A casual by day, elegant by night Italian gathering spot emphasizing quality ingredients and service from the owners of TRUE Crafted Pizza
April 9, 2021
This business-oriented mom shows her favorite spots to dine around Charlotte
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, restaurateur, or server to share their favorite restaurants in town and what they order there. This week we interview Jamie Brown, co-owner of Growler’s Pourhouse, Haberdish, Crepe Cellar, Reigning Doughnuts, and the newly opened Supperland. Brown shares some of her favorite places to dine for date nights, and some good, clean eats for the family.
Sea Level NC, Uptown
A chic Uptown restaurant that offers seafood and Southern favorites
Jamie’s order: Daily-caught seafood special. The restaurant gets day boat catches, Brown says, so you can get some of the freshest seafood in town.
Pro tip: “With the nicer weather, snag a table on the patio – the energy of Center City is starting to come back to life and you can take a front row seat! This is a great spot to enjoy before or after a show at the Blumenthal too,” Jamie says.
Not Just Coffee Atherton, South End
A hangout spot featuring high-end coffee and an extensive tea list
Jamie’s order: Bhakti ginger chai
A modern American restaurant that emphasizes local products, pasture-raised meats, and wine
Jamie’s order: N.C. halibut
Stagioni, Myers Park
A classy eatery offering modern takes on an authentic Italian menu
Jamie’s order: “I realize I don’t have a favorite here and it’s because everything is great,” Brown says. “I love Bruce Moffett’s places, and this to me is the best one. There’s thoughtfulness and delight in every dish.”
Pro tip: Tuck yourself back by the chef’s counter and plan to stay. Brown also recommends taking home a brown bag of bread.
Fin & Fino, Uptown
A spacious eatery offering American fare, seafood, and 12 different types of oysters.
Jamie’s order: “I love a cleanly cooked protein, and they’ve got a great seafood selection and chefs who accommodate simplicity in ingredients if needed for guests,” Brown says. Her go-to: olive oil, salt, and pepper on any fish.