A guide to black-owned restaurants of the Inland Northwest

click to enlarge Chkn-N-Mo owner Bob Hemphill has been serving fried chicken in Spokane for 28 years. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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Chkn-N-Mo owner Bob Hemphill has been serving fried chicken in Spokane for 28 years.
Many Inlander readers have been asking for this resource: a list of black-owned restaurants in our region that locals can support as the community and the nation struggles to reconcile with its deep-rooted, systemic racism.

We will continue to update this list in case there are any we've missed. If so, please email food@inlander.com so we can make edits.

Updated June 16 at 11:13 am.

click to enlarge Chef Almaz Ainuu's restaurant is faithful to Ethiopian traditions. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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Chef Almaz Ainuu's restaurant is faithful to Ethiopian traditions.
Queen of Sheba
Serving traditional Ethiopian cuisine; owned by Almaz Ainuu.
Located in the Flour Mill at 621 W. Mallon Ave., Suite 426; queenofshebaspokane.com, 509-328-3958
Past Inlander coverage here and here.


Chkn-N-Mo
Offering Southern-style fried chicken, ribs and catfish; owned by Bob Hemphill.
Located in downtown Spokane at 414 1/2 W. Sprague Ave.; chicken-n-more.com, 509-838-5071
Past Inlander coverage here.

Ezell's Famous Chicken
A Seattle-based fried chicken chain; owned by Lewis Rudd and Faye Stephens.
Located on the South Hill at 4919 S. Regal St.; ezellschicken.com, 509-448-4881
Past Inlander coverage here.


Cascadia Public House

A sustainably-focused, vegan-friendly Northwest gastropub, co-owned by Jordan Smith.
Located in Five Mile at 6314 N. Ash St.; cascadiapublichouse.com, 509-321-7051
Past Inlander coverage here and here.

Spokane Cheesecakes
A European-style cheesecake shop, owned by Thomas and Gillian Speight.
Located in Sprague Union District at 1420 E. Sprague Ave., Suite 104B; spokanecheesecakes.com, 509-570-0658 (temporarily closed as of this posting)
Past Inlander coverage here.
Ribs, corn, collard greens and a biscuit at Fresh Soul. - ERICK DOXEY PHOTO
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Ribs, corn, collard greens and a biscuit at Fresh Soul.
Fresh Soul
Serving traditional Southern American cuisine; owned by the Spokane Eastside Reunion Association and operated by Michael and Lorrie Brown and family.
Located in East Central Spokane at 3029 E. Fifth Ave.; spokaneeastsidereunionassociation.com, 509-242-3377 (temporarily closed as of this posting)
Past Inlander coverage here.

Big Rod's Texas BBQ
A Texas-style barbecue truck, owned by Rod Smith.
Located in Suncrest/Nine Mile Falls at 12602 N. Nine Mile Rd.; bigrodstexasbbq.com, 509-218-7087

The Jamaican Jerk Pan / Green Bluff Fresh Catering Co.
A Jamaican food truck and catering company; owned by Roian Doctor and Sabrina Sorger.
More at facebook.com/TheJamaicanJerkPan and greenblufffresh.com, 509-795-9050
Past Inlander coverage here.

Scoe's Barbecue
Southern-style barbecue offering brisket, ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, hotlinks and more; owned by Vascoe Zinnerman.
Mobile food truck and catering; info at facebook.com/scoesbbq and scoesbarbecue.com, 509-927-6300


Betty Jean's BBQ
North Carolina-style barbecue pork ribs, chicken, brisket, fried fish and more; veteran-owned by Omar Jones.
Located in the Fairchild Air Force Base Main BX Food Court at 101 E. Spatz Rd.;

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Chey Scott

Chey Scott is the Inlander's Associate Editor, overseeing and contributing to the paper's arts and culture sections, including food and events. Chey (pronounced "Shay") is a lifelong resident of the Spokane area and a graduate of Washington State University. She's been on staff at the Inlander since 2012...