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    August 14, 2020

    Where Chefs Eat: Lewis Donald of Sweet Lew’s, Dish

    The chef/owner stays close to his Plaza Midwood/Belmont restaurants

    Leah & Louise, the newest restaurant from Greg and Subrina Collier. Jon Wile/UP

    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. Lewis Donald, the owner of Dish in Plaza Midwood and Sweet Lew’s in Belmont, stays close to his restaurants — and his home. —Kristen Wile

    Yafo Kitchen, Plaza Midwood
    Chef Shai Fargian’s bowls are popular among Charlotte chefs
    Donald’s order: Chicken schnitzel with a side of brussels sprouts

    Benny Pennello’s, NoDa
    A by-the-slice pizza joint with the biggest slices in town
    Donald’s order: A sausage slice and a garlic mushroom slice
    Pro tip: Donald likes sausage and mushrooms on his pizza, so he recommends buying one of each slice and eating them as a pizza sandwich.

    Sammy’s Deli, Plaza Midwood
    A casual, no-frills breakfast and lunch staple
    Donald’s order: Black coffee, scrambled eggs, livermush, grits, and hash browns to go

    Leah & Louise, Camp North End
    The newest restaurant from Greg and Subrina Collier has drawn high praise from the industry
    Donald’s order: Oxtail and dumplings

    Sushi 101, SouthPark
    A deep sushi menu can be found at both locations of this restaurant, where Donald eats with his kids
    Donald’s order: The spicy tuna roll

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