Charleston-based Xiao Bao to bring unique Asian flavors to Optimist Hall

Charleston-based Xiao Bao to bring unique Asian flavors to Optimist Hall
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Xiao Bao, a concept from Charleston favorite Xiao Bao Biscuit, will be joining the roster of tenants at Optimist Hall next spring.

Chef Joshua Walker and his wife, Duolan Li, created Xiao Bao Biscuit in 2011 as a way to satisfy their own late-night cravings for the flavors they discovered during their travels across Asia and comfort foods from Li’s childhood.

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As a love letter to both his wife and Asian cuisine, Walker serves bold and funky dishes such as okonomiyaki, som tum and pad kra pow, which have earned the restaurant rave reviews, including a spot on Bon Appetit’s “Top 50 Best New Restaurants” in 2013.

The Optimist Hall location will represent a continuation of that love story, coupling the original restaurant’s cool, unique vibes with an added focus on Southeast Asian favorites, namely from Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.

“This is an exciting next chapter for us, and we can’t wait to share our love for Asian cuisine with Charlotte,” Walker said in a news release.

The Optimist Hall location marks Xiao Bao’s first venture outside of the Charleston area. The stall will be next to Boxcar Betty’s and will be the 23rd tenant to open in Optimist Hall.

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