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Five Finds on Friday: Stu Rifkin


On Fridays we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  This week’s picks come from Stu Rifkin, the restaurateur and real estate maven who has done it all when it comes to Charlottesville restaurants: owned them, ran them, and brokered their sale.  From April 7 thru 14, restaurants of the Charlottesville Restaurant Group, for whom Rifkin has consulted, are offering $50 gift certificates for just $25 each, with all proceeds going to the care of Wes Chang, TEN chef Pei Chang’s todller son who is undergoing treatement for stage IV neuroblastoma. Purchase yours at MAS, Mono Loco, Blue Light Grill, TEN Sushi, and Three Notch’d Grill. Or, you can contribute directly at the website

Rifkin’s relationship with so many restaurants made his picks particularly difficult, as he might have chosen Calamari Tempura from TEN or a BLT on Rye with Fried Pickle Chips and extra thick Ranch from The Nook.  Excluding restaurants where he “eats for free,” Rifkin’s picks:

1)  Cherry Star at Spudnuts.  “Or any donut frankly.  We are truly blessed to have such a simply perfect donut shop in town. CW Llad immortalized the Cherry Star in a poem on the back page of C-VILLE many years ago.  I’ve been consuming them regularly ever since.”

2)  Pepperoni Pizza at Whole Foods.  “Sad but true that some of the best pie in town comes from a grocery store. It’s not consistent, but when they get it right it’s unsurpassed deliciousness.”

3)  Bambino Cone at Splendora’s.  “Choose a flavor and get a small scoop on a tiny cone. It’s a perfect palate cleanser and a tasty treat. Salted Caramel Gelato or Grapefuit Sorbetto works for me.”

4)  Tacos Campechanos at Don Panchito Taco truck on 29N.  “I’ve tried them all and these guys knock it out of the park. The campechanos combine carne asada and chorizo.”

5)  Smoked Turkey Croissant, Potato Salad and Limeade at The Blue Ridge Pig. “Their Dill Sauce is transcendent.  I would eat anything they put it on.”


Five Finds on Friday: Justin van der Linde


On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Justin van der Linde, who runs the hugely popular food truck Smoked BBQ Co.  Van der Linde’s picks:

1)  Chili Broth Steamed Mussels at Zocalo.  “The smokey, spicy broth is awesome along with the grilled tortillas.  Never been there without ordering the mussels!”

2)  The Whole Menu at Kabuto.  “Super fresh, super friendly, and fairly priced,  This place is my new go-to!”

3)  Smoked Turkey Croissant at The Blue Ridge Pig.  “Yes, I do get extra dill sauce.  Don’t judge me!  Worth the ride every time.”

4)  Blueberry Spudnut at Spudnuts.  “I’m not sure how you make donuts better, but Spudnuts sure does.  If you haven’t been . . . Go!”

5)  Burger at Riverside Lunch.  “‘Flat Out’ still the best!  Crispy, cheesy and so delicious!”

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