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Dogwood Southern Table Sources Products and Ingredients Locally

Located in the heart of South Park, Dogwood Southern Table prides itself on locally sourced food and beverages. The restaurant’s products put a contemporary twist on southern cuisine. Tim Buchanan, General Manager states, ”We are an upscale, southern, neighborhood restaurant.”

Owners, Kim and Jon Dressler, own several other restaurants in the Charlotte area including Dressler’s. Most of the managers in The Dressler’s Restaurant group have been with the company for at least 10 years.

Beer and Cocktails

Beer at Dogwood is 100% Southern craft beer. Beers are sourced from as far north as Virginia and as far south as Georgia with North Carolina being the main provider.

Dogwood is the go-to bourbon bar in Charlotte. The restaurant has a bourbon-heavy menu with over 80 different bourbons.

“Bourbon is essential to Southern Cuisine. There are very few places that are bourbon and craft cocktail heavy,”

says Brian “The Hammer” Lorusso. Lorusso has worked with the Dressler’s for more than ten years and has opened the bars in all of their restaurants.

Guest favorites right now are the Salty Dog and The Old Fashioned. Frequent diners like to choose something at the top of the cocktail menu called, “Barkeeps Call.” This is when the bartenders create a custom cocktail for each visitor. You choose the liquor and style of drink and let the barkeep do the rest.


Dogwood’s dishes are “locally produced, regionally inspired.” They work closely with local farms to source most of their ingredients. “We like for our kitchen staff to be creative as long as they are enjoying creating new things and finding ways to introduce the public to the local farm scene,” says Buchanan. Their menu changes frequently because it is heavily affected by what products are in-season.

Dogwood describes its food as “elevated southern cuisine.” Their signature dishes are their bacon jam and pimento cheese. A dollar from every pimento cheese appetizer is donated to a charity that helps the homeless.

Community Suppers

Twice a month Dogwood hosts a community supper where the owners and employees honor farmers, brewers, distillers and artisans at a four-course dinner. The producers bring their families and have dinner with other people in the community. “It is a great time to introduce the farmer, the farmer’s story and the passion for what they do to our patrons,” says Buchanan.

Dogwood Southern Table is doing great in its first year.

“So far, South Park has embraced us. We appreciate all the love the area has shown us,”

states Buchanan.