Whew! What a ride! If you’ve been reading this column for the last 52 weeks, you know that your trusty Restaurantarama has been kept hopping by the many comings and goings in the fast ’n’ furious world that is Charlottesville dining. For a little burg that a lot of people up in Poughkeepsie have never […]
Flying high now: Local jouster Jimmy Lange is garnering quite a following and even attracted the great Angelo Dundee (coach to Muhammad Ali and George Foreman) to his corner. Tonight, there’s boxing. No glitz and bright lights of Las Vegas but rather a ring in the middle of a three-quarters filled Patriot Center in Fairfax. […]
Once upon a time, a beloved Charlottesville institution lived in a shopping center on Ivy Road. Its name was Tiffany’s Seafood and everyone loved its steamed shrimp very much. One morning, Tiffany’s woke up to find itself being charged an awful lot of rent. Beverly Baber, Tiffany’s owner, had to close down the restaurant on […]
Grits are making a comeback. This typically breakfast staple was the culinary highlight of the March of Dimes’ (www.marchofdimes.com) recent Signature Chefs Auction benefit at the Doubletree Hotel. Entrées featuring grits made an appearance twice, including Treetops’ mouthful of a dish: braised venison with apple-bacon bleu cheese grits, roasted butternut squash and haricots verts. Also […]
As time would have it, Chrismahanukwanzaa has rolled around again and God—in all shapes and sizes—is on everybody’s mind. Well, that is, when everyone isn’t thinking about all the loot they’re gonna get. Now, not to be a buzz kill or anything, but I thought I would take this opportunity to send a shout out […]
It’s not easy running a restaurant in Scottsville, but that doesn’t stop people from trying. We’ve been keeping tabs throughout the year on the culinary comings and goings down there, and it’s practically a full-time job given the nearly 100 percent turnover the little town’s eateries have undergone in the past 12 months. And now, […]
Ask any UVA basketball fan who the dynamic duo is and they’ll likely tell you Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds. Rightfully so. But give those fine people a heads up on the emerging triple threat of Sharneé Zoll, Brenna McGuire and freshman Monica Wright. Nine games into her 30th year as head coach of UVA […]
Already regretting that wish you made for colder weather during the smoldering 90 degree days last summer? If you’re craving the hazy days of late August and weekend trips to the beach, then the Lazy Parrot Grill in Pantops Shopping Center has the remedy. Their tropical retreats come in glasses, though: They’ve dreamed up a […]
Derek Breen has no shortage of snappy descriptions for the business he plans to open in January in a blue house on Elliewood Avenue. There's the phrase that headlines this column—a come-hither to artsy, collaboration-minded patrons. There's his metaphor "MySpace live,"
Greetings from the woods of Sullivan County, Pennsylvania! Early December marks the annual McElroy father-son hunting trip. (Don’t let the hair gel and the pinstripe suits fool you, this columnist loves the outdoors.) We’re up in the woods, away from all civilization except for the deer, bear, Sasqwatch and whatever other woodland creatures are out […]
No one likes to spend all day at the office working…or, let’s face it, reading random websites. Sometimes we need a little interactivity. Some true bonding with the old compooter. Some hand-eye coordination to keep us limber in the cubicle. In other words, some classic, lame-graphic computer games. So if you’re looking for a good […]
I was sitting in the new John Paul Jones Arena looking at the flames of propane shoot up with every induction, and the incredible state-of-the-art digital billboards, watching little Cavalier fans wearing Christmas-morning gazes, when I realized that as fans they will never know anything other than those plush surroundings. No humid, un-air-conditioned, cramped University […]
So it’s the week after Thanksgiving. Everyone knows what that means, right? ’Tis the season to blow that bank account centless! Yeeha! While it may be painful once you take stock of the damage post-New Year’s, the rush of giving and getting that rules December can result in a pretty potent high. I, personally, tend […]
There are a thousand ways to dress up pasta. You can cook it the traditional way with meatballs and marinara sauce or as a healthy vegetable medley sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Better still, why not be like Will Farrell in Elf and pour the hot condiment of the season—maple syrup—on your pasta, then top it […]
From Sweet to you: a very sincere thanks to everyone who has written or called wondering what ever to get her Sweetness for the impending holiday. A Fendi knock-off handbag, the one with the snaky clasp and the thickly braided strap?
Here’s some late-breaking news for you: Restaurantarama has learned that not everyone likes to cook on Thanksgiving. Though the Norman Rockwell version of the holiday has everyone gathered ’round the home table, noshing a feast prepared lovingly by the hands of a blood relation, plenty of clans follow a different tradition:
If there is a “hot” condiment this holiday season, it’s got to be maple syrup. And From Scratch Baking Co., located in the Forest Lakes Shopping Center, knows how to incorporate this delish flavoring into a decadent dessert. This year, pass on the mincemeat and pumpkin pies and try your hand at making this bake […]
Along with pretty much everyone else of my generation, I often wonder what life was like before Google—that innocent time when there was no way to find out random facts about everyone from a blind date prospect to your best friend to a co-worker. The same could be said about Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia. […]
Restaurantarama sometimes feels amazed by what’s happening here in our little burg. Not only do we enjoy a collection of fine restaurants that many cities twice our size can’t match, but new places join the pack every month. And many of those newcomers, it seems to us, evince a sheer urbanity that makes our heads […]
It’s Tuesday night, November 7. The polls have closed and the parties’ parties are just getting going. The Dems are above the Downtown ice rink in a large glassed-in room where the floors are half-and-half wood and carpet.
Well, America, there is a god. Not that I’m partisan or anything, but those midterm elections sure felt good, eh? Three words: Sayonara Senator Macacawitz. Holla. But let’s not just gloat. We should also learn a little about how this blessed event came to pass, methinks. For the unabashedly liberal like myself (“bleed-ing heart” has […]
Some new restaurants make a big old noise to let you know they’re coming (see below for Exhibit A, Chick-fil-A). Others just quietly appear like a night-blooming flower. Though it’s been right under everybody’s nose, the former Garden of Sheba space on E. Market Street hasn’t generated much talk as it changed hands over the […]