The Charlottesville 29

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

Beach Party at Tempo

Tempo

If this cold weather makes you long for the beach, head to Tempo tomorrow night, March 1, for a Mardi Gras Beach Party.  Yes, beach party.  Tempo is turning its lounge into a sandy beach, while, in the dining room, offering a menu of exotic French-Tahitian fare.

It’s hard to imagine any chef in town coming up with such a plan other than Tempo’s owner Brice Cunningham, who is known for mixing good, irreverent fun with serious food.  Cunninghmam spent much of his childhood in Tahiti, and plans a three-course prix fixe menu ($39) of dishes with a tropical flare, like poisson cru a la tahitienne and mahi-mahi in passion fruit butter sauce.

Call (434) 244-0217 for reservations.  Or, if you prefer to skip the dinner, just go for the frozen cocktails and dance party on the beach, which starts at 8 pm.

Five Finds on Friday: Josh Lowry

Josh

Photo courtesy of Josh Lowry.

On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Josh Lowry, sous chef of Zocalo (and earlier this week Zy.De.Co.)  Lowry’s picks:

1)  Thai Beef Consomme Noodle Bowl at Pad Thai.  “Rich, brothy, crunchy, sweet, sour, savory. It’s everything in a bowl . . . the best!”

2)  Pastrami and Swiss on an Onion Bagel with mustard at Bodo’s.  “We are extremely lucky to have a place like this in Charlottesville.  Let’s not take it for granted.”

3)  The Classic #1 at Chick-fil-A.  “My alltime favorite restaurant.  When I was a kid they always had sweet old ladies out front with free chicken samples.  I always walked by a second time for another free taste . . . they almost always let me.”

4)  Dan Dan Noodles at Taste of China.  “I know most folks have gone over to Peter Chang’s new spot but this is my go-to.  Again, Charlottesville is lucky to have a place like this.”

5. Burrata at Tavola.  “If you haven’t been . . . go!”