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September 25, 2020

Where Chefs Eat: Jeff Tonidandel of Haberdish

This restaurateur knows the city’s trendiest spots

Stefan Huebner behind the bar at Dot Dot Dot at an Unpretentious Palate event. Photo by Jonathan Cooper.

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. Jeff Tonidandel, who owns Growler’s, Haberdish, and Crepe Cellar with his wife Jamie Brown, has been doing a lot of research at steakhouses for upcoming Plaza Midwood restaurant Supperland. When he’s not researching a new concept, here’s where he likes to eat.

The Waterman, Sedgefield
A casual sister concept to Sea Level NC with a rooftop bar
Tonidandel’s order: Raw oysters

Futo Buta, South End
Ramen cooked with attention to detail is a favorite among industry professionals
Tonidandel’s order: Tonkatsu ramen

Soul Gastrolounge, Plaza Midwood
A hip small-plates spot with a one-of-a-kind atmosphere
Tonidandel’s order: Saganaki (flamed cheese)

Stagioni: Four Seasons of Food, Myers Park
Bruce Moffett’s Italian restaurant draws rave reviews from chefs
Tonidandel’s order: Anything seasonal
Pro tip: Tonidandel advises a seat at the back bar on a cold winter night, as the wood-fired pizza oven will keep you warm.

Dot Dot Dot, Montford Park
A craft cocktail bar with creative drinks and fare to pair
Tonidandel’s order: Anything off the bar’s impressive list of bourbon single barrel selections

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