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Sunday Brunch, Charlottesville, VA

here today_gone2maui Apr 20, 2008 07:38 PM

I need a nice place for a Sunday Brunch in Charlottesville, VA for Mother's Day. Not fancy, since we'll be traveling. Just good food, not too pricey, casual atmosphere, maybe even a little history. We are going to Monticello afterwards, so locaton might be a factor.


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    uvahustla RE: here today_gone2maui Apr 23, 2008 01:08 AM

    Bluegrass Grill & Bakery. Hands down my favorite brunch spot in Charlottesville. On the downtown mall (so not far from Monticello), casual kitschy decor, and very reasonable prices. We got out of there for 4 at $45 last Sunday ordering the most expensive things on the menu. Scratch made biscuits, grits, and granola. Awesome honey wheat pancakes, roasted potatoes, and omelets.

    Only negative is that they don't take reservations and fill up quickly so i would plan on getting there early. Other than that, Blue Moon Diner on University Ave. is pretty good and Maya also on University gets mixed reviews, but I've never been there

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    1. re: uvahustla
      Cville Mel RE: uvahustla Apr 23, 2008 09:39 AM

      I agree with Bluegrass Grill and Bakery.

      If you want a good, homey, diner breakfast, The Tip Top on Pantops is a winner. Great omelettes and my kids love the chocolate chip pancakes.

      1. re: uvahustla
        LulusMom RE: uvahustla May 25, 2009 04:29 PM

        I think the worst service I've ever experienced was at Blue Moon Diner.

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        mojoeater RE: here today_gone2maui Apr 23, 2008 11:06 PM

        One of the best dinner restaurants in town just started serving brunch. I haven't been and their brunch menu is not online yet, but their "latin flair" food is usually remarkable: http://www.zocalo-restaurant.com/

        Maya is in an historic building on Main Street and serves great food: http://www.maya-restaurant.com/brunch/

        Mono Loco is a local non-traditional brunch institution (largely due to the margaritas & bloody's) http://monolocorestaurant.com/brunch

        Bluegrass Grill is good, but very small. Not sure if they take reservations.

        Either way, you should make a reservation somewhere ASAP. Brunch is way too crowded everywhere on Mom's day.

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          VAGourmet RE: here today_gone2maui May 4, 2009 01:55 PM

          Try HotCakes in the Barracks Road Shopping Center (next to Rebeccas Natural Foods). The name is confusing, but it's not a pancake house - it's a true gourmet cafe with some of the best food in Charlottesville. Their Sunday Brunch has some amazing stuff (changes every month or so) and the atmosphere is casual.

          1. javachik RE: here today_gone2maui May 25, 2009 03:02 PM

            I know I'm late to this discussion; but wanted to weigh in for future reference.

            The Horse & Hound Gastropub has an excellent brunch, including full English (without the black pudding, thank goodness!). Very casual atmosphere as well - the waitstaff is even in jeans.

            I have not been here yet; but I hear the best brunch in Cville is at the Blue Moon Diner. Here's an article in local blog Cvillain.com:

            Horse & Hound Gastropub
            Charlottesville, VA, Charlottesville, VA

            Blue Moon Diner
            Charlottesville, VA, Charlottesville, VA

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