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: Jess Martin

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This week brings the annual Thanksgiving drawing for a reader to participate in Five Finds on Friday. Though Jess Martin no longer lives in the Charlottesville area, the longtime resident says she still enjoys remaining a regular source for where to eat around town. Martin’s picks:

1) Pad See Ew + Chicken Wings + Wonton Soup at Chimm. “When I heard Jay Pun was going to be a part of another restaurant venture (with Thai Cuisine and Noodle House), I was already sold. Pad See Ew lately has been my go to Thai dish but this is the best I’ve ever had. Next time I’m in town I need to try something else on the menu, but this is my favorite killer combo.”

2) Nasty Chicken Biscuit at Miller’s Downtown. “If you know me, then you know this may have a little bias. But it doesn’t. Okay, maybe a little. Miller’s has a kitchen the size of your bedroom but is one of the largest and busiest spots, pumping out food on the downtown mall. All of their food is made fresh – soups, dressings, chicken, etc. This dish is a stunner and filler whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or late night. It’s also totally shareable.”

3) Dry Fried Eggplant at Peter Chang China Grill. “When it comes to snacks and appetizers I typically go for meats. This dish is also made with pork belly but I really dig the eggplant because it’s a nice light flavorful start to your meal and allows space for more of the delicious food there.”

4) Mac n’ Cheese with potato cake at The Virginian. “I often drove to Charlottesville from Nelson County or Harrisonburg when I was a teenager until my late 20’s and then I finally moved there. Any rainy day (or any excuse really) I’d go to The Virginian for this dish. Total comfort food, filling, and cheap. It’s top of my list on my next trip back to Cville.”

5) Porchetta Panuozzo at Lampo. “You don’t need to be a giant shiny restaurant to execute the best food ever. Lampo is top notch, and Charlottesville is lucky to have a place like it. The atmosphere is comfortable and the menu is easily shareable among two people. With this sandwich, you get your protein and delicious veggies. Can’t go wrong.”‘

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Five Finds on Friday: Hannah Moster

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds from area chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Hannah Moster, sous chef of Hamiltons’ at First & Main, who tomorrow morning is competing against five other top sous chefs in an Iron Chef competition at the Ciy Market, as part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival.  Moster’s picks:

1)  Dan Dan Noodles at Peter Chang’s.  “Never had anything there I didn’t love. The lunch specials Monday through Friday are a great deal, and the hot and sour soup is the best ever! If I don’t get a lunch special, I get a couple apps. I’m addicted to the Dan Dan noodles and hot and numbing shredded tofu skins.”

2)  Pulled Pork at The Barbeque Exchange.  “Best bbq around! Being so close to home, we should really eat there every day. Chef Hartman’s crew, headed up by superman Brooks Tanner, never fails to load us up a massive platter of porkliciousness.”

3)  Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings at Palladio Restaurant.  “I’ve always loved an afternoon of tasting at Barboursville. Luca Paschina’s style is right up my alley. Finish off the evening with a glass of wine and a picnic near the ruins, or if you’re lucky, a luxurious dinner of the tasting menu at Palladio.”

4)  Chicken Wings and PBR at Miller’s Downtown.  “Miller’s has everything! Pool, games, live music, upstairs sports bar and the biggest and best people-watching patio downtown. Fresh new renovation downstairs, but still the same old school style and feel. Huge draft beer selection, and that delicious food you crave. A favorite classic.”

5)  Pizza Margherita at Lampo.  “After the three years I spent living in Italy, it’s soooo great to get to have the real deal original pizza again. Thank you and much respect.”

 

Five Finds on Friday: Mike Yager

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On Fridays, we feature five finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Mike Yager, sous chef of the new Glass Haus Kitchen.  On New Year’s Eve, Glass Haus Kitchen will offer two seatings.  The first, between 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm, will feature a 4-course dinner.  The second, between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm, will feature a 5-course dinner, champagne toast at midnight, and a private dancing party until 2:00 am.  Yager’s picks:

1)  Charleston Wings at The Lazy Parrot Grill.  “On boys’ night out, that’s the place we go to get the best wings in town.  And, Charleston is by far the best flavor.”

2)  Bison Burger at Beer Run.  “Best beer selection in town by far, and the burger is a bad mamma jamma.”

3)  Hamachi Collar at Ten Sushi.  “Everything Pei does is awesome.  Hamachi collar just happens to be one of those things.”

4)  Hangar Steak at Petit Pois.  “I love steak frites, and I love hangar steak. You can’t go wrong with hangar steak and french fries that are done right.”

5)  PBR at Miller’s Downtown.  “Something about that bar makes PBR taste better than it already does.  Maybe it’s the dirty bar scene with loud music (Barling and Collins amazing Sunday night entertainment), or maybe it’s the fact that they have the best bartenders in the world right at my front door.”