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Restaurants in Charlottesville, VA

butterybaker Jun 13, 2011 04:48 PM

I am moving to Charlottesville in a week and would appreciate any recomendations for fine dining, casual lunches and great weekend breakfasts. Thanks!

  1. ktmoomau Jun 23, 2011 12:23 PM

    You might read up on these threads: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/703326, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/618393, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/716402, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/706099, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/740446

    All have very good information. I don't know that I can type any more than I did on those threads. I was recently at Orzo Wine Bar and it was great. All the food was really good.

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      mojoeater Jun 16, 2011 08:59 PM

      We highly recommend Beer Run for breakfast, lunch and brunch or even a casual dinner. The best beer selection in town, available any time they are open, and the food is damned good. http://www.beerrun.com/

      Local favorites include Continental Divide, Bizou, C&O, L'etoile, Maya and The Local. L'etoile and C&O would be considered fine dining. The others are just tasty.

      Bodo's and Marco & Luca are great for inexpensive bagels and dumplings, respectively. Christian's has great pizza by the slice. Don't expect NY style. My favorite is the avocado feta.

      Where in Cville will you be living? Neighborhood may influence suggestions, though nothing is more than 15-20 minutes away.

      Continental Divide
      811 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

      119 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

      Marco & Luca
      112 W Main St Ste 15, Charlottesville, VA 22902

      L'etoile Restaurant
      817 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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        AMFM Jun 15, 2011 07:29 PM

        i've liked brunch at maya
        you have to get tacos from la michoaca (sp?)
        and had a recent nice dinner at duner's. looked like it'd be terrible but it wasn't .
        i live in richmond but have visited friends so i don't have too much to offer. sorry. i do know people like tavola also.

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          mastomillers Jun 15, 2011 07:37 PM

          La Michoacana definitely has the best tacos in Charlottesville, but don't expect much if you're moving from anywhere west of Louisiana. We still have a long way to go with our Mexican food in this town...

          1. re: mastomillers
            AMFM Jun 15, 2011 07:46 PM

            my brother - who lives in cville now and who i visit - lived in LA and thinks they're fab. so.... while i doubt they're the best anywhere, i still think they're pretty good. :)

            1. re: AMFM
              mastomillers Jun 15, 2011 07:56 PM

              LA? Crazy talk, I tell you! Best tacos and burritos in the country are from San Diego to San Francisco, in my opinion, definitely including LA. Micho is better than a lot of places out there but the good ones out there put Micho to shame.

              1. re: mastomillers
                AMFM Jun 15, 2011 08:01 PM

                i'm sure - but he had 8 years in DC and ATL in between. not saying they're better than LA - just that they're closer than he even found in those big cities. and he was pleasantly surprised, with low expectations for a small town like cville is all.

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          thomas6 Jun 15, 2011 05:29 AM

          We had a very nice dinner with friends at the Local in Charlottesville just a few weeks ago. It's not on the downtown mall but in a small neighborhood square with some other interesting-looking restaurants there. The Local specializes (as you might guess from the name) in locally-sourced foods.

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            mastomillers Jun 13, 2011 08:01 PM

            So many great ones to choose from! We're obviously biased but like to think there's a lot to find here: http://mastomillers.com .

            Personally, my favorite fine dining these days is outside of town at Fossett's, but innovative tasty southern near-fine dining at Brookville on the downtown mall. Best Italian in town at Tavola.

            For weekend brunch/breakfast, most popular might be the Blue Grass Grill & Bakery or Blue Moon Diner, though I find Blue Moon underwhelming. Good artisan bacon, though. Tons of places serving brunch, though. l'etoile is a favorite.

            Casual lunch – grab good locally sourced sandwiches, salads, and soups at Revolutionary Soup, or join the Bodo's Bagel craze.

            Blue Moon Diner
            512 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

            Revolutionary Soup
            104 14th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

            Blue Moon Cafe
            714 Lee St E, Charleston, WV 25301

            Keswick Hall at Monticello, Keswick, VA 22947

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