Cafe' Europa: Good Eats on the Corner
Not fine dining, but still great food, specializing in Greek and Mediterrenean fare. They also have great sandwiches.
Favorite Dish: Ask anyone in town where to get the best Tomato Basil soup and this is the answer you'll get. Its that good. In fact, when someone says "Cafe Europa" I get an image of a bowl of Tomato Basil soup. Mmmm....
When i want something more than soup, I love love love their Chicken Souvlaki. Soooo good.
- Food and Dining
El Girasol: The best Mexican!
El Girasol, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...
I miss El Girasol SOOOOO much. I lived right by 10th Street on Wertland, so this was right around the corner from me. This place has all the standards, but they are just so*much*better here than at the chains like Amigos. The staff and owners just seem to care so much more, and you can taste it in the food as well as see it in the service.
I LOOOOOVE mexican food. Eat it at least two (ok. three) times a week. So I know what I'm talking about! Their specialties are fantastic, so don't be afraid to try something new.
Favorite Dish: Love 'em all. YUMMY. Actually, I never tried the goat. Tell me how that goes, how bout?
- Food and Dining
L'Aventurra: Delicious Northern Italian
This was my secret restaurant in Charlottesville. It is tiny--maybe ten tables. Maybe. The food here is soooooo good. Its not inexpensive, yet its not quite as pricey as some of the other restaurants that I consider to be in the same quality range.
Favorite Dish: Impossible to pick a favorite dish, but the Osso Bucco is fabulous. So are the veal cuts. So are the pastas. OH! And if you are fond of Italian Wine, this is THE place to go--they have a better selection than anywhere else in town (and in many other, much bigger, cities).
- Food and Dining
Michie Tavern: Colonial Dining at Michie Tavern
Michie Tavern is near Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. It was built in 1784. We stopped at Michie Tavern for their buffet lunch. We were there on a gray November day and enjoyed typical Southern fare served buffet style in front of the roaring fire. They have wide-planked wooden floors. This restaurant is family friendly.
Favorite Dish: The fried chicken was great. There is plenty of Southern food on their buffet.
- Historical Travel
Southern culture: Great local place
A complete opposite experience than at south street as our server who actually cooks most days was excellent. The food was reasonable price as on Monday they had a two course meal for 7 dollars and classes of sangria for one dollar. The decor would fit right in with a bed and breakfast for non smokers and a diner in the smoking/bar area. Later in the night they had music which we were too tired to enjoy after the lunch drive.
Favorite Dish: The sides were excellent and you coudl make a meal out of it like my wife did. The beans were well cooked the rice aromatic and the beans tasted fresh. My fish was also very good especially for only 7 dollars which is not much more than a Mcdonald's meal.
- Budget Travel
South street brewery: One of two microbrews in town
One of many microbrews I have visited in my travels. Went here as on Tuesdays they have two dollar pints. Parking was a bit hard and went to a local parking garage. The brewery does not validate but it only cost 1 dollar an hour. The service was terrible and even though my wife is a waitress leff in the low single digits. The only help we got was when we bugged who I judge was a manager of the place. The beer was good and the food went down well but bad service leaves a bad taste in my wife. Even two dollar beers could not keep me here any longer. It would also be nice if they validated as the parking lot out front filled up quickly.
Favorite Dish: Cannot even remember what I ate. The beers went from dark to light and were above average for microbrews. Would like to have tried more but was tired of waiting to not get served.
- Beer Tasting
Palladio Restaurant @ Barboursville Vineyards: Winery in Virginia?
My wife and I spent a wonderful Valentine's weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip was our gourmet meal at Barboursville Vineyards' Palladio Restaurant. It is first-rate with good wine and fantastic food, as well as great service. It is somewhat of a suit-and-tie place and is in the middle of nowhere. But you won't regret it for a romantic dinner!
The Blue Light Grill: Great oysters!!!
The blue light grill is very trendy looking with a great raw bar. The fish was wonderful. I had the halibut and my wife had the salmon. They were both wonderful. The service was great. The dress was suprisingly casual but we later found that Charlottesville is a pretty casual city.
Favorite Dish: The house oysters were incredibly fresh.
Aberdeen Barn: Excellent Beef
Prime ribs (the house specialty,) steaks, and seafood. There are cocktails and live entertainment nightly in the Sportsman's Lounge.
This restaurant cooks USDA Corn Fed Angus Beef on an open charcoal hearth.
Favorite Dish: The Aberdeen Barn has been a tradition in Virginia since 1965.
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The Michie Tavern
In 1746, Scotsman "Scotch John" Michie (pronounced "Mickey") purchased 1,152 acres of land from Patrick Henry's father, and in 1784, Michie's son, William, built this tavern on a well-traveled stagecoach route at Earlysville, 17 miles (28km) northwest of Charlottesville. A wealthy businesswoman, Josephine Henderson, saw its value as a historic structure and in 1927 had it moved to its present location and reconstructed. Michie Tavern stands today as a tribute to early preservationists.
Included in the 30-minute living-history tours are the Virginia Wine Museum and reproductions of the "dependencies"--log kitchen, dairy, smokehouse, icehouse, root cellar, and "necessary" (note the not-so-soft corncobs). The general store has been re-created, along with an excellent crafts shop and the Printer's Market, offering newspapers, money, and other early American printed items. Behind the store is a gristmill that has operated continuously since 1797.
Plan your visit to Michie Tavern to coincide with lunchtime, when an all-you-can-eat buffet of Southern fare is served to weary travelers for reasonable pence in the "Ordinary," a converted log cabin with original hand-hewn walls and beamed ceilings. Expect a short wait on summer weekends and during all of October.
The Hardware Store: The Hardware Store Restaurant
The Hardware Store, along with the restaurant, also contains shops, all in a historic building that originally was a hardware store, hence the name. The food, the atmosphere, and the service are great. Stop by for lunch and savor their sandwiches. Also don't forget to have a bowl of peanut soup!
Favorite Dish: Mr. Jefferson's Peanut Soup - it's to die for.
big jim's: where else can you get a hot turkey burger
its a straight up local joint so don't expect a nice classy clean affair...besides you're here to eat not admire the scenery...
don't expect much service and or cursty..
however...this is the only place that i can get myself a hot sliced turkey burger...
the food here is incredible...if you are just dying for a great burger ...come hither
Favorite Dish: the sliced turkey burger....its so gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood
The Hardware Store: The Hardware Store
Intimate atmosphere, the interior of an old-time hardware store has been transformed into a warm, cozy place to eat and meet. Also located in the building is a candy store, a jewelry store, & a bookstore. There is also an art gallery upstairs. Inside the restaurant, the walls are lined with old pictures of Charlottesville and local historical memorabilia. The menu is extensive and ranges from typical diner food to more interesting items like the salad that I love.
Favorite Dish: Mixed Greens, Walnut and Strawberry Salad
Charlottesville has it's share...
Charlottesville has it's share of the restaurants you'll find in any American town - Outback and so on. Wood Grill Buffet on Route 29 north of town is the best buffet; Duner's on 250 West is reputed the best fine cuisine; Crozet Pizza further west has the best pizza. There are lots of good smaller restaurants too, on the Corner near the University and downtown on Main Street. Others are further outside of town, as for example the German restaurants Bavarian Chef near Madison and Edelweis near Staunton, both very good. You won't run out of choices.
MICHIE TAVERN: 18 th CENTURY CUISINE
Two hundred year old tavern serves 18th century fare in an 18th century setting ..
A good place for lunch if you are going to see Monticello .
Favorite Dish: Apple Cobbler .
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