ByBlacks Restaurant Week is here. Seven days dedicated to celebrating Black-owned eateries, many of which are owned by women, definitely deserves a spotlight. From November 14-20th, right across Canada, you can support your favourite Black-owned local restaurant with a prix-fixe menu set from $20-$40.

Right here in Toronto, we have a diverse and exciting cast of Black culinary leaders who have crafted some wonderful food experiences for just this week. African, Caribbean and fusion foods offer island-esque escapes, without packing a bag. Read on for our favourite eats for ByBlacks Restaurant Week.


Little Jamaica is home to Judy’s Island Grill, now Sheryl’s Island Grill, so if you’re craving Oxtail or authentic Jerk Chicken, this is a wonderful place to scope out. Owner Sheryl has a panache for making everything from scratch, including delicious rotis and fresh fruit juices. Order in or grab takeout, this busy Eglinton eatery is always hopping.

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Sheryl’s Island Grill makes everything in-house daily

The Danforth is home to quite a few excellent eateries, including SugarKane Restaurant. Their Jerk Corn and Jerk Chicken Fettucine are insanely tasty. Cap the menu off with a Salted Caramel Bread Pudding. Caribbean flavours here are injected with Cajun influence, think spicy and sweet, fusion food at its finest.

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SugarKane’s addictive Jerk Corn is a fave

Live music and fancy cocktails offer some buzzy energy over at new-to-the-block Boukan EdibleBliss. Their menu includes three courses. Choose from Cod Chictay Plantain Bowls or Caesar Jerk Chicken Sandwich. Don’t miss dessert, tough to choose from Banana Beignets or Jamaican Rum Cheesecake Bites.

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Amanda from Boukan EdibleBliss

Black-owned businesses suffered massive losses during the pandemic. Stepping up to show support for your favourite restaurant is crucial to the industry’s recovery. Be sure to tag your meal with #AuburnLaneEats and share your story on socials to amplify and inspire.

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All images by Libby Roach. Lead photo of SugarKane Restaurant.