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Apr 19, 2011 10:14 AM

Virginia wine country restaurants

With a couple of days off in early June between DC business meetings, I want to go back to VA wine country for a couple of days. I remember a great walk-up counter type BBQ place in Charlottesville, but can't remember the name or exact location (it was in a strip mall just on the other side of the freeway from downtown) and would like to go there for lunch. Also looking for a good dinner that is representative of the cuisine in the area.

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  1. Are you going to be back in Charlottesville, what area of wineries the more crozet area, or up north around Barboursville and etc? Just so I know where to give you recs for.

    Not sure what BBQ place you are referring to, I know there is a little BBQ joint in the Belmont section of town called creatively enough Belmont BBQ.

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      Will spend the night in either Barboursville or Charlottesville depending on choice for dinner restaurant's location and agreeable lodging (B&B, Inn, or ?) nearby. Two days/one night for eating well, tasting wine, and a quick visit to Monticello.

      1. re: 2fat

        Pomme in Gordonsville. While we were living in Richmond, that was our favorite restaurant. ;-) The food has always been great, as has the service, and the chef/owner is always more than happy to chat. I love that place.

        1. re: VaPaula

          Second Pomme, had a very nice meal there, it is close to Barboursville too, and there is supposedly a good BBQ place in Gordonsville too.

          If you are in Charlottesville then Maya, The Local, Hamilton's, Zocalo are all favorites of mine. My in laws who live in the area also really like Bizou. And I like Breadworks as a stop to get sandwiches and cookies for a picnic out in wine country.

          If you then head South in the Ivy/ Crozet area I really like Three Notch'd Grill, Duner's and Crozet Pizza is good and casual. I also love the food at Blue Mountain Brewery although it now gets packed quite often. And I love the Greenwood Gourmet Grocery for a stop just to peruse. Those are places around a lot of the other wineries in the Charlottesville area.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            Web reviews on Pomme kind of scare me off (chef with anger management issues, average food, etc) but seems like it has its share of supporters. Duner's sounds like it could be a dinner finalist, but no pics of the place to be had. How is ambiance? Casual as in bentwood chairs, folding chairs, or??

            1. re: 2fat

              Duner's isn't a looker from outside, but inside it is clean wood floors, whitewashed walls, simple but nice, I think it is white tablecloth with highback chairs that have the weaved seats, and some booths. So casual, but some people will also dress a little nicer like smart casual.

              If you don't want to do Pomme, Barboursville has it's own restaurant too, although I have never been.

              1. re: ktmoomau

                Palladio is the restaurant at the Barboursville winery. I've had two very good tasting menu lunches there but never dinner. Very seasonal menu and pretty reasonably priced, even with wine pairings.

    2. This weekend made a trip to the Main Street Market in Charlottesville and had lunch at Orzo, fairly casual, but really good food. I had a salad that might have been one of the best tasting salads I have ever eaten, I devoured it. Warm rotisserie chicken, grilled veggies, lemon vinaigrette. I also had a tomato soup with lamb broth that was great on a rainy day, it was full of really fresh fragrant lamb stock and chunky tomatoes and was just excellent. I also ate some of Hubby's meatballs which were good and the other lunch items ordered all looked good, especially the sandwiches. The market is also a nice place to wander. It would be a nice stop too.

      Main Street Cafe
      317 Main St, Gaithersburg, MD 20878