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    November 6, 2020

    Where Chefs Eat: Mixologist Amanda Britton

    Britton’s selections aren’t influenced by hype

    The mussels at NoDa restaurant Crêpe Cellar, a sister concept to Haberdish. Kristen 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. Amanda Britton, the mixologist behind the stellar beverage programs at Bardo and newcomer Vana, hasn’t let her list be influenced by Charlotte’s hype machine. Here’s where she eats.

    Crêpe Cellar, NoDa
    Friendly service in an intimate space gives a homey, relaxed vibe
    Britton’s order: PEI Mussels, which change in preparation, but Britton favors the Thai chili and lemongrass

    Soul Gastrolounge, Plaza Midwood
    A longtime Charlotte favorite for influenced small plates
    Britton’s order: The pork belly tacos and Supernova Roll.
    Pro tip: Bring a friend with a similar taste. “My eyes are always bigger than my stomach,” she says.

    Chilito Tacos, food truck
    A taco truck with a fervent fan base often found at Resident Culture and Camp North End
    Britton’s order: Barbacoa breakfast tacos
    Pro tip: They sell out quickly, so follow them on Instagram to find out where they are popping up next.

    Kindred, Davidson
    Joe and Katy Kindred and staff are well-respected among members of the restaurant industry
    Britton’s order: Squid ink conchiglie

    Moosehead Grill, Montford
    “This place is all the things a local neighborhood bar should be,” Britton says
    Britton’s order: Uncle Donnie’s Blackened Wings and a cold local draft

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