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March 4, 2021

Where Chefs Eat: What the Fries’ Jamie Barnes

This fries fanatic frequents Black-owned restaurants


Chef Jamie Barnes, owner of What the Fires, at an Unpretentious Palate event. Photo by Peter Taylor

Chefs know good food, so we wanted to know where they eat when they’re not cooking. In this series, we ask a local chef, bartender, or server to share their favorite restaurants in town and what they order there. This week What the Fries’ Chef Jamie Barnes, who is preparing to open his first brick-and-mortar spot with business partner Greg Williams, discloses his personal Charlotte favorites. 

Burney’s Sweets & More, NoDa and Waxhaw
A family-friendly atmosphere with a wide selection of baked goods
Jamie’s order: Glazed croissants

Leah & Louise, Camp North End
Chef Greg and Subrina Collier’s new restaurant shares their take on Southern cooking
Jamie’s order: Mud Island (catfish and grits)
Pro tip:Order Leah’s Cabbage and pour the plate drippings over your Mud island catfish,” Barnes says.

Waffle House, just about everywhere
One of America’s most affordable and beloved breakfast chains
Jamie’s order: The All-Star Special (scrambled eggs, bacon, and smothered hash browns, with a traditional waffle)

Jimmy Pearls, pop-up
A Virginia soul spot that specializes in fish sandwiches
Jamie’s order: Uncle Gene’s Fish Sandwich

Uptown Yolk, Uptown
Located in 7th Street Public Market, Chef Gregory Collier brings his Tennessee talents to breakfast
Jamie’s order: Tennessee Fries

More from this series

Mixologist Bob Peters 

Bleu Barn Bistro’s Brenton & Tara Ebersold 

Idlewild’s Vince Chirico 

Uno Alla Volta’s Zach Gadberry 

Hex Coffee’s Tanner Morita 

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