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Black-owned soul food spots in Buffalo to check out during Black History Month

From new places to some old favorites
Big Mama's Hustle and Soul is a Black and family-owned soul food spot in Buffalo
Posted at 11:40 AM, Feb 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-08 07:30:44-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — In a city known for good neighbors and good food, the options are endless. If you're looking to support Black-owned businesses and get some soul food during Black History Month, here's some help.

There's a new spot that just opened last fall called Big Mama's Hustle and Soul. It's a family-owned restaurant selling barbecue and soul food at the corner of Niagara Falls Blvd.

"Black people, when we cook, we put our feelings into it," said Christopher Brown, Co-Owner of Big Mama's.

It all started in his daughter Chantelle's kitchen.

"I used to do dinners out of my house and I told my daughters and sons, I said, 'One day, I'm gonna go into a restaurant and I'm gonna cook for not just y'all, but other people, too," said Chantelle Brown.

The love of cooking started generations before Chantelle, with her grandmother Lula Mae and Aunt Sharon. Lula Mae Brown was known for her cooking at Deliverance Temple Church in Buffalo.

"Everybody knew her and she was just a monumental person. My sister followed right behind her," said Brown.

The Brown Family's recipes come from matriarch Lula Mae
The Brown Family's recipes come from matriarch Lula Mae

Now the rest of the Brown family is honoring their legacies, selling food with love.

"Just a place people come to get good food and get treated well and get a good experience. You feel good eating [the food] because you can feel the love in it," said Brown.

Other Black-Owned Soul Food Spots (All Brown Bag Certified)

For a list of black-owned businesses in Buffalo from Brown Bag Certified, click here.