Five Finds on Friday: Phillip Gerringer

by Charlottesville29


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Phillip Gerringer, the former Mono Loco cook who now runs the stellar food truck South Fork.  We’ve hosted parties catered by South Fork, and they’ve knocked it out of the park. Gerringer’s picks:

1)  Pimento Cheese Fritters at Maya.  “I could eat good pimento cheese with a spoon. Ball it up and fry it . . .  that’s ballgame. I ordered these for my mother-in-law who was a pimento cheese skeptic (they exist). It totally converted her.”

2)  Beef Tartare at Petit Pois.  “The patio here on a beautiful night will make you feel like you managed to transport to a Parisian cafe. A glass of wine . . . the beef tartare . . . it’s a great way to start off a night downtown. It’s simple, elegant, and uncomplicated. Just a delicious start to any of their dinners.”

3)  Spicy Noodle Bowl at Pad Thai.  “My wife and I love this place. I think through the years I’ve sampled just about everything on their menu, but the Spicy Noodle Bowl has become my go-to dish. The herb broth is perfection and I either get it with the Red Pork or Chicken Meatballs.”

4)  Bread from Mission Home Bakeshop.  “I picked up a loaf on a whim and it’s become my favorite for sandwiches. It’s budget-friendly, no frills sandwich bread, and when you toast it on the grill, it’s incredible.”

5)  The Royale at Restoration.  “I’m usually a traditionalist when it comes to cheeseburgers, but the bacon jam and tomato relish take this one to another level. I’ve loved watching this place come into its own.  Rich and Kelly’s commitment to getting every detail right is what makes their menu so amazing. They can take something as simple as a burger and make it creative but approachable.”