Fair to midtown

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 Here’s a very early traffic alert, diners: Come September 11, a street fair between Fourth and Seventh streets will shut down that entire portion of West Main from 9am to 7pm. The event, dubbed the Midtown Street Fair, will run from noon until 5pm and will involve most of the restaurants in that stretch, including West Main and Zinc. And while traffic won’t be allowed down West Main itself, the intersections of Fourth and Seventh will be clear in one direction away from the fair. 

 

On September 11, the Midtown Street Fair will take over West Main between Fourth and Seventh streets. Look for vendors, a BBQ cookoff, a waitstaff Olympics and tunes from local musicians.

 

The fete, which is hosted by the Midtown Association, will feature vendors, a BBQ cookoff, a waitstaff Olympics and some fresh tunes. Event spokesperson Sarah Heid says there’s been a lot of interest from local musicians, but a final lineup is yet to be determined. 

Blue Moon Diner’s Laura Galgano, who is co-organizer with Zinc’s Vy Nguyen, told C-VILLE last week that she’d just finalized details with the city, so the Midtown Street Fair is officially underway. Restaurantarama will have more info—including comments from Galgano and fellow organizers Heid and Jackie Bright—as September 11 draws closer. 

That date is also noteable for the Tops of the Hops Beer Festival, held at the Charlottesville Pavilion and co-presented by Starr Hill Brewery and Beer Run. For those ready to overindulge, this is the date for it.

New tastes of China

 

Good news, buffet lovers. A big ol’ sign outside of the former Golden Corral spot on 29N announces its replacement: Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet. The Japanese, Chinese and American eatery will offer more than 150 different items, plus a hibachi station, where you can watch your meal being cooked on the spot, for no additional charge.

In other Asian food news, a Pantops eatery has slipped in under the radar. King Chef, next to Giant in the Rivanna Ridge shopping center, has been open for about two months. Restaurantarama popped in last week for Buddha’s Delight. The verdict? A typical Chinese meal (this isn’t Peter Chang’s latest venture, put it that way), but with huge portions. We’ll have leftovers for lunch all week. 

Yummy in our tummy

Restaurantarama stopped in for lunch at Brookeville Restaurant last week. We’ll say this: Though the portions at the former Upstairs spot are modest, the prices are right and the flavor is spot on. Restaurantarama tried the creamy scrambled eggs with shittake mushrooms and could have gone for another helping. Afterward, we stopped in next door to sample Sweet Frog’s cake batter froyo with strawberries, Oreo crumbles, walnuts and neon pink sprinkles. For only $2.30 (the price is calculated by weight), we wish we’d have added some fresh kiwi. Luckily, there’s always next time.

 

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