The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

Tag: Parallel 38

Parallel 38 Anniversary Celebration

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Parallel 38 is celebrating its one year anniversary of reopening this week by bringing back several beloved specials of the past. Wednesday through Sunday, you can find favorites like those below, plus, owner Justin Ross says, a few more surprises:

Bucatini alla Amatrice – pomodora, pancetta, pecorino, red onion, calabria chili
(Mt. Rushmore Chef Craig Hartman once named this the best thing he ate all year.)

Spicy tuna tartare – sushi grade, chili sauce, sesame, soy, cilantro, and cucumber

Mom’s fried mozzarella – herb panko, fried basil, pomodoro sauce

The restaurant is also adding sandwiches to the menu permanently this week, including the famous pork belly gyro, with shaved pork belly, pita, greens, cucumber, labneh, and pickled shallots. The pork belly gyro was the winning dish at this year’s CURED Fest.

2018 Best New Restaurant Finalists

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After the final entry tomorrow, The 2018 Charlottesville 29 will be complete, answering: if there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29? To be eligible for this year’s 29, a restaurant must have been open continuously since January 1, 2017. This allows restaurants time to get their footing and prove themselves before being considered. But, many restaurants that opened in 2017 are still worthy of recognition. And, they are in the running for Best New Restaurant.

The 2018 Charlottesville 29 Best New Restaurant will be announced this Monday, March 5. The finalists are:

Five Finds on Friday: Wiley Kimball

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Wiley Kimball of Parallel 38, which Wednesday, January 24, is hosting a happy hour and dinner with local wine star and itinerary creator Jake Busching. Happy hour, from 4-6 pm, includes a “meet and greet” with Busching and discounted prices on his wines. Dinner begins at 6:30, and includes a seven course feast with Busching, paired with Busching wines and other special selections. Guests can attend either or both events. Buy your dinner tickets at (434) 260-8793. Kimball’s picks:

1) One-Eye Burger from Mel’s Cafe. “This is, to me, the perfect burger. Just the right size, just the right amount of grease, and topped with a fried egg. I get mine with grilled onions, mayo, and hot sauce. Mel’s is a great spot for a casual lunch and the service is some of the friendliest you’ll find anywhere. If you haven’t been, you need to change that ASAP.”

2) The Rocket from Snowing in Space. “I can get down with just about everything from Snowing in Space but I always gravitate to this take on a Mexican hot chocolate. The Rocket is their cold-brew espresso mixed with milk, cinnamon, and a touch of chili powder. I usually drink my coffee black but something about this creamy, slightly spicy concoction always hits the spot.”

3) Literally Any Beer from Three Notch’d Brewing. “I wracked my brain trying to narrow this down to even only three favorites and I couldn’t. Their beers are just that good, especially the seasonals and collaboration brews. Special shout out to their collab with Oskar Blues, the Black & Goldings black ale. If you want something a bit more adventurous, stop by the Sour House on Preston (in their original taproom) and embrace the funk.”

4) Dry-Fried Eggplant at Peter Chang China Grill. “I could easily do this list five times over with only dishes from Peter Chang, but this is my hands down favorite. Light, crispy, savory, and with just enough spice to wake your palate up (and build up to some of the other dishes!). You hand me a couple orders of this and a tall Sapporo and I’ll be the happiest person on the planet.”

5) Wine and the View at Brent Manor Vineyards. “If I need to get out of town, this is my go-to. Tucked away just off 29 in Nelson County, this small vineyard is run by the lovely Jorge and Tracie, who not only make their own lineup of wines including a beautiful Chambourcin, they also stock a rotating selection of Portuguese wines and “winetail” specials that are always surprising and refreshing. All of that, paired with some beautiful VA scenery, makes for a perfect lazy afternoon. They’re closed for the season now but look out for them to reopen in the spring – you won’t be disappointed.”