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: Sidney Hall

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Sidney Hall, who this week opened Moon Maiden’s Delights, a sprouted grain, gluten-free and vegan bakery in York Place on the downtown mall. Hall has baked professionally for nine years, and says she “loves to surprise people with how delicious and nourishing a food category can be that is often compared to cardboard and gets many an eye roll.” Open today 8-3. Hall’s picks:

1) Colima Volcan De Fuego Coffee from Shark Mountain Coffee. “I don’t wake up for anything except this glorious sweet coffee nectar that brings me to life.”

2) Sous Poulet from Pearl Island. “The farmer’s market is a super fun place to work. Especially fun when I get a free moment and can mow down some delicious and aromatic, tomato-y stewed chicken with a heaping side of vinegared kale and watermelon turnips…or is it radishes? Anyways, I know what you’re thinking.”

3) La Cura Loca from The Bebedero. “Scorpion infused mezcal, limoncello, and brown ale. Being a server at The Bebedero granted me a lot of amazing opportunities to taste interesting cocktails. This one was so damn good.”

4) Late Night Pork Tacos from C&O. “These seem like a long lost distant memory to me, as I keep baking hours now, so no more staying out past 11. But, I might do it just one more time for these juicy beauties topped with vinegar dredged slaw.”

5) Quail Stuffed with Mushrooms and Pistachios, Sauteed Endive, Quail Jus from Fleurie. “This is definitely the way to start off a meal. Such rich flavors and enjoyable textures. Pistachios plus mushrooms plus quail is a heavenly bite each time.”

 

Five Finds on Friday: Jason Becton

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Jason Becton of MarieBette Café & Bakery, of bronut fame, which is now featuring new items for the holidays, like a delicious toffee date pudding and a bourbon pecan tart.  Becton’s picks:

1) Pork Chops at JM Stock Provisions. “One of my favorite things to cook, especially this time of the year, is pork and JM Stock’s chops are flavorful, perfectly cut and wrapped with care for my trip home to Covesville.”

2) Oysters, French Fries and a Glass of Chablis at Public Fish & Oyster.  “I love oysters. And I love fries. Someone else put this as their pick before and there’s a reason. They’re awesome. I mix their aioli with ketchup and sit at the bar and talk about wine with Brad. Donnie has been known to bring out some dishes he’s playing with in the kitchen which are always delicious and much appreciated.”

3) Painted White at Blenheim Vineyards.  “The Charlottesville area is known for great wine and Blenheim makes great wine. Kirsty Harmon’s 2014 Painted White is the perfect wine to drink while sitting on their deck and squinting to see if the ‘sea view,’ though stunning, is aptly named. Maybe after a few glasses the view may become clearer.”

4) Brussels Sprouts at Oakhart Social.  “I grew up loving Brussels Sprouts and never understood why they were always the butt of the joke for what children would never eat. I can eat them a million ways but the team at Oakhart does them plenty good. A little heat, a little fish sauce, a lot of caramelization. Betcha can’t eat just one.”

5) Cortado at Shark Mountain Coffee.  “Sometimes you just want to drink someone else’s coffee in someone else’s café. We love the La Colombe coffee that we serve at MarieBette (I start every workday with our mocha) but when I want a change of scenery, Shark Mountain is the perfect spot. Their coffee is REALLY good and the drinks are always made to perfection. One of my barista friends humbly told me that they were the best baristas in town. I can’t argue with that.”