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: Jeff Deloff


Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Jeff Deloff, chef of Threepenny Cafe, which has recently partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, assuring that all seafood it serves is approved for sustainability by Seafood Watch. Deloff’s picks:

1) Berkabaw from Autumn Olive Farms. “With an excellent ratio of meat to fat, it offers meat with lots of intramuscular fat. The fat is a meal in itself, either render it down for cooking or leaving it on to give the pork a succulent flavor.”

2) Beef from Wolf Creek Farm. “What more is there to say about grass fed beef that’s raised humanely, and sustainably? Nothing. Wolf Creek is an excellent example of farm stewardship, which offers a superior product to corn fed beef.”

3) Ducks from Free Union Grass Farm. “Pastured raised ducks that offer crispy skin and beautifully rendered fat, as well as hearty breast meat and flavorful leg meat.”

4) Bone Marrow from The Alley Light. “With everyone’s desire for high priced steaks it’s nice to see a place offer bone marrow. And to top it off, it comes with braised snails! A rarity in itself to see on a menu, but prepared beautifully.” (Note: this was the 2014 Dish of the Year.)

5) Skate Wing from Fleurie. “It’s not everyday you see skate. So when I read it was on their menu, I was more than excited to have it!”

Five Finds on Friday: Brian Helleberg


On Fridays, we feature five finds selected by local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Brian Helleberg, the chef who owns Fleurie and Petit Pois. Next week Fleurie is participating in Charlottesville Restaurant Week, which is an excellent chance to try a three-course menu of Fleurie’s modern French cuisine for just $36.  Menu here.  Helleberg’s picks:

1) Marrow from Ham Hocks from The Rock Barn.  “To have Ben Thompson working his craft in Nelson County is a local foodie’s dream realized.”

2) Nachos at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie.  “I got tricked into ordering these one time and I barely saved room for the pizza.”

3) Beef from Wolf Creek Farm.  “Richard Bean once said to me: ‘John Whiteside is about the best grass farmer I’ve ever seen.’  That’s good enough for me.  My favorite is the bone-in rib steak.”

4) Datil con tocino at MAS.  “The fact that Tomas is a vocal leader and supporter of the City Schoolyard Garden makes these taste even better.”

5) Eight Point IPA from Devil’s Backbone.  “I often tell people that I’m heading up to Wintergreen to do some skiing but I usually don’t make it past the brewery.”

Two for Tuesday: Brookville and Wolf Creek Farm

1)  Mom’s Favorite at Brookville.  The lunch menu at Brookville, introduced today, does not leave much choice.  Sure, many options sound delicious, like a corned beef sandwich and slow-roasted duck buns.  But, if “Mom’s Favorite” is on the menu, who in their right mind is going to turn it down?  House roast beef and  slices of beautiful local tomatoes are piled high on grilled fresh bread, slathered with Duke’s mayo.  Mom knows best.  If we have ever had a better roast beef sandwich in Charlottesville, we’ve forgotten it.

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2)  Bulgogi from Wolf Creek Farm at City Market.  Grass-fed natural beef, seasoned by a Korean woman who knows what she’s doing, Mihye Whiteside.  Take it home and cook it for just seconds on a hot griddle.  Then, you can do as she recommends and enjoy it wrapped in lettuce leaves.  Or, do as we do, and try it on an indulgent sandwich on a roll from Albemarle Baking Co., topped with a fried egg.  Either way, it’s a seriously delicious, easy, local meal.

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