Zocalo

by Charlottesville29


201 East Main Street . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 977-4944
http://www.zocalo-restaurant.com

Why Zocalo?

In a word, consistency.  For more than a decade, no area kitchen has produced excellent food more consistently than the one founded by chefs Andrew Silver and Ivan Rekosh. Silver moved on in 2017, but, under Rekosh, Zocalo’s loyal customers still know just what to expect on every visit: 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, people watching from the prime patio location, or dressed up for a special occasion, Zocalo never disappoints. 

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 are our favorites, Rekosh’s picks, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where a local chef or personality has named a dish from Zocalo as one of the best in town.

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

Chef’s Picks

  • Chili Broth Steamed Mussels, grilled flour tortillas
  • Spicy Tuna Tartar, red corn tostadas, cucumber relish, pasilla-negro vinegar, tequila crema
  • 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