Five Finds on Friday: Ellen Searcy

by Charlottesville29


On Fridays we feature five finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Ellen Searcy, the winner of the drawing to be our first reader participant.  An attorney who has lived in Charlottesville since 2006, Searcy has been obsessed with rabbit since Craig Hartman served bunny sausages at Fossett’s in 2008.  Searcy’s picks:

1)  Duck, Bunny, & Pig Stew at MAS Tapas.  “My favorite food in Charlottesville.  Whenever it’s on the menu, we order one, then regret not ordering two.”

2)  Rabbit Terrine at JM Stock.  “When my husband’s out of town, dinner is always a slice of their rabbit terrine or award-winning country pate with some Albemarle Baking Company bread, mustard, cornichons, a glass or two of wine, and a Double Trouble chocolate cupcake from Pearl’s next door.”

3)  The Dubliner at Beer Run.  “Corned beef, Swiss, and Colcannon on pumpernickel. Seasonal in March but it would be awesome year round.”

4)  Risotto at The Alley Light.  “You can’t go wrong with anything on their specials menu (and it’s hard not to order their rabbit or pork rillette every week), but their risotto is the best I’ve had. It’s cozy yet sensual.”

5)  Chocolate Milkshake at Colleen Drive-in.  “You can call ahead and they’ll have the milkshake waiting for you in the freezer so you don’t have to wait outside in the cold while they make it.”