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    July 22, 2022

    Where Chefs Eat: Fahrenheit’s Dave Feimster

    The Fahrenheit chef brunches at Hello, Sailor every other week

    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 food artisan to share their favorite restaurants in town and what they order there.

    Dave Feimster keeps busy as director of operations at popular Uptown rooftop restaurant Fahrenheit, as well as culinary director at South End spot PARA. Yet he knows dining out is critical to success in the business. Though he lives in Huntersville, you can find him dining across the city. Here are his favorite spots around Charlotte.

    Kindred Restaurant, Davidson
    Seasonal pasta and small plates in a warm atmosphere
    Dave’s order: “I love their milk bread and pasta,” he says. “You can tell from my belly.”

    Hello, Sailor, Cornelius
    Joe and Katy Kindred’s restaurant on the lake focuses on seafood
    Dave’s order: Heirloom tomato BLT
    “Every other Sunday you can find me at Hello Sailor for brunch,” Feimster says.

    Futo Buta, South End

    A scratch-made ramen spot popular among chefs
    Dave’s order: Tonkatsu ramen.

    Little Mama’s, SouthPark
    Dave’s order: Varies. “Being from Jersey everybody is Italian on Sunday.”

    The eggplant parm at Little Mama’s in SouthPark. Kristen Wile/UP

    Halal Food Cart, Uptown
    A food cart at Trade and Tryon that’s expanded to a restaurant off Independence Blvd.
    Dave’s order: Lamb gyro. It makes me feel like I’m back at home in NYC,” he says.

    MOA Korean BBQ, Uptown
    Cook your own proteins at this traditional Korean barbecue spot
    Dave’s order: Wagyu Beef Platter.

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