The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

Pad Thai

Pad Thai
156 Carlton Rd. #202 . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 293-4302

Why Pad Thai?

In an era when more and more “Thai” restaurants alter recipes to suit American tastes, Pad Thai stands out.  The restaurant that Santi Ouypron runs with his wife Utaiwan offers true Thai home cooking — literally.  The recipes at Pad Thai are the same ones the Ouyprons used at an eatery they ran out of their Thailand home for five years, before coming to the United States in 2005. You can taste the difference.  A great draught list includes hoppy beers like Bell’s Two Hearted Ale that provide the perfect foil to the fiery dishes. It’s no wonder so many top chefs are regulars.

What to Order

While chefs go crazy for the noodle bowls, we find ourselves usually going for the daily specials.  Below is a list of our favorites, along with the Ouyprons’ picks, as well as Pad Thai’s appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where area chefs and personalities name five favorite dishes in the area.

Our Picks

  • Grandpa’s Favorite
  • Drunken Noodles
  • Beef Tongue Pad Kapao (special)
  • Swai Pad Numprikpao (special)

Chefs’ Picks (Ouyprons’)

  • Bar Snacks
  • Red Curry
  • Clear Broth Noodle Bowl
  • Chinese Broccoli with Pork Belly

Five Finds on Friday Picks




Five Finds on Friday: Nadjeeb Chouaf


On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Nadjeeb Chouaf of Flora Artisanal Cheese, which appeared in Eater’s recent Charlottesville Heat Map.  Look for Nadjeeb at Champion Brewing Company for a cheese tasting every Saturday night from 6 pm to 9 pm (but he’s taking April 19th off).  Nadjeeb’s picks:

1)  Maiale Milanese at Tavola.  “I can’t say enough about how much I love Tavola. Andrew runs a fantastic wine list and always has something new and funky for me to try, and Loren and his crew are flawless in the kitchen. This dish is my go to. Rock Barn pork served over veggies with great acidity.”

2)  Chicken Kebob at Grand Market.  “This Afghani market across from the Greyhound station is run by Abdul Rahim and his four sons. Hands down the best kebobs in town. Make sure to ask for extra sauce, you’ll want to dip everything in it.”

3)  Peri Peri Chicken at Shebeen.  “I love spicy food and the peri peri chili from South Africa is at the perfect point of spiciness without overwhelming everything else.”

4)  Tart Berliner Weisse at Champion Brewing Company.  “Champion’s take on a cloudy sour wheat beer from Germany, the Tart is low alcohol, refreshing and the perfect warm weather beer. With rumors that they might start canning it, I see a lot being consumed this summer.”

5)  Pinot Noir at 22Brix. “The remote tasting room for Ankida Ridge winery that opened next to Bang! last fall has exposed a lot of people to wine from what is probably one of the top three wineries in the state. The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay remind me of classic Burgundy wines.”


Scenes from The Charlottesville Mt. Rushmore Chefs Dinner


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