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lunch recommendations in charlottesville, VA?

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I'm meeting my in-laws this weekend in Charlottesville (Shadwell exit off I-64) and am looking for a good, casual place for lunch. Maybe $10-15 or so per entree?

Prefer something where the crowd isn't too young (in-laws are in their 60's), but nothing too stuffy either.

Any recommendations are very much appreciated... thanks!

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  1. Do you want to stick close by the exit? There aren't a lot of good options near that exit. The best bet food-wise is Sticks Kabob shop - but I imagine that's probably a bit too casual (order at counter) and may be too young for what you have in mind. There's also the Lazy Parrot Grill which I've never been to; I think it's a typical burger/chicken breast sandwich place.

    If you are willing to go into the downtown, I'd recommend:

    Bizou - an upscale diner on the west end of the Downtown Mall. The bison meatloaf is a favorite of mine.

    Fuel Co. - on 901 E. Market Street. Menu is at http://www.klugeestateonline.com/html...

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    1. re: Cville Mel

      Thanks for the recommendations. Bizou & Fuel Co sound great.

      I'll have a car and am willing to go downtown, which doesn't seem too far away.

    2. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

      I would highly recommend the above link. The French owner can be a little testy at times but is passionate about his business and food.



      1. Ciboulette has closed. A new restaurant, Orzo, with new owners will open in the same spot on November 1.

        1. Wow! Did not realize that. Do we know what happened and what he is doing now?

          1. Sorry - All I know came from this blurb in a local weekly paper: http://c-ville.com/index.php?cat=1414...

            1. revolutionary soup!

              a great, walk-in, all soup place right on the downtown mall. You really should visit

              1. Thanks for all the suggestions! Ive hit a snag, though: I wont be arriving into town until 2-3pm and it looks like a lot of places arent open that late on Sunday afternoons. Is that pretty standard in Charlottesville?

                Apostrophe key isnt working, sorry for the typos.

                1. Yes - Sundays are hard in C'ville. Here are two places I found that are fine and look like they are open mid-afternoon on Sundays:

                  Shebeen - near the downtown mall, South African food - fish and chips, chowders, etc. Menu at http://www.shebeenpub.com/menus.htm

                  Wild Greens - near Barracks Rd, close to the University. American grill.