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: Rachel De Jong

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Rachel De Jong of Cou Cou Rachou, set to open soon on Preston Avenue in the onetime home of Outback Lodge. Those who have tried De Jong’s pastries at The Workshop know how talented the pastry chef is who has worked at acclaimed restaurants like The Inn at Little Washington and Petit Trois. Now, her breads and pastries will be available at her own bakery right here in Charlottesville. Cou Cou Rachou plans a June opening. Meanwhile, follow along on Instagram and Facebook. De Jong’s picks:

1) Huaraches from La Sabrosita in Waynesboro. “I know, it’s outside Charlottesville proper, but it’s my partner and I’s favorite day off lunch. It’s such a fun escape and the food is always wonderful.”

2) Patois Cider from Market Street Wine. “This is a double duty answer. I went to pastry school in Paris and, on a baker/student budget, crepes and cider were without a doubt one of my most frequent meals. Patrick’s cider is the best I’ve had this side of the Atlantic and I’m very excited about what he is creating and cultivating in the area – Virginia apples need this kind of love. Market Street Wine is definitely my happy place. Siân and Thad are wonderful humans who are also doing tremendous things for their industry and community, and I am very thankful to have a place I can go where I know the recommendations and knowledge of the product will be impeccable.”

3) Thai Tea Gelato and Honey, Goat Cheese, and Fig Gelato from Splendora’s. “PK is making such fun, wonderful, interesting things and I am so happy that we can still get her gelato in town. She’s one of the many reasons I’m delighted to be back in the Charlottesville food community.”

4) Korean Cabbage Kimchi from Sussex Farm. “In my fridge always. My favorite day-off breakfast and anytime addition to brighten up a meal.”

5) Hot and Numbing Shredded Tofu Skins from Peter Chang. “Ordered this so much throughout the quarantine takeout era. One of my go-to standbys, and I would eat it every day if that were a reasonable thing to do.”

2021 Charlottesville Best Food Truck/Stand Finalists

The 2021 Charlottesville 29 is coming soon, answering: if there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville would be the ideal 29? But first up is recognition of our area’s great food trucks and stands. 2020 was a challenging year for the food industry, but many trucks thrived in the Culture of Takeout, helping Charlottesville enjoy chef-prepared meals while remaining socially distant.

Monday, March 15, The Charlottesville 29 2021 Best Food Truck/Stand will be awarded. Among a great group, the finalists are:

 

Five Finds on Friday: Lizzy Hood

Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Lizzy Hood, formerly of Eleven Madison Park, who now manages Passiflora, which opened this week in the former home to Commonwealth, on the downtown mall. The latest project from Champion Hospitality Group, Passiflora features Baja-Med cuisine from chef Phillip Gerringer, such as the Baja classic, and Gerringer’s favorite, fish tacos: beer battered cod, shredded queso asadero and manchego, buttermilk ranch, and red cabbage, in a flour tortilla. Full menu and reservations here. Hood’s picks:

1) Donuts from Belle. “I tried the donuts from Belle a few weeks ago, and I’m not sure why it took me so long. These little guys are dangerous. They are a great start to a Saturday morning.”

2) Burger and Amaro Late Night at C&O. “During my time working in New York City, one of my favorite things to do was find that perfect dark and cozy bar to lose some time in. The downstairs of C&O brings that vibe back for me. I frequently go late night for an amaro and the burger.”

3) Kimchi Pancake from Sussex Farm. “The Kimichi Pancake from Sussex Farm at the City Market. After I stumbled upon this dish, I made it a priority to go every Saturday. But truly you can not go wrong with anything Jen Naylor is cooking.”

4) Lunch Special from JM Stock Provisions. “I spent a brief time working at Stock Provisions when I moved to Charlottesville in 2016. Since then, I know to keep an eye out for Ben Moore-Coll’s lunch special out of the butcher shop. It is always damn good.” 

5) Everything Prezzant from MarieBette. “Buttery, flakey, salty. Not much to say here other than if you haven’t tried these yet, go.”

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