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: Kate Lynn Nemett

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Kate Lynn Nemett of Potter’s Craft Cider, which has relaunched events like live music, food trucks, and more. With patio seating and plenty of space to spread out, Potter’s is ideal for pandemic-friendly relaxation. This evening, it’s Blue Ridge Pizza Co. plus live jazz by Adam Larrabee, Brian Caputo, and Randall Pharr. Follow along on Facebook for updates, or check the cidery’s events page. Potter’s is now also booking weddings and private events for the fall. Nemett’s picks: 

1) Kale Salad at Feast!. “I know kale salads were all the rage about five years ago, but I just can’t stop (won’t stop) eating them. The kale salad at Feast! is my idea of perfection: massaged kale, shaved parmesan, huge crusty croutons, and lemon tahini dressing. Adding a scoop of chicken salad makes it even more delightful.”

2) Dry-Fried Mushrooms at Peter Chang China Grill. “Eating at Peter Chang’s is always a complete revelation. It’s one of my favorite places to take out-of-towners because a) it blows your expectations for Chinese food out the window, and b) can you believe there’s mind-blowingly authentic Sichuan cooking in central Virginia? I have to order the dry-fried mushrooms every time I go. They’re so light and crispy – never greasy – but pack a huge flavor wallop from scallions, chili flakes, and numbing powder sprinkled on top.”

3) Dealer’s Choice at The Alley Light. “I’m an up-for-anything kind of drinker—when I’m in good hands. I’ve never had a cocktail at The Alley Light that hasn’t been delightful. Micah and his crew are at the top of their game. While I could pore over every drink description on the menu, I usually just go with the Dealer’s Choice and let the bartenders flex their mixology muscles. I’ll inevitably like it.”

4) Funghi Pizza at Lampo. “I imagine Lampo must top 90% of these lists. Everything that comes out of their kitchen is just so good. But this mushroom pizza is really impossible to pass up. The combination of wood-fired mushrooms, garlic, thyme, and sharp white cheeses is savory, creamy, and earthy all at once. It’s a really struggle to not eat the entire pie in one sitting, by myself.”

5) Chai Latte at Lone Light Coffee. “Some might think a chai latte is a chai latte—but not at Lone Light. Their in-house chai spice blend is aromatic, slightly spicy, and a million times fresher than the stuff that comes out of a box. Sitting down with a giant, steaming mug of this warming drink is one of my favorite indulgences, especially on a chilly or rainy morning. Or afternoon. Or really anytime. I’ve shared many a good conversation over this magical elixir.”

 

Five Finds on Friday: Liz Nabi

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Liz Nabi of Alight Flower Farm, whose beautiful Spring flowers have been brightening lives of seclusion for weeks. They are available for delivery through Schuyler Greens and carry-out from Foods of All Nations. Nabi’s picks:

1) Vegetable Board at The Alley Light. “We don’t get out for date night often, but when we do, The Alley Light is our go-to. From the intimate atmosphere to the delicious drinks (the mule for me, the gazossa for him), it’s a winner. But, it’s the Vegetable Board that’s kept us coming back since they opened. The whole platter of seasonal veggies in so many variations – pickled, roasted, marinated, raw – is an adventure.”

2) Brioche Feuilletée at MarieBette. “Weekends in the off-season, we walk to MarieBette for pastries and La Colombe coffee. I love the brioche feuilletée – the flakiness contrasts with the denseness of the chocolate and hazelnut, topped off with a dusting of granulated sugar. It can’t be beat (well, unless the filling of the day is vanilla cloud creme).”

3) Moules Frites Mariniere at Public Fish & Oyster. “For nights out with friends, we head to Public. Steamed mussels, broth, and fries. What’s not to love?”

4) Vegetable Lasagna from Mona Lisa Pasta and Molasses Cookies from Breadworks. “Before COVID-19, when we had company coming and didn’t have time to cook, we loved to grab a lasagna from Mona Lisa Pasta’s freezer and then walk across the lot to Breadworks for cookies (an assortment for the guests, but with plenty of molasses for us).”

5) Waje Sushi and Gazpacho at Foods of All Nations. “There’s ‘grocery’ sushi and then there’s Waje Sushi – fresh, buttery salmon and perfect rice every time, very reasonably priced. We can’t wait for summer because that means that Foods’ house-made gazpacho will be back in the grab-and-go section. Refreshing and finishes with a nice kick.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Megan Garvin

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Megan Garvin, co-owner of Moe’s Original BBQ – Water Street, which has partnered with a new local delivery service Cville Delivery. Launched this week by Cville Hop on Tours, Cville Delivery offers delivery to specific neighborhoods on specific days of the week. While national delivery services often take large cuts of what restaurants receive for delivered meals, locally owned Cville Delivery charges restaurants nothing, a great help for restaurants in the Culture of Takeout. Garvin’s picks:

1) Pickled Ramp Martini at The Alley Light. “I’m a sucker for an extra dirty martini and this one takes the cake. The perfect amount of saltiness every time. This is always a stop on the list when friends are in town or if we need a private wind down after a long day at work.”

2) Kale Tortellini at Bang!. “I finally understood the phrase ‘melts in your mouth’ after having the kale tortellini with brown butter. It’s always so hard to pick just a few dishes at Bang!, but you can guarantee that this one always makes the cut.”

3) Wait a Minute Sauce at The Continental Divide. “I’m addicted. Since my first visit at Continental, I’ve gotten the same order every time. A fresh house margarita to start and Red Hot Blues covered in Wait a Minute Sauce. Just enough heat to make your mouth water but not so much that it overpowers the dish. Perfection.”

4) Double Cheeseburger at Riverside Lunch North. “If my husband and I can’t agree on where to go for lunch, chances are you’ll find us at Riverside North. Best greasy smash burgers around. Double cheeseburger with grilled mushrooms and onions with a basket of fries and onion rings, and we’re both happy campers.”

5) House Acai Bowl at Corner Juice. “When I’m in a hurry and crave something healthy in the morning, Corner Juice is my go-to. Their acai bowl is light and fresh but has the perfect amount of substance. Julie has turned me on to their home-made almond butter. You never turn down the almond butter.”

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