The Charlottesville 29

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

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1817 Emmett Street . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 984-2828

Why Milan?

The Charlottesville 29 would not be complete without at least one Indian restaurant, and we are fortunate in Charlottesville to have several good ones. What ekes Milan ahead of the competition is not just great food, but unfailing hospitality. Since moving to the United States from India in 1996, owner Charanjeet Ghotra has spent his life in the restaurant industry. And it shows. What also shows is that much of Ghtotra’s staff has been with Milan since it opened in 2003. Pronounced like Bob Dylan’s last name (not the city in Italy), Milan offers Charlottesville’s most complete Indian restaurant experience.

What to Order

The Milan kitchen is so consistent that chances are you’ll be happy with your go-to Indian restaurant order. But, Milan also excels beyond the standard Punjabi fare that fills menus of Indian restaurants across the U.S.. So, if you must stick with an old favorite, consider pairing it with something new. Better yet, bring a group of friends, and let Milan create a feast for you.

Below are our favorite dishes, as well as picks from Ghotra, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where other chefs and personalities have named a Milan dish one of the best in town.

Our Picks

  • Hara Bhara kebab
  • Lasooni Gobhi
  • Bhindi Masala
  • Goat Vin d’ Alho

Chef/Owner Picks

  • Bhel Puri
  • Hara Bhara Kebab
  • Lasooni Gobhi
  • Lamb Rogan Josh
  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Coastal Shrimp Curry
  • Scallop Patia
  • Baingan Bahar (eggplant)
  • Chicken Chettinadu

Five Finds on Friday Picks

Five Finds on Friday: Emily Pelton

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Emily Pelton, Winemaker at Veritas Vineyards and Winery, who next week, on March 31, will be part of a very special event at Clifton Inn: the Women in Wine Dinner. It will feature six courses of chef Tucker Yoder’s food paired with wines from Pelton, Kirsty Harmon of Blenheim Vineyards, and Pamela Margaux of Margaux and Company. The menu looks fantastic.  Call 434-971-1800 to reserve your spot.  Pelton’s picks:

1)  Chirashi and a Hendricks Dirty Martini at the bar at TEN. “My favorite quick, de-stress dinner.”

2)  Burger and Blanc de Blancs at Brookville.  “It is outstanding and creative, and perfectly balanced, even in its over-the-top nature. My favorite meal to share with a friend and a bottle of Thibaut–Janisson, Cuvee D’Etat 2008.”

3)  Fried Chicken and a Hangar Hound at The Whiskey Jar.  “It’s my favorite comfort food on the mall. I love Will Richey’s passion for good traditional recipes, and his passion for local and fresh.”

4)  Bangkok Mussels at Public Fish & Oyster.  “One of my new favorite dishes. There is possibly no better meal than moules frites, and they do a great job of keeping it classic with a really flavorful twist.”

5)  Fried Oysters and Barboursville Pinot Grigio at Three Notch’d Grill.  “A wonderful combination of savory crunchy friedness and fresh zestiness.”

Five Finds on Friday: Taylor Smack

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Taylor Smack, co-owner and brewer at the beautiful Blue Mountain Brewery.  Smack’s five picks:

1)  Crispy Pork “Cheerwine” BBQ at Maya.

2)  The Goat Herder at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar.

3)  Datil con tocino at Mas.    Medjool dates roasted inside of applewood-smoked bacon.

4)  Pad Thai with Tofu at Downtown Thai.

5)  Fried Chicken with Collards at The Whiskey Jar.