Disney Springs, Florida is the epicenter of the black owned restaurants movement in the U.S. They are an eclectic bunch of restaurants that cater to the hipster, the hip-hop and the hipsters alike.
They cater to tourists and locals alike.
And while some are great places to dine, others are places where the owner is just a bunch of hipsters that are in it for the money.
One of the restaurants that’s in the Disney Springs area is Culver’s Restaurant.
Located in the historic Hotel Duval, Culvers is a restaurant that’s been open for a while and is owned by a black man, David Culp.
In 2017, the restaurant was voted one of the 100 Best Hip-Hop Restaurants in the country by HipHop Guide magazine.
Culp started his restaurant in 2008 when he and his girlfriend moved to Orlando, Florida.
David Cuffo was inspired by his love of hip-hopping and he decided to take his restaurant to the next level.
In 2009, he bought a space at the Marriott Hotel and opened the first Culver’s.
The next year, he opened a second Culvers and then a third Culver, which he closed in 2014.
The Culver restaurant is still going strong.
Culvin’s is one of Orlando’s most popular and beloved Hip-Hoop restaurants.
In 2018, the Culver Restaurant in Disney Springs was awarded Best Hip Hop Restaurant for their Hip-Hopping and Social Media.
In 2016, the first-ever Hip Hop Awards were held at Culverstaurant and in 2017, they were voted Best Hip Hoop Restaurant by the Orlando Weekly.
On top of all of that, the owners of Culver and his family decided to start a non-profit organization called the Culvert Foundation in 2017.
It is an organization that is dedicated to the survival of the Culvers and their family and has been working to improve their restaurant.
In addition to the Culverts restaurant, Culp owns the Black owned restaurants that are currently located in the Orlando area.
A couple of the Black own restaurants that Culp’s owns are: El Rodeo in Disney Hills and Rodeos Bar in Orlando Hills.
Rodeoes is the newest addition to this group of restaurants.
Located at 1219 Main St., Rodeoses is a new take on Mexican food that serves a fusion of Mexican and Southern flavors.
Rodes also serves a traditional Mexican lunch and dinner menu.
It also offers the first ever Black-owned taco bar.
El Rudeo is a popular neighborhood favorite.
Located on a residential street in Disney Heights, El Rudes is an original Mexican restaurant that has been serving up authentic Mexican cuisine for over 30 years.
In 2019, it was named the #1 Hip Hop Bar in the City of Orlando.
The restaurant has been voted one-of-a-kind by Hip Hop Guide magazine for its hip-Hooping and Social media presence.
In 2021, ElRudeo was named one of Hip Hop’s 100 Best Restaurants by HipHoop Magazine.
In 2022, the El Ruderos was named Best Hip Hoot Restaurant by HipHoop Magazine.
The El Rueros also has a Hip Hop Club, where locals and guests can hang out and connect with other members of the community.
In 2020, Elrueos first annual Hip Hop Festival was held at ElRueros.
In fact, this was the first time that the Hip Hop Dance Company ever participated in an annual HipHop Festival in the city of Orlando, the country.
ElRuderos has a great menu with an eclectic mix of Mexican, Southern and Eastern food.
Elrues staff are dedicated to making their menu and the HipHop Club accessible to anyone in the community regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
Elrueo’s Hip Hop Grill is one location that serves an eclectic mixture of Mexican food and Southern-inspired dishes that is the perfect way to kick back and enjoy a meal.
Elroeda is the second Black owned restaurant that is currently operating in the area.
Located off the Disney River, Elroedes serves a Mexican menu with a fusion style of cuisine.
It has been named the Best HipHop Grill by Hip HOP Magazine.
Elroy has been opening up restaurants and working on his restaurant concept for more than four years.
Located just off Disney Springs Boulevard, Elroy is the first restaurant to open in Disney and the first Black owned establishment to open a restaurant in the Florida Panhandle.
In late 2017, Elrod’s was named #1 in Hip Hop Magazine’s Hip Hoops of Orlando Awards.
Elrods was voted the #2 Hip Hop in the State of Florida for Hip Hooping and a Hip Hoop for Social Media by Hip Hooped Magazine.
This year, ElRod’s received the Hip Hoopers Best Hip