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: Claudia Cruz

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Claudia Cruz of Dulce De Leche. Among the silver linings of the pandemic, Dulce De Leche is a delivery-only bakery offering “handmade Peruvian sweets.” As Cruz works on her elementary education degree and cares for her two young boys, COVID-19 prompted her to launch her own business. Customers may order on Facebook or Instagram, or by texting (434) 989-9036. After sampling her baked goods, James Beard semifinalist Angelo Vangelopoulos of Ivy Inn pronounced: “Soooo good.” Cruz’s picks:

1) La Familia Chicken from Al Carbon. “It is very nice to choose for the whole family. We usually order La Familia size chicken after having a long day from work. It reminds us of our rotisserie chicken from back home, Peru.”

2) East Coast from Burger Bach. “When looking for a place for a good burger there is no doubt there are multiple places in Charlottesville, but my favorite burger is located here. The flavors of this sweet and salty burger are out of the world. Not to mention with my favorite cheese, brie, mixed with my favorite fruit, blueberries. Say no more, I will be there in a blink of an eye if possible.”

3) Shrimp Tacos from Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant (UVa location). “I’m kind of embarrassed to say but I don’t venture out with tacos, I only order shrimp tacos in every Mexican restaurant. Therefore, the shrimp tacos from this restaurant are absolutely amazing, with fresh cabbage and crème cilantro lime sauce. Delish.”

4) Shrimp Tempura Sushi from Snowfox Sushi (Inside Kroger, Barracks Road). “It’s a little-known secret but the sushi in Kroger is actually made by franchise owners of Snowfox Sushi. This means that the sushi chefs are free to get creative and bring their knowledge when it comes to making the best sushi possible. One of our best friends owns this location and is one of the best sushi chefs we have ever met.”

5) BLT on Everything from Bodo’s. “Nothing like a good bagel with hot coffee to start your day. We enjoy this Charlottesville staple very much. No matter how long the line is, it is worth the wait.”

Pionono. A soft, rolled cake filled with dulce de leche, traditionally sold on the streets of Peru.

Five Finds on Friday: Norkeita Goins

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Norkeita Goins of Caked Up, a custom cake and cupcake baker with new flavors weekly. As a Black-owned Restaurant and Food Business, Goins says she is amazed by how much support Caked Up has received the last few weeks. “I’m so blessed right now,” said Goins. Want to spread love and cupcakes to your friends while supporting a local business? Buy e-gift cards here. Goins’ picks:

1) Frozen Lime Margarita at Guadalajara Downtown. “Hold the salt! One of life’s happiest moments in a glass. The lime flavor is so sweet, bitter, and sour. Plus tequila. It pairs so well with their Burrito California (with steak).”

2) Queso Frito at Guajiros Miami Eatery. “Sweet, crispy fried cheese that will melt in your mouth served with the best dipping sauce. They are so amazing. Don’t plan on sharing these because you will want them all to your self.”

3) Pecan Bun at MarieBette Cafe and Bakery. “This is my go-to treat from MarieBette. It’s so buttery, flaky, and sweet with just the right amount of pecans.”

4) Blueberry Pancake Bake from Plenty Cville. “OH MY GOSH! When the blueberry pancake bake was an item on Della’s weekly menu I had to try it. I’m not a huge fan of blueberries, but Plenty Cville has changed this for me. Moist, tender, cake like pancake with fresh blueberries and drizzled blueberry maple syrup. The berries were so sweet and that sauce was fire. If it’s ever placed back on the menu, you will not be disappointed.”

5) Double Stuffed Baked Potato at Royalty Eats. “There’s so much that goes into this ginormous potato. It’s loaded with your choice of meat (chicken, steak, or shrimp), broccoli florets, loads of cheese, and sour cream.  It’s so good on a comfort food day.”

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Double Stuffed Baked Potato, Royalty Eats

 

 

 

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