The Charlottesville 29

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

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Five Finds on Friday: Christina Fessler

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from reader Christina Fessler. In celebration of the Culture of Takeout, all autumn long Five Finds on Friday features readers selected at random in weekly drawings. Also part of the prize is a $100 restaurant gift certificate, like Fessler’s to MarieBette. Check back Monday November 9 to enter next week’s drawing, which includes a $100 gift certificate to Zocalo. Fessler’s favorites from the Culture of Takeout:

1) Brisket from Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. “This was one of the first dishes I had after first moving into Charlottesville. The brisket was very juicy and full of flavor and the different sauces that Ace Biscuit & Barbecue had to offer further accentuated the rich spices and love that went into this dish.” 

2) Chicken Nachos from El Puerto. “So simple but yet so satisfying. This dish has the right amount of queso to make anyone happy. This place is truly a hidden gem.”

3) Shrimp and Grits from Ivy Inn. “My only gripe about this dish is that there is not an unlimited supply of it on hand. The shrimp is always cooked perfectly, and the grits have the right amount of butter and cheesy goodness that you crave in your grits. I always want seconds after this and never do I want to share.”

4) The Balboa (AKA “The Italian Philly”) from Basil. “This is a dish that you need to share. Do not sleep on Basil’s sandwiches. Not only is the portion size fit for two grown adults, it is a heck of a value! But beware this sandwich can get messy.”

5) Fried Green Tomato BLT from Croby’s. “Not only is the food good at Croby’s, so are the people. The staff here genuinely love their job and it shows in their food. The fried green tomato BLT is something I crave on the daily. It comes with not one tomato, but two. Did I also mention the very generous bacon portions?”

Five Finds on Friday: George Cohen

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs, personalities, or readers.  This week we take a break from chefs to bring you the picks of George Cohen, Chair of the UVa Faculty Senate, who recently led the faculty’s effort to secure the reinstatement of UVa President Theresa Sullivan.  Cohen’s five picks:

1.  Lox and Vegetable Cream Cheese on an Everything Bagel at  Bodo’sGreat soul food that takes me back to my Jewish New Jersey roots.  Now if we could only get some good herring in sour cream and onions!

2.  Black & White Cookies at Chandler’sAnother childhood favorite.  I also love their chocolate cakes.

3.  Hot and Sour Soup at SzechuanWe have known the Yu family for years and this is my personal favorite dish there.

4.  Pesto Wrap at Zazus Fresh Grille  Zazus is a big favorite of my law professor colleagues and I just love the pesto wrap.

5.  Fajita Burrito at El PuertoThis is another of my lunch favorites.  Delicious, though I usually am in a stupor for several hours afterwards.

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