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The Jaxson: Jacksonville Black Restaurant Week Starts Nov. 27

corn bread, mac-n-cheese and greens on a plate
Ennis Davis
The Jaxson
Soul Food Bistro in the Regency area is one of about 200 Black-owned food businesses in Jacksonville.

With an extensive and rich Gullah Geechee heritage, Jacksonville’s Black culinary roots run deep.

As The Jaxson’s Ennis Davis tells us, our city’s Black-owned restaurants are a must-taste experience. Foodies can raise their forks to events showcasing African-American, African and Caribbean cuisine as Black Restaurant Week kicks off in Jacksonville for the first time, starting with the Eastside’s Melanin Market on Friday, Nov. 27.

In this week’s Jaxson on WJCT segment, we also heard from Kristopher Smith with LISC Jacksonville on what his organization is doing to support Black-owned restaurants and other businesses struggling under the weight of the pandemic. 

A comprehensive list of Black-owned restaurants in Jacksonville is on The Jaxson.

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP