The Charlottesville 29

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

Food Find: Pupusas at Pupuceria


One of the happiest sounds on earth once emanated from the rear of Mercado World Foods, a small shop on 29N, where an abuela would slap fresh dough into pupusas. Though Mercado World Foods is long closed, that same happy sound can now be heard at Pupuceria, a food truck on 29N. Slow food is good food, so be prepared to wait as the dough for your made-to-order pupusa is slapped into a disc and cooked on a griddle. Served with the classic curtido – a tangy slaw that complements the richness of the melted cheese inside. Worth the wait, they rival the ones from Mercado World Foods, which is high praise.

On 29N at 1215 Seminole Trail.

Food Find: Baleadas at El Ciruelo


A recent arrival to Charlottesville, baleadas have spread to so many restaurants that it would be worthwhile to do a crawl to compare the many versions of the signature Honduran dish. Among the best would surely be the ones at El Ciruelo Food Truck.
Handmade flat bread folded around mashed beans, cheese and mantequilla. No wonder Hondurans love them so much.

On 29N at 1215 Seminole Trail, across from Shell.


TEN Auction


Here is your chance to experience TEN like you never have before, while helping to feed the area’s hungry: The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions. Along with all of the other restaurants in The Charlottesville 29, TEN has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience for whoever pledges the highest donation to The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Thanks to the generosity of TEN, the entire winning bid goes directly to the food bank. And, thanks to the efficiency of the food bank, each dollar donated creates four meals for the area’s hungry.

The TEN signature experience for The Charlottesville 29 Restaurant Auctions:

Luxury Omakase

In Japanese, omakase translates roughly as “to entrust.” And indeed, it requires trust to order omakase and leave yourself in the hands of the sushi chef. The only constraint is what the chef happens to have available.

For the TEN auction winner and five guests, though, sushi chef Pei Chang will plan ahead to make sure he has the very best ingredients available in order to create an indulgent menu of course-after-course of luxury ingredients, like uni from Hokkaido, Spanish Bluefin tuna, caviar, lobster and more. Plus, guests will enjoy exotic sake and wine pairings throughout the meal. 

Note: The auction winner will schedule the meal at a mutually convenient time with TEN.


Bidding has ended for the TEN experience. Winning bid: $2,600.

%d bloggers like this: