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September 10, 2020

Where Chefs Eat: Bruce Moffett of Moffett Restaurant Group

One of the city’s most popular chef/owners has a diverse palate

Folks in the restaurant industry know good food, so we want to know where they eat when they’re outside of their restaurants. In this series, we ask a member of the culinary industry to share their favorite local restaurants (not including their own) and what they order. Bruce Moffett is the chef and owner behind some of the city’s top fine dining restaurants, including Stagioni, Barrington’s, and Good Food on Montford, but that doesn’t mean he only eats at white-tablecloth spots.

Doan’s, LoSo
A family-run Vietnamese restaurant on South Boulevard
Moffett’s order: Crispy quail and pork bun

Kabab-Je Rotisserie & Grille, multiple locations
One of the city’s best stops for kababs
Moffett’s order: Grape leaves, lamb shish kebab sandwich, tabbouleh and hummus

Original Pancake House, multiple locations
A classic breakfast chain complete with sticky maple syrup jars
Moffett’s order: Buckwheat pancakes, an egg over easy, and side of bacon

Musashi Japanese Restaurant, South Charlotte 
This authentic restaurant is one of the most often mentioned among chefs
Moffett’s order: The pork and kimchi, beef and tofu, and agesaki ika (dried squid)
Pro tip: There’s a private room on the side of the dining room you can request when you arrive. “You have to take your shoes off when you go in there,” Moffett says. 

Moosehead Grill, Montford Park
The casual spot next to Good Food on Montford is popular in the restaurant industry
Moffett’s order: Blackened wings


More from this series

The Stanley’s Paul Verica
Sweet Lew’s BBQ’s Lewis Donald
Sweet Spot Studio’s Jossie Lukacik
McNinch House’s Matthew Shepard
The Goodyear House’s Chris Coleman

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