Here’s a good excuse to indulge in a Bloody Mary (as if you needed one): Drinking the red cocktail might have positive health effects, given that the drink contains lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes that allegedly reduces the risk of cancer and the damaging effects of osteoporosis, diabetes, and infertility in men. Grab an extra spicy version at Beer Run or try a tall one at Fellini’s, where you can choose from a veritable buffet of accoutrements.
How does a new restaurant get away with having just six items on the menu? By making all of them very, very well. What you’ll get at the Soul Food Joint is crispy-battered fried chicken, fall-off-the-bone ribs, tender-as-a-lullaby pulled pork, simmered-to-perfection collards, boy-oh-boy baked
It’s been nearly a decade since Virginia made it legal for folks to bring their own vino to restaurants. The Corkage Bill of 2011 effectively gives diners more wines to choose from, and in some cases, a less expensive option to ordering from a restaurant’s list. “We have to provide value,
Harrison Keevil’s departure from Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar is already paying dividends at Keevil & Keevil. With his full attention back on the shop he runs with his wife Jennifer, Keevil has big plans for 2019. Kicking off the year is the re-launch of his guest chef sandwich
Best new creations When it comes to Charlottesville food and drink, there is no such thing as a bad year. In 2018, MarieBette Café & Bakery unleashed its prezzant, a sorcerous pretzel and croissant hybrid, where buttery, delicate pastry gets an addictive umami boost from a dip in lye. Not
Zocalo has undergone a number of major changes recently, with owner Ivan Rekosh buying out his longtime partner and then bringing in a new executive chef, Zynodoa’s Josh Hutter, who’s been shaking up the menu with a variety of surprising new offerings. “I’ve been cooking the same food for 15
Angelic’s Kitchen On Wheels food truck has taken to the streets, a mere four years since owner Angelic Jenkins began cooking professionally, after her husband urged her to find a hobby other than shopping. “I love cooking for people and always wanted to sell fried fish at a festival,” Jenkins
Sometimes the good stuff is hiding right under your nose. For decades, Mel’s Café has sat near the center of town on West Main Street, with a bright blue sign that is impossible to miss. Yet, even some of my most food-loving friends have never set foot in the place. As a longtime fan, this […]
When Ivar Aass moved to Charlottesville six years ago, he had one purpose in mind: distill high quality spirits. And at Spirit Lab Distilling, the distillery he runs with his wife, he does just that. From a bare bones warehouse facility on 6th St. SE, Aass distills tiny batches of spirits that
The family meal is a restaurant tradition, where chefs take turns cooking a meal for the entire staff to dine together before service. At an Italian restaurant like Tavola, you might expect that meal to be a fat bowl of pasta and maybe some garlic bread. But, in fact, one of the more memorable
After a long night of waiting and bussing tables, cooking meals, serving drinks, and washing dishes, most restaurant staffs are usually ready to unwind. But in a town in which the sidewalks tend to roll up after 10 or 11pm, where’s a hard-working, thirsty server supposed to go? A regular haunt
Around here, the folks cooking your favorite foods are as close to celebrities as some of us get (unless you’re lucky enough to corner Dave Matthews on the mall). So, for this year’s annual Food & Drink Issue, we decided to take a look behind the scenes—beyond your pork belly tacos and pain
You know what they say: A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips. Luckily, outdated axioms don’t deter you from taking advantage of the best edibles, drinkables and make-at-homeables this town has to offer. Here are 38 of your favorites.
If you are what you eat (and drink), then you’re tacos, dumplings, wings and wine. You’re pizza, you’re burgers. You’re beer and croissants. And, amazingly, you’re still hungry for more. Here are your picks for the best edibles. RESTAURANT C&O Restaurant Runner-up: Lampo Honorable
So what if we didn’t grow up with a Southern grandma? We still know a good fried chicken biscuit when we taste one—like, say, the Ace Biscuit & Barbecue sandwich on this week’s cover. Southern cuisine may be having a moment in the national spotlight, but ’round these parts we’ve had an
Tap dance The latest World of Beer location, nestled into the first floor of the swanky new student housing complex at 852 West Main, has settled on what managers are calling a “solid” opening date of September 22, after they missed an initial target of September 6. Good thing—the residents
We hate to invoke a timeworn phrase, but, hell, it really is 5 o’clock somewhere. Here’s a guide to seven days of happy hours so you never have to be without a drink in hand come quittin’ time. Drinking every day on the cheap? We’ll cheers to that. Monday No. 3 (1517 University Ave., 984-4653)
Beer Run 156 Carlton Rd. #203 984-2337 beerrun.com Runner-up: Blue Mountain Brewery 9519 Critzer Shop Rd. (Afton) (540) 456-8020 bluemountainbrewery.com With seven breweries in the immediate area, it’s clear we live in a beer town—and Beer Run is no exception. It’s the one spot you can get it
Splendora’s Gelato 317 E. Main St. 296-8555 splendoras.com Runner-up: Sweet Frog 219 W. Main St. 293-7123 Barracks Road Shopping Center 293-1130 Hollymead Town Center 975-3764 sweetfrogyogurt.com Gluttony may be one of the seven deadly sins, but a giant cup of gelato is perhaps one of heaven’s
Peter Chang’s China Grill Barracks Road Shopping Center 244-9818 peterchangscharlottesville.com Runner-up: Red Lantern 221 Carlton Rd. 979-9968 redlanterncharlottesville.com When readers want Chinese, they go straight to the top. Peter Chang’s, which opened in 2011 to much fanfare due to its
Guadalajara 3450 Seminole Trail #101 977-2677 805 E. Market St. 977-2676 2206 Fontaine Ave. 979-2424 395 Greenbrier Dr. 978-4313 108 Town Country Ln. 293-3358 charlottesvillemexicanfood.com Runner-up: Continental Divide 811 W. Main St. 984-0143 Runner-up: La Michoacana (tie) 1138 E. High St.