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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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  1. 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!

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: Sadler

          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.

        2. 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.

          1. 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.