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Aug 26, 2008 08:02 PM

Family-friendly good eats in Charlottesville, VA

My wife and I managed to score tickets to the USC/UVA game this coming Saturday in Charlottesville. The game isn't until 3:30 pm Saturday, and we're planning on leaving Burlington NC by 9:30 in the morning, which should give us plenty of time to get there and all that.

What's a good, reasonably-priced, and family-friendly (will have a 9-month old with us) place to have our pregame meal? Keep in mind it'll be a home gameday as well. Thanks in advance!!!

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  1. I've been thinking about this since you first posted. The home game-day is the part that's confounding. But, I've got one killer suggestion:

    Its on 29 south of Charlottesville (hopefully far enough south that game-day folks won't head there) but presuming that you're taking route 29 pretty much all the way from Burlington, its right on your way. Their pizza is in the argument for best in Charlottesville (and while that's not the same as "best in NYC" its still pretty darned fine stuff).

    A bit closer to town but a place you'd easily be able to take your kiddo, you'll find Zazus. They were doing wraps and such before wraps and such were big. They still seem creative compared to many wraps offered at delis. I particularly like the Thai wrap. Its a pretty economically friendly option, too. And Arch's frozen yogurt next door is one of the finest examples of frozen yogurt in the country.

    1. I will agree with ccbweb. Cville is going to be nuts this weekend, and avoiding the places right around UVA is your best bet. Not sure where you're parking, but get there very early!

      I would also recommend The Nook on the Downtown Mall. American diner food in a very nice atmosphere. The patio is great for kids, and I love the krinkle fries!

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      1. re: mojoeater

        Good call on The Nook! I couldn't decide whether places on the Downtown Mall would be swamped with game-goers. The Nook is a top notch diner. Open faced sandwiches are a way to my heart.

        1. re: ccbweb

          The USC game is at 3:30 and there are shuttles from the Downtown Mall starting about an hour or two beforehand. Parking anywhere will be tough, but the garages downtown aren't as bad as elsewhere.

          I've been on the Mall shortly before a game and while there are tourists wandering, it's nothing like The Corner.

      2. Well, with the baby and all, rather than spending all day on the road, we decided to drive up Friday afternoon. We got a hotel room in Staunton off I-81, and we'll drive in the morning of the game.

        Thanks for the suggestions. The Downtown Mall looks the most enticing, especially with the shuttle bus to the game option.

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        1. re: dkst0426

          I agree with the Nook. Also, take a look at Eppie's or Rapture for kid-friendly.

          1. re: Cville Mel

            The Nook, and the whole Downtown Mall, was great! Thanks for the tips, folks!!! We ended up eating at Henry's as well.