Every now and then I like to take a step back from the HTS syllabus and make sure that my readers have a good background in the classics. I’m constantly depressed about the fact that I went all the way through high school and college—majoring in English, no less—without ever cracking open Moby Dick. Thus, […]
The gourmet lunch spot and wine shop Ciboulette has always had a mixed reputation: great food, erratic service. (Both these qualities were widely attributed to the shop’s owner, Jose De Brito, who is described on one local blog as having “kind of a tart personality.”) Now the prominent Main Street Market space will start with […]
Martha’s Café faces some stiff competition in its tucked-away location on Elliewood Avenue, off the Corner—it’s across the street from sorority girl-cum-Wahoo bar crawl mainstays Take It Away, the Biltmore Grill, and Buddhist Biker Bar—but it holds it own as a purveyor of reasonable meals just like Mom used to make, but with an exotic […]
There is a spot in New York City, on Greene Street, in the heart of Soho, where a special light shines down from heaven and into a certain store. The light is simple, golden, minimal and, like the Wise Men did that holy Star, design geeks from around the world drag their tired feet toward […]
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In honor of Johannesburg native Dave Matthews’ impending two-nighter at the JPJ, we stopped by The Shebeen for a taste of authentic South African cuisine. The unique blend of East Indies flavors and traditional Dutch and English dishes makes for a delicious dinner—and, given their generous portions, tomorrow’s lunch, too. Try the Lamb Sosatie: chunks […]
Rafael Tal is evidently a modest man, eschewing the word “chef” when asked to describe his role in the kitchen at The Fountain Room at the Mark Addy Inn. So permit Restaurantarama to say what Tal will not: Based on the meal we shared last week at the recently renovated Nellysford inn, he is definitely […]
I’m not much of a planner. And these days, without parents around to plan for me, nor the endless vacations of the academic life that make planning less imperative, I lose out. Every year, those precious two weeks of freedom inevitably arrive with not so much as a sojourn on Virginia Beach planned. Thus, I […]
In Restaurantarama’s experience, it’s not unusual to walk through a parking lot and wonder to oneself, “What’s that smell?” Normally, the answer is not the kind of subject that is suitable to a dining column. But all that has changed since mid-August, when Alex George opened Just Curry, a place where the name says it […]
When it rains, which it’s been doing lately, we need sandwiches—basic, comforting, well-made sandwiches. This is why we went to the New Deli, shaking off our umbrellas and shutting the door quickly to keep out the dampness. Behold the veggie wrap! Stuffed with all manner of crispy produce, layered with provolone and expertly constructed inside […]
There are restaurants, and then there are restaurants. We were at a local eatery recently, slurping down some fine, housemade soup full of ingredients from area farms, when a slightly hungover-looking fellow approached.
Is there any restaurant in Charlottesville or Albemarleâor the entire Commonwealth, for that matterâwith a weirder location than Aroma\’s?
With the recent completion of the massive John Paul Jones Arena, and the continuing popularity of music venues like Starr Hill and the Satellite Ballroom, Charlottesville now rivals Richmond for the title of hippest city in Central Virginia.
Charlottesvillians, if you think you can count on anything in this crazy world of ours, think again. Tiffany’s Seafood, which has operated in the same location on Ivy Road for three decades, served its last steamed shrimpâand then shut its doorsâon August 20.
Scottsville’s so friendly. Or maybe it’s just Clinton Minor who’s friendly.
Asking to lick the spoon may be uncouth, but that’s just what you’ll want to do if you’re lucky enough to watch Jiyeon Lee, Hamiltons’ new pastry chef, prepare her delectable Chocolate Tart with Almond Crust.
Online networking sites have clearly taken over the Internet. First there was Myspace and Facebook, which quickly became all the rage among status-conscious teens and bored college kids. Next, working professionals started to jump on the bandwagon with sites like LinkedIn.com. In the middle of this growing Internet friendship frenzy, I guess it was just […]
As all things “sustainable” become ever more common, self-identified green consumers begin to shed the hairy hippie image that’s long been associated with eco-consciousness. At least that’s the hope of the chipper website called Ideal Bite. The site delivers green-living information, but just as importantly, it delivers the feeling that you, the visitor, are young […]
Here at C-VILLE, we know how to party—which we did with gusto when we handed out our 2006 Best Of awards at the X Lounge one sultry Thursday night. Beautiful people in a beautiful space is always a recipe for fun, or at least intrigue, and the X provided some eye-popping hors d’oeuvres to round […]
This week, Restaurantarama is here to pass on a message. If you’re one of the C-VILLE readers who voted Ted Norris “Best Bartender” in our recent Best Of C-VILLE contest, Norris would like to thank you. “It makes me feel really good,” he says. Aww! If you are a Norris devotee, you probably […]
We stopped by Ming Dynasty and ordered up the “Vege” lo mein lunch special, at least partly because we always get a kick out of that variation on the spelling of “veggie.” When it came out (in approximately four and a half seconds), we spirited it off to our secret hideaway and tucked into the […]
While the Main Street Market does have many virtues (including a fine array of purplish hues on its exterior and a preponderance of top-quality foods), it is not exactly known for affordability. I mean, you could drop $5 on a tomato in that place, easy. So we were pleasantly surprised to get a look at […]
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 […]