The Charlottesville 29

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

Tag: Carpe Donut

Five Finds on Friday: Tim Edmond

On Fridays, we feature five finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  In honor of the recent Virginia Cider Week, today’s picks come from Tim Edmond, co-owner of Potter’s Craft Cider, which, in its short existence, is already winning praise far and wide. Edmond’s picks:

1)  Soft Pretzel at Early Mountain VineyardsIf you haven’t ventured to Madison to check out this winery, the soft pretzel is reason enough.  They also have an awesome selection of Virginia wines and partner with wineries from across the state.  The fact that it is beautiful, they are steadfast supporters of Virginia wine and have committed to donate all profits to the Virgina wine industry, those are good reasons to check it out too.

2)  House-made Sorghum Butter at The Whiskey JarI could eat it by itself but usually put it on hush puppies or ham biscuits.  Love this place, love the food and the understated local ingredients.

3)  Goat Pasanda at Milan.  I order this extra spicy with garlic naan.

4)  Ginger Kombucha from Barefoot Bucha with a Hot Donut from Carpe Donut.  A favorite Saturday morning ritual is to walk the dog to Carpe Donut.  The kombucha is awesome and I love that you can also find Barefoot Bucha on draft at places like Blue Mountain Brewery, Whole Foods, and The Whiskey Jar.

5)  Dinner at ForageThis is a ridiculously awesome supper club from chefs Megan Kiernan and Justin Stone. They cook some of the best food in Charlottesville that is either foraged, bought, or bartered from local sources.

Five Finds on Friday: Larry Sabato

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  With election season in full swing, this week’s picks come from one of the nation’s most renowned election experts, Dr. Larry Sabato, director of the UVa Center for Politics.  The Wall Street Journal once called Dr. Sabato “probably the most quoted college professor in the land.”  You can follow his famous Crystal Ball of election projections here.  Most significantly, Dr. Sabato is a lover of Charlottesville food.  Dr. Sabato’s picks:

1)  Melanzane al Parmigiano at TavolaThis really gets back to my Italian roots.  Tavola is a great addition to the Charlottesville culinary scene.

2)  Vegetarian “Blue Plate Special” at Hamiltons’A classic, perfect every time.

3)  The Haystack  at the Horse & Hound.  Stack of roasted vegetables, goat cheese, pesto, and sprouts, on multi-grain bread.  Horse and Hound is a favorite at the UVa Center for Politics.  They have a great menu and also do a wonderful job on catering.

4)  Donut Ice Cream Sandwich at Carpe Donut.  Cinnamon-sugar donut sliced in half and layered with homemade vanilla ice cream.  The perfect food to fulfill one’s guilty pleasure.

5)  Cookie Dough Archer at Arch’s Frozen Yogurt.  Lots of cookie dough in vanilla frozen yogurt.  Students aren’t the only ones who love Arch’s!