407 Monticello Road . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 328-8755
There can be no two brothers with greater passion for food than the Shanesys. John and Scott Shanesy are the type of food lovers who are planning their next meal during their current one.
Belle, their Belmont bakery, coffee shop, and café, is an homage to their love of food. A well-trained baker, Scott spins dough and magic into bread, which John uses to build destination-worthy sandwiches. On other menu items, John’s fondness for rustic, French fare makes its mark. As does his talent.
As good as Belle is already, the best may be yet to come. Freed from the restraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, John is just now unleashing a dinner service that celebrates his love of food even more than Belle already does.
What To Order
The menu changes by time of day. For breakfast, savvy regulars ordering at the counter know to request Belle’s signature English muffin for their sandwich. Lunch brings more sandwiches, omelets, and salads, while dinner is bistro cuisine. Below are our picks and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where a local chef or personality has named a Belle dish as one of the best in town.
- Breakfast Sandwich #1 on a Muffin
- Belle Falafel Sandwich
- Belle Omelet
- Croque Madame
- Cinnamon Roll
Five Finds on Friday Picks
- Donuts — Lizzy Hood (Passiflora)
- English Muffin — Susan Sweeney (Cake Bloom); Bo Stockton (Michael’s Bistro)