The Charlottesville 29

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

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Five Finds on Friday: Aaron Hill

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Lampo sous chef Aaron Hill, whose role there continues to grow while new projects demand the time of the restaurant’s founders. Hill’s picks:

1) Ham Biscuit with honey and hot sauce at JM Stock Provisions. “It’s everything I want: perfectly baked biscuit, hot , sweet and savory. I want it all the time including weekends holidays and by the tray.”

2) Pistachio Popsicle from La Flor Michoacana. “It’s a favorite spot for me and my son, and if you know us personally you know we always have a popsicle at hand. And, La Flor just knocks it out of the park. Reminds me of my childhood, so good.”

3) Watermelon Gose from Three Notch’d Brewing Company.  “Can’t think of a better beverage to beat the heat with. Love the balance.”

4) NacHos at Dr Ho’s Humble Pie. “My all-time favorite thing from Dr Ho’s! No other nachos comes close to scratching the itch. Poblano lime cream fresh corn salsa and slow braised beef just drowning in melty goodness. Ho’s knows.”

5) Fried Chicken and Waffles at buffet brunch at The Fitzroy. “My list wouldn’t be complete without it. Something has got to be said about endless fried chicken and maple syrup (and hot sauce).”

Five Finds on Friday: Mark Fulton

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Mark Fulton, co-founder and Director of Brewing Operations of Reason Beer, the Charlottesville brewery set to launch next week. Thursday at 4 pm at Beer Run will be your first chance to taste the new creations of the former head brewer of Maine Beer Company. Four Reason beers will be on tap: Blonde, Pale, Black, and Saison, while Blonde bottles will be available, too. The Beer Run party will be followed by a series of launch events around Virginia, including Saturday, July 22 at The Whiskey Jar. Learn more about Reason here. Fulton’s picks:

1) Ace Burger at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. “This is my favorite burger in town.  The ground brisket is perfect, the pickles are tangy and fantastic, and it is topped with Charlottesville’s best pimento cheese.”

2) Hot and Numbing Combination in Hotpot at Peter Chang China Grill. “This dish fundamentally changed my perception of what spicy can be.  Far from a simple two dimensional heat scale, the hotpot embarks on strange new voyages in spice.”

3) En Fuego Wrap at Ivy Provisions. “It’s a greasy mess, but it’s the cure for what ails you on a slow morning.  IVP’s chorizo is the star here, mixed with green chili sauce and pepper jack cheese.”

4) Nachos at Beer Run.”My favorite place in town to grab a pint and a giant plate of nachos. Bring a friend (or two), and go all in with beans and beef, extra jalapenos, and bacon.”

5) Brown Butter Crumble Donut at Miso Sweet. “This thing is a little circle of heaven.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Zach Miller

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Zach Miller, co-owner of Timbercreek Market, set to re-open next month with the addition of a new onsite restaurant, Back Forty. While the market will still offer meat and produce from Timbercreek Farm and other local sources, Back Forty will be a full-service restaurant under the direction of chef Tucker Yoder. “Back 40 is his restaurant,” says Miller. “We simply are along for the ride.” For that ride, Chef Yoder says to expect “a more refined version of the things we are doing now.” There is even a bar with house cocktails, and Yoder has already begun jarring cherries in rye and sorghum for that very purpose. Miller’s picks:

1) Falconer Hoppy Wheat Ale from Champion Brewing Company. “You can always find a Champion at our house, but this beer is at the top of my list. Hunter’s beers are all great which is why we are collaborating on a special release with Champion for our new restaurant. We will grow the crops and Hunter will create a magic beer.”

2) The Steakhouse Burger at Citizen Burger Bar, served rare. “Shameless self promotion? Yes. But what is there not to like? So many great flavors in between the greatest bread in town – an Albemarle Baking Company brioche.”

3) F8 by Jake Busching Wines. “Jake’s wines are great! The F8 is not only great but the grapes are grown by my friend Carl Tinder, so knowing the farmer makes it a win and it’s really good to top it off!”

4) 434 Summer Pale Ale from Three Notch’d Brewery. “Another find in our kitchen. It is a delicious light drinking summer beer that our beer buyer, Maggie Slinkman, has made a staple at the market for the summer.”

5) Spicy Peanut Tofu at Revolutionary Soup. “This is my go-to spot for lunch when I am downtown. If I eat lunch it needs to be light and quick and Rev Soup delivers every time.”