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September 3, 2021

Where Chefs Eat: Dukes Bread’s Adam Duke

This pastry pro shares a passion for local products

A spicy chicken sandwich from Horace’s Hot Fried Chicken. Kristen/Wile

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 Adam Duke, owner of Dukes Bread and Title Belt Frozen Desserts. As a business owner and dough connoisseur, Duke shares some of his favorite small eateries.  

Horace’s Hot Fried Chicken, Uptown
A fried chicken take-out spot in the heart of Uptown Charlotte
Adam’s order: Horace’s Favorite Fried Chicken Sandwich

Jimmy Pearls, Food truck
A Virginian soul spot that emphasizes community, culture, and cuisine
Adam’s order: Uncle Gene’s Fish Sandwich
Pro tip: “As if the food truck isn’t enough, in the past they have done standalone events for chicken and biscuits, yock, crab crackin’, and more,” Duke says. 

 Jon G’s Barbecue, Peachland
An authentic barbecue restaurant specializing in brisket and Southern sides
Adam’s order: Fatty brisket, cheesy Tex link, Porky B taco, fruit crisp 

Verdant Bread, Cotswold
A bakery known for its rustic sourdough
Adam’s order: Sesame loaf

LuLu’s Chicken & Seafood, West Charlotte
Maryland-style seafood and chicken in a quaint establishment
Adam’s order: Jumbo Lump & Shrimp Platter with Greens and Mac & Cheese 

More from this series:

The Fig Tree’s Greg Zanitsch
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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