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: Collins Huff

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Collins Huff of Gryffon’s Aerie, the Crozet farm that now has its own food truck at Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery. Gryffon’s Aerie at PRN serves signature burgers and bar food made from the farm’s Devon beef and other local sources. Tonight, April 27, they’ll be serving up po’ boys with Virginia oysters. Huff’s picks:

1) Aged Prosciutto at Lampo. “Sliced on their Berkel Heritage meat slicer. The blade on this hand-powered marvel turns slower, thus cooler, and allows the exquisite fat to render on your tongue, not on the blade.”

2) Albacore Sushi by Toma at Foods of All Nations. “This humble warrior is a Samurai when it comes to his craft. This is my go-to fast lunch when I have to be in town. Try the Albacore. It’s always super fresh.”

3) Scrapple at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. “Where I come from, we call it ponhorse. Whatever you call it, Brian’s version is unique and awesome.”

4) Hot Dog from JM Stock Provisions. “Alex and the team make these weekly from local meats. It just so happens you can get one at Gryffon’s Aerie at PRN, topped with Farmstead Ferments classic kraut braised in beer. I understand it pairs well with Pro Re Nata’s session Pilsner.”

5) Revolving Ceviche at RockSalt. “Travis Croxton’s team changes it up and gets it right every time.”

Five Finds on Friday: Patrick Carruthers

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Patrick Carruthers, the new sous chef of Junction, which has just released a new menu. A preview:

Pistachio Crusted Lamb Rack | Spice Roasted Parsnips, Herbed Cous Cous, Mint-Cilantro-Pistachio Chimichurri

Cowgirl Spiced Duck Breast | Sweet Potato-Duck Confit Hash, Shaved Cumin Dusted Brussels Sprouts, Dried Fig, Hatch Pepper Duck Demi-Glace

Chili Rubbed Grilled Atlantic Salmon | Jumbo Lump Crab-Avocado Salad, Coconut-Cilantro Rice, Roasted Chayote Squash,  Lime Buerre Blanc

Carruthers’ picks:

1) Burger at Riverside Lunch. “There is a lot of great food in Charlottesville but you can’t beat a fresh burger with bacon, lettuce, and mayo between two buns, especially when it comes with a basket of shoestring fries covered in Lawry’s seasoned salt.”

2) Ricotta Gnocchi with Duck Confit at C & O. “Served with duck cracklins, it is the perfect amount of savory and sweet. Just eating it will make you feel rich.”

3) Anything in a Crepe at The Alley Light. “Coming from someone who has personally rolled out more of theses crepes than I can count, I have never lost appreciation for how amazing each and every combination comes together from pigs head with mushrooms and sherry vinegar to guinea hen with salsify and parmesan cheese.”

4) Happy Hour at RockSalt. “$1 oysters with a shot of bourbon and a cider at their outdoor bar is a go-to for me and Nicole when we aren’t in the kitchen at Junction.”

5) Biscuits and Red-Eye Gravy at The Pigeon Hole. “When The Corner clears out for summertime, The Pigeon Hole is a great brunch spot to grab a bloody mary, a patio seat, and some fluffy biscuits smothered in gravy. Plus, there is a handsome bartender who works there with a phenomenal head of hair who I am lucky to call one of my close friends.”

Five Finds on Friday: Ian Judd

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On Fridays we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Ian Judd, sous chef at The Ivy Inn.  Next Saturday morning at the City Market, as part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival, Judd will face off against five other top sous chefs in an Iron Chef competition.  Contestants will have $50 to buy ingredients at the market and just 30 minutes to cook them.  Judd’s picks:

1)  IVP Banh Mi at Ivy Provisions.  “With a side of house pickles and a bottle of kombucha, it makes a killer combo for a quick lunch.”

2)  Smoked Brisket at The BBQ Exchange. “You really can’t go wrong with anything here. Everything is made with love. If you are brave enough try the Hell Sandwich. It’s a twisted love.”

3)  Drinks at Maya.  “A favorite of the crew here at the Ivy Inn after a long shift, it’s a great late night spot to get a wonderfully made drink and spend time with good friends.”

4)  Raw Bar at Rocksalt. “Happy hour here sure makes me happy with $1 oysters and clams.  Also, the lamb and clams are on point with spicy merguez and harissa.”

5)  Kale Salad with Crispy Fried Oysters at brunch at Hamiltons’. “The spicy Cajun Mary is on point, too! I never leave disappointed.”