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    May 21, 2021

    Where Chefs Eat: 300 East’s Ashley Boyd

    This mom, chef, and restaurateur shares some of her family’s favorites

    Botiwalla in Optimist Hall serves some of Boyd’s favorite dishes. Photo courtesy of Botiwalla

    Folks in the restaurant industry know good food, so we want to know where they eat when they’re not cooking. In this series, we ask a local chef, bartender, restaurateur, or waiter to share their favorite restaurants in town and what they order there. This week, we interview Ashley Boyd, culinary director and managing parter of 300 East. After pursuing a career in pastry, Boyd loves to open her to palate to a variety of flavors. 

    Roppongi Ramen Bar, Matthews
    An independent ramen shop serving a variety of ramen and Korean fried chicken options
    Ashley’s order: Any ramen, the soy garlic fried chicken, kimchi, and assorted pickles

    Crispy Banh Mi, Plaza Midwood
    A casual Vietnamese restaurant serving banh mi sandwiches, noodle bowls, teas and  Vietnamese desserts
    Ashley’s order: Crispy’s Favorite, grilled pork and pork meatball banh mi, any of the fruity green teas with rainbow jelly squares and basil seeds
    Pro tip: “Iced Vietnamese coffee is our favorite as tired parents,” she says.

    Lupita Carniceria y Tortilleria, Myers Park
    An authentic Mexican restaurant emphasizing freshness and quality products
    Ashley’s order: Barbacoa and fresh tortillas by the pound 

    Botiwalla, NoDa
    An Indian street food concept inside Optimist Hall
    Ashley’s order: Pav bhaji (spicy vegetable hash over buttered Pav buns), lamb boti kabab, chicken tikka rolls, and the pineapple-turmeric soda

    Hawthorne’s Pizza, Meridien Place
    A New York-inspired restaurant specializing in handmade pizzas and Southern hospitality
    Ashley’s order: Elizabeth Special or Crew pizzas
    Pro tip: “Sit on the patio and you’ll likely catch live music from the adjacent brewery,” Ashley says.  

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    Bleu Barn Bistro’s Brenton & Tara Ebersold 

    Idlewild’s Vince Chirico 

    Uno Alla Volta’s Zach Gadberry 

    Hex Coffee’s Tanner Morita 

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