Savoring San Diego with Black-Owned Restaurants & Eateries

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Black-owned Restaurants in San Diego

Hope you are not hungry reading this! 

My husband and I being foodies had the best time attending Daygo Eatz. 

An event organized by Black San Diego and The Mental Bar.

The best part of the event was trying out the food from black-owned restaurants and eateries in San Diego that have been on our bucket list. 

We went with an appetite and as much as we wanted to try everything we narrowed it down to two dishes and dessert. 

At the end, I will include a growing list of other popular black-owned restaurants and eateries that we recommend exploring in San Diego.

Here is what we had at Daygo Eatz:

We Cookn

Our first stop was We Cookn, Creole soul food with a Cali twist. As a visual person, I appreciated they had a table displaying their popular dishes. 

We went for the Po’ Boy Shrimp sandwich that had crispy fried shrimp, tomatoes, lettuce, and sauce.  

For the drink, we had the lemonade, which my husband had warned me southern lemonades tends to be sweeter. And sweet it was! 

We enjoyed our food so much that we look forward to the next pop-up location of  We Cookn to try out more from their menu. 

To keep up with We Cookn pop-up locations, menu, and catering services visit their website by clicking here.

Chef Budda Blasian Soul Food

Our second stop was Chef Budda Blasian Soul Food food truck, serving soul comfort food. My husband was excited about this one since, he has been wanting to go for some time. 

We picked the combo #2 plate, which consists of 3 chicken tenders with the choice of two sides. For the sides, we went for mac and cheese, and candied yams. 

For our drink, we picked the blue kool-aid. 

The chicken tenders were made to perfection, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The seasoning on the chicken along with their dipping sauce was the perfect combination to being the best chicken tenders I have tasted. 

The mac and cheese was just so delicious, that my toddler took over to finish. 

The candied yams were so delicious that they brought a nostalgic moment to my husband, like a favorite dish his grandma would make. 

Chef Budda Blasian Soul Food food truck has secured a permanent location in North Park and various other locations. For weekly pop-up locations, schedules, and catering services click here.

Maya’s Cookies

For dessert I was excited to try Maya’s Cookies which was on my bucket list, freshly baked gourmet vegan cookies.

Founded by Maya Madsen, Maya’s Cookies has been voted as America's #1 Black-Owned Gourmet Vegan Cookie Company.

Her booth was so popular that by the time we got there, she only had two flavors left to choose from. I picked the Oreo stuffed flavor, a chocolate chip cookie with a stuffed Oreo in the center. 

It was the best stuffed cookie that I needed in my life, fusing my two favorites a chocolate chip cookie with an Oreo. 

Whether you're a dedicated vegan or simply a lover of delicious treats I highly recommend checking out Maya’s Cookies.

Maya’s Cookies has two locations in San Diego, for shop addresses and ways to ship cookies nationwide click here.

Final thoughts:

I look forward to attending the next Daygo Eatz to continue highlighting and supporting local black-owned businesses. 

To show appreciation and help black-owned businesses continue to grow, take a moment to write a review whether it be on their website, Yelp, or Google. 

As you venture out to explore the culinary wonders of San Diego's Black-owned restaurants, remember that each bite tells a story of passion, culture, and community. 

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Savoring San Diego with Black-Owned Restaurants & Eateries


Restaurants and eateries we have been to and encouraged you to visit when picking places to eat in San Diego: 

On my bucket list and growing to visit next:


Let me know in the comment section.


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4 comments

  • Catherine Kay says:

    These look like delicious choices for eating in San Diego!

    Reply
    • Mari says:

      Thank for you reading my post 🙂

      Reply
  • Katie says:

    I let out an audible squeal of excitement when I saw Maya's Cookies! Wow! They look incredible!

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    • Mari says:

      I'm excited to try her other flavors at her bakery shop 🙂

      Reply