An Italian concept in NoDa with a notable beverage program
July 2, 2021
This hospitality expert and business owner frequents spots all over town
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 Jon Dressler, owner of Fin & Fino, Dogwood Southern Table, The Porter House, and Dressler’s. As a cofounder of Rare Roots Hospitality, Dressler has plenty of experience in the restaurant industry, and expands his palate to all parts of Charlotte.
Nikko, South End
Japanese dishes served in a sleek, modern setting with a clubby vibe
Jon’s order: Tuna crunchy roll
Futo Buta, South End
A small restaurant specializing in creative ramen and other unique Japanese eats
Jon’s order: Tori kara age (Japanese fried chicken)
Noble Smoke, West Charlotte
A restaurant that emphasizes locally grown products as well as authentic barbecue
Jon’s order: Smoked brisket
Pro tip: “The food is meant to be shared,” Dressler says.
Kindred Restaurant, Davidson
A stylish, chef-driven restaurant displaying a unique take on American classics
Jon’s order: Crispy oysters
Slice House Pizza, Huntersville
A casual spot in downtown Huntersville offering a variety of pies, Italian entrées, and salads.
Jon’s order: New York style pizza