The Charlottesville 29

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Five Finds on Friday: Kate Ellwood

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Kate Ellwood, GM of Citizen Burger Bar, who juggles a full-time restaurant job with being a mother to her daughter Avery. “Family is a big part of my life and what keeps me grounded in this industry,” says Ellwood. “My husband and my daughter are what keep me going. Avery is growing up in the restaurant world, and it’s so fun sharing this special lifestyle with her. She lights up my life.” Ellwood’s picks:

1) A.M. Biscuit at Beer Run. “My go-to day off spot. A place that feels like home. My daughter loves the basket of toys they keep on hand, and the kids’ menu is pretty awesome. The A.M Biscuit has been my breakfast staple for years. It’s a house baked cheddar scallion biscuit with scrambled eggs and your choice of cheese (the Gouda is amazing), and I always top it with bacon. They have a great selection of dark beers and, with the new addition of the back bar, there’s always a large selection of brews to choose from.”

2) Iced Mocha at Splendora’s. “I know it’s going to be a great day when it starts with a cup of coffee from Splendora’s. Most days I’m here twice a day. Coffee in the morning and an iced coffee in the afternoon. I had the iced mocha recently and it was out of this world. Of course the gelato is something special. I love when PK does the beerlato. From the bright yellow building on the way in and the friendly staff, I would challenge someone to leave there without a smile on their face.”

3) White Pizza at Vita Nova. “Favorite pizza spot on the mall. There’s never a long line and the staff is super-friendly and efficient. We order their pizza for our employee meetings, and our staff is hooked. They have this delicious white sauce, cheese pizza that is, hands down, the best slice of pizza I’ve experienced. It tastes like you’re eating pasta on a pizza.”

4) Hand Pie w/ Scrambled Egg, Yukon Potato, Cheddar, and Gravy at The Pie Chest. “I’ve always been a huge fan of the sweet pies, the dark chocolate cream pie especially. I would eat it for breakfast at least once a week. Then I discovered the breakfast hand pies and that was a game changer. The Yukon potato, cheddar, gravy, & egg is my fave! Super delicious. It always brightens my day to see Tina and Rachel in the shop. Great people, great pies.”

5) Double Bass Chocolate Stout from Starr Hill Brewery. “My favorite brewery in town, since the beginning. I love visiting the tap room in Crozet on my days off. It’s a short drive, and a nice escape. Their Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout is my favorite seasonal beer. They do this fun seasonal Box of Chocolates 12 pack. It’s released in November, and I’ll be drinking those for the next few months.”

Five Finds on Friday: Robbie O’Cain

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On Fridays, we feature five finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  It’s Virginia Beer Month, and yesterday was National IPA Day, so today’s picks come from Robbie O’Cain, the new Brewmaster at Starr Hill Brewery, who has revamped the brewery’s flagship IPA: Northern Lights.  O’Cain’s picks:

1)  Torta Milanesa at La Michoacana.  “Street Mexican food is normally associated with tacos and burritos but I think the best of all the dishes is the Torta, and La Michoacana is the tops.”

2)  Boquerones Con Ajo at MAS Tapas.  “Mas does anchovies better than anywhere else I have been.”

3)  Nachos at Beer Run.  “Great place, great people, great beer selection and great nachos. Tip: Get meat and beans. One time we ordered two back to back and the waitress was impressed. She hadn’t had anyone do that before.”

4)  Fried Chicken at Mel’s Cafe.  “Great soul food in the Starr Hill neighborhood. It was also where I took my girlfriend on our first date so it holds sentimental value as well.”

5)  King of Hop Grapefruit at Starr Hill Brewery. We did a very limited run of this beer and it was one of the best beers we have ever made. It was everyone’s shift beer at the brewery for the couple weeks we had it. Be on the lookout for it at the tap room for Virginia Craft Beer Month.”