Petit Pois

by Charlottesville29

Pois

201 Main Street . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 979-7647
http://www.petitpoisrestaurant.com/

Why Petit Pois?

Many Charlottesville restaurants have seasonal menus. In a town so committed to local sourcing, Mother Nature demands it. But, few restaurants transform themselves with the seasons as much as Petit Pois, the casual and affordable sibling of Fleurie located in the center of the Downtown Mall. It’s like several restaurants in one.  In the winter, it’s the closest thing in Charlottesville to a French bistro, serving hearty French classics, faithfully prepared, in a cozy 25-seat dining room. In warmer months, a 65-seat patio draws crowds for optimal people-watching, epic lunches, and breezy dinners of lighter takes on locally-sourced French fare.  Any time of year, there are few more reliable spots in town for a great meal than Petit Pois.

What to Order

Below are our favorite items, the chef’s picks, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where a chef or personality has named a Petit Pois dish one of the best in town.

Our Picks

  • Soupe à l’Oignon
  • Mousse de Foie de Volaille
  • Skate Wing
  • Steak Frites
  • Panisse

Chef’s Picks

  • Soupe à l’Oignon
  • Chilled Pea Soup with creme fraiche and shaved radish
  • Moules Marinieres (Prince Edward Island Mussels with beurre blanc, mirepoix and grilled bread)
  • Tuna Nicoise Salad (hard boiled Polyface egg, tomato, green beans, potatoes, Nicoise olives, mustard vinaigrette)
  • Bourride (aromatic shellfish broth with fennel, saffron, clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp and scallops, grilled bread and rouille)
  • Profiteroles (Pate au choux with house made vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce)

Five Finds on Friday Picks