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Five Finds on Friday: Madison Horn


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Madison Horn of Clover Top Creamery, which this week is participating in Virginia Cheesemakers Against Racism, raising funds and awareness for racial justice. A map of participants is here. For its part, Clover Top Creamery is donating to National Black Food & Justice Alliance, and using its social media to highlight Black owned businesses, Black artisans, and others. Horn’s picks: 

1) Korean Ramen from Sussex Farm. “This is the best bowl of food I’ve ever eaten. Perfect Saturday morning breakfast on City Market days.”

2) Halloumi Appetizer at Orzo. “Fried cheese + butter + garlic + crusty bread = perfection.”

3) Kao Soi at Chimm. “This is a close second for best bowl of food I’ve ever eaten. Especially obsessed with the pickled mustard greens.”

4) Virginia Morning Breakfast Pie from The Pie Guy. “Another reason to miss City Market is the the Virginia Morning Breakfast Pie. A class combo packed into these pies hits the spot.”

5) Mamey Paleta at La Flor Michoacána. “All their paletas are amazing, but there’s something about the mysterious almost pumpkin-y flavor of mamey that I adore. Try the mamey ice cream too.”


Five Finds on Friday: JJ Myers


On Fridays we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from JJ Myers, the former sous chef of the C&O who has joined on with the food truck The Pie Guy to enhance the food and expand the catering services, adding appetizers, sides, and desserts.  The Pie Guy’s ingredients now have a heavy local focus, with grass-fed organic beef and free range organic chicken and eggs.  The truck parks on McCormick at the UVa amphitheater Monday – Friday from 10 to 3.  Myers’ picks:

1)  Porchetta Panuozzo at Lampo.  “Tangy broccoli rabe, garlic aioli, some nicely aged provolone and juicy porchetta, all on a fresh piece of wood fired bread. Best sandwich in town.”

2)  Huevos Bluemoonos at Blue Moon Diner.  “There’s always something creative on the menu and it’s a great environment. Nice and spicy bloody mary as well.”

3)  Crispy Pork Belly at Peter Chang’s.  “Thin slices of deep-fried pork belly, finished with cilantro and spices. Enough said!”

4)  Greyhound at the C&O.  “Plain and simple – fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and some good vodka. Coolest bar in town.”

5)  Chicken Wings from Wayside Takeout & Catering.  “There is something about southern comfort food that just makes everything better.”

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