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chowworthy restaurants in Charlottesville, VA? [Moved from DC/Baltimore board]

Hubby and I are thinking about a one night trip to Charlottesville for Labor Day weekend. Any restaurants that are not to be missed? And what would you recommend at said restaurants?

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  1. for lunch or snacking at downtown mall there is great pizza at Christian's and used to be a great soup joint called Revolution. the Mudhouse is a good coffee shop at mall. and there is a neat little lunch/homemade ice cream and donut shop. I forget the name but there is usually a coffee wagon out front. the homemade ice cream is to die for.

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    1. re: 42duffy

      The ice cream shop is called Chaps and is a C'ville fixture. Very good, very fat ice cream.

    2. concur, if you're wandering the downtown mall during the day, and need a nibble, christian's for pizza and revolution for incredible soups and sandwiches. but for chow worthy dinners -Duner's (in Ivy just outside of town), L'etoile (on main drag) or best of all - Palladio at Barboursville Vineyards (a 15 minute beautiful drive outside of town)for an extremely impressive and memorable dining experience (food and service).

      1. sunday brunch at the boar's head inn is also not to be missed.

        1. I agree with Christians, but there's another pizza place on the mall that is just as good, imo.

          Not on the mall, but I'm not sure where, is a South African restaurant that we really enjoyed once last year. Sorry, I don't know the name.

          1. C&O Restaurant, just off the Downtown Mall on Water Street is a good bet. We were there in the Spring and had a great meal. The goat cheese wantons with beets was out-of-this-world good. I can still recall the Steak Chinoise, sliced skirt(?) steak with a ginger cream sauce, and can't wait to get this again. They have a casual space downstairs and more formal setting in upstairs dining rooms, but I think both serve the same menu. This place has never disappointed.

            For brunch Southern Culture on Main Street just west of the Downtown Mall is our favorite spot. Try the Eggs Basin Street (poached egg with jalapeno hollandaise and a baby cake (a fried seafood hash brown kind of thing)). Good grits last time we were there too.

            I have heard good things about Duner's too.

            There is a gelato place on the Downtown Mall that has loads of flavors. We found the gelato decent but not exceptional.

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