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Five Finds on Friday: Mike Hollar



Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Mike Hollar, sous chef of ZoCaLo. Next Saturday, March 4, ZoCaLo is hosting an exclusive five-course tequila dinner, paired with special tequilas and mezcals. ZoCaLo says it will “teach you about tequila’s origins, confirm why sipping it is the way to go, and proclaim it is completely sane to pair with lobster.” Seating is very limited, so call to reserve yours at (434) 977-4944. Hollar’s picks:

1) Foot-long Hot Dog, Old Bay Fries, and a tall Dr. Pepper at Jak’n Jil. “My father used to work there back in the 60’s and one of my earliest food memories is going to Jak’n Jil and eating two or three hot dogs with my father and grandfather.”

2) Boquerones con Ajo at MAS Tapas. “Little fishes drizzled with olive oil, little lemon, and some salt. Really simple but awesome.”

3) Polpette at Vivace. “Just the meatballs (one may want to add pasta but it’s not needed) made with pork and beef, seared perfectly and served with probably the best marinara in Charlottesville.”

4) Novum 2013 from Early Mountain Vineyards. “Great bottle of wine. Zocalo management and I toured the facility back in November and then had a tasting. All the wines were great but the Novum is, in my opinion, the best.”

5) Chicken Wings from Red Lantern. “This is a great Netflix and chill food. Just want do some couch sitting on a Friday? Curl up with your loved one and chow down on these gems.”

Five Finds on Friday: Spencer Crawford


Spencer Crawford, left.

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Spencer Crawford, sous chef of Palladio Restaurant, which was recently invited to make yet another appearance at the James Beard house.  Crawford’s picks:

1)  Virginia Apple Cider from Bold Rock Hard Cider.  “What I drink almost all the time. Not a bad place to go and hang out either.”

2)  Spudnuts from Spudnuts.  “All of them. There’s a reason it has been on a lot of people’s list. Best in town or anywhere else.”

3)  Pulled Pork Sandwich and Hushpuppies from BBQ Exchange.  “Smoky pork-a-liciousness. ‘Nuff said.”

4)  Tie between Loaded Footlongs from Jak’n Jil and Bacon Cheeseburgers from Riverside Lunch.  “Both places have been around forever. Never been disappointed.”

5)  Pancakes from Tip Top.  “Good simple food done the same way every time.”


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