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: Cesar Perez

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Photo by Tom McGovern.

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Cesar Perez, chef of The Bebedero, Will Richey’s Mexican restaurant due to open next month.  Details here.  Perez also cooked at The Alley Light and was sous chef of The Whiskey Jar.  Perez says he really likes the pork chop at The Whiskey Jar, in addition to his five picks:

1) Grilled Salmon at ZoCaLo. “Every time I come in to this place, I crave the delicious salmon. I love the fact the it is always perfect and consistent as the time before.”

2) Cemita de Carne Asada at Al Carbon.  “I come from Puebla, where these sandwiches are created, and I just love the fact that we finally have these cemitas in Charlottesville. When I first saw them on the menu I was I little skeptical, but they really won me over.  They are as good as I remember!”

3) Danny Laruso Burger at Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint.  “I love this burger. I love how the cream cheese and jalapeño jelly infuse with the burger. It’s like a party in my mouth!”

4)  Lamb or Goat Masala at Royal Indian.  “I love all the flavors found in this dish – you get creamy, spicy and sweet at the same time, along with a million more flavors infusing in your mouth!”

5)  Honey Fire Sirloin Tips Pasta at Timberwood Grill.  “I really like this pasta.  It’s nice and creamy, hot and sweet, and the sirloin tips are cooked to perfection. It’s an amazing pasta overall!”

Five Finds on Friday: Allie Redshaw

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On Fridays we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Allie Redshaw, Sous Chef of Pippin Hill. (2017 Update: After leaving Pippin Hill, Redshaw became head chef of Timbercreek Market, and now runs her own catering company and helps out at Lampo.) Redshaw’s picks:

1) Scallion Bubble Pancake at Taste of China. “We all know this is a ‘chefs’ favorite,’ so seemingly no surprise that I am giving recognition to this strip mall Chinese restaurant, but T.O.C. is so much more; always a friendly face greeting Ian and I at the door, and a pot of hot tea waiting on the table. Apart from their service, the food is impeccably authentic Szechuan cuisine. I could list at least ten dishes that are favorites of mine, but the Scallion Bubble Pancakes are golden brown and delicious with duck sauce and spicy mustard; and, the spicy, crispy duck with its whole Thai bird chilis, charred scallions, and overly crispy duck skin completes every meal!”

2) Malai Kofta at Royal Indian. “This place just having moved locations is absolutely on point. Their table service is absolutely wonderful, and the food also meets those standards. The malai kofta, which is my go-to, is a vegetarian option derived of curried vegetable ‘meatballs’ of sorts submerged into a delicious creamy sauce; accompanied with the perfectly cooked basmati rice and jasmine tea, it is a wonderful meal!”

3) Chicken at Al Carbon. “This small storefront has slowly become one of my favorite places to go, not only because of the smell and sound of fresh chicken skin crackling upon the rotisserie spit just inside the front door, but you truly get your money’s worth of food here. With a choice of either a quarter, half, or whole chicken, complete with three sides and a drink, you can easily feed two or three adults for less than $30.00. The chicken is seasoned, and perfectly juicy, the esquites (sweet corn with crema, queso, and cilantro), and the saffron rice; ALL to die for!”

4) Pork at The BBQ Exchange. “This hub of pork goodness is off the beaten path but well worth the commute. The bacon doughnuts, the dopest pulled pork, and the thick-cut house made bacon, all rock my socks off! MY favorite aspect of this restaurant is that the integrity and consistency of the food never waiver, despite their exorbitant number of customers served every day.”

5) Massaman Curry with Tofu at Monsoon Siam. “Last but not least, this Thai food has been a comfort food to me since I first moved to Charlottesville. The massaman curry with tofu is my go-to, it lends a little sweetness, with a spicy finish; and the brown rice is just as well cooked as the white. All of their food is comforting, hot, and delicious, authentic Thai. And they deliver :)”

Five Finds on Friday: Chris Arseneault

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On Fridays we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Chris Arseneault, owner of Charlottesville’s favorite seafood source: Seafood @ West Main, which for years has served the area’s best restaurants.  Chris’s picks:

1)  Kim-chee Fried Rice at The Korean House.  “There is great, authentic Korean food in C’ville but it is served in a most unpretentious manner. Relax and enjoy.”

2)  Fried Calamari at Pizza Bella.  “With the house marinara (no cheese please), it is a meal by itself.”

3)  Lunch Buffet at Royal Indian.  “Fresh naan delivered to your table at a lunch buffet? Yes!  I typically go on Friday after a long week of serving my precious customers . . . love you all!”

4)  Blackened Catfish Sandwich at The Whiskey Jar.  “This will make a southern boy speechless.”

5)  My favorite fish…Hamachi (seriola quinqueradiata).  “Sashimi is the quintessential manner to consume this beautiful fish.”