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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!
Thanks!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.
      Thai 99
      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.
      Bodo's Bagels

      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!

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      1. re: AlliantK

        I don't recommend HotCakes, their customer service is atrocious.

      2. Have spent very happy but poor years in c'ville. Its been a while since I've been to these places but you might want to check them out.

        Fried chicken @ JPA and JPA extened. really good chicken but even better fried chicken livers.

        Big Jims. I love their burgers and BBQ

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        1. re: Soup

          Big Jim ok on burgers but the don't serve BBq (it is Braise pork with suace. Try Belmont BBq on Hinton ave. Wes wright has so good "Q".
          http://pigsontherunbbq.blogspot.com/

          1. re: pigs on the run

            Big Jim's is out of business. The end of an era.

        2. 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.

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          1. I'm in Richmond and always get a chuckle when someone includes Charlottesville in the DC/Nova category. Richmond is slightly closer to DC than Charlottesville and rarely, if ever, gets classified as DC/Nova. Charlottesville is a solid 2 hours from the area.

            1. re: charmedgirl

              Hi Charmed Girl!
              I currently live in Richmond and am surrounded by UVA grads so I figured they don't seem to stray too far from Charlottesville.
              I work in the west end, do you have any recommendations for sushi in Richmond? I like Sticky Rice, but too crowded and smoky.
              D

              1. re: guinness618

                I like Osaka (Huguenot Road @ Cary Street) for sushi.

                1. re: guinness618

                  Sorry guinness618! I'm currently in Baltimore, and not too familiar with Richmond, so I don't have any insight to offer there. But I respect Janet from Richmond's thoughts over on the General Chowhounding boards, so I think you'll be safe taking any of her recommendations. :-)

              2. 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.