- Black-owned, Arkansas-based brands & businesses -
UBRANE EATS // Cajun
Island Girl Vibes
Island Girl Vibes is the home of international cuisine, with signature dishes created with love by the one and only Chef Kirstie K. The business has been operational since January 2021, and its specialty includes dishes from across the globe! One of the delicious, highly sought-after entrees is the Nigerian dish Egusi Soup, made with rich flavors that include tomatoes, red peppers, yellow onions, jalapeños, habaneros, kale, spinach, and spices. It can be served vegan or with chicken, oxtail, or lamb. This multicultural eatery serves Indian cuisine, as well! Customer favorites are Butter Chicken, "Butter" Jackfruit, and Lamb Vindaloo, perfectly cooked and served over jasmine rice with traditional or garlic naan bread. Their Cajun cuisine includes their wonderful seafood gumbo with chicken wings, gizzards, sausage (turkey, beef, or pork), crab, okra, and their signature roux! They also offer red beans & rice and Cajun Jambalaya served with cheddar bay biscuits.
Island Girl Vibes is located at 601 West 4th street in Little Rock. Their hours of operation are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can keep up with Island Girl Vibes on Facebook @IslandGirlVibe and Instagram @Island.Girl_Vibes.
UBRANE EATS // BBQ
Platnum BBQ opened in 2017 and is currently owned by Angia Cox. This restaurant specializes in pulled pork, brisket, pork and beef ribs, ox tails, and catfish. They also offer catering services and have provided meals for Wal-Mart, Amazon, Kimberly & Clark, and Pediatric Plus, as well as small and private companies, parties, and individual customers.
Platnum BBQ plans to expand its services soon. The restaurant is currently located at 400 President Clinton Avenue in downtown Little Rock. Their hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. They can be reached at (501) 457-3128. You can find more information at www.PlatnumBBQ.com, on Facebook @Platnum BBQ, or visit their Google business page.
UBRANE EATS // Vegan Soul Food
The House of Mental Eatery (The H.O.M.E.)
The House Of Mental Eatery is a grandma-style vegan soul and comfort food caterer located at 801 South Chester Street in Little Rock, AR. Their goal is to make plant-based, traditional southern cuisine available to the larger community.
The House Of Mental Eatery has been in business for four years, supplying the vegan and transitioning community with affordable plant-based meal options. You can find them on Instagram and Facebook @The House Of Mental and/or (501) 454-1493. Regular business hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, with occasional weekend pop-ups. Follow @TheHouseOfMental for updates.
UBRANE EATS // Southern Cuisine
K. Hall & Sons Produce
Founded by Knoxie Hall, this Black-family-owned, Arkansas-based, private fruit and vegetable wholesaler has been in business since 1976. Inclusive to the family produce business is a neighborhood grocery store where customers can purchase minor groceries, homemade desserts, and cooked foods such as fried chicken, seasonal seafood, dinner sides, pork chops, hamburgers, and more! The business has been owned and operated by Hall’s youngest son, David Hall, Sr., since the 1990s. In addition, Knoxie Hall’s grandsons have extended the family business with Hall Bros 2 Go, which offers catering services for parties, weddings, festivals, etc. Stop by today at 1900 Wright Avenue in Little Rock and patronage this lineage of business. Stay connected @KHallAndSonsProduce -or- @HallBros2Go on Facebook.
UBRANE EATS // Condiments
Mack's BBQ Paint
Black-owned, award-winning, and created in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Portion sizes include 1-gallon and a 16 oz. bottle, and comes in three flavors.
The Mack’s BBQ Paint brand also includes a dry rub called Rust Rub. You can find this line at Jim’s Meat Market—2503 South Walton Boulevard in Bentonville, H.A.M. Market—2807 Kavanaugh Boulevard, Suite B in Little Rock, and Richard’s Country Meat—3042 N. Market Avenue, #A in Fayetteville. You can stop in today or shop online--www.MacksBBQPaint.com.
UBRANE EATS // Condiment
Truth Sauce & Truth's All-Purpose Seasoning
UBRANE EATS // Cuisine
ShoBo's Kitchen & Food Truck
ShoBo’s Kitchen & Food Truck was founded in 2020 and is currently owned by Rashana Bond. It specializes in Chicken Alfredo, Alfredo Fries, Philly Cheesesteaks, Fried PB&J sandwiches, and our infamous Bangin’ Bacon Cheeseburger. Although this establishment is based in Fayetteville, it offers catering for both public and private events, along with private bookings for its food truck itself.
ShoBo’s Kitchen has proudly served events for corporate companies, such as Amazon, McLarty Ford, Wal-Mart, and University of Arkansas Fayetteville, as well as a multitude of both corporate and small business events. ShoBo’s Kitchen travels throughout Arkansas and will have a second food truck opening towards the end of 2022. For our times and locations, follow us on Facebook or Instagram @ShoBo’sKitchen. For bookings and all other inquiries, you can reach us at (479) 461-2132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UBRANE EATS // Soul Food
Fat Jaws Soul Food and Southern Eats
Fat Jaws Soul Food and Southern Eats focuses on “Soul Food for the Sophisticated Palate” that can taste labor of love in each dish. It is located in Downtown Little Rock at 220 West 6th Street and is open for lunch Wednesday - Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. They also have a Fat Friday Fish Fry beginning at 5:30pm. It features soul food specials like oxtails, chicken and waffles, and more!
They also have Saturday Brunch at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm where they serve breakfast tacos, peach cobbler waffles, and their signature “Fancy Toast” and “Loaded Biscuit.” Follow on IG @fatjawssoul and on Facebook @Fat Jaws Soul Food and Southern Eats.
UBRANE EATS // Cuisine
YGFBF Kitchen Restaurant & Catering
Your Girlfriend Best Friend Kitchen Restaurant & Catering, or YGFBF, is a Black-owned, family-operated restaurant located in Conway, Arkansas, under the direction and ownership of Chef Maryann and Chef Trevon Leon. As a focused and passionate foodie & entrepreneur, MaryAnn created the restaurant to provide her friends and family with an alternative to “traditional fast food” and “lend” her passion for cooking to those who like Southern home-cooked meals without being in the kitchen themselves.
YGFBFKitchen’s dishes are made-to-order and from scratch for an exceptional Southern & Cajun-inspired menu made with locally sourced ingredients. Stop in today at 800 4th Avenue! You are sure to feel right at home in the elegant and cozy ambiance of Southern hospitality. Stay connected @YourGirlfriendBestFriendKitchen on Facebook, @ygfbf_kitchen on Instagram, and @YGFBF Kitchen on Twitter. You can also visit them at www.ygfbfkitchen.com.
UBRANE EATS // Sweet Treats
Bundts & Thingz by Jenn