Next time you order out, support the Black community in the San Fernando Valley. Whether you want African cuisine, a burger, a pastrami sandwich, or seafood, read on and order from these eateries to help keep the Valley diverse.

1. BlaqhausNOHO, North Hollywood

BlaqhausNOHO serves upscale Southern cuisine and offers one-dollar wings on Wednesdays. What else could one hope for?

2. The Original Coleys, North Hollywood

The Instagram bio for The Original Coleys says that it’s “your favorite Jamaican food in North Hollywood” — and they’re not lying.

3. The Memphis Grill, North Hollywood

We may or may not have ordered from The Memphis Grill in the middle of writing this article. Even if you don’t order from Memphis Grill, you can still support by donating to their GoFundMe.

4. Jaliz East African Cuisine, Van Nuys

The food at Jaliz East African Cuisine is so good that foodie and L.A. Taco founder Hadley Tomicki wrote a story about Jalia Walusimbi and her delicious Ugandan cuisine for the Los Angeles Times in February of 2019.

5. Sattdown Jamaican Grill, Studio City

Whether you want beef, jerk chicken, or vegan options, Sattdown Jamaican Grill’s Chef Tony can whip up something to please your taste buds.

6. Mom’s Haus, Van Nuys

This catfish po’boy is the next best thing to booking a flight to the Big Easy. *drool*

7. One876 Caribbean Restaurant, Chatsworth

One876 Caribbean Restaurants refuses to compromise on quality, which is why they source fresh ingredients from local farmers markets.

8. My Fish Stop, Sherman Oaks

At My Fish Stop, you can get Southern fried catfish with delicious soul food sides. As do many small restaurants, My Fish Stop needs the community now more than ever. Consider donating to their GoFundMe.

9. Sweet Blessings, Van Nuys

Miss Katina Cyler makes soul food that “starts from the heart.” Follow Sweet Blessings on Instagram for the latest updates and ordering protocols.

10. Uncle Andre’s BBQ, Studio City

Uncle Andre’s is so bomb that even LA Foodie Guy admitted “all that is on [his] mind is this solid ‘cue that Uncle Andre’s BBQ plated up.”

11. Lou, The French on the Block, Burbank

We dare you not to get a craving for these fruity pastries after looking at Lou’s Instagram page.

12. Les Sisters, Chatsworth

The fried chicken at Les Sisters might be the best thing to happen. Ever. Well, maybe also their po’boys.

13. Black Bottom Southern Kitchen, North Hollywood

Black Bottom Southern Kitchen serves up “400 years of recipes” straight out of NoHo. We ain’t mad at it.

14. Mardi Gras Tuesday, Sherman Oaks

Okay but this Southern flight at Mardi Gras Tuesday goes hard. Get yours while you still can — they’re only around for a limited time.

15. Lettuce Feast, locations vary

This is hands down one of the best food trucks in the Valley, which really says something about Lettuce Feast. And it’s vegan!

16. Fishbone Seafood, Tarzana

Fishbone Seafood has seven locations in Los Angeles, including one on Reseda Boulevard.

17. JamaFo, Canoga Park

We really shouldn’t have started this on an empty stomach… JamaFo looks good enough as it is.

18. Thrive Doughnuts, Canoga Park

Thrive Doughnuts offers treats that are vegan, paleo, and keto (if you’re into that). Don’t pull up like it’s the corner donut store, though — place an order for pickup or weekend delivery on Thrive Doughnuts’s site. Deliveries are currently to all of Los Angeles county and has to be a minimum of $20.

19. Kings Deli, Burbank

If tomorrow was your last day on Earth, we’d suggest getting one of the pastrami sandwiches from Kings Deli. Seriously.

20. Uncle Johnny’s Burgers, locations vary

Four out of five people get a second burger their first time at the Uncle Johnny’s pop-up, at least four out of five of us did. It’s not hard to see why.


As a writer and first-generation Mexican American born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, I'm passionate about celebrating the communities in the 818. That passion fueled the founding of Viva the Valley in November 2020 and it continues to fuel its upkeeping. Full time, I'm a writer and editor at California State University, Northridge. I also am a freelancer and work with editors at websites and magazines as well as small business owners who want to share more on their business blogs.

Write A Comment