Looking to support Black-owned shops and restaurants in Lehigh Valley, PA? Find local eateries, specialty items, coffee shops, and more with our curated guide, acknowledging success stories and amplifying black voices—which are part of the very fabric of Lehigh Valley. By supporting these businesses when you visit the region, you'll be giving small businesses a boost, scoring some awesome finds, and eating delicious food.

We're highlighting eight black-owned businesses we love. There are many more, of course. This is a condensed list based on recommendations, referrals, and our experience working with businesses across the region.

We encourage you to frequent these stops year-round.


The Bayou Southern Kitchen and Bar

702 Hawthorne Rd., Bethlehem
64 Centre Square, Easton

Located in Bethlehem, PA and Easton, PA, The Bayou brings a blend of traditional southern flavors and modern American cooking together to create a unique take on New Orleans soul food.

 

Lit Coffee Roastery and Bakeshop

26 East Third St., Bethlehem
Lit Coffee Roastery & Bakeshop is a staple in Bethlehem's SouthSide, offering baked goods and freshly brewed coffee. The atmosphere is quiet, trendy, and it provides a nice place to warm up and charge up.

 

Zachary's BBQ & Soul (this is now closed)

Downtown Allentown Market
27 North 7th Street, Allentown

Zachary's BBQ & Soul in downtown Allentown, PA focuses on BBQ, fried chicken, and other comfort foods, while also featuring a “pit to plate” menu specializing in ribs and other smoked meats including brisket, pulled pork, and short ribs. Be sure to stop by for a savory meal with a variety of sides and for their specialty sticky buns.

 

CeCe J's Snacks

1006 Hanover Ave., Allentown
Look no further than CeCe J's for nutritious snacks which use natural ingredients that you can bring with you on the go. The CeCe J’s team is committed to bringing you great-tasting snacks for your health and wellness. A world of flavor awaits! And be sure to check out all the great locations where you can pick up these tasty treats!

 

Khanisa's: The Pudding Bar

Easton location closed; opening in Downtown Allentown Market Fall 2022
Desserts so good, you'll want to dive in headfirst. Khanisa's dishes out homemade pudding that satisfies the sweet tooth and will make you want to come back for seconds. We can't say enough good things about it. Try for yourself when they open in the Downtown Allentown Market.

 

The Taste Smokers

318 E. Third Street, Bethlehem
Barbecue done right. It's as simple as that. The Taste Smokers just opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Bethlehem, PA that's worth a stop if you're into letting your taste buds go wild for mouth-watering dishes such as brisket, pulled pork, and jerk chicken.

 

Coal Winery and Kitchen

81 W. Broad St., Bethlehem
Coal Winery and Kitchen is a gem in historic Bethlehem. Nestled just off of Main Street, Coal features a unique ambience and serves contemporary Ghanaian (West Africa) fusion cuisine. Foodies flock here for a superb experience and the owners like it that way!

 

Wiz Kidz Cheesesteaks

65 E. Elizabeth Ave., Bethlehem
Wiz Kidz in Bethlehem, PA comes with high praise and recognition as one of the best stops for a cheesesteak in Lehigh Valley, rivaling some of the best in Philadelphia. See for yourself. Grab a side of fries and a milkshake for the perfect cheat meal. Come here for a retro aesthetic and great customer service.

There's lots to see and do in Lehigh Valley. Complete your visit or add to the list of stops by visiting our recommended Things To Do and Events Calendar.