Five Finds on Friday: David Morgan


On Fridays, we feature five finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from David Morgan, chef of the new restaurant set to open soon in the former site of West Main Restaurant.  A local tavern with a speakeasy in the basement, the yet-to-be-named restaurant will feature “lots of charcuterie, scratch made bar snacks, and old school specials,” said Morgan, a Culinary Institute of America graduate who has been sous chef to Tucker Yoder at Clifton Inn and Ian Boden at Staunton Grocery.  More details to come. Morgans’s picks:

1) Dinner at Eljogaha. “My mentor and friend, Tucker’s simple but whimsical approach to local sustainable cooking is unrivaled in town. Always delicious.”

2) Dry-Fried Mushrooms at Peter Chang’s.  “Every crispy, numbing bite of mushrooms is bliss.”

3) Spicy Fried Calamari at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie.  “With roasted jalapeno, peanuts and cilantro and paired with a local draft, it is always worth the drive for me. And our kids love their pizza!”

4) Spicy Miso Ramen at Kokoro.  “This place is a hidden gem. The spicy miso ramen warms my soul, and if anyone is getting amazing fish in Charlottesville, it’s Tauchi.”

5)  Turkey Trot at Beer Run.  “Always the go-to spot for my family. Everyone gets their own Turkey Trot because they’re too good to share. And, there’s always a great selection of beautifully bitter IPAs.”