The comedian Steven Wright used to say, “You can’t have everything; where would you put it?” Well, when it comes to burgers, we can prove Wright wrong: It turns out that you can have everything, as long as you can open your mouth wide enough. Just ask the plethora of burger-meisters around town, who construct […]
I am in Galax, Virginia, near the North Carolina border in the far southwestern snout of the state.
The concept of “cool” makes many of us cringe. As kids, we pined over the popular kid’s next-generation backpack or flashy Trapper Keeper; as adults we lust after high-tech cell phones and ultraluxurious cars (wait, your car doesn’t give directions and make you coffee? That’s like, so 2005). For the überhip among us, the quest […]
Horrendous recent disasters aside, New Orleans still shines in the popular imagination as a bastion of culinary and cultural wonderfulness. Maybe it’s the any-excuse-for-a-party spirit, maybe it’s the spicy flavor of both food and people. Or maybe it’s the fact that, in the French Quarter, you can drink beer in the street while getting your […]
The appeal of the Biltmore Grill in the summertime is undeniable: a big, breezy, vine-covered outdoor patio, affordable beer, and the charm of Elliewood Avenue with a minimum of young Wahoos to spoil it. The American fare here is always a good bet, and the Bison Cheeseburger offers a summer favorite with, as the menu […]
Splitsville What better way to relax on a hot summer’s afternoon than with a favorite ice cream treat? Well, Jeff Turner, owner of Dips & Sips, has just the thing for you: their “traditional” banana split. Even better, Dips & Sips has tables both inside and out, so you can enjoy your gooey treat in […]
www.savetheinternet.com “It’s not a truck,” insists Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) during his long, rambling explanation of “the Internets.” This statement, and others like it, has made Stevens the laughingstock of every techie blog out there (which are accessible, Stevens assures us, through a “series of tubes,” in case you were wondering). All jokes aside, however, […]
Here at Restaurantarama, we often find ourselves writing about new restaurants that are, shall we say, entering our community from the outside worldâchains like the Melting Pot, which appeared in this space last week.
O.K., I admit itâYouTube is so six months ago. By now, even my grandmother has probably watched a video of a few thrill-seeking guys attempting some ridiculous stunt (most likely involving an explosion and the exclamation “sweet, man!”). Though online video sharing isn’t exactly breakthrough news, YouTube.com is so ridiculously addictive that we couldn’t help but give it some (much-coveted) Hit This Site attention.
While entertaining out-of-towners in the boondocks on a recent Sunday afternoon, we figured that Dr. Ho’s would be a good bet for a tasty lunch.
Bringing a restaurant into this world is no simple task. Just ask Chad Hornik, whose adventures in fending off Charlottesville\’s architectural earnestness we detailed about a month ago.
Sometimes, dear readers, the path to restaurant news is really a long and winding road. Which is fine, because as any seasoned traveler knows, it’s those twists and turns along the way that really teach you something. This week, it was the former Krispy Kreme spot on Route 29N that inspired our meandering.
Nothing makes a rainy morning feel cozier than running through the drizzle toward the warm light of a bakery, knowing that a beautiful selection of pastries awaits within. We thought hard and chose a blueberry cream-cheese Danish—it just looked so appealing inside the glass case, like a little boat full of berries. The crust was […]
The digital music world has become a confusing jumble of online stores, generic radio stations, and illegal downloading programs (Napster vs. Metallica, anyone?)
In case you\’ve been living under a rock (or a giant asteroid), Al Gore\’s An Inconvenient Truth has been tearing into theaters recently, leaving a heated global warming debate in its wake. But how “real” is this whole global warming thing, anyway? Well, to make sure that kids have the right facts, the Environmental Protection Agency is offering a cheerful website that helps concerned youngsters learn more about the science of global warming.
If the name of your business were “Vavino: The Virginia Wine Bar,” and it suddenly became harder to legally sell Virginia wines, you might feel you had a leetle problem on your hands.
Feeling rather fancy, we decided to spring for a trÃ¨s upscale feast at the French bistro Fleurie.
When a rumor comes home to roost, it’s nearly as satisfying as a perfect cup of miso soup. For many a month, Restaurantarama has been hearing these whispers: Sushi this, Blue Light Grill that. It made perfect sense to us that Coran Capshaw’s restaurant empire, which is already six properties strong, would expand before too long, and the idea of a second-floor eatery above Blue Light seemed plausible enough. But we couldn’t get Capshaw’s restaurant director, Michael Keaveny, to spill the beans (cue movie-trailer voice)â¦ until now.
Yet another sign that our cozy little town is, in fact, big-city material: the notorious online swap meet (and meat market) Craigslist has finally come to Char-lottesville. The popular online classified site is the brainchild of Craig Newmark, who started the service in 1995 in the San Francisco area. Five years later, Boston got its […]
If you feel like this is a busy time of year, what with end-of-school events, class reunions, graduations andâdon\’t forget!âall of those June weddings, just think about the busy caterers who are keeping all of these revelers well fed. Fred Bossardt, owner and chef at Simply Delicious Catering, is one of those hard-working culinary masters. From weddings to university events for 600, June is keeping Bossardt on the move.
The only thing better than the verdant, mountainous setting around Nellysford is the fact that it’s home to some pretty outstanding Italian food. We sat on the deck at D’Ambola’s on a perfect June evening, when all we needed was a little appetizer to tide us over. The fried zucchini, despite its unassuming name, was […]
Lately, Second Street Gallery has been running a rather complicated fundraiser for which 12 local restaurants have developed “Artinis”â variations on the classic martini that have some art-related twist.
You don\’t have to be a guest at the Inn at Court Square to dine like a queen at lunch. The friendly patio wait staff was prompt with linens and fine silverware. We ordered sweet iced tea, a glass of Perrier and a chipotle chicken salad with fresh baby arugula, red lettuce, pulled roasted chicken and zesty dressing. The bread plate came with honey orange-zested butter, and felt almost like a dessertâas refreshing as the breeze that kicked up under the ancient oak tree.