Charlottesville Restaurants

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    The Nook: Patio Shadowed by the trees~

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 17, 2011

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    We had spent the day exploring Monticello, Michie Tavern Plantation and this lovely historical downtown mall. A really charming place filled with shops and restaurants. The Nook had this wonderful patio area located under these huge oak trees. We both had the open faced turkey sandwich dinner. Very delicious and very reasonably priced.

    Open 7 Days a Week at 7am Mon-Fri, 8am Sat, 9am Sun
    Weekdays Close at 8p, 10p Fridays. Hours Change Seasonally
    Open Late for Pavilion Events!

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    The White Spot: Get a Gusburger with cheese and fries

    by BillNJ Updated Apr 2, 2008

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    A tiny diner that is an institution in Charlottesville. There is a sign outside that says "Serving Gyros, Subs, Salads" (a salad at The White Spot?) -- but I've never actually seen someone order any of these items. Every time that I visited while a student at the University of Virginia (always late at night), there was a standing-room only crowd seeking the house speciality -- THE GUSBURGER!

    Favorite Dish: Try the Gusburger with cheese, an ultra-greasy cheeseburger with a fried egg on top. Also, for the complete artery-choking White Spot experience, you must get the fries!

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    Michie Tavern: Colonial Dining at Michie Tavern

    by 807Wheaton Updated Feb 18, 2005

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    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.

    Michie Tavern
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    Cafe Cubano: Breakfast and Coffee Downtown

    by Hopkid Written Apr 3, 2006

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    We went here for breakfast and it was very good. I had the blueberry waffle with fruit. The fruit came on top of the waffle which surprised me a bit but it was all very good. The waffle was cooked perfect: slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy soft on the inside. Rita had the salsa omelette which was prepared with egg whites on her request. It came with a great salsa verde sauce, tortilla, slice of grilled ham, and nice breakfast potatoes seasoned with thyme and sage. The coffee is first rate as well.

    If the weather is nice, grab a table outside after ordering.

    Favorite Dish: Blueberry waffle, coffee

    Cafe Cubano is in the York Place Shops

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    Bashir's Taverna: For budget and hungry traveller :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Sep 9, 2006

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    There are many restaurants along the Downtown Mall. As I didn't know which one to choose for a lunch , I decided to enter Bashir's Taverna as there were quite many locals inside, so I could expect good food at reasonable price. And I like Mediterranean cuisine (Greek, Italian, Spanish, Moroccan) the restaurant offered. Lantern-lit interior in mixed industrial-mediterranean style was a bit dark but we got a table by the large window to the mall.

    Favorite Dish: We had grilled chicken breast with honey mustard and spicy lamb sausages with mint sauce. Well, it tasted very good, especially lamb sausages, although I am not a dedicated fan of lamb meat. One, large dish with assorted salads and bread (enough for two) cost only $9.00 including tax. If you don't mind plastic cutlery, dishes and glasses Bashir's Taverna is a very good choice.

    BASHIR'S TAVERNA, INTERIOR; CHARLOTTESVILLE GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST BASHIR'S TAVERNA; CHARLOTTESVILLE URSZULA (matcrazy0): IT WAS A VERY GOOD MEAL :-) DARK INTERIOR OF BASHIR'S TAVERNA; CHARLOTTESVILLE
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    The Korean House: Korean in the Blue Ridge

    by Hopkid Written Apr 3, 2006

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    Korean food is the great alternative to other Asian cuisines and is often overlooked. But it's started to become more well known outside of the big cities like LA and NYC which have Koreatowns. Even Charlottesville has its own Korean restaurant and the Korean House serves up authentic dishes you'd expect at Korean family's home. In fact, the women who work there will make you feel like you are at home!

    Set in a light industrial complex next door to a country billards bar, the Korean House offers little in the way of ambiance. But the aromas you experience once you set foot inside the door will dispell any reservations one might have based on the exterior appearance. Mandu, or Korean dumplings, are good starters. Their seaweed noodle soup is exceptional with a wonderful broth and homemade noodles cut in rough patches. The kalbi and bulgogi is brought to your table (no tabletop grills here) cooked to perfection - tender, juicy, and with that wonderful marinade flavor. And don't miss the seafood scallion pancake. The size of a dinner plate it could feed two people fairly easily. Oh, and they have authentic tofu dishes, brought to the table still boiling and with a raw egg broken over the top. Get the spicy tofu for a sinus-busting experience!

    Favorite Dish: Seaweed noodle soup, haemulpajun (seafood & scallion pancake), kalbi

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    The Hardware Store Restaurant: CLOSED - Eat at the Hardware Store!

    by Hopkid Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    SINCE CLOSED

    What else would you call a restaurant that's in a former hardware store? The menu at this place is huge: sandwiches, crepes, chicken, ribs, etc. The choices are many...it would take you qutie a while to read the entire menu. We went for lunch and had sandwiches which all have names. I forget the names of the sandwiches we had but I had a pastrami and corned beef with melted swiss on rye. It came with a pickle and an assortment of potato chips. Rita had the chicken salad and bacon on wheat. We also ordered sides of sweet potato fries (yummy) and cheese fries (just alright). The service was good as our drinks were kept filled.

