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    August 28, 2020

    Where Chefs Eat: Paul Verica of The Stanley

    Verica favors chef-driven restaurants


    Verica says he orders any dish with pork belly from Haymaker in Uptown. 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. Paul Verica, a James Beard Award semi-finalist and owner of The Stanley and upcoming NoDa restaurant Orto, enjoys dining out at chef-driven restaurants with his fiancée, Jane. —Kristen Wile

    Bardo, South End
    One of the city’s most innovative, chef-driven menus
    Verica’s order: Eggs and grains

    Kindred Restaurant, Davidson
    Joe and Katy Kindred’s first restaurant continues to draw acclaim
    Verica’s order: Any pasta dish

    Haymaker, Uptown
    Chef William Dissen’s Southern menu practices local sourcing and sustainability
    Verica’s order: Anything with pork belly

    The Goodyear House, NoDa
    A casual neighborhood spot with Chris Coleman at the helm
    Verica’s order: Barbecue chicken with butter beans and chow chow
    Pro tip: “Their patio is killer – especially during these times,” Verica says. “When we go out to eat, we pretty much only eat at a patio.”

    Inizio Pizza Napoletana, multiple locations
    Wood-fired pizzas with artisanal toppings
    Verica’s order: Capricciosa, with artichokes, prosciutto, mushrooms, and buffalo mozzarella


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    Sweet Spot Studio’s Jossie Lukacik
    McNinch House’s Matthew Shepard
    The Goodyear House’s Chris Coleman
    Craft Cakes Clt’s Brigitte Oger

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