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February 18, 2022

Where Chefs Eat: Meshugganah’s Rob Clement 

This chef bringing Jewish cuisine to Charlotte favors local goods

Botiwalla in Optimist Hall. Kristen Wile/UP

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 server to share their favorite restaurants in town and what they order there. This week, we interview Rob Clement, owner of Jewish ghost kitchen Meshugganah. As a father of two, Clement admits his dining choices are a bit unique.

Botiwalla, Optimist Hall
A fast casual restaurant in Optimist Hall that specializes in Indian street food
Rob’s order: Absolutely anything and everything

Lam’s Kitchen, Matthews
A restaurant specializing in authentic Chinese dishes and cocktails in an elevated setting
Rob’s order: Garlic eggplant

Verdant Bread, Cotswold and local farmers’ markets
A local bread bakery known for sourdough and other community baked goods
Rob’s order: Focaccia (A flat baked Italian bread, similar to pizza)
Pro tip: “Go to the Matthews market and get some UAV cheese and New Town Farms veggies to make some delicious sandwiches,” says Clement.

The Culture Shop, Plaza Midwood
A wine and cheese shop with a retail selection of local goods
Rob’s order: Charcuterie board

Stacks, Matthews and Waxhaw
A family-friendly restaurant that serves breakfast all day
Rob’s order: Big Daddy Skillet (bacon, sausage, ham, cheese, hash browns, and three eggs)

More from this series:

Patrick Gourmet’s Patrick Garrivier
Counter-‘s Sam Hart
Community Matters Cafe’s Ashley Anna Tuttle

Your Farms, Your Table’s Sam Diminich
Para’s Alex Verica

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