Five Finds on Friday: Robbie O’Cain

by Charlottesville29


On Fridays, we feature five finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  It’s Virginia Beer Month, and yesterday was National IPA Day, so today’s picks come from Robbie O’Cain, the new Brewmaster at Starr Hill Brewery, who has revamped the brewery’s flagship IPA: Northern Lights.  O’Cain’s picks:

1)  Torta Milanesa at La Michoacana.  “Street Mexican food is normally associated with tacos and burritos but I think the best of all the dishes is the Torta, and La Michoacana is the tops.”

2)  Boquerones Con Ajo at MAS Tapas.  “Mas does anchovies better than anywhere else I have been.”

3)  Nachos at Beer Run.  “Great place, great people, great beer selection and great nachos. Tip: Get meat and beans. One time we ordered two back to back and the waitress was impressed. She hadn’t had anyone do that before.”

4)  Fried Chicken at Mel’s Cafe.  “Great soul food in the Starr Hill neighborhood. It was also where I took my girlfriend on our first date so it holds sentimental value as well.”

5)  King of Hop Grapefruit at Starr Hill Brewery. We did a very limited run of this beer and it was one of the best beers we have ever made. It was everyone’s shift beer at the brewery for the couple weeks we had it. Be on the lookout for it at the tap room for Virginia Craft Beer Month.”