    The Hardware Store has outside seating on the Mall which is a great thing on a nice day!

    Favorite Dish: Sandwiches, sweet potato fries

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    Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Cafe: Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center Cafe

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 17, 2011

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    Located within the visitor center courtyard is a cafe. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, pastries, kid-friendly options, and hot and cold drinks. Groups can order box lunches in advance.

    The Café is open daily year-round, with indoor seating for 24 and outdoor seating for 70 on the Café Terrace and Woodland Terrace, a wooden deck offering views of the surrounding forest.

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    Tea Time Desires: It has to be good!

    by Hopkid Written Apr 3, 2006

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    Yes, they have tea and even boba tea (cold tea with large tapioca balls). But when we walked by we noticed that they have homemade dumplings. Mmmmmm. If we had seen this before going to eat at the Hardware Store Restaurant, we definitely would have eaten here! Next time for sure! I'll update this tip after checking it out!

    Favorite Dish: It's gotta be the dumplings!

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    Sal's Caffe Italia: Italian capuccino and pizzas:-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the end of our visit to downtown Charlottesville we entered this Italian restaurant which served pizza from a brick oven, Italian subs and pasta. The restaurant was already decorated for incoming Halloween.

    Favorite Dish: As we were not hungry after sandwiches from the Nook. We had only delicious grande capuccino with chocolade cake and juice . Next time I'd order pizza there.

    SAL'S CAFFE ITALIA, DOWNTOWN MALL, CHARLOTTESVILLE SAL'S CAFFE ITALIA BEFORE HALLOWEN,CHARLOTTESVILLE SAL'S CAFFE ITALIA READY FOR HALLOWEEN SAL'S CAFFE ITALIA, SPECIAL OFFER ON THE WAY BACK TO CAR, CHARLOTTESVILLE
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    Michie Tavern: Eat a colonial lunch ...

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The nearest place to eat to Monticello is Michie Tavern. There are tours, but the real reason to stop is for the "authentic" Colonial lunch. We gave it a pass last time because it's a HEAVY lunch and we still had some driving to do.

    Favorite Dish: THE BILL OF FARE
    Colonial Fried Chicken
    Black-eyed Peas Tavern Beets
    Green Bean Salad Cole Slaw
    Stewed Tomatoes Potato Salad
    Homemade Biscuits & Cornbread
    Apple Cobbler for Dessert

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    The Virginian: A timeless student hangout

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Virginian is Charlottesville's oldest continuing restaurant. It was founded in the 1920s, and is still in the same location on University Avenue, in the middle of "The Corner", the commercial district adjacent to the University of Virginia. The Virginian's interior is long and narrow, featuring seating in booths along one wall and a bar along the other wall. The walls are covered with old photograph's of the University and Charlottesville.

    The Virginian's menu features a range of burgers and sandwiches, as well as appetizers, salads, steaks, pasta, and seafood. For beer lovers, the Virginia features a good variety of microbrews in addition to the usual national brands.

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    The White Spot: Home of the famous Gusburger

    by mikelisaanna Updated Sep 6, 2007

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    The White Spot is a legendary diner located on University Avenue in the "Corner" commercial district next to the University of Virginia. If you want a fancy meal, this is not your place. Seating is on stools at a lunch counter, and the menu features a variety of sandwiches and burgers, as well as gyros and souvlakis. The White Spot's most famous menu item is the Gusburger, which is a hamburger with a fried egg on it. The Gusburger is best eaten after midnight and a few beers, when it will provide excellent ballast for your stomach. If the Gusburger is not big enough for you, then try the Motorburger, which is even bigger.

    The White Spot
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    The Nook: Quite good sandwiches

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Just before leaving charming Charlottesville we entered the Nook as the name (Indian?) sounded somewhat exotic for us. We didn't like fast-food like interior design, but the very hospitable (southern hospitality!) waiter after a short talk encouraged us to buy their sandwiches we ate walking along the downtown mall. The restaurant offers breakfasts, sandwiches, sandwich-platters and diner-style lunch platters.

    Favorite Dish: We bought chicken and ham sandwich ($4.25 each) and they tasted good although it was nothing special.

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    Splendora: Gelato!

    by Hopkid Written Apr 3, 2006

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    A walk in the downtown mall on a warm spring or summer day would not be complete without a gelato. And you can get one at Splendora. They carry a wide range of flavors including Italian favorites pistachio, dulce de leche, hazelnut, and straccitaella. I would have to say that it's not quite as creamy as the real stuff in Italy but the flavor is definitely there. Get it in a cup or cone but do get it!

    Favorite Dish: Gelato, gelato, gelato!

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