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: Reggie Calhoun

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Photo by Derrick Waller.

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Reggie Calhoun, chef of Draft Taproom and Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar, both of which have donated great items to the Auction for Allie, where local businesses are auctioning off special experiences and services to benefit chef Allie Redshaw. See all the great items and place your bids here. Also, on Monday, March 27, Calhoun is competing against Miso Sweet chef Frank Paris III in a Duel Chef Showdown at Tin Whistle Pub. Details and tickets here. Calhoun’s picks:

1) Double Bacon Cheeseburger at Riverside Lunch. “This is not only a place that sells the best burgers in town but it also holds a lot of memories for me growing up playing soccer. My friends right after practice would go straight here and get the double bacon cheeseburger with fried onions and pickles. These burgers are perfect just as they are – juicy with tons of beef flavor and a tiny bit of crispiness to them. Each bite just melts away. It’s the perfect burger!”

2) Bourbon Fruit Punch at The Alley Light. “The first time I went to this place, I expected it to be over-the-top good, and sure enough it was. I sat at the bar and asked the bartender to select a drink. She asked me which spirit I wanted, and I chose bourbon and said I’d like something very refreshing. She ended up making a drink that not only was the best fruit punch drink I have ever had but still to this day is my favorite drink I’ve ever had, period.”

3) Polyface Chicken Wings at Rapture. “Nothing much to say other then hands down the best chicken wings in Cville. Super clean and clear chicken flavor, juicy, and crispy.”

4) Gambas al’ Parilla at MAS Tapas. “Very simple dish, but that’s just the reason why these shrimp are awesome. Briny and fresh, with the fattiness of the garlic alioli that they make in house, which is key, and huge chunks of sea salt.No lie, I eat these once a week or at least every other week. I love MAS!”

5) Carne Asada at MAS Tapas. “In my opinion, this is one of the top steaks in Cville because it is always cooked perfectly and seasoned just right so the steak flavor shines through. Served with garlic alioli and tortillas dabbed with duck fat.”

 

Five Finds on Friday: Karen Fiedler

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Karen Fiedler, chef of Tin Whistle Pub, among ten restaurants competing in tomorrow’s Soupapalooza charity event at Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar, from 12 pm until 4 pm.  A $10 ticket buys guests tasting-size samplings of all of the entrants’ soups, including restaurants like Clifton Inn, Public Fish & Oyster, and Parallel 38.  Guest also receive happy hour specials and a full bowl of their favorite of the soups.  Tin Whistle’s entries will be Nantucket Clam Chowder and Mole Cactus Andouille. Purchase tickets here.  Fiedler’s picks:

1) Tacos de Lengua at El Tesoro Mexican Deli.  “El Tesoro is a small family owned restaurant in Palmyra. The tongue tacos are incredibly tender and authentic.”

2)  Crispy Duck Confit Leg and Sweet Potato Waffles at Rapture.  “Wonderful take on a southern classic. Skin was perfectly crispy and the meat moist and tender. I love sweet potatoes, and the waffles were a perfect accompaniment.”

3)  Dakota Bread from Great Harvest Bread Company.  “Right balance of wholesome with a touch of sweet. Filling and perfect breakfast toast.”

4)  Chocolate Croissant from MarieBette Cafe & Bakery. “Can’t go wrong with any of their pastries, but the classic French croissant is one of the best.”

5)  Kinda Vegan Burger at Citizen Burger Bar.  “While I love meat, I appreciate a place that can make a great vegetarian/vegan burger, and this is one that I want to stuff my face into.”

Five Finds on Friday: Nate Olewine

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Nate Olewine, Lead Brewer of Devils Backbone Brewing Company, which is set to release a new collection of collaboration beers with five breweries, called the Adventure Pack Collaboration Sampler.  Next Thursday at 6 pm, Kardinal Hall is celebrating the release of the impressive collection.  Details on the sampler and the celebration are here. Olewine’s picks:

1) The Hotness at Citizen Burger Bar.  “I eat hot peppers with everything.  Sometimes I just eat them by themselves.  This burger hits my scoville bill with the toppings:  jalapeno jack, sriracha mayo, and fresh jalapenos.”

2) Deep Fried Oreos at Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint. “I come for the beer selection and I stay for the deep fried oreos (and of course, the burgers).  The dessert pairs really well with our Schwartz beer, a German style black lager.  I also like the eclectic decor which is rich with beer history.”

3) Otoro at Now & Zen. “I visited Japan last year and discovered a new found love for fatty tuna.  As soon as we came home to Virginia, we headed to Now & Zen to satisfy my craving.  Can’t go wrong with the octopus nigiri either. “

4) Duck & Oyster Gumbo at Rapture.  “My first visit to Rapture was with my wife for the Pig & Whiskey dinner.  We had an amazing night and the staff did a great job with the pairings.  We’ve been back for the Duck & Oyster Gumbo.  Cajun food is what got me into cooking at home, so I always seek out Big Easy inspired dishes.”

5) Pretzel with Obatzda Cheese at Kardinal Hall. “The first time I had Obatzda cheese was in Freising in Bavaria.  It’s a great accompaniment for the pretzels.  German beers have always been part of the inspiration behind what we brew at Devils Backbone, so I’m always seeking them out. Kardinal Hall has the best German beer selection in town. Prost!”