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July 2, 2021

Where the Industry Eats: Rare Roots Hospitality’s Jon Dressler

This hospitality expert and business owner frequents spots all over town

Jon Dressler, owner of Fin & Fino, Dressler’s, Dogwood, and The Porter’s House, enjoys the brisket from Noble Smoke. 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 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


More from this series:

300 East’s Ashley Boyd
What The Fries’ Jamie Barnes
Orto mixologist Amanda Britton
The Fig Tree’s Greg Zanitsch

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