by Charlottesville29

201 East Main Street . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 977-4944

The full story on Zocalo is here.  The Zocalo gallery is here.

Why Zocalo?

In a word, consistency.  Over the last decade, no area restaurant has produced excellent food as consistently as the kitchen run by Zocalo chef-owners Andrew Silver and Ivan Rekosh.  Zocalo’s many loyal customers always know what to expect: a stable menu of outstanding Latin-American influenced food, professional service, and well-paired wines that stand up to the fire and spice.  Whether for a bowl of mussels and a beer at the bar, or dressed up for a special occasion, Zocalo never disappoints.  The Charlottesville 29 would not be complete without Zocalo, one of Charlottesville’s signature restaurants.

What to Order

The cooking is so consistent at Zocalo that it is one of the few restaurants where nearly everything on the menu is reliably good.  That said, below our some of our favorites, as well as the chefs’ picks, and Zocalo’s appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where area chefs and personalities name five favorite food items.

Our Picks

  • Chili Broth Steamed Mussels, grilled flour tortillas
  • Spicy Tuna Tartar, red corn tostadas, cucumber relish, pasilla-negro vinegar, tequila crema
  • Key Lime Free Range Chicken,  black bean rice, avocado salad, chili arbol vinegar
  • Black Bean and Corn Relleno, smoked tomato grits, smoked pico, cilantro-buttermilk honey

Chefs’ Picks

Chefs Silver and Rekosh chose the Spicy Tuna Tartar and Mussels that we liked, as well as:

  • Spinach Salad, masa fried oysters, chipotle remoulade, warm cider bacon vinaigrette
  • Tamarind Braised Pork Shank, winter squash and root vegetable lentils, queso fresco, ancho pork jus

Five Finds on Friday Picks