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November 10, 2021

Where The Industry Eats: Stroke’s Scott Gadd

This entrepreneur and food connoisseur enjoys cuisine from every part of the world


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 Scott Gadd, owner of Stroke and upcoming rum bar Royal Tot. As a business owner and food lover, Gadd likes to dabble in all forms of international cuisine. 

Fin & Fino, Uptown
An elevated seafood restaurant in the heart of Uptown
Scott’s order: Sunburst Farms Trout
Pro Tip: Sit at the bar and order “The Treatment,” a chef’s tasting menu 

At Fin & Fino, Gadd recommends ordering the trout — as well as The Treatment, a chef’s tasting menu. Kristen Wile/UP

La Belle Helene, Uptown
A refined brasserie serving French classics in an elegant setting
Scott’s order: Duck a l’orange

Let’s Meat, South End
A Korean barbecue restaurant specializing in marinated meats and tableside cooking
Scott’s order:Although the food is unlimited, make sure to get the bulgogi specifically,” Gadd says. 

O-Ku, South End
A Japanese restaurant that offers sushi, sake, cocktails, and more
Scott’s order: Lobster temaki

Three Amigos, Plaza Midwood
A cozy Mexican eatery offering classic dishes and margaritas
Scott’s order: Nachos supreme al pastor

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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