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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

More from this series

Legion Brewing’s Gene Briggs
Sweet Spot Studio’s Jossie Lukacik
McNinch House’s Matthew Shepard
Stoke’s Chris Coleman
Craft Cakes Clt’s Brigitte Oger

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