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Tag: Brazos Tacos

Five Finds on Friday: Becca Lesnoff


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Becca Lesnoff of Brasserie Saison. Lesnoff is a Board Member of Red Shoe Cville, the fundraising branch of Ronald McDonald House, which is hosting the Battle of the BBQ, Saturday, October 26 at Champion Brewing Company to determine which of our area’s top barbecue joints makes the best barbecue. For details and tickets, go here. Lesnoff’s picks:

1) That’s My Yam or The Solid on corn tortillas at Brazos. “It is one of my favorite taco shops in one of my favorite areas of town. I feel like I am back in Asheville when I sit down outside of Brazos surrounded by art at IX. It’s a first choice to meet friends for lunch and bring my pup.”

2) Honey, Sausage, Goat Cheese and Egg Hand pies at The Pie Chest. “These breakfast/anytime meals are perfect when I am running around and need something hot, delicious and totally unique. I am often sent on a Pie Chest run from the staff at Brasserie, as it is something we all agree that we love.”

3) Frijoles Pupusas at Super Amanecer. “This place is truly a secret that I stumbled upon while looking for pasilia chillies for my partner, Jacob, to make homemade tamales. This has become a favorite after playing disc golf in Charlottesville.”

4) Crispy Scallops at Brasserie Saison. “I know it sounds like a cop-out to go with a dish from a restaurant I work at, but I feel like it should actually speak so much louder. This is the original dish that we opened the restaurant with that comes with the most delicate celery root puree, rice flour seared scallops, julienne celery root and benne seeds. It just came back onto the menu and I know that I am not the only person who is stoked.”

5) The Heavy Hand at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie. “This is one perfectly greasy pie layered with sopressata, capicola, italian sausage, onions, mushrooms, basil, and three cheeses. Their signature Dr. Ho’s ranch and a cold beer are the only things necessary to complete this indulgence. Another disc golf tradition after Jacob and I play a round at Walnut Creek.”


Five Finds on Friday: Ben Moore-Coll


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Ben Moore-Coll of JM Stock Provisions, whose new Meat Club makes the perfect Father’s Day gift this weekend (with the possible exception of this). Dads in Meat Club receive weekly packages of meats selected by JM Stock butchers, like steaks, chops, house-made sausages, and more. Meat Club members also enjoy discounts, free gifts, and other secret deals. Check out the options and register Dad here. Moore-Coll’s picks:

1) The Humble Pie at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie. “The only pizza I ever crave, the Humble Pie is the best everything pie there is: bell peppers, caramelized onions, mushrooms, pepperoni and Italian sausage are layered with cheddar and mozzarella and a perfect ratio of sauce and crust. Order to go and enjoy a pint while you wait — well worth the excellent North Garden vibes.”

2) Charred Carrots at Oakhart Social. “The carrots, slightly burnt and richly sweet, are decked with cool and creamy buttermilk dressing, fresh and crunchy pea tendrils, and spicy candied pecans. This provides a balance of textures and flavors for a dish perfect year round.”

3) DIPAs at Champion Brewing Company. “On a tap list filled with winners, the DIPAs at Champion routinely stand out. Bright, juicy, and often explosive hoppiness is complimented by malt backbone that never finishes too sweet or boozy. From Fruitless to the Golden One, you can’t go wrong.”

4) Fried Chicken with all the sides from Wayside. “It all starts with a couple bone-in thighs, juicy with a crunchy breaded exterior, but the meal isn’t complete without potato wedges: crispy and creamy all at once, delicious with chipotle ranch. The proper meal is then bolstered with ‘slaw, baked beans, mac ‘n cheese, and collards (my mom’s favorite). This meal is family, childhood, and comfort.”

5) Migas Plato with Chorizo at Brazos Tacos. “There is not a more accessible, hearty, filling, but not heavy nor food-coma-inducing breakfast in town. The three DIY tacos come with mashed potatoes, re-fried beans, chorizo and the delectable migas (scrambled eggs loaded with onions and peppers). Combined with tacos, there is no better breakfast to start a groggy weekend morning or fuel for a long day in the shop.”

Eat Tacos. Do Good.


Brazos Tacos bounced right back from an overnight burglary Saturday night. The burglars were caught swiftly and Brazos didn’t miss a beat, resuming service uninterrupted. Still, replacing a shattered glass door and repairing other damage does not come cheaply. Help mitigate the consequences of the burglary by eating a few extra tacos this week and, better yet, introducing friends to Brazos. Tough times are the best times to support businesses you love. So eat some tacos, and tell your friends about Brazos. Share the love.