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: Madison Horn

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Madison Horn of Clover Top Creamery, which this week is participating in Virginia Cheesemakers Against Racism, raising funds and awareness for racial justice. A map of participants is here. For its part, Clover Top Creamery is donating to National Black Food & Justice Alliance, and using its social media to highlight Black owned businesses, Black artisans, and others. Horn’s picks: 

1) Korean Ramen from Sussex Farm. “This is the best bowl of food I’ve ever eaten. Perfect Saturday morning breakfast on City Market days.”

2) Halloumi Appetizer at Orzo. “Fried cheese + butter + garlic + crusty bread = perfection.”

3) Kao Soi at Chimm. “This is a close second for best bowl of food I’ve ever eaten. Especially obsessed with the pickled mustard greens.”

4) Virginia Morning Breakfast Pie from The Pie Guy. “Another reason to miss City Market is the the Virginia Morning Breakfast Pie. A class combo packed into these pies hits the spot.”

5) Mamey Paleta at La Flor Michoacána. “All their paletas are amazing, but there’s something about the mysterious almost pumpkin-y flavor of mamey that I adore. Try the mamey ice cream too.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Brooke Ray

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Brooke Ray, manager of the New Roots program for the International Rescue Committee. Working with sixty refugee families, New Roots establishes urban farming locations which aid in refugees’ community transition through gardening, education, local food access initiatives, and small business farming. On May 30, one of its farms – New Roots Farm – suffered extensive damage from a severe flash flood, and the twenty families that grow food there were devastated by the loss of most of their crops.

“Our hearts are hurting for all the work and money the families have put into their gardens,” says Ray, “as well as the fact that such a special place that was brimming with life and beauty and joy was so damaged.” The families now hope to reclaim what they can of the season and they need your help. Funds are needed to repair the farm, replant and rebuild beds, and relocate market crops to a safer location for the season. To help the families’ recovery, you can donate here

As usual, the Charlottesville food community has rallied in a time of need. On July 30, the event company Hill & Holler is organizing a Donor Appreciation Party for anyone who donates $100 or more to the cause. There will be food from Ivy Inn, Orzo, and A Pimento Catering, a wine bar from Blenheim Vineyards, beer from Reason Beer, live music, and more. Details on how you can donate and attend this special event.

Ray’s picks:

1) Som Tum at Pad Thai. “I love Santi’s version of papaya salad. It’s fresh and bright and spicy. The papaya, peppers and peanuts pack so many textures and flavors into one refreshing little salad. I like it with a cold beer and a Tom Yum Noodle Bowl. Pad Thai is so under-rated and I kind of hate to blow it up, but it’s my secret go-to for a good selection of well-priced draughts and take-away beer. And Jay, Santi’s son, has great taste in music to boot.”

2) Super-Style Tacos at La Michoacana. “I usually order the vegetarian tacos super-style from Edgar, but if you are so inclined the meat tacos are all also stupid good. The super style come topped with chopped onions, cilantro, cheese, sour cream and lettuce. They are bursting with flavor without being soggy or overly-loaded. I always order the spicy pickled onions and carrots to load on top and add a splash of their avocado salsa.”

3) Tomato Bisque at Orzo. “I have to say, I have loved every meal I have ever eaten at Orzo and really appreciate that the team puts as much care into their salads as they do into their main dishes. If I had to mention one thing though, it would be the tomato bisque made with lamb broth. Eating it was a revelatory food experience for me. Tomato bisque is something we’ve all had and we expect it to taste a certain way. But this one (which I think is a seasonal offering) is so comforting and rich and unexpected. It’s an adult version of one of my favorite, childhood, rainy day meals.”

4) Mango Chili Popsicle at La Flor Michoacana. “Can you tell I like spicy food? Our farm crew often makes a detour for this spot on the hottest days. The popsicle selection is extensive- I recommend making your way through all of them. The Mango chili is sweet and fresh in the right way with a pleasant heat.”

5) The Bellissima at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie. “My favorite Sunday ritual is to go biking at Walnut Creek and then head over to Dr. Ho’s for their Bellissima pizza. The crust is flavorful and perfectly crunchy-chewy and it’s topped with so much good stuff- roasted tomatoes, shaved ham, aged parmesan. But most importantly they pile and entire arugula salad on top of it.  And it is REAL arugula – spicy and bold and often local – not the California clamshell stuff that has no flavor. I don’t know what they add to that vinaigrette in the salad but I can’t get enough of this pizza. It’s a good thing it’s 40 minutes from my house.”

Five Finds on Friday: Clare Terni

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Clare Terni of Ten Course Hospitality and The Whiskey Jar. For Breast Cancer Awareness month, all through October each restaurant of Ten Course Hospitality is donating proceeds from its best selling items to breast cancer research, and there’s still time to help the cause while enjoying something delicious. At The Whiskey Jar, it’s the Courthouse Sandwich and The Blushing Bride cocktail, while the options at the group’s other restaurants are here: Brasserie SaisonRevolutionary Soup, The Pie Chest, The Bededero, Commonwealth, and Draft. Terni’s picks:

1) Paletas from La Flor Michoacana. “Chamoy Mango is the best.”

2) Cinnamon Toast Crunch S’mores Bars from Foods of All Nations bakery. “They started making these a few months ago. My inner fat kid pretty much died and went to heaven.”

3) IVP Banh Mi at Ivy Provisions. “I can’t eat a whole one, but the pate and cabbage combo is excellent.”

4) Cheese Sauce on nachos at The Bebedero. “I totally want to die in a vat of that cheese sauce, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas style.”

5) Egg Salad Sandwiches at home made with Weber’s Horseradish Mustard from Wegmans. “That mustard is a game-changer for so many foods. It makes egg salad taste like the best damn deviled eggs you ever ate.