The Charlottesville 29

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

Tag: Ten Sushi

Five Finds on Friday: Jon Bray

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jon Bray, who will run the brand new kitchen at Champion Brewing Company. Set to open June 19, Bray’s kitchen will serve beer-friendly foods like brats and sausage specials from JM Stock Provisions, paninis on Albemarle Baking Company bread, and spreads like pub cheese made with Missile IPA. Bray’s picks:

1) Karaage at TEN Sushi. “Japanese style fried chicken thigh nuggets. When Chef Pei first introduced this dish to me, it reminded me of an elevated version of the wings and nuoc cham sauce at the now defunct Saigon Cafe. It’s the kind of dish that’s so delicious, it’s stressful to be around if you’re the server who has to run it to tables all night. It’s only available as a special, though, so be on the look out.”

2) Grilled Shrimp with XO Sauce at Oakhart Social. “Chef Tristan Wraight is the most talented size medium chef in Charlottesville. There aren’t many places in town that are executing his level of flavor balance, and this dish nails it. Shrimp, salty Chinese sausage sauce, sweet Japanese mayo, fresh herbs and citrus zest. This, followed by a shot or six of Fernet Branca with Chef, which he describes as ‘Jaegermeister’s cooler, older, brother that rides motorcycles and respects women,’ makes for a classic night in Midtown.”

3) Bacon, Egg, and Cream Cheese on an Onion Bagel from Bodo’s. “It’s hard to single out my favorite combination, so I’m going with my childhood favorite. This, paired with Saturday morning cartoons was basically the ceiling of joy for me as a fourth grader.  Well, that and boobies.”

4) Sausages from JM Stock Provisions. “These meat scientists just love to play by their own rules, and fortunately, the result is a bunch of slam dunks. Recently, I had the Fiipino style Adobo sausage, and being half-Filipino I was thrilled to see it in the case.  The general rule of thumb as a Filipino is that nobody makes a better adobo than your mom, but my mom never made adobo sausage! Touche, dudes. Dunk=slammed.”

5) Panda Pineapple IPA from Champion Brewing Company. “This is the beer that Hunter and his team made for my wife and my wedding in 2014, and every year since for our anniversary. Some call it the greatest beer of all time, others call it the greatest beer of all time.”

Five Finds on Friday: Trish Clinton

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Trish Clinton, formerly of Clifton Inn, and now the new pastry chef at The Barbeque Exchange.

1)  Duck Curry at Thai Siam Takeout. “This was the first place that chef Tucker Yoder recommended to me and it was a great one! Ms. Mae and her brother are making the best Thai food around, that is for sure. The dumplings are also something to try, and it is worth however long of a wait Ms. Mae might tell you it is.”

2)  Absolutely ANY Dessert at Duner’s.  “I will drive out of my way just to drop in and get a dessert to go. The dessert menu is constantly changing and rotating to reflect what is available in the current season along with some staples. Call ahead and they will have it ready to go quickly!”

3)  Fresh Oysters and Frites with Garlic Aioli at Public Fish and Oyster.  “Be sure to get two sides of the aioli because it will go fast! Donnie is putting out some fantastic food, and you would have a great dish in any of the entrees that are available as well. Those frites and aioli with a great beer are definitely one my guilty pleasures.”

4)  “Sake Garden” Cocktail at TEN.  “This cocktail is the most refreshing drink for the summer in my opinion. Grapefruit vodka combined with sake, ginger, cucumber, and mint makes it easy to consume quite few on those hot summer nights.”

5)  Pollo Cemita at Al Carbon.  “The sesame bread that this sandwich is served on is a great base, then add the pulled rotisserie chicken, spicy chipotle sauce, sliced avocado, and oh that cheese! All of that combined make it over-the-top delicious. Be aware it is large and will fill you up you may not need anything else!”

Five Finds on Friday: John Shanesy

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities. Today’s picks come from John Shanesy, the new Chef de Cuisine at Charlottesville 29 inductee Parallel 38, which has just updated its menu with handmade pastas, flatbread pizzas, and more.  A former sous chef of The Blue Light Grill, Shanesy has also spent time at Paradox Pastry, as well as Charlottesville 29 inductees MAS Tapas and The BBQ Exchange. Shanesy’s picks:

1)  Pulled Pork Sandwich with Garlic Pickles, Hog Fire and Napalm Sauce at The BBQ Exchange.  “Craig’s passion for food and cooking is something very contagious and it’s obvious why his restaurant is such a hit.”

2)  Thai Beef Consommé at Pad Thai.  “Perfect mix of hot, comfort and clean flavors put together in one bowl by Mr. Ouypron!”

3)  Chorizo Tacos Traditional Style with Whiskey at Yearbook Taco.  “John’s cooking is wonderful, and he was a wonderful teacher of mine. I love his food and it’s especially good when Ross Schiller is putting bourbon in me.”

4)  Bellisima Pizza at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie.  “Best ingredients, best dough, best sauce, best atmosphere! What else can you say!”

5)  OH Toro at TEN.  “Pei Chang does no wrong at his incredible Japanese restaurant on the downtown mall. The decor is so inviting and the quality of staff and food is at the highest level that this town has to offer. Absolutely wonderful!”