The Charlottesville 29

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

Five Finds on Friday: Emily Pelton

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Emily Pelton, Winemaker at Veritas Vineyards and Winery, who next week, on March 31, will be part of a very special event at Clifton Inn: the Women in Wine Dinner. It will feature six courses of chef Tucker Yoder’s food paired with wines from Pelton, Kirsty Harmon of Blenheim Vineyards, and Pamela Margaux of Margaux and Company. The menu looks fantastic.  Call 434-971-1800 to reserve your spot.  Pelton’s picks:

1)  Chirashi and a Hendricks Dirty Martini at the bar at TEN. “My favorite quick, de-stress dinner.”

2)  Burger and Blanc de Blancs at Brookville.  “It is outstanding and creative, and perfectly balanced, even in its over-the-top nature. My favorite meal to share with a friend and a bottle of Thibaut–Janisson, Cuvee D’Etat 2008.”

3)  Fried Chicken and a Hangar Hound at The Whiskey Jar.  “It’s my favorite comfort food on the mall. I love Will Richey’s passion for good traditional recipes, and his passion for local and fresh.”

4)  Bangkok Mussels at Public Fish & Oyster.  “One of my new favorite dishes. There is possibly no better meal than moules frites, and they do a great job of keeping it classic with a really flavorful twist.”

5)  Fried Oysters and Barboursville Pinot Grigio at Three Notch’d Grill.  “A wonderful combination of savory crunchy friedness and fresh zestiness.”

Five Finds on Friday: Chris Arseneault

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On Fridays we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Chris Arseneault, owner of Charlottesville’s favorite seafood source: Seafood @ West Main, which for years has served the area’s best restaurants.  Chris’s picks:

1)  Kim-chee Fried Rice at The Korean House.  “There is great, authentic Korean food in C’ville but it is served in a most unpretentious manner. Relax and enjoy.”

2)  Fried Calamari at Pizza Bella.  “With the house marinara (no cheese please), it is a meal by itself.”

3)  Lunch Buffet at Royal Indian.  “Fresh naan delivered to your table at a lunch buffet? Yes!  I typically go on Friday after a long week of serving my precious customers . . . love you all!”

4)  Blackened Catfish Sandwich at The Whiskey Jar.  “This will make a southern boy speechless.”

5)  My favorite fish…Hamachi (seriola quinqueradiata).  “Sashimi is the quintessential manner to consume this beautiful fish.”

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