The Charlottesville 29

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

Five Finds on Friday: Cesar Perez

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Photo by Tom McGovern.

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Cesar Perez, chef of The Bebedero, Will Richey’s Mexican restaurant due to open next month.  Details here.  Perez also cooked at The Alley Light and was sous chef of The Whiskey Jar.  Perez says he really likes the pork chop at The Whiskey Jar, in addition to his five picks:

1) Grilled Salmon at ZoCaLo. “Every time I come in to this place, I crave the delicious salmon. I love the fact the it is always perfect and consistent as the time before.”

2) Cemita de Carne Asada at Al Carbon.  “I come from Puebla, where these sandwiches are created, and I just love the fact that we finally have these cemitas in Charlottesville. When I first saw them on the menu I was I little skeptical, but they really won me over.  They are as good as I remember!”

3) Danny Laruso Burger at Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint.  “I love this burger. I love how the cream cheese and jalapeño jelly infuse with the burger. It’s like a party in my mouth!”

4)  Lamb or Goat Masala at Royal Indian.  “I love all the flavors found in this dish – you get creamy, spicy and sweet at the same time, along with a million more flavors infusing in your mouth!”

5)  Honey Fire Sirloin Tips Pasta at Timberwood Grill.  “I really like this pasta.  It’s nice and creamy, hot and sweet, and the sirloin tips are cooked to perfection. It’s an amazing pasta overall!”

Breakfast at Blue Moon Diner with UVa Coaches Brian O’Connor and Brian Boland

This week’s C-VILLE Weekly includes an article, Breakfast of Champions, about my recent breakfast at Blue Moon Diner with UVa Coaches Brian O’Connor (baseball) and Brian Boland (men’s tennis), both current national champions in their sports.  Here are some more images by talented local photographer Tom McGovern.  It’s easy to see that these former neighbors have a great friendship.  They would even look at each other when a question was pending, like a married couple wondering if their spouse brought the answer. And, it appears that their dining companion is the funniest person in the world. Enjoy:

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