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: Aaron Hill

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Lampo sous chef Aaron Hill, whose role there continues to grow while new projects demand the time of the restaurant’s founders. Hill’s picks:

1) Ham Biscuit with honey and hot sauce at JM Stock Provisions. “It’s everything I want: perfectly baked biscuit, hot , sweet and savory. I want it all the time including weekends holidays and by the tray.”

2) Pistachio Popsicle from La Flor Michoacana. “It’s a favorite spot for me and my son, and if you know us personally you know we always have a popsicle at hand. And, La Flor just knocks it out of the park. Reminds me of my childhood, so good.”

3) Watermelon Gose from Three Notch’d Brewing Company.  “Can’t think of a better beverage to beat the heat with. Love the balance.”

4) NacHos at Dr Ho’s Humble Pie. “My all-time favorite thing from Dr Ho’s! No other nachos comes close to scratching the itch. Poblano lime cream fresh corn salsa and slow braised beef just drowning in melty goodness. Ho’s knows.”

5) Fried Chicken and Waffles at buffet brunch at The Fitzroy. “My list wouldn’t be complete without it. Something has got to be said about endless fried chicken and maple syrup (and hot sauce).”

Five Finds on Friday: J.R. Hadley

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from J.R. Hadley, the restaurateur who owns Boylan Heights and the brand new nachos restaurant Cho’s. For St. Patrick’s Day today, Cho’s is turning back into the former occupant of its space on Preston Avenue: McGrady’s. They will hoist the old McGrady’s sign, and staff will wear McGrady’s gear in homage to what Hadley says is the best St. Patrick’s Day party in town. Drink specials, giveaways, live music on the new deck, bagpipes, and even face painting for the kids. Details here and here. Hadley’s picks:

1) Cavolo Nero at Lampo. “This may be the best $7 you can spend in town. I’ve been to Lampo more times than I can count, dating back to when Loren, Drew, Ian and Mitch first opened this gem. I’ve tried everything on the menu, and always look forward to Drew’s educated wine recommendations at the bar. But this often overlooked salad in Charlottesville’s hottest pizza joint is a great example of how talented these guys are. Pickled mustard seed, Tuscan kale, apple cider vin, and candied almonds? Yes please.”

2) The Southern at Roots Natural Kitchen. “I love Roots. Co-owner Jung Kim worked for me at Boylan Heights when he was an undergrad here at UVa and I am so proud of what he has done. In just over a year, Roots has become a staple on The Corner and rightfully so. Not only is it healthy, but its fresh, and flavorful. Most people don’t know they had the guys over at ZoCaLo help design their menu and recipes. Try The Southern if you haven’t already. The house made BBQ tofu is incredible, along with the signature brown/black rice, kale, chickpeas, roasted broccoli and pickled onions.”

3) Greens of the Day at Integral Yoga Natural Foods. “I’m a juice freak. Mainly because it makes it easy for me to get all the fruits and veggies my Mom tells me I’m supposed to eat every day. At Integral Yoga they use fresh, organic fruits and veggies and they are always so friendly and anxious to help you find the perfect juice or smoothie. Plus, it’s right across the street from Cho’s which makes it even more dangerous for me. My go-to is the Greens of the Day. It’s packed with kale, cucumber, cabbage, celery, and I usually add echinacea and Vitamin-C powder. And when you stayed out a little too late? Get the Liver Flush. It works ;)”

4) Tagliatelle w/ Ragu Alla Bolognese at Vivace. “I grew up in Ivy, and went to WAHS with fellow restaurateur Landon Saul. Since taking over Vivace, Landon has taken the menu from good to great. Landon’s parents owned a family grocery store and butcher shop when we were kids, and its no coincidence that Landon brings that same passion for local ingredients to the Vivace menu. After training in Calabria, Italy he brought that simple, authentic Italian style back to Vivace. We’re lucky to have Vivace in little ole Cville and the tagliatelle embodies that best in my opinion. The pancetta is seasoned and cured in house, and the house sausage and grana padano is perfect.”

5) Fried Chicken Sandwich w/fries at The Fitzroy. “There’s another menu item at The Fitzroy named the Perfect Sandwich. I disagree. This is the perfect sandwich. I think about it almost daily. Buttermilk battered chicken, cayenne lemon aioli and pickles. Boom. Owners Kelley Tripp & Richard Ridge are the best in the biz. Kelley helped me open up Boylan, created our menu, and his unique tutelage is a big reason for my success in this business. I’ve known Rich since high school and we were lucky to have him bartend at Boylan for years when he moved back home from NYC. The two of them together are a restaurant dream team. Only a perfectly battered fried chicken sandwich and shoe string fries can compete with them.”

2017 Best New Restaurant Finalists

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Next week, the 2017 edition of The Charlottesville 29 will be announced, answering: if there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29? To be eligible, restaurants must have a Charlottesville postal address and have been open since January 1, 2016. Although 2016’s new restaurants won’t be part of this year’s 29, several are worthy of recognition and in the running for Best New Restaurant.

The 2017 Charlottesville 29 Best New Restaurant will be announced this Thursday, February 2. The finalists are: