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: Maureen Scott

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Maureen Scott, Chocolatier and Lead Baker at Gearharts Fine Chocolates, which has a new creation called Hot Honeycomb — puffed candy of local honey with a subtle bee “sting” of chili pepper, dipped in dark chocolate. Scott’s picks, two of which, she notes, share the “sweet heat” of Hot Honeycomb:

1) Stollen at Albemarle Baking Company. “When I read Gerry Newman’s beautiful story about the way he perfected his stollen over the years, I knew I had to run up to Albemarle Baking Company the next morning. I became addicted. I wait patiently every year to hear it’s arrival in the bakery.”

2) Cville Ham Biscuit at JM Stock Provisions. “The most buttery biscuit I’ve ever had. Tasso ham. Hot sauce. Honey. So simple. So perfect.”

3) Chicken and Waffles at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. “When my sister and brother-in-law were visiting from up north, I wanted to show them a true southern breakfast. Buttermilk fried chicken, fluffy waffles, maple syrup and hot sauce. Add a rib biscuit, grits and sweet tea. Best way to start the day.”

4) Duck confit, celery root purée, apple gastrique at Holmes Dinner Club. “I talked about this dish for weeks to anyone who would listen. So tender and delicious. Just incredible.”

5) Truffle Chèvre at Caromont Farm. “I love this with beef tenderloin and asparagus, and also with just a spoon like a bowl of ice cream. It’s that good.” 

Five Finds on Friday: Collins Huff

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Collins Huff of Gryffon’s Aerie, the Crozet farm that now has its own food truck at Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery. Gryffon’s Aerie at PRN serves signature burgers and bar food made from the farm’s Devon beef and other local sources. Tonight, April 27, they’ll be serving up po’ boys with Virginia oysters. Huff’s picks:

1) Aged Prosciutto at Lampo. “Sliced on their Berkel Heritage meat slicer. The blade on this hand-powered marvel turns slower, thus cooler, and allows the exquisite fat to render on your tongue, not on the blade.”

2) Albacore Sushi by Toma at Foods of All Nations. “This humble warrior is a Samurai when it comes to his craft. This is my go-to fast lunch when I have to be in town. Try the Albacore. It’s always super fresh.”

3) Scrapple at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. “Where I come from, we call it ponhorse. Whatever you call it, Brian’s version is unique and awesome.”

4) Hot Dog from JM Stock Provisions. “Alex and the team make these weekly from local meats. It just so happens you can get one at Gryffon’s Aerie at PRN, topped with Farmstead Ferments classic kraut braised in beer. I understand it pairs well with Pro Re Nata’s session Pilsner.”

5) Revolving Ceviche at RockSalt. “Travis Croxton’s team changes it up and gets it right every time.”

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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