena. In the back courtyard, a custom mural portrays the Quander family's ancestral voyage from Ghana to North America, George Washington's Mount Vernon, and the establishment of 1799.

Recommended Orders: Lamb chops, crab cakes, and mac & cheese.

Abyssinia Market & Coffee House

Abyssinia Market & Coffee House is a café in South Old Town owned by a Black woman. Owner Lily Damtew and her team specialize in locally-roasted Ethiopian yergacheffe coffee, a wide selection of craft beer and wine from around the world, and more.

Recommended Order: Espresso drinks and pastries

Café du Soleil

Café du Soleil is a café with a French influence, offering an excellent variety of coffee beverages, pastries, and traditional French dishes in a friendly, cozy, and casual atmosphere on S. Union Street.

Recommended Dishes: Apart from their coffee, Café du Soleil's most popular items are the ham, egg, and cheese crêpe, smoked salmon crêpe, and quiche Lorraine.

Cameron Café

Situated in Cameron Station, Cameron Café is a local coffee shop and café that brings together residents of the West End to enjoy life's moments while getting their caffeine fix. With ample outdoor seating, it's the perfect place to relax, enjoy a drink, and socialize after exploring nearby Ben Brenman Park.

Recommended Drinks: Double Macchiato and Latte Frappe

Common Plate Hospitality

Augie's Mussel House and Beer Garden, Mason Social, and Urbano 116? Common Plate Hospitality, co-owned by Larry Walston and Chad Sparrow, combines innovative architectural design, creative culinary offerings, and craft bar programs to offer a complete experience for their patrons. Sample mussels while enjoying one of the 70 brews at Augie's, indulge in a sweet or savory brunch at Mason Social, and savor a sangria with ceviche at Urbano 116.

Recommended Dishes at Augie's: Try their mouth-watering mussel flavors, or enjoy Augie's cheesesteak accompanied by a seasonal beer

Recommended Dishes at Mason Social: Mason Fried Chicken with a Parker Grey Cocktail

Recommended Dishes at Urbano 116: Grilled steak & chicken fajitas with a top shelf margarita—home of the only 56oz. Margarita!

Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats

Goodies Frozen Custard & Treats, a soda fountain inspired by the 1950s that serves legendary Wisconsin-style frozen custard and nostalgic treats from Commerce Street's historic Ice House. Owner Brandon Byrd (pictured above) opened the physical location in late spring 2021, offering indulgent desserts from 12 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays.

Recommended Dishes: Apple Cider Donutwich and Turtle Pecan Sundae

Haute Dogs & Fries

Haute Dogs & Fries offers a fresh twist on the classic American dish - hot dogs! Their signature hot dogs are made from 100% beef, grilled, and served in toasted New England split-top buns. Haute Dogs consciously sources their ingredients locally and supports local vendors to give back to the community.

Recommended Dishes: The Bombshell (topped with mango-pineapple relish, sautéed onions, and fresh jalapeños) or the Banh Mi Dog, inspired by the Vietnamese sandwich.

Thompson Hospitality

Hen Quarter

Hen Quarter is owned and operated by Thompson Hospitality, the largest minority-owned company in the nation specializing in food and facilities management. Hen Quarter believes in the power of shared meals and the idea that the best way to spend time is by enjoying delicious food and drinks with loved ones. Their menu focuses on Southern cuisine, fried chicken, and of course... brunch!

Recommended Dish: Hen Quarter's new family-style bottomless brunch menu for $25.95 per person. Choose as many items from the menu as you like for an endlessly delightful weekend.

The Rub

Also part of Thompson Hospitality (located on the ground floor of Hen Quarter), The Rub draws inspiration from a genuine love for fried chicken and beer, combined with the belief that dining out or on-the-go should be like a fun backyard party with great food, icy drinks, and good friends.

Recommended Dish: The Krispy Chicken Collab, loaded with fried chicken, "Carolina Reaper" hot honey, mustard coleslaw, and pickle chips on a custom doughnut bun created in collaboration with GoodCo. Dough. Pair the "sando" with a refreshing "Margarita in a 'Mingo" (pictured above).


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