Black Owned Restaurants in the South: Gentlemen Edition

Are you a foodie and love traveling? We have the perfect list for you. Today we are sharing a few of our favorite Black Owned Restaurants in the South: Gentlemen Edition. These Southern Gentlemen have taken food to another level and have done with true grace and hospitality and really great food. Be sure to add these restaurants to your travel list and tag us in your pictures on social media using the hashtag #blacksouthernbelle If you have more restaurants you think should be on this list, email them to us at

Black Owned Restaurants in the South: Gentlemen Edition

Gilbert’s Social

Jacksonville, Florida

Celebrity Chef Kenny Gilbert returned home to the Jacksonville area with Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, a neighborhood-driven Deep Southern American restaurant. He’s now adding a second restaurant to his portfolio with the opening of Gilbert’s Social, featuring seasonal and creative modern Southern fare with international influences.

With over 20 years of professional culinary experience, Kenny rose to fame in 2010 as one of the fan favorites on season seven of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Since then, he has cooked for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, Stedman Graham, Samuel L. Jackson and A.J. Calloway, just to name a few.  Kenny began his culinary career on Amelia Island (30 miles North of Jacksonville) with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and is excited to return – Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen is Kenny’s first solo venture with his wife/partner Anna. 

Brunswick, GA

Just like the oak tree in their logo this restaurant’s roots run deep and have stood the test of time. Jupiter Gilliard is where are starts, a former slave who purchased 476 acres of land in 1874 in West Glynn. Chefarmer Matthew’s family has been out there farming ever since, with myself, Matthew Raiford, being the sixth generation and my children being the seventh to have planted, harvested and eaten of the fruit of that land. It’s no secret that Chefarmer Matthew’s roots run deep in Historic Brunswick, Georgia. Strong Roots Provisions will now incorporate his heritage along with delicious Port City Food, craft cocktails, and jazz, rhythm, and blues.  Stay tuned for more details about our Speakeasy coming soon!

Hilton Head, SC

Ruby Lees South continues to honor Tim Singleton’s Grandmother, who is the inspiration behind Singleton’s desire to bring Southern hospitality and soul food cuisine to his newest South end location with the help of local great chef David Young. Ruby Lee’s South will be the Islands newest indoor & outdoor dance party with some of the areas best live entertainment 7 nights a week. The Graves Warehouse Design is an elegant, artisan approach to bring in the old sophisticated  “Juke Joint” ambiance that will keep the old Southern tradition alive. The authentic atmosphere is filled with a uniqueness,  and extremely classy. Live entertainment is currently offered on Monday thru Sunday. Along with good food and music, Ruby Lee’s is also the place to be for sports fans, the restaurant has all of the sports package

Charleston, SC

Rodney Scott moved with his family to Hemingway, SC when he was just one year old. His family opened Scott’s Variety, a convenience store and grocery of sorts located on the side of the old highway that ran through town. Although they sold local produce and cold drinks throughout the week, every single Thursday they they did a little something extra: the Scott’s smoked whole hogs. The intoxicating smell of smoked pork was enough to bring in all the locals, but the flavor of the Scott family’s whole hog BBQ is what kept them coming back. Rodney Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Charleston takes all the things that Rodney values about BBQ and his time in the family business and combines them with a larger space and an expanded menu that lets him incorporate his life experiences into the foods he loves to eat. Whole hog is still the king of the menu at Rodney Scott’s BBQ, but it’s got a lot of flavorful friends to keep it company. From the fan-favorite spare ribs that are covered in a special rub, slow-smoked and slathered in Rodney’s Sauce, to baked mac n’ cheese with a crispy breadcrumb topping, there are many items that showcase Rodney’s food lifestyle.


Wilmington, NC

Nestled on Market Street in Wilmington, NC, Catch prepares modern seafood cuisine with international flair from coast to table.Owner and Chef, Keith Rhodes opened Catch Restaurant in 2006 in hopes that diners would catch his passion for North Carolina seafood. His menu features dishes that highlight seasonal flavors – from sweet potatoes, to blackberries, fresh herbs, and heirloom vegetables. Every ingredient in his delicious cuisines is consciously sourced from organic growers and local fisheries that support sustainable practices. And each dish is complemented by the creativity of Chef Rhodes and his ability to use what’s around him. Experience Catch for a unique way to explore the Cape Fear Coast without ever leaving the dinner table.

Saltbox Seafood Joint

Durham, NC

Located in Durham, NC Saltbox Seafood Joint is redefining what seafood is in an urban area. Chef Ricky Moore drew inspiration from the classic American fish camps and waterside seafood shacks, placing an emphasis on local, fresh seafood. He’s created a Triangle staple so popular the Joint expanded in late 2017 to two locations.

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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  1. September 18, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing this!

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