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    September 17, 2021

    Where Chefs Eat: Alternative Chef’s Hannah Riley

    This Arizona native seeks out vegan-friendly options

    Riley orders the special on offer when she eats at The Fig Tree. Kristen Wile/UP

    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 Hannah Riley, chef of the Alternative Chef, which offers healthy food delivery service and catering. Riley emphasizes the importance of maintaining a healthy mind and body, one bite at a time. 

    300 East, South End
    A family-run spot located in a renovated home, specializing in new American fare
    Hannah’s order: Sweet potato ravioli 

    The Fig Tree, Uptown
    An upscale restaurant that offers an extensive wine list
    Hannah’s order: Whatever the special is

    Plant Joy and Nourish, Camp North End
    Organic and vegan-friendly takeout and meal delivery
    Hannah’s order: Mushroom croissant 

    Brooklyn Pizza, SouthPark and Wesley Chapel
    A pizza parlor that specializes in New York-style, Sicilian, and stuffed pizzas
    Hannah’s order: Original NY pizza with caramelized onions, green peppers and fresh mushrooms
    Pro tip: When you order online, scroll to the bottom for whole pie toppings to save a little money and time

    Dressler’s, Metropolitan
    A modern, upscale restaurant specializing in steaks and seafood
    Hannah’s order: Shrimp and grits, and the Thai peanut calamari


    More from this series:

    Duke Bread’s Adam Duke
    Counter-‘s Sam Hart
    Community Matters Cafe’s Ashley Anna Tuttle

    Your Farms, Your Table’s Sam Diminich
    Para’s Alex Verica

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