A no-frills eatery delivering a wide variety of classic, comforting Mexican dishes
June 2, 2021
This Southern-loving chef enjoys dining at small joints
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 Daryl Cooper, chef and co-owner of Jimmy Pearls, and were introduced to some of his favorite Southern spots. Cooper enjoys an extensive palate, with a plethora of different international cuisines.
What the Fries, Pineville
A popular food truck-turned-restaurant specializing in fries, wings, and more
Daryl’s order: Steak Hibachi Fries
Pro tip: “Make sure to load up on their homemade Yum Yum Sauce,” he says.
Leah & Louise, Camp North End
A modern juke joint specializing in Southern dishes and a cozy atmosphere
Daryl’s order: Leah’s Cabbage
Pro tip: “Order the roll-up dish so you can sop up the leftover pork neck bisque of the cabbage,” he says.
Hot Box Next Level Kitchen, Concord
A kitchen offering handcrafted traditional and globally inspired bar food
Daryl’s order: Spicy Catfish Sandwich
Tamales la Pasadita Restaurant, Plaza Midwood
A small, unassuming authentic Mexican restaurant in the heart of Plaza Midwood
Daryl’s order: Pork tamales, cheese and jalapeño tamales, and three tacos (lengua, tripa, y babeza)
Taste of SHU, South Charlotte
Elevated eatery with sushi, hibachi and other Asian dishes
Daryl’s order: Spicy pork intestine with tofu pudding, and pork blood tofu intestine.