The smartphone app eatOkra has seen a recent jump on the Apple App Store and for great reason -- it does an incredible job of helping our community find Black-Owned restaurants in our immediate vicinity.
The app, a brainchild of New York couple Anthony and Janique Edwards, has been around since 2016. In the wake of ongoing protests around the country following the murder of 46-year-old George Floyd and countless other Black Americans, the app has gotten as high as #20 on the food/drink category.
At the time of publication, they currently sit at #25, an impressive number amidst a list of food delivery and resource apps like DoorDash, Starbucks and McDonald's.
EatOkra is described as a "guide to finding black-owned restaurants and food trucks." The app boasts listings in NYC, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, St. Louis, Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta, Houston & Dallas, Portland and Detroit, to name a few!
With the influx of new users, the app's creators have been working tirelessly to add new features like filtering restaurants by proximity, bookmarking and easy navigation features. No smoke, these guys are adding features to their platform that took Yelp ages to get right. And without the strong arming.
The app has proven invaluable for both Foodbeast and the greater foodie community to locate, patronize and amplify the delicious food created by black-owned businesses in our own neighborhoods.