Moving to Charlottesville VA (moved from DC)
Does anyone have any recommendations for places to eat in and around Charlottesville, VA? Moving at the end of the month! Would love to find a great place for every day dinners as well as special occasion dining! Don't forget a killer weekend breakfast!
The Tavern on 29 is a favorite for a diner breakfast - eggs, bacon, toast, pancakes, etc.
Guadalajara on 29 has better Mexican food than I have ever found in the DC area.
Cafe Europa serves excellent Mediterranean sandwiches, and I have always loved the tomato basil soup. Cafe Europa is a good choice for vegetarians. It's "on the corner", which is just off the UVA campus.
Saigon Cafe is a family run Vietnamese restaurant, where I recommend the pork vermicelli. Several years back the teenaged kids were the servers, but I imagine they may be away at college now. It's off the 250 bypass.
My brother and his family live there...here are some of their favorties (I like them too!):
Christian's Pizza (on the Downtown Mall)
Bizou (across from Christian's on the Downtown Mall) American/Continental
Fuel Co. (901 East Market St.) Nice little bistro/cafe attached to a cool-looking gas station, hence the name.
Blue Light Grill (120 E. Main St - Downtown)
Cassis (214 W. Water St) French-American Bistro
HotCakes (1137 Emmet St) For AWESOME cakes!
Spudnut (309 Avon St) Try a spudnut doughnut.
Shebeen (247 Ridge/McIntire) South African...this is a cool restaurant.
I've heard OXO is good...chic and expensive though.
Charlottesville is a beautiful town with a lot of history and some great shops and restaurants. Enjoy!
First off, try the South Board. I think technically Cville falls under their purview, and if you run a search there you'll get lots of recs.
I second the Tavern for great pancakes, rotating flavors on a monthly basis.
Christian's for pizza, Marco and Lupa's for dumplings, Belair, Fuel or Main Street Market for sandwiches, Revolution Soups for ...soup, Arch's for insanely low cal fro yo and mix ins that put Coldstone to shame, Wild Wing Cafe (NOT BW3's) or Martens for wings, Jinx's BBQ for good 'que ...
Still casual but less so than the earlier mentions, agree with Thai 99, also recommend Michael's Bistro on the corner, Continental Divide for tex mex-ish, that place on the left side of Main Street ("Main" is somewhere in the name, escaping me now...), Fuel (the dining room), also highly recommend Shebeen...
On the higher end, Bizou definitely, OXO is good but seriously overpriced, C&O ....
And ick, uck, ACK stay away from Guadalajara.
Aqui Es Mexico is the real deal, by Bubbles Laundramat on Carlton. C'ville Market is a great produce experience. Mas in Belmont for Tapas, they also have Sunday brunch. Thai 99 in Fontaine not bad, but for really, really good Thai food drive to Thai Siam in Colleen, VA (Near Lovingston) about a half hour south. Middle of nowhere, very authentic.