The Charlottesville 29

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

The 2018 Charlottesville 29: Coming Soon

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The 2018 Charlottesville 29 is almost here. Each year, The Charlottesville 29 answers: if there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29? For background, see these early posts on the site’s organizing principle, the reason for the number 29, and the project’s inherent flaws.

Each year, The Charlottesville 29 is updated to reflect openings, closings, and changes in quality. The 2018 Charlottesville 29 will be announced beginning February 1, 2018, with one new entrant each day until The 2018 Charlottesville 29 is complete. To be eligible for consideration, a restaurant have a Charlottesville postal address and must have been open continuously since January 1, 2017. Meanwhile, here is the 2017 Charlottesville 29.  There will be changes in 2018.

 

Five Finds on Friday: Wiley Kimball

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Wiley Kimball of Parallel 38, which Wednesday, January 24, is hosting a happy hour and dinner with local wine star and itinerary creator Jake Busching. Happy hour, from 4-6 pm, includes a “meet and greet” with Busching and discounted prices on his wines. Dinner begins at 6:30, and includes a seven course feast with Busching, paired with Busching wines and other special selections. Guests can attend either or both events. Buy your dinner tickets at (434) 260-8793. Kimball’s picks:

1) One-Eye Burger from Mel’s Cafe. “This is, to me, the perfect burger. Just the right size, just the right amount of grease, and topped with a fried egg. I get mine with grilled onions, mayo, and hot sauce. Mel’s is a great spot for a casual lunch and the service is some of the friendliest you’ll find anywhere. If you haven’t been, you need to change that ASAP.”

2) The Rocket from Snowing in Space. “I can get down with just about everything from Snowing in Space but I always gravitate to this take on a Mexican hot chocolate. The Rocket is their cold-brew espresso mixed with milk, cinnamon, and a touch of chili powder. I usually drink my coffee black but something about this creamy, slightly spicy concoction always hits the spot.”

3) Literally Any Beer from Three Notch’d Brewing. “I wracked my brain trying to narrow this down to even only three favorites and I couldn’t. Their beers are just that good, especially the seasonals and collaboration brews. Special shout out to their collab with Oskar Blues, the Black & Goldings black ale. If you want something a bit more adventurous, stop by the Sour House on Preston (in their original taproom) and embrace the funk.”

4) Dry-Fried Eggplant at Peter Chang China Grill. “I could easily do this list five times over with only dishes from Peter Chang, but this is my hands down favorite. Light, crispy, savory, and with just enough spice to wake your palate up (and build up to some of the other dishes!). You hand me a couple orders of this and a tall Sapporo and I’ll be the happiest person on the planet.”

5) Wine and the View at Brent Manor Vineyards. “If I need to get out of town, this is my go-to. Tucked away just off 29 in Nelson County, this small vineyard is run by the lovely Jorge and Tracie, who not only make their own lineup of wines including a beautiful Chambourcin, they also stock a rotating selection of Portuguese wines and “winetail” specials that are always surprising and refreshing. All of that, paired with some beautiful VA scenery, makes for a perfect lazy afternoon. They’re closed for the season now but look out for them to reopen in the spring – you won’t be disappointed.”

Help Discover Charlottesville’s Signature Dish

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A word like “honor” weakens with overuse.

But, some things warrant it.

It is an honor to join three of our area’s greatest culinary minds – Dr. Leni Sorensen, Ira Wallace, and Craig Hartman – on a panel charged with discovering Charlottesville’s signature dish. Throughout its history, Charlottesville has been known for its food. But, among all that our region has to offer, what dish distinguishes us most? Our panel’s task is to leave no stone unturned in answering that question. But, we cannot do it without you.

Here’s how you can help.