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foodnut Mar 12, 2002 12:44 PM

I'll be in Charlottesville in April, and was wondering if Chowhounds there could give me some reasonably priced recommendations.

A friend of mine has been there since last July, but I'd like to surprise him with "insider" tips. Japanese, Korean, and Mexican suggestions especially welcome.

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    Hook Apr 24, 2002 03:41 PM

    Three letters (symbols?) C & O. The bistro downstairs has great food at reasonable prices (for a bistro, not for a college town), and the atmosphere is low key intellectual without being too smug.
    Of course, I haven't been there in about five years, but I don't think it turned into a retro 80's dance club.

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      TGV Apr 12, 2002 11:44 AM

      Dunno if it's still there, but there was a fun Mexican on Main Street called Mondo Loco (or something like that)-- that's the best "ethnic" I've had in Charlottesville. If you want the best meal in town, I'd recommend the restaurant right next door to Mondo Loco - Metropolitain. Hands-down the best meal I've had in C-ville.

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        TGV Apr 12, 2002 11:42 AM

        Dunno if it's still there, but there was a fun Mexican on Main Street called Mondo Loco (or something like that)-- that's the best "ethnic" I've had in Charlottesville. If you want the best meal in town, I'd recommend the restaurant right next door to Mondo Loco - Metropolitain. Hands-down the best meal I've had in C-ville.

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          Sadler Mar 25, 2002 08:42 AM

          Charlottesville has never blown me away with their restaurants especially with their ethnic selections. After living in Charlottesville for several years, I have found two places that are must eats: 1) The White Spot 2) The Bavarian Chef.

          The White Spot is your basic grease joint located on "THE CORNER". Their specialty is the Gus Burger which is a greasy old burger with a fried egg on top. Somehow this combo is magical. I only mention this place because its almost as famous locals and students as Jefferson's Lawn and Rotunda!

          The Bavarian Chef is located 15-20 minutes North of Charlottesville on Rt. 29. This place has the Best German food I have ever tasted. Entrees range 15-20 and the portions are enormous and the side dishes (which are as good as the entrees) are refilled at no extra cost. They have a small but good beer selection. Hands down this is one of the best restaurants in VA. I often drive 90 minutes from Richmond to eat there.

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            flavrmeistr Mar 26, 2002 01:59 PM

            Sure do agree with you on the Bavarian Chef. That place
            has to have been operating for 30+ years. Glad to hear
            they're still in business. How about the Blue Moon in
            C'ville? Had many good greasy burgers there. Had a wonderful Steak au poirve at Northern Exposure back in
            October. Lot of new places in Charlottesville since I
            used to hang out there.

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            gruvyman Mar 23, 2002 09:14 AM

            I'm usually not a red meat person, but when in C-ville, I love to check out the Star Hill Brewery for one of the better burgers I've ever had, fresh cut fries, and incredibly well-crafted beer. Plus, they have a wonderful concert hall upstairs with eclectic acts if you're luck enough to catch one while you're there.

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              Redbone Mar 18, 2002 01:42 PM

              C-ville is food-obsessed but has a lack of great ethnic restaurants. Our one "authentic" Mexican restaurant is El Girasol on Preston across from the Preston Plaza. Tokyo Rose has great sushi and hot stuff--Ivy Road near the U. I have it on good korean authority that the Bamboo House on 29 N. about five miles out of town is really Korean--it's always looked wierd to me, but I trust my source. Thai 99 near the U. or on 29 are quite good and the family is really sweet. I prefer to avoid 29 at all costs, though. I urge you to hit the Downtown Mall if the weather's nice--it's SO pleasant in the evenings. Christian's Pizza is very good although you have to be decisive and quick...Bizou is good, mid-price for lunch or dinner, and Hamilton's, though pricier at dinner, is a GREAT lunch deal (I worked there about 4 years ago). Good luck! Check the South board for other recent suggestions. Report back on your findings!

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