At one time, black-owned restaurants in Las Vegas, Nevada, were located primarily in the historic Westside area of the city, and the practice of real estate redlining presented a barrier to the expansion of these businesses. beyond what was called “The Black Stripe. Those who were successful generally focused on black Southern cuisine, as many of the owners of these restaurants belonged to the Great Migration and relied on flavors that reminded them of the houses they had left behind.
However, things have changed. The development of business-friendly incentives, more affordable housing and a favorable tax environment has attracted more black residents to Las Vegas, as well as immigrants from Jamaica, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nigeria , Belize and other countries around the world. As a result, the city’s culinary scene has expanded to include influences from the African diaspora, and while the dream of fairness remains a future goal for Las Vegas, the black community has found ways to showcase its culinary talent, and Black-owned restaurants now reflect cuisines from soul food to Caribbean fare to African fare.
On the list of the nine best black-owned restaurants in Las Vegas compiled by Thrillist, two offer authentic Jamaican cuisine: DW Bistro and House of Dutch Pot.
The DW Bistro is located in the courtyard of the Gramercy, which offers diners the opportunity to dine alfresco. The menu is inspired by the legacy of Chef Dalton Wilson and features a combination of Jamaican and Southwestern flavors. Items on the menu include dishes such as Jerk Chicken and Lemon Syrup Waffles and New Mexico Green Chili Macaroni and Cheese. The restaurant is particularly popular for weekend brunch, but also offers dinner and a new breakfast option on weekdays. Its cocktails are excellent, especially the DW Bloody Mary, and the homemade Layered Carrot Cake comes in portions large enough to satisfy two to three people.
The House of Dutch Pot reflects chef Oneil Smith’s cardinal rule: food and ambiance must be impeccable. To that end, Chef Smith imports all of his spices from Jamaica and manufactures everything in-house from scratch. He began his restaurant journey by making jerk chicken and fish outside his garage in Queens, New York, on Friday. The demand for his food grew to a degree that prompted him to move to Las Vegas to open the House of Dutch Pot. Of particular mention is Chef Smith’s Steamed Whole Fish with Okra and Jamaican Crackers, which is served with a side of fried bammy, a yucca-based flatbread. Another notable menu item is the restaurant’s take on Oxtail Mac and Cheese and Jerk Pan Chicken.
Photo – House of the Dutch pot