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: Anna Gardner

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Gardner, right, with Melissa Close-Hart

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Anna Gardner, cook at Junction, which is poised to release a new menu in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for items like a pupusa of Sharondale Farm mushrooms and Caromont Farm goat cheese or, Gardner’s favorite, a chimichanga of duck confit. Garnder’s picks:

1) Radish Top Kimchi from Sussex Farm. “There’s nothing like that bite to wake me up on a Saturday morning at the City Market. Not to mention, Jenny is a sweetheart.”

2) Elvis Ice Cream Sandwich at Blue Moon Diner. “Banana pudding ice cream. Chocolate peanut butter cookie. Don’t lie to yourself, you want the full portion.”

3) Fried Chicken at GoCo on Cherry Ave. “There’s nothing quite like the terroir of a heat lamp. Don’t talk to me about Wayside, GoCo is where it is.”

4) Capellini Frutti di Mare “Fra Diavolo” at Tavola.  “Simple, classic, delicious. Best I’ve ever had.”

5) Brioche Feuilletée with pastry cream from MarieBette. “Say pastry cream and I’m there. Stuff pastry cream inside of bread that’s more butter than flour and I’m in love.”

Five Finds on Friday: Michael McCarthy

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Michael McCarthy, chef/owner of Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie.  McCarthy’s picks:

1)  Hot Sicilian sandwich at Durty Nelly’s Wayside Deli.  “Rye bread makes life better, plain and simple.”

2)  Fried Chicken at GOCO on Cherry Ave.  “There is a lot of fried chicken out there, but this is the BEST hands down.”

3)  Crab Cakes at Duner’s.  “The real deal, lots of lump crab and pleasantly seasoned.”

4)  Pork Souvlaki Dinner at Tip Top Restaurant. “They know how to hook it up!”

5)  Mustard Crusted Rack of Lamb at Ivy Inn Restaurant.  “Everything Angelo touches turns to gold, but the rack of lamb at the Ivy Inn is perhaps his biggest culinary achievement.”

Five Finds on Friday: Chris Humphrey

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Chris Humphrey, chef at Rapture.  On Tuesday, October 16th, Humphrey is preparing a Pig & Whiskey Dinner at Rapture, featuring five courses paired with whiskey.  The menu looks phenomenal.  Humphrey’s picks:

1)  Goat Vin d’ Alho at Milan.

2)  Pastrami and Swiss on an Onion Bagel with onions and mustard at Bodo’s.

3)  Fried chicken (leg and thigh with potato wedges) at GoCo. [Note: This was also our pick in a Two for Tuesday.]

4)  Mousse de Foie de Volaille at Petit PoisPolyface Farm chicken liver mousse with toast points and green salad. [Note: This was also our pick in a Two for Tuesday.]

5)  Sweetbreads at C&O.  Sweetbreads with sultanas and green peppercorns in a marsala cream sauce over toasted brioche.