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Tag: Little Star

Five Finds on Friday: Chase Davidson

Twelve years ago today, this guy entered the world, which he has brightened every day since. Chase’s picks:

1) Lumpia from Little Manila and Manila Street. “I’ve been eating these for a long time. When I was younger, I used to look forward to Saturdays because we would always go to the market and Little Manila would have a tent set up there. It’s one of my favorite foods, and it goes perfectly with the sauce.”

2) Marinara D.O.C. from Lampo. “It’s been a tradition for a while that every year on my birthday, I get this pizza from Lampo. I don’t typically like really cheesy pizzas, so this one is perfect for me. Another tradition we had was every Friday in the pandemic my dad would go out and get this pizza for me.”

3) Pan Tomate at Little Star. “I could consume a lot of these.”

4) Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream at La Flor Michoacana. “My dad introduced this place to me. My sister wanted to go to Chap’s but I wanted to try this place, and I’m glad I did because it is some of the best ice cream that I have ever had.”

5) Mini Corn Dogs at Riverside Lunch. “Anytime I travel for a swim meet, my dad tries to find places close to the pool with mini corn dog nuggets because I enjoy them so much. I have gone to many places but none are better than the ones that Riverside has.”

Five Finds on Friday: Heather Broach

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from reader Heather Broach. In celebration of the Culture of Takeout, all autumn long Five Finds on Friday features readers selected at random in weekly drawings. Also part of the prize is a $100 restaurant gift certificate, like Broach’s to Zocalo. Check back Monday, November 16 to enter next week’s drawing, which includes a $100 gift certificate to Petit Pois. Broach’s favorites from the Culture of Takeout:

1) Cantarito con Tequila from Little Star. “A little bit spicy, a little bit sour, a little bit sweet. This marg hits all the taste buds. Perfect for any time of the year.”

2) Flautas from Al Carbon. “These chicken filled fried rolled tacos are topped with cotija cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream. These are my absolute favorites and I order them every time.” 

3) Rainbow Bowl with Noodles from Poke Sushi Bowl. “I’ve been to Hawaii and lived in Southern California for 15 years. When I first tried this place I was floored by the authenticity of the flavors, the quality of the food, and the speed of the service. I always order the Rainbow bowl with noodles and add as many toppings as possible.”

4) Chicken Salad on an Everything from Bodo’s. “My absolute favorite thing to order is an everything bagel with chicken salad. It’s simple, yet so comforting. I’ve been ordering this since high school and every year I returned to visit my family, and continue to do so now that I’ve moved back.” 

5) El Jefe from Roots. “I was first introduced to Roots through a colleague. Delicious bowls that are filling and very nutritious. I will typically order the El Jefe. It’s the perfect blend of flavors that I like and it keeps me full all day long.”

Little Star

420 W. Main Street . Charlottesville, VA . (434) 252-2502


Why Little Star?

It is hard to pigeon-hole Little Star. The best description may be a manifestation of the chef-owner’s passions. Ryan Collins spent eight years working for world-famous chef Jose Andres, including three at Andres’ Mexican restaurant Oyamel. Under Andres, Collins fell in love with the Spanish cuisine of Andres’ native country as well as the Mexican cuisine of Oyamel. And so, Little Star — Collin’s first venture into restaurant ownership — showcases both.

Like its sibling Oakart Social, the restaurant’s bright and airy space was once home to a service station, providing one of the liveliest settings in town. The open kitchen is essentially part of the dining room, which allows high top tables a vista of Collins’ team at work. A stellar bar program favors cocktails of tequila, mezcal, and whiskey, along with well-chosen wines.

What to Order

The menu offers both small plates and large platters, all intended for sharing. Below are our picks, Chef Collins’ picks, and appearances in Five Finds on Friday, where a chef or personality has named an item from Little Star as one of the best in town. Also included are appearances on chefs’ Best Thing I Ate All Year.

Our Picks

  • Pan Tomate
  • Croquetas
  • Oyster Mushrooms
  • Sunny-side Eggs w/ salsa negra, green onion, sesame, grilled bread, hickory syrup
  • Beef Carpaccio
  • Braised Lamb

Chef’s Picks

  • Marinated Carrots
  • Beef Carpaccio
  • Seared Tuna w/ rendered foie gras, salsa molcajete, cilantro oil, charred onion

Five Finds on Friday / Best Thing I Ate All Year Picks


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