The Charlottesville 29

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

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#24: Oyster Po’ Boy – The Whiskey Jar

Photo by Do Me A Flavor.

The Po’ Boy

I am just a po’ boy, though my story’s seldom told.

His story is that The Whiskey Jar’s fried oysters were the favorite dish in Charlottesville of the restaurant owner’s late father, who was known to be unafraid to say what he thought. Others have called them the best fried oysters anywhere. And, they are the foundation of the area’s most crave-worthy po’ boy.

The kitchen lightly coats Virginia or North Carolina oysters in a house breading, and fries them on high heat to achieve a crisp exterior without overcooking them. The rest of the sandwich’s adornments are traditional: shredded lettuce, tomato, red onion, and house remoulade. All are nestled just right into a mini French loaf to allow for suitable chomping.

#24: Oyster Po’ Boy – The Whiskey Jar
The Charlottesville 29 of Sandwiches

Others of Note: The Peacemaker at Southern Crescent, Poboy Sandwich at Royalty Eats

Five Finds on Friday: Jason Tesauro


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jason Tesauro, writer, speaker, sommelier, and author of a recent feature for Travel & Leisure. This Thursday, July 7, Tesauro will serve as Master of Ceremonies for a very special evening at Gearharts Fine Chocolates. The Simply Virginia Dinner includes an all-star line-up of Tim Gearhart, Curtis Shaver, Spencer Crawford, Gail Hobbs-Page, and Hunter Smith for “a hands-on evening of demonstrations, flights and tastings” featuring “the Commonwealth’s finest vino, vittles, cheeses, chocolates, and beers.” Details and tickets here. Tesauro’s picks:

1) Brioche Feuilletée at MarieBette Cafe and Bakery. “Buttery, flaky, golden brown, finger-lickin’ French sublimity paired with an off-the-menu Cortado.”

2) Pimentón Padron at MAS Tapas. “Green and blistered black, these firecrackers and a bottle of Albariño take me right back to Galicia, Spain.”

3)  Porchetta Panuozzo at Lampo. “Broccoli rabe, aged provolone and bread baked to order. Super fresh with a little char, it’s Little-Italy-NYC good.”

4)  Crispy Shrimp at The Local. “Washed down with Champion suds, Chef Matty’s sweet and spicy app sends me to my Asian-hued happy place.”

5) Fried Oyster Po’Boy at Southern Crescent. “Save yourself the Frequent Flyer miles. These are true Leidenheimer baguettes with a crisp crust and fluffy center.”

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