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January 7, 2022

Where the Industry Eats: Free Range Brewing’s Sarah Alexander

This gluten-free business owner frequents local favorites

Plant Joy is a vegan food stall at Camp North End. 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 waiter to share their favorite restaurants in town and what they order there. This week, we interview Sarah Alexander, co-owner of Free Range Brewing. With only six years in the restaurant industry, Alexander has continued to expand her palate. 

Lang Van, East Charlotte
A simple eatery offering noodles, soup, and authentic Vietnamese dishes
Sarah’s order: Country soup
Pro tip:Don’t look at the menu,” Alexander says. “Tell them you aren’t sure and they’ll take care of you.”

Kindred Restaurant, Davidson
One of the city’s most renowned restaurants serves seasonal pastas and small plates
Sarah’s order: Handmade gluten-free noodles 

Leah & Louise, Camp North End
A juke joint-inspired restaurant by a James Beard-nominated chef
Sarah’s order: #10 with no meat and Leah’s Cabbage 

Farmhouse BBQ, pop-up
A local barbecue pop-up that prides itself on GMO-free, pasture-raised beef
Sarah’s order: Brisket, baked beans, and collard greens

Plant Joy, Camp North End
A locally sourced vegan restaurant with gluten-free options
Sarah’s order: Grilled greens on socca 

More from this series:

Duke Bread’s Adam Duke
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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