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: Hannah Deal

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Hannah Deal of Hannah’s Homemade, which makes nut and granola butters from sustainably sourced, 100% organic ingredients that are free of most common allergens. Deal hopes her business will draw attention to chronic illnesses, and she donates a portion of proceeds to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). You can meet Deal and sample her products tomorrow, January 26, at Feast! from 12-2 pm. Details here. Deal’s picks:

1) Roasted PEI Mussels at Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar. “I have eaten just about every dish at Orzo and while they are all incredible, their mussels appetizer is one of the best they’ve got. While I can no longer consume dairy as of 2017, I still dream about this dish and used to order it nearly every time I went. As a side note, I studied for a semester in Belgium (a place known for mussels) and couldn’t find any as good as Orzo’s. If that isn’t a testament to how good they are, I don’t know what is.”

2) Crab Soup at The Local. “Crab is a favorite food of mine, and since my family frequents the beach for vacations, I have had more than my fair share of crab soup over the years. I still remember where I sat when I took my first bite of The Local’s crab soup. It manages to be rich and creamy while not taking attention away from the most important ingredient; crab. As a bonus, you don’t feel like you’ve gained ten pounds after eating it. Similarly to the last dish, I can’t eat this one anymore, but I will still recommend it to anyone.”

3) Green Curry at Thai 99. “You can’t really go wrong when ordering green curry, but you can end up with a mediocre curry that you’ll forget about the next day. Thai 99’s is anything but mediocre and contains a blast of flavor and spice in each spoonful. As a bonus, this one works for all of the gluten-free and dairy-free folks out there! I could eat this every day during the winter, and then some.”

4) The Mayweather at Roots. “Roots is my go-to lunch place if I’m out working all day. I have eaten their Mayweather bowl so many times that the total is probably embarrassing, but their food is delicious and leaves me satisfied each time I go. I do make a few substitutions to create a dairy-free and gluten-free dish, but this is easy to do, and the staff are always so friendly. If you’re reading this and work at Roots, thanks for feeding me!”

5) Adam’s Apple at Revolutionary Soup. “This is the best sandwich I have ever had, period. Rev Soup takes some of the best, classic ingredients such as bacon, goat cheese, and apple, and puts them in between two slices of locally made bread slathered with homemade garlic aioli and local apple butter. You really can’t get better that! And while this sandwich is not allergen-friendly, most of their options are, which makes it a great place for just about anyone.”

Five Finds on Friday: Matt Turner

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On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Matt Turner, chef of the brand new Public Fish & Oyster, which opened last week. Turner once was chef at Jarman’s Gap and Camino, among other area favorites. Public features a seafood-focused menu of dishes like raw or broiled oysters, clam chowder, and four different kinds of moules frites. For meat-lovers, there is pork belly sausage, steak frites, and more.  Turner’s picks:

1)  Tacos at La Michoacána. “The meats, the tortillas, the house-made condiment bar, it’s all good. I have a 4 taco per week habit.”

2)  Fried Chicken at Brown’s.  “I live two blocks from a fried chicken joint yet I choose to drive across town for Brown’s. The sides really push them over the top.”

3)  Crispy Beef Salad at Thai 99 (Fontaine Location Only). “I used to frequent Thai restaurants in the DC metro area and always had a romance with Thai crispy duck salad. This is the best representation one can get locally. It’s everything all at once: sweet, sour, salty, savory, nutty, citrusy, fresh and packed with umami.”

4)  The Bellissima at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie.  “Chain pizza should hang its head in shame.”

5)  Wood Fired Bread at MAS Tapas.  “The arts and disciplines of artisanal food are dying slow deaths in today’s corporate monopoly dominated world.  The oven alone at Mas is a local treasure.  The bread that comes out if it is something to behold.”