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: Lee Welch

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Lee Welch, FOH Manager of Revolutionary Soup, which has just introduced sandwiches stuffed in piadina – a traditional Italian flatbread cooked on a griddle, originating in Romagna. The Spicy Italian, for example, is capicola ham, Genoa salami, provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, pepper relish, and red wine vinaigrette. And, the Mozzarella Pesto is fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, basil pesto, and arugula. Welch’s picks: 

1) Quad Shot Iced Mocha made with Old World Espresso from Shenandoah Joe. “If I want to have the most productive day possible, it starts here. The coffee is always delicious, consistent, and highly effective. Wonderful and inviting staff in a cozy setting.”

2) Burrito del Dia at The Bebedero. “Always a different burrito and always amazing food complemented with inventive cocktails. The team behind the artistic collaboration that is The Bebedero strives to make each guest experience as beautiful as the atmosphere.”

3) Rib-Eye Steak & Cheese at Miller’s. “Some of my best memories are set on the patio of this ‘Oh-So-Charlottesville’ establishment with great friends, awesome food, and straightforward drinks. They shave the steak in house and serve it with onions, peppers, mushrooms, and jalapeños on an authentic Amoroso roll with melty white American cheese.”

4) Biscuits & Gravy at Barefoot Country Store. “Scottsville’s best kept secret is this quaint gem where you can enjoy a bottomless cup of coffee with the best biscuits and sausage gravy I’ve ever had. They locally source their ingredients, offer vegan/vegetarian options, and manage an inventory of antiquated toys, old fashioned candies, and even ammunition in their nostalgic shop.”

5) Apple Cider Donuts at Carter Mountain Orchard. ‘These mouth-watering donuts are as quintessentially Charlottesville as Marco & Luca’s and Bodo’s. It’s one of those things you miss dearly when you leave town and can’t get enough of when you come home.”

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Piadina at Revolutionary Soup

Five Finds on Friday: Nikki Fayolle

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Nikki Fayolle, part of the husband-and-wife team that runs Blue Ridge Pizza Co. and soon will open No Limits Smokehouse in Belmont. As if that’s not enough, Fayolle also owns Glo-Out Gamour Bar. Stay tuned for details about the Fayolle’s new smokehouse. Fayolle’s picks:

1) Tofu Soup at Monsoon Siam. “Monsoon is a must for me. The tofu soup and pad Thai are my faves. I honestly probably eat there too much, but I can’t help myself. The staff is always welcoming also.”

2) Dealer’s Choice at The Alley Light. “The Alley Light is a no brainer for that slamming cocktail list of theirs. My go-to is the Dealer’s Choice. I enjoy the surprise and delight element I get when I order it. It’s always on point and absolutely amazing.”

3) Honey Gelato from Splendora’s. “Splendora’s hits my sweet tooth every time, especially when she runs the honey flavor. I seriously wait until the season hits so I can stuff my face full of that gelato. If people wouldn’t judge, I’d probably rub it all over my face. Yeah, it’s THAT good.”

4) Red Hot Blues at Continental Divide. “Continental Divide is my numero uno for margaritas and the Red Hot Blues. You can never just have one of those margs, like EVER. I also love that the girls there always know that I love the goat cheese and forever ask for extra. (Love you P-nut and Margie).”

5) Sotol at The Bebedero. “The Bebedero is creeping up on my new fave list also. They carry this liquor called Sotol. We had it when we went to Austin in January and let me tell you, the stuff is awesome. They carry all sorts of it, and the bartenders there are incredibly knowledgeable.”

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Five Finds on Friday: Cheley Napoli

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Cheley Napoli of The Bebedero, which is among the participants in this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Downtown. During Saturday’s Shamrock Crawl, a green wristband earns you discounts and specials throughout the day at downtown restaurants and shops, including The Bebedero. Free with a suggested donation to PB&J Fund, wristbands are available at Citizen Burger Bar, Spring Street Boutique, and The Hip Joint. For Sunday’s Paint the Town Green, there will be more specials and discounts, decked out shops and restaurants, and children’s fun like balloons, chalk, and activity stations. Event details here. Napoli’s picks:

1) Wasabi Roll at TEN. “I love seafood, especially when it comes to sushi. The wasabi roll is always my go-to because I love tuna and spicy/hot foods. It’s the perfect amount of heat, especially when you pair it with a great cocktail to cool you off. This is one of my favorite places to visit regularly as the staff, ambiance, and food are always great.”

2) Pepper and Garlic Shrimp at Peter Chang’s. “Is my absolute favorite! The steamed snow peas, hot peppers, leeks, red bell peppers, and asparagus make it spicy, light, and earthy. I always feel good after that particular dish. I love the Nigori Cold Sake with it. Perfect combination.”

3) Vegetarian Omelette at Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar. “Commonwealth is one of the best places to go to brunch. I love Chef Shanesy’s new brunch menu. The vegetarian omelette (with a side of bacon) is one of my favorite brunch dishes. I like vegetables, but I am by no means a vegetarian, so it’s a great balance. Pair that with a Bloody Mary and you have a well-balanced meal.”

4) Smoked Chicken Wings at The Whiskey Jar. “I love The Whiskey Jar because I am a hard-core bourbon fan. I love trying the different varieties and being able to get flights. They also just started barreling their own bourbons with Elijah Craig, which is super cool. Their wings are the best wings in Charlottesville hands down. It’s great place to just chill and feel comfort.”

5) Braised Lamb Shank at The Bebedero. “I am not trying to be biased but The Bebedero is the most beautiful, and passionately driven restaurant I have ever been a part of. From River’s art, incredible bartending, and beautifully crafted cocktails, to Chef Kelvino’s gorgeous and delicious plates it is a place unlike any other. My favorite things from here are the mezcals, one of my favorites being the Del Maguey Pechuga, and chef’s Lamb Shank. I love lamb, and he knocks it out of the park. So tender, it falls right off the bone. Yum. I also enjoy a scorpion shot every now and then. Feels like vacation whenever I am there.”

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