JM Stock Provisions tops its buttermilk-and-lard biscuit with tasso ham and a drizzle of honey and hot sauce. Photo by Tom McGovern

The ham biscuit is named Charlottesville’s signature dish

By Sam Padgett Considering our broad food and drink world, it’s difficult to imagine a single dish that could represent the city’s local food scene. Charlottesville, on account of its geography and demographics, has a more dynamic selection of foods compared to the seafood-obsessed southeastern part of the state and metropolitan areas of Northern Virginia. […]

LIVING Picks: Week of April 18-24

LIVING Picks: Week of April 18-24

FAMILY Earth Week Eco Fair Sunday, April 22 Learn about local environmental organizations and businesses, listen to speakers and enjoy live music, workshops, a book swap and more. Free, 11am-4pm. IX Art Park, 522 Second St. NONPROFIT Wordplay Thursday, April 19 This team-based trivia night includes questions on pop culture, history, literature and more. […]

Mudhouse will open its third standalone location in the former Cville Classic cars space 
on 10th Street. Rendering courtesy Wolf Ackerman Architecture + Design

Mudhouse to open third stand-alone location

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare A third full-size Mudhouse will soon open on 10th Street NW, in the former Cville Classic Cars space. The local roastery and coffee shop’s new location will offer the usual Mudhouse coffee and atmosphere, plus an extended array of bakery items. Mudhouse co-owner Lynelle Lawrence is excited to […]

The Yard food hall at 5th Street Station is slated to open in May, and Basil Mediterranean, Extreme Pizza and Chim, an Asian street food restaurant, are among its first tenants. Photo by

The Yard food hall set to open in May

By Sam Padgett and Erin O’Hare The Yard food hall at 5th Street Station is gearing up to open in May, in the building next to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Jeff Garrison, the project’s lead, says he wanted to “create an active community-engaged area…a great area to hang out.” And so The Yard put extra emphasis […]

Cat owners should avoid keeping lilies in their homes and their gardens because the plants, flowers and even pollen are dangerous to their pets.

As spring blooms, beware of flowers toxic to pets

It’s not yet safe to think that spring has fully sprung, but as the occasional warm days sneak back onto the calendar, it’s hard to resist cracking the windows and cleaning the house in preparation for brighter weather. In my case, that optimistic spirit invariably leads to the purchase of a few houseplants. Ignoring all […]

C&O’s barnwood-paneled downstairs bar is like a speakeasy without the secret knock. Photo by Stephen Barling

The best local bars for each drinking decade

By Pen + Knife bloggers For generations, authorities have buried the lede when warning us about alcohol killing brain cells. Omitted from the tired mantra is the truth that some of our deepest seeds of wisdom are sewn at watering holes and colored by booze. Bars are like classrooms, just more practical, and the […]