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: Jose De Brito


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Jose De Brito, who once owned Ciboulette and is now the chef of The Alley Light.  De Brito’s picks:

1)  Croissant at Albemarle Baking Company.  “Having grown up in Paris, I am always looking for good French food. The croissants at ABC are my way to not be too home sick. They are very well made.”

2)  Kabuli Palow at Ariana.  “I generally do takeout once a month, and Ariana’s lamb dish is always my choice. Perfectly seasoned rice, nice stewed lamb and the carrot & raisin relish is tasty. I need to stage there so I can learn how to make those carrots.”

3)  Maiale Milanese at Tavola.  “One of the fortes of Tavola is the use of acidity in the kitchen.  A little bit of lemon juice will make your food shine.  My girlfriend also loves the clams (I do too), never a single grain of sand.”

4)  Lunch Buffet at Himalayan Fusion.  “Buffets have never been my cup of tea but the one at Himalayan Fusion breaks my rule, sometimes twice a week.  I come early for freshness. A plate of food from scratch and always seasoned properly for $7? Best value in C-ville.”

5)  Coffee at Shenandoah Joe.  “My coffee is black with no sugar, so I am sensitive to burnt coffee. Shenandoah’s coffee is perfectly roasted.”

Five Finds on Friday: Tucker Yoder

Courtesy of Clifton Inn.

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Tucker Yoder, Executive Chef at Clifton Inn.  On October 29, Yoder has a special family-style meal planned at Clifton Inn with Christian Kelly of Maya, Angelo Vangelopoulos of Ivy Inn, and Lee Gregory of Richmond’s The Roosevelt.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity.  Yoder’s five picks:

1)  Rock Barn Bratwurst at Beer RunI am a big sucker for these.

2)  Espresso from Sidamo beans at Shenandoah JoeDave [Fafara, owner] turned me onto this a while back and I crave it every time I go in there.

3)  My Wife’s Muffins with Flour from Wheatberries from Steadfast Farm.   My wife is a big baker and makes fresh muffins for breakfast from flour she mills from fresh wheatberries from Steadfast Farm.  It really adds another dimension to the morning.

4.  Lunch Buffet at Himalayan FusionWith four kids, we don’t eat out much, but when we get a chance we really like the lunch buffet at Himalayan Fusion.  The kids will eat naan and Butter Chicken for days.

5.  Jam from Jam According to DanielOur house is big fans of Daniel’s jams, especially the fig, damson plum, and anything with holy basil in it.

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