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Jul 20, 2008 09:30 PM

On Night in Charlottesville, VA

We will be spending one quick night and day in Charlottesville. Any suggestions for a good dinner, not too expensive, but moderately priced, non-chain, any sort of cuisine except Asian (food allergies). And a good casual lunch place? Any favorites? Thanks!

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  1. For Lunch Zinc on West Main St - you may sit outside

    For Dinner make a reservation

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    1. re: NXS

      Thanks for the good suggestion!

    2. L'Etoile is a great restaurant but is just above what I'd personally consider "moderately" priced as most of the entrees in are in the mid $20s. For excellent food with entree prices in the teens, consider Orzo.

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      1. Bizou is on the Downtown Mall and a local favorite for lunch al fresco. Sort of upscale comfort food.

        Another great lunch spot Downtown:

        More casual for lunch:

        We love Zocalo for dinner ( They are also on the DM and have indoor and outdoor seating.

        New on the scene is The Local, near Downtown in Belmont: Well priced and the food we've had has been very good.

        1. we love love love Zocalo. Especially when you can sit outside.

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          1. re: Mr Siegal

            Thanks to everyone for your replies and help! This my first time on Chowhound, and it has been great!

            1. re: mscookies

              Welcome aboard! Please do let everyone know how your trip turns out and whether you found good chow. Charlottesville has a lot of great options, it'd be wonderful to see the conversations grow about them! Enjoy.

              1. re: ccbweb

                Hamilton's on the downtown mall. French-American cuisine with alot of local and seasonal ingredients. Lunch entrees in the $10-$15 range, prices nearly double at dinner.

                Continental Divide on West Main ST., Southwestern Tex Mex fare. $10-$15 price range as well, but don't accept reservations and always a wait. Go early.
                MAS Tapas located in Belmont (about a mile from the downtown mall)
                - Incredible Spanish Tapas food, price ranges from $4 roasted potatoes w/house aioli to $15 for braised lamb shank. Also no reservations, opens @ 530.
                ZOCALO Cuban-Latin fusion, small menu, entrees $20-$25 but accept reservations


            * Also on Saturday is the local Farmer's Market on the downtown mall. Which opens at 7 AM? and closes at noon. It's pretty excellent to hit that up and then have a great lunch at Hamiltons