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Five Finds on Friday: Treat Huey


Today is the 50th edition of Five Finds on Friday, where chefs and local personalities pick five favorite food items in the area.  To mark the occasion here at The Charlottesville 29, we have the picks of a Charlottesville resident who is among the top 29 in the world in his field.  In fact, tennis player Treat Huey is ranked exactly 29th in the world in doubles.  Next week, the undefeated men’s tennis team of his alma mater, UVa, will begin the NCAA Championship tournament, en route to its first ever title.  Oh yeah, Huey also happens to be a lover of food.  Huey’s picks:

1)  Yuca and Caramont Farm Goat Cheese Fritters at Commonwealth.  “This appetizer is ridiculously good.  Then you can not go wrong with any of the entrees especially if you get the smashed, roasted red potatoes as a side.  A great meal and then heading upstairs to Skybar to have a drink when there is good weather is a great way to end a day.”

2)  Local “Double H Farm” Berkshire Pork Chop at The Local.  “Get the blackberry cobbler with house made vanilla ice cream for dessert.  All the food is great, and the restaurant building and decor are also  reasons I come back and eat here as much as I can.”

3)  Cajun Crusted Tilapia wrap with Chipotle Dressing and Salt and Vinegar Chips at Zazus Fresh Grille.  “I have this at least once a week when I am in town.”

4)  Lunch Buffet at Milan Indian Cuisine.  “When I am really hungry, the lunch buffet at Milan is my go to.  One of my friends, Sanam, who moved here from India five years ago, took me here for the first time a few years back after raving about it and I have been hooked ever since.  The naan, curries and tandoori chicken are must haves.”

5)  Pasta al Forno and House Salad at Bella’s.  “Start with the large Bella’s house and then have the Pasta al Forno. Two people sharing these is the perfect amount of food.  Also, I recently ate at the bar because there was a wait and my friend and I got to talking with Ayo the bartender.  He’s a great guy and made dinner even more enjoyable.”

Five Finds on Friday: George Cohen

On Fridays, we feature five food finds selected by local chefs, personalities, or readers.  This week we take a break from chefs to bring you the picks of George Cohen, Chair of the UVa Faculty Senate, who recently led the faculty’s effort to secure the reinstatement of UVa President Theresa Sullivan.  Cohen’s five picks:

1.  Lox and Vegetable Cream Cheese on an Everything Bagel at  Bodo’sGreat soul food that takes me back to my Jewish New Jersey roots.  Now if we could only get some good herring in sour cream and onions!

2.  Black & White Cookies at Chandler’sAnother childhood favorite.  I also love their chocolate cakes.

3.  Hot and Sour Soup at SzechuanWe have known the Yu family for years and this is my personal favorite dish there.

4.  Pesto Wrap at Zazus Fresh Grille  Zazus is a big favorite of my law professor colleagues and I just love the pesto wrap.

5.  Fajita Burrito at El PuertoThis is another of my lunch favorites.  Delicious, though I usually am in a stupor for several hours afterwards.

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