The Charlottesville 29

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Five Finds on Friday: Nate Olewine


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Nate Olewine, Lead Brewer of Devils Backbone Brewing Company, which is set to release a new collection of collaboration beers with five breweries, called the Adventure Pack Collaboration Sampler.  Next Thursday at 6 pm, Kardinal Hall is celebrating the release of the impressive collection.  Details on the sampler and the celebration are here. Olewine’s picks:

1) The Hotness at Citizen Burger Bar.  “I eat hot peppers with everything.  Sometimes I just eat them by themselves.  This burger hits my scoville bill with the toppings:  jalapeno jack, sriracha mayo, and fresh jalapenos.”

2) Deep Fried Oreos at Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint. “I come for the beer selection and I stay for the deep fried oreos (and of course, the burgers).  The dessert pairs really well with our Schwartz beer, a German style black lager.  I also like the eclectic decor which is rich with beer history.”

3) Otoro at Now & Zen. “I visited Japan last year and discovered a new found love for fatty tuna.  As soon as we came home to Virginia, we headed to Now & Zen to satisfy my craving.  Can’t go wrong with the octopus nigiri either. “

4) Duck & Oyster Gumbo at Rapture.  “My first visit to Rapture was with my wife for the Pig & Whiskey dinner.  We had an amazing night and the staff did a great job with the pairings.  We’ve been back for the Duck & Oyster Gumbo.  Cajun food is what got me into cooking at home, so I always seek out Big Easy inspired dishes.”

5) Pretzel with Obatzda Cheese at Kardinal Hall. “The first time I had Obatzda cheese was in Freising in Bavaria.  It’s a great accompaniment for the pretzels.  German beers have always been part of the inspiration behind what we brew at Devils Backbone, so I’m always seeking them out. Kardinal Hall has the best German beer selection in town. Prost!”


Five Finds on Friday: Peter Griesar


On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Peter Griesar, co-owner of Brazos Tacos, the former pop-up that recently re-opened for good. What Griesar especially likes about his picks is that “each has a super staff.” “Restaurants are as much about the people as they are about the food,” Griesar said.  Griesar’s picks:

1)  Porktopus Noodle Bowl at MAS Tapas.  “What seems like an odd pairing is a genius delicious mix. Served as a noodle bowl, it has a long spicy burn that builds to a fever pitch of mouth-watering flavors. Pair it with the rest of Mas’ fantastic menu, and let the amazing staff help you navigate their library of wines.”

2)  Margherita Pizza at Lampo.  “Sometimes when you’re overworked and exhausted the best thing is to load up on carbs, and what better way than with a gorgeous Lampo pizza. The margherita mixed with wine – it makes for the dreamiest sleeps.”

3)  Fried Chicken Thighs at Brown’s.  “When I first moved to Esmont, Brown’s Mini Mart was just around the corner. Eventually the Brown’s moved into Charlottesville, and my favorite chicken disappeared. So I was ecstatic to find out when the Browns took over the former Stoney’s and started up their pressure fryer again. Don’t let the gas station fool you, this is best fried chicken you’ll eat in these parts.”

4)  Greg Brady w/Bacon at Jack Brown’s. “Everyday at lunch during our build, it became a tradition to run over to the new Jack Brown’s downtown for a burger.  As I worked my way through the menu I came across the Greg Brady, a burger with mac and cheese and chips on it. Add bacon to take it over the top!”

5)  El Rey Burrito at Mono Loco. “Last but definitely not least this ‘surf and turf’ burrito is a favorite with fried oysters and steak. Filling and flavorful. Hands down the King of local burritos.”


Five Finds on Friday: Christian Johnston


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from Christian Johnston, the Micah LeMon protegé who is now managing the bar at Tavola’s brand new cicchetti bar.  Check back here Monday for a full preview of the bar, which will serve small plates, cocktails, and more.  Meanwhile, Johnston’s picks:

1)  Carrots at The Alley Light.  “Never before in Charlottesville have I seen a vegetable as a standout dish on a menu. Chef Jose de Brito’s ability to bring bright flavors to a dish without overwhelming the main component is truly impressive. Pair that with a cocktail from Micah LeMon and it’s no wonder why these guys got a James Beard nod.”

2)  Cocktails at Parallel 38. “Definitely worth the hike from the downtown mall, this place has some great talent which can be seen in their cocktail program. Often putting spins on classics, Justin Ross and Jesse Fellows use ingredients and techniques you aren’t likely to find in any other establishment.”

3)  Gyoza at Now & Zen.  “Chef Toshi knows his craft and the Nagasaki variant of this dish is great. The sauce that is paired with this is savory as it is flavorful and really ties the whole thing together.”

4)  Infused Margarita at Yearbook Taco.  “You know things are going good in Charlottesville when the local taco joint is stepping up their cocktail game. With infusions made fresh every week, it showcases how a quality product can elevate a simple drink. Tegan Peterson and Acacia Schepps work nights there, so if you see them behind the bar, you know you’re in good hands.”

5)  Greg Brady at Jack Brown’s.  “Getting out of work late usually means there is a struggle to find good late night food. This ridiculous creation (a burger topped with bbq potato chips and mac and cheese) always satisfies and with former Beer Run beer guru Steve Yang behind their drink selection, you’ll never go home thirsty.”

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