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: Chris Long

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Chris Long, the UVa football legend who now plays for the New England Patriots, but in the offseason still lives in Charlottesville, where he loves to enjoy our dining scene. Long has recently teamed up with Champion Brewing Company for Waterboys IPA to benefit Long’s charity Waterboys, whose mission is to bring life-sustaining water to East African communities that desperately need it. Watch this moving video to learn more. And then, donate here.

Saturday November 26, Champion is throwing a Release Party for the Waterboys IPA, with proceeds going directly to the charity. Details here. Long’s picks:

1) Cornmeal-crusted Fried Oysters at Maya. “Perfectly fried. The house remoulade makes it.”

2) Thick Cut Pork Chop at The Fitzroy. “The biggest, baddest pork chop in town. Get it with the roasted cauliflower.”

3) The Blaze at The Juice Laundry. “Perfectly spicy.”

4) Semisweet Chocolate Pot de Creme at Orzo.  “I’ve eaten three in one sitting and could’ve had more.”

5) Key Lime Free Range Chicken at ZoCaLo. “Longtime favorite.”

 

Five Finds on Friday: Will Reed

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Will Reed, Whisky Experience Ambassador at Virginia Distillery Company, which recently took home a gold medal for its flagship Virginia Malt Whisky in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  On May 21, the distillery is celebrating World Whisky Day  at its beautiful visitor center, where you can enjoy a cocktail, sip a wee dram, and enjoy food from Code Fresh Food Truck. Special guest Gearharts Fine Chocolates will even offer a whisky and chocolate pairing demo from 11:30-2:30pm.  Reed’s picks:

1) Chicken Cassoulet at Orzo.  “Every dish at Orzo is delicious, but their Southern take on chicken cassoulet is beyond mouthwatering. After my first bite, I feel like I could die happy.”

2) Don Juan at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie. “My favorite way to wind down after work is to swing by Dr. Ho’s. You really can’t go wrong with any of their pizzas, but their Don Juan with roasted tomatoes is pretty killer.”

3) Peanut Butter Pups from Gearharts Fine Chocolates.  “Besides having the amazing combination of chocolate and peanut butter (who doesn’t like that, right?), Gearharts donates a portion of the sales from these chocolates to a non-profit that supports wounded veterans.”

4) Strawberry Picking at Chiles Orchard.  “There’s nothing like biting into your first sun ripened strawberry in springtime. Something I look forward to every May is filling up a basket of strawberries at Chiles before heading over to King Family or Veritas Vineyards. A little cheese, some fresh strawberries and Virginia wine, and you’ve pretty much found the ideal Charlottesville afternoon.”

5) Saint Andrew cocktail at Lost Saint.  “Every drink Patrick and Carrie create at Lost Saint is delicious and unique. Their Saint Andrew cocktail, made with our whisky, Cocchi di Torino and Benedictine is dangerously addictive. I’d have one every night if I could.”

Five Finds on Friday: Ben Clore

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Ben Clore, co-owner of Oakhart Social.  On Sunday April 24, Oakhart Social’s chef and co-owner Tristan Wraight will join Matt Greene of JM Stock Provisions at Blenheim Vineyards for a special guest chef dinner as part of  the vineyard’s The Library Series.  Under the tented event space of Blenheim Farm, guests will enjoy a five course family-style meal paired with library wines from Blenheim’s cellar.  Tickets and info here.  Clore’s picks:

1) Pork Spring Rolls at Bang!  “Crispy, fried, salty bites of porky deliciousness with a great vinegary dipping sauce that counterbalances the fat and salt perfectly. (Pro tip- Bang is a great place to take kids.  Food comes out fast and if junior doesn’t like one thing just keep ordering!)”

2) Shrimp and Grits at Maya.  “Local stone ground grits and an amazing smoked tomato gravy make me so happy every time I order them.”

3) Aspen Ridge Farm Hamburger at Orzo.  (Lunch only.)  “House pickles and the rosemary aioli are a great compliment to some really flavorful farm-raised beef.”

4) Finocchio Arrosto con Aranci (roasted fennel, oranges and basil) at Tavola. “I think this has been on their menu from the start and it’s clear why.  Super simple flavors and great execution make it a dish that’s more than the sum of its parts.”

5) Guay Tiew Ruea (Boat Noodle Soup) at Thai Cuisine and Noodle House.  “I’m a sucker for anything broth and noodle based.  This a ton of umami and is almost impossible to stop eating until it’s gone.  I can be so full I’m in pain and I still can’t stop.  I get the small to minimize inevitable later self-loathing.”