The Charlottesville 29

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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.

Five Finds on Friday: John Schaible


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from John Schaible, chef of the new-and-improved Fry’s Spring Station, under the guidance of Ben Thompson and Tommy Lasley. Schaible first worked with Lasley at Orzo and Thomspon at The Rock Barn, before they both suggested he take some time away from Charlottesville to train in other venues. After stints at two highly acclaimed spots – Westchester’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Brooklyn’s The Meat Hook – Schaible, who has been dubbed Johnny Meat, has returned to town to run the kitchen at Fry’s Spring Station. Schaible’s picks:

1)  The Gobbfather at Ivy Provisions.  “Always a healthy start to my day – hahaha! When I can squeeze past 40 other people and get a sandwich, it’s the Gobbfather and a Traeger Brothers coffee. The staff is actually really friendly and the space is fun and pretty accessible. They carry great product, wine, beer and lots of grocery for adding to your pantry or inventory.”

2) Potato, Egg, and Cheese Taco by Brazos Tacos from Atlas Coffee. “Atlas is right next to Fry’s, so if I can’t have a Gobbfather in the morning, I get a taco from the steam table. Laurie at Atlas is one of the coolest business owners and she introduced me to this great idea that Brazos has and their awesome tacos.”

3)  Cheddar Jalapeno Dogs from The Rock Barn at the City Market. “Though I don’t butcher with Ben any more, if I have some time Saturday morning, I stop by the Market to give him or his crew some guff and pick up these dogs. Ben’s products are  really great and he isn’t afraid to R&D new stuff and test it on the public.”

4)  Raw Fish Salad at Now & Zen. “Really just the best for a quiet lunch and to satiate any raw fish cravings a meat eater finds when they are low on omega 3s. I have always really liked Now & Zen. They do really good, fun sushi for a very affordable price. Their raw fish salad is pretty amazing. Fresh, light, citric and loaded with salmon, tuna, mackerel, scallop. It’s like their kitchen fish sink.”

5)  Manhattan at The Whiskey Jar. “Something about Charlottesville brought out my love of bourbon. The Whiskey Jar has pretty simple straightforward and perfected cocktails. A Manhattan does it for me. I like the casual and social feel of the Jar and sometimes, when I am lucky, I get to see Red and the Romantics there.”