The Charlottesville 29

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

Five Finds on Friday: Sara Miller


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Sara Miller, who, with her husband Zach, runs Timbercreek Farm, and now, the brand new Timbercreek Market.  One of the hottest openings of the year, the market celebrated its grand opening this week in the Coca-Cola building on Preston.  For her picks, Miller focused on sweets.  As she explained: “I am passionate about a lot of things but meat, beer and SWEETS are at the top of my list! I have always had a sweet tooth and now that we have three kids I finally have a gang that will happily enjoy sweets with me anytime of day. Here are my favorite go to spots for something sweet:”

1)  Princess Cake at Albemarle Baking Company. “I am a cookie girl but I have to admit my favorite sweet at ABC is the princess cake. At least twice a week my three-year old asks, ‘Did you go to Gerry’s today?’ or ‘We need to go to Gerry’s mama!’ Hard to find a place that is a crowd pleaser when you have age ranges from 33 to 3 and at ‘Gerry’s’ we can all find something we love!”

2)  Peanut Butter Balls at Feast!. “Warning, they are addicting and yes I have gone to Feast! just for a peanut butter ball. During the holidays they sell them in packages of six and every time I buy the six-pack and they are gone by the time we leave and have to buy another pack to take home to Zach.”

3)  Budino at Lampo.  “Who doesn’t love Lampo or the guys who own Lampo?  The tiny little spot in Belmont has the greatest guys and the best talent packed into one little spot. Yes, the wait can be long but let me tell you it is worth it and save room because the desserts are incredible. Lampo is a spot where ordering dessert first is the right thing to do, as they often sell out of their amazing dishes. My personal favorite is the Budino but really you can’t go wrong with whatever they have left.”

4)  Summer Pie at The Pie Chest.  “My current favorite is the summer pie but the fun thing about Rachel is it is always changing with the seasons. You can’t go wrong and you have to go back often because what is in season changes quickly here in Virginia.”

5)  Chocolate Milkshake at Timberlakes Drug Store.  “Best milkshake in town! I love a great chocolate milkshake, and there isn’t a better spot in town with such smiling nice people every time you go in!”


Five Finds on Friday: Tyler Thomas


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Tyler Thomas, the JM Stock Provisions butcher who recently re-joined ZoCaLo as sous chef.  Thomas’ picks:

1)  Missile IPA at Champion Brewing Company.  “Few things rival drinking Missile IPA sitting outside at Champion. The vibes of the brewery combined with this flawlessly executed American IPA rub me the right way.”

2)  CVille Hot Chicken at Oakhart Social.  “Spicy dry-rubbed wings on white bread with JM Stock Provisions pickles. ‘Nuff said.”

3)  Pork from Autumn Olive Farms.  “The hogs these fine folks are raising are second to none in the area.”

4)  Super Tacos at La Michoacana Deli.  “Your choice of meat on fresh, hand-made tortillas. House salsas and spicy pickled veg. Authentic flavors from authentic people. Bring cash.”

5)  The California with Jalapeño from Baggby’s.  “Because you gotta eat your veggies if you want puddin, or in this case a complimentary cookie. Always reliable,always personable service.”

Five Finds on Friday: John Meiklejohn


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from John Meiklejohn, chef of Yearbook Taco.  Meiklejohn’s picks:

1)  Spicy Beef Tongue, Tendon and Tripe at Peter Chang’s China Grill. “I dream of this dish.  Those nasty bits are cooked perfectly. It’s served cold with chiles, cilantro and peanuts.  All I need is this dish and steamed rice – offal nirvana.”

2)  Chicken and Waffles at Ace Biscuit and Barbecue.  “It’s a toss up between the fried chicken and waffles and the Tommy Pastrami. Everything at Ace is made from scratch and you can tell. Brian Ashworth really knows his stuff. This is my family’s favorite place for breakfast.”

3)  Tongue, Tendon and Tripe Pho at Pad Thai. “Starting to see a trend? Mr. Ouypron puts together the perfect bowl here. All the flavors are in harmony – spicy, sweet, salty and sour. I can’t get enough of this, and it’s better than grandma’s chicken soup if you are sick.”

4)  Fried Chicken at Wayside Takeout. “I mean come on, it’s old school fried chicken with all the traditional fixin’s. And they serve fried livers, hearts and gizzards too? It reminds me of eating fried chicken at my grandma’s house.”

5)  Pork Belly Rice Bowl at Zzaam Korean Grill.  “Pork belly cooked to quivering, fatty perfection over steamed rice with a fried egg, kim-chee, house pickled veggies, seaweed and Korean Taco sauce. When I took my then 3 year old daughter here for the first time, the first bite she took made her get up and dance. This is the food that makes her booty groove.”



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