AMTHoya

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It is an idyllic setting with a restaurant, Palladio, that is thought of very well locally. When we were there it was for a similar dinner with Roberto Donna and Michel Richard the visiting chefs. We had a good time and promised to return although now, two years later, we still have not for whatever reason. But we really liked the setting and the wine dinner was worth it. Barboursville, remarkably, has some good red VA wine with the winemaker from Tuscany. Perhaps most important is the beauty of both the winery and the area it is in; an American "Tuscany" if you will.

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We've had UVA season tickets for a while now, and this season I'd like to make an effort to hit some of the many good restaurants in C'ville, now that we're not on a student budget anymore, and we have the interest.

We ate at the Fuel Company last year and really enjoyed it. Any and all suggestions welcome, although we'd probably like to keep it below or up to around $100 for two for dinner/wine (while not students anymore, we are not yet CEOs!) Places open for Sunday lunch are great too to grab a bite before coming back home. Old places, new places, tell me about 'em!

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We are planning to stop in Charlottesville on Monday night after a road trip down to Asheville, NC. Can anyone recommend a low-key but good place for dinner? Nothing fancy, but nothing too student-oriented either.

Thanks.

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Ciboulette Market downtown [Closed in 2008] is an interesting French bistro/market that fits what you're looking for. However, they were changing things up the last time I was there, so I'm not sure whether they're serving dinner now or only lunch still (try ciboulettemarket@earthlink.net)

There's the somewhat legendary Crozet Pizza in the nearby town of Crozet, which gets a lot of hype (I think it's overrated, but still very good pizza). You'll need a reservation.

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in the downtown mall area, c&o and oxo were good the last time we were there in the late autumn. service at the latter was definitely bent, but didn't detract too much from the food. this is still a college town. i would recommend metropolitan, but it's gone. bizou used to be a reliable, unpretentious offshoot, and maybe still is, at least for lunch. have never made it to the more expensive places frequented by the horse-riding crowd strewn over the countryside. would like to visit kluge; it was closed on the mondays when we were in the area.

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I've really enjoyed Mas Tapas on Monticello Rd a number of times. It's trying to be a little too hip for its own good with the music a little too loud and the funky interior, but the tapas were excellent. They have outdoor seating too!

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I took my son down this weekend for camp, as we were leaving, I asked his counselor for a good Mexican restaurant. He recommended 'Guadalajara' & after a few wrong turns, we found it. My 7 yr. old daughter & I enjoyed a delicious dinner, a bit over salted, but the salsa was spicy, they kept our drinks filled (she had Hawaiian punch, I had a lime margarita & water), & the chile rellenos were great. Since I got 'misdirected', shall we say, I got to see lots of C-ville, the White spot, bagel places-it's a nice college town, reminds me of Chapel Hill, a bit....

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I got to see lots of C-ville, the White spot, bagel places-it's a nice college town, reminds me of Chapel Hill, a bit....
First it's a nice University town and secondly Chapel Hill is a pale imitation of the best University in the U.S. (perhaps you detect a bit of Hoo'ism here? :unsure: )

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Hey, hoo-hoo to you :) -it IS a lovely university town, perhaps a touch more insular than Chapel Hill, which has a bit of intercollegiate rivalry going on w/ Duke & NC State (well, not so much). After picking up our guy, we ate at Guadalajara (the one on Fontaine Ave.), delicious again, then the kids occupied the hotel pool until closing. It was a nice drive down from NOVA, I thought Orange looked like a nice small town, too. I'd like to go back for the wool festival/sheepdog trials in the fall...

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Hey, hoo-hoo to you :) -it IS a lovely university town, perhaps a touch more insular than Chapel Hill, which has a bit of intercollegiate rivalry going on w/ Duke & NC State (well, not so much). After picking up our guy, we ate at Guadalajara (the one on Fontaine Ave.), delicious again, then the kids occupied the hotel pool until closing. It was a nice drive down from NOVA, I thought Orange looked like a nice small town, too. I'd like to go back for the wool festival/sheepdog trials in the fall...
I remember when Guadalajara was a rooming house. You might want to skip Orange and stop in Culpeper. There are a number of excellent restaurants hidden away there. You might also want to check out around Ivy Road in C'ville. There is a decent Italian restaurant on the left on the hill as you go west on Rt.250. There are also a bunch of good restaurants on Water Street and the C&O restaurant at the end of Water St is beyond excellent (you might want to make reservations now for the graduation party that will come in a couple of years). The Main St (s)mall has a bunch of good places. The Hardware Store comes to mind but there are others as well. There's also the Boars Head Inn on Rt 250 across from Farmington Country Club which has a number of dining options, all of which are very good. If you want to continue in that vein, you can go to Crozet which is becoming the DelRay (SoHo?) of C'ville. A number of good restaurants there as well...or go to Wintergreen and eat at one of the three places at the resort...

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avoid the hardware store at all costs, unless it's just to pick up a pie. the food there is terribly misguided, uninteresting, over-priced pub fare.

do try out continental divide on main st.

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avoid the hardware store at all costs, unless it's just to pick up a pie. the food there is terribly misguided, uninteresting, over-priced pub fare.

do try out continental divide on main st.

Last time I was in the Hardware Store there were two restaurants on Main St. and a real bakery and a grocery store. The last time I was on the mall, there were a bunch of restaurants, no grocery and no bakery. I'm not sure if that's an improvement or not.

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I saw Northern Exposure on Main, but not Continental Divide-lots of interesting looking places, but the kids just wanted Mexican & ice cream-the Hershey place on the corner. My son loved camp, but we're a long way from thinking about graduation dinner-I went to Chapel Hill, my DH attended the Citadel. Hmm-Chapel Hill, Charleston, Charlottesville-all appear to be pretty good food towns-do we see a connection?-besides humidity & mosquitoes?...

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I saw Northern Exposure on Main, but not Continental Divide-lots of interesting looking places, but the kids just wanted Mexican & ice cream-the Hershey place on the corner. My son loved camp, but we're a long way from thinking about graduation dinner-I went to Chapel Hill, my DH attended the Citadel. Hmm-Chapel Hill, Charleston, Charlottesville-all appear to be pretty good food towns-do we see a connection?-besides humidity & mosquitoes?...
The others don't have The Rotunda, The Grounds, Monticello, Rugby Road, The Pavilions, The Seven Society, and last but certainly not least Thomas Jefferson...other than that, there's a connection. :) . Charlottesville really started to develop a restaurant 'culture' in the last 20 years. Before that, it was pretty much fast food and a couple of expensive but not very adventurous food places. A lot of legacy type food..at Keswick, at Farmington Country Club (if you belonged, otherwise, forget it), and then Boars Head Inn came along and good food started to find it's way to C'ville...followed shortly thereafter by fading