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Editor's Note: This story is unlocked for everyone to read courtesy of the CRVA, our partner in nourishing culinary exploration for residents and visitors of the Queen City.

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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