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Take a Bite Out of Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week

April 14, 2021 /   MKE Black Restaurant Week Graphic

It’s Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week: Curbside 2.0! The sixth annual event is a great opportunity to try an eatery you’ve never experienced before while supporting Milwaukee's Black-owned restaurants. With options for dine-in, takeout or curbside, we’ve compiled a list of downtown and near-by downtown restaurants for you to dig into from April 12-18, 2021. View the full list of participating eateries here! 

Downtown & East Side


Takeout / 1814 N Farwell Avenue

Nothing is as comforting as Soul food. Arlanderz creates warm, authentic meals and shares these flavors with the community. From Chicken and Waffles to Fried Fish Fridays, you’ll leave beyond satisfied.

City.Net Jazz Cafe 

Dine-in | Takeout | Curbside / 306 E Wisconsin Avenue

No need to food prep - City.Net Jazz Cafe has you covered for lunch! With lunch specials everyday of the week like Taco Tuesday, Wing Wednesday, Cajun Thursday, Fish Fry Friday, and Southern Style Breakfast Saturday, make sure you call ahead to order. 

King Drive

On The Bayou 

Dine-in | Takeout / 2053 N Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Enjoy the taste of New Orleans right in Milwaukee! On the Bayou cooks up many delicious seafood dishes like catfish dinners, shrimp platters, or crab boils.

Rise and Grind Cafe

Takeout / 2737 N Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Rise and Grind Cafe offer drinks that will perk you right up. Your mornings will run smoothly with their tasty coffee drinks, pastries and great service.

Sam’s Place Jazz Cafe 

Dine-in | Takeout / 3338 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Craving live entertainment and a delicious menu? Whether you’re looking for a light breakfast or a filling meal, Sam’s Place is a must-visit spot to enjoy melodic jazz as you dine. Plus, some of their signature coffee drinks are named after legendary jazz artists! 

Skybox Sports Bar 

Dine-in | Takeout / 2213 N Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Cheer on your favorite team at Skybox Sports Bar. As you choose from their menu full of freshly prepared and made-to-order eats, you can watch the game on one of their nearly 50 TV screens. Stop by for happy hour every day from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. 

Sherman Phoenix | 3536 W Fond Du Lac Ave

Buffalo Boss

Takeout | Curbside

Looking for a meal to accompany your upcoming dinner date? Grab the 12 meal combo from Buffalo Boss. This special package includes 12 wings, 2 dipping sauces, 2 drinks, and 2 fries. Buffalo Boss marinaties the wings for 24 hours in special seasoning that you’ll fall in love with. 

Funky Fresh Spring Rolls

Takeout | Curbside 

Funky Fresh Spring Rolls offer different special rolls daily. Keep your eye on their socials for specials coming this week and also exciting menu changes. If you’re feeling extra funky, add a bag of their frozen spring rolls to your order to warm up later.

Sauce and Spice

Takeout | Curbside 

Get your pizza fix at Sauce and Spice. When you purchase a minimum of 2 pizzas, you’ll receive 20% off your order. This great deal only lasts throughout Milwaukee Black Restaurant Week, so order today!

After you’ve patronized one of these participating Black-owned restaurants, share your thoughts here for a chance to win a prize.

Make sure to follow @BlankSpaceMKE on Instagram and use the hashtags #MBRW2021 and #MkeGoodEats to share your support. 

Milwaukee restaurants are committed to Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely. Remember to follow safety precautions like masking up, socially distancing, and hand washing when you visit these great Milwaukee businesses. Check out each restaurant's website or call for open hours, reservation policies and takeout, curbside or dine-in options.

About the Author: Terese Radke is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Special Events & Marketing Intern with Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, advancing downtown's strategic priorities through marketing, events and social media.

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