What is Charlottesville’s food and drink scene missing?


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Last week we asked readers for their thoughts on what needs to make an appearance on Charlottesville’s food and drink scene. The question sparked a lengthy online discussion, and here are some of the responses we got:

Sandra McDaniel: Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden, Fuddruckers, and I hate having to go over to Waynesboro to go to Cracker Barrel.

Caitlin Riopel: I think Charlottesville’s food and drink scene is missing authentic New Mexican cuisine, specifically something where you can order red, green, or Christmas chile smothered all over everything. Additionally I think we need somewhere on Sunday that has a full bloody mary bar with all the fixins, like a buffet.

Anonymous: I’d like to see a column in c-ville weekly like the one that used to be in The Hook, I think it was called “The Dish,” a column about the new restaurants that’s come to town, plus the ones that’s aren’t here anymore.

Don Neuland: In a word – value. All of the places I have eaten and/or drunk at (with several exceptions) are grossly overpriced for what you get. The owners believe they are going to get rich selling “homemade” $15-18 plates of pasta, “fresh frozen” fish or seafood, and $12 bisonburgers. Moreover, most have no imagination at all. There are only two that provide any value at all: BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville, and Eppies on the downtown mall. At least the food is real homemade from scratch. The rest are crap. Particularly, the Beer Run today charged me $.75 for one measley slice of tomato – on top of their so-called $12 bisonburger. I was, and still am, extremely angry about this. The beer industry has much of the blame. Youngsters believe (along with the immature brewers who sell this stuff), that the longer the name, the more sophisticated it must be. Beer Run sells a beer (so it’s called) on tap that is 13 words long!!! Not to mention the $2 cups of burned coffee beans at the so-called “coffee shops”. 98% of the junk they sell is not worthy of the name coffee. If you order a “coffee” with one shot of each of the flavored sugars one can add to the cup at Starbucks, you will need to bring a gallon bucket. All of the others are the same.

Kelly Hyde: I would like to see more Paleo friendly options. It’s not too hard to put something together, but I never want to feel like I’m being a pain for the kitchen.

Shannon Wilson: There’s a Puerto Rican place in San Rafael, CA, called Sol Food that I wish I could clone and plop down in Cville. Soooooo good!!

Eric Newsome: Better quality for the price Korean restaurant choices, plus we are definitely missing a good ramen cart.

Thomas Gayner: Screaming Viking cocktails!

Cecilia Haro Baber: Filipino food.


Hal Mavius: I would really love to see a great seafood restaurant.


Brad Sayler: Well, I think we’re missing a good kind of mom and pop seafood restaurant. A place that sells lobster rolls and, you know, fried shrimp, and scallops, and French fries, and that kind of thing. They’ve got a lot of them up in New England and we always try and find them when we’re up there, but there’s no reason why we couldn’t have one here in Charlottesville, and I think it’d be very popular.

Daniel Lankford

Daniel Lankford: Quality Ethiopian and Korean food.


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