Truck Driver Launches Website To Help Travelers Find Black Owned Restaurants

Truck drivers spend a lot of time on the road and the meal options can be hit or miss. The simple act (seemingly) of finding a seasoned piece of meat can turn into an adventure, when you’re away from home. Edward Dillard has been a truck driver for almost 15 years and in that time, he experienced his share of frustrations — supporting Black owned businesses is hard enough when you’re at home and that much more difficult, when on the road. Eat Black Owned is a new website designed to solve that very problem.

Dillard, according to Black Enterprise, spent five months researching various restaurants around the country. The process sort of reminds us of how the Green Book was formulated, which helped Black travelers identify safe eating and lodging options. He used YouTube and Google to educate himself on how to build a site for Eat Black Owned, which features more than 2,000 Black owned restaurants across the country. Everyone loves to eat and with each bite we take, we could recycle billions of dollars into the Black community, if we’re intentional about our spending. Dillard has created a platform to help Black consumers do just that. Every single address featured on the site, Dillard personally researched. Eat Black Owned was truly a labor of love.

For generations, Black people have given America its seasoning — quite literally. The American culinary experience is what it is today because of Black people. It stands to reason, then, that Black people today have a great deal to offer consumers with respect to dining. When viewed through that lens, supporting Black owned restaurants isn’t a charitable act but in fact a decision to eat the very best (and avoid unseasoned meat). Unlike in days past when the Green Book was necessary to avoid physical violence and terror, an eating guide today helps Black people and businesses stay alive, economically. Eat Black Owned is a fabulous platform that can help Black consumers fill their stomachs while filling our community with opportunity.

33 comments
  1. Mosonica N Nelson
    Mosonica N Nelson
    September 19, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Becky’s and Mary’s in High Point Nc. Best Fried Chicken, Potato Salad, and Yams in town.

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    • Denise Brice
      Denise Brice
      September 21, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      Wonderful if and when I have the change to visit your area I love to come by for a meal. Denise Brice

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    • Reginald Peterson
      Reginald Peterson
      November 9, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      I agree with you about Becky’s and Mary’s in High Point, NC!👍🏾

      Reply
  2. Tangula
    Tangula
    September 20, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    I would just like to say thank you, because we really need to support each other 😍

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    • Allen Howard
      Allen Howard
      September 23, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      The Christmas Contest for 2019………Well here is your chance to support a Black owned Business. This Link will take you to a Video which will explain the details about this Contest. Christmas is just around the corner and the nature of my business makes me start really early because it takes time to produce. CLICK THE LINK AND ENJOY THE MUSIC INFO AND AFTER IT IS DONE, ENTER YOUR NAME TO SECURE YOUR SPOT IN THE CONTEST.

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      THANK YOU,
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      ARTIST/ILLUSTRATOR/DESIGNER
      [email protected]

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  3. Kimberly Palton
    Kimberly Palton
    September 21, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Love it! Great idea

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  4. Christopher Salters
    Christopher Salters
    September 21, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I want the app I’m definitely down

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  5. Karen
    Karen
    September 22, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Thank you, so very much for this.

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  6. Tommy
    Tommy
    September 22, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Sweet Georgia Browns in Dallas, Texas want disappoint you.

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  7. Evelyn Edmond
    Evelyn Edmond
    September 22, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    This is a great idea!👍🏿👍🏿👍🏿

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  8. Omni Murph
    Omni Murph
    September 23, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Thanks because I travel a lot and often when I go into these mostly white towns and they have condescending attitudes I wonder what they are doing to my food

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  9. Shawn d jones
    Shawn d jones
    September 23, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    This is a wonderful idea and would like for us to regenerate the green book because unfortunately it’s just as much needed today

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  10. Joe Junior
    Joe Junior
    September 23, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you. Still, we got a very long row to manage. Let us now begin this task.

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  11. Clayton Yates
    Clayton Yates
    September 24, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Thanks it is hard to find different places to eat can we add to the list

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  12. Walter C. Murray
    Walter C. Murray
    September 24, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    I am one of the only black owned insurance brokers on East 14th in San Leandro

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  13. Walter C. Murray
    Walter C. Murray
    September 24, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    I am one of the only black owned insurance brokers on East 14th in San Leandro 614 east 14th street We do DMV registration’s you can come in we have a notary and sometimes were open till midnight

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    • Elaine
      Elaine
      September 30, 2019 at 2:16 am

      Are you in California?

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  14. Janice Johnson
    Janice Johnson
    September 24, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    What a wonderful thing to do . I applaud you for this

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  15. Khalilah
    Khalilah
    September 24, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    In Atlanta/Marietta/Smyrna there’s #AtlFusion a Black owned BBQ spot. It’s a nice family owned restaurant that stays open late and the owners are from the Midwest and they start smoking the meat early in the morning hours, so you know it’s good. Chef Mark Davis does not disappoint with the food and wife Marci does not disappoint with the great customer service

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  16. Joaquin
    Joaquin
    September 25, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Gastonia Mall. Gastonai NC has a black owned soul food join in foodcourt. Owned by a former trucker. Plenty of parking.

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  17. S
    S
    September 25, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Good for you brother; there is definitely a market for it and we are our strongest resource

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  18. Micheline
    Micheline
    September 26, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Excellent idea I did see a few places I’m familiar with. I added to my cell. I hope this can be an app. Thanks for writing on this needed topic.

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  19. Cedric
    Cedric
    October 3, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Could you load some black owned restaurants in Sydney Australia?

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  20. A.
    A.
    October 9, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Great! Will definitely use. Here’s a good one:
    Estella’s in Laurel Mississippi.

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  21. Hattie Pugh
    Hattie Pugh
    November 7, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you❤❤❤❤…… we need this and more like this……….

    Reply
  22. Deborah
    Deborah
    November 9, 2019 at 12:32 am

    I love buy everything black .it’s great for those like to buy black .great job good work.god is love

    Reply
  23. Marie Goree
    Marie Goree
    November 12, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Great idea to have direct information
    to Restaurants that specializes in special kind of food that you really crave away from home. People are always looking for home cooked food, Thanks for sharing!!

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  24. Sheila Barrett
    Sheila Barrett
    November 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I love this concept sooo much!

    Reply
  25. Beverl Hairston
    Beverl Hairston
    November 13, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Reminds me in some ways of the true story of “the Green Book” . Was a movie out not long ago.

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  26. Cyd
    Cyd
    November 14, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Reminds me of the Green Book

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  27. Genise
    Genise
    November 14, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Let us know if we can help when you’re in Michigan would love to get a small diner started up need help to do

    Reply
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