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lunch recommendations in charlottesville, VA?

mswhite Oct 25, 2006 08:04 PM

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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    Cville Mel RE: mswhite Oct 25, 2006 08:34 PM

    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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      mswhite RE: Cville Mel Oct 26, 2006 07:49 AM

      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.

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      Vahound RE: mswhite Oct 26, 2006 11:50 AM


      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.



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        Cville Mel RE: mswhite Oct 26, 2006 03:35 PM

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

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          Vahound RE: mswhite Oct 26, 2006 07:30 PM

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

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            Cville Mel RE: mswhite Oct 26, 2006 09:12 PM

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

            1. frankiii RE: mswhite Oct 26, 2006 09:13 PM

              revolutionary soup!

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

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                mswhite RE: mswhite Oct 27, 2006 06:50 AM

                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.

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                  Cville Mel RE: mswhite Oct 27, 2006 02:35 PM

                  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.

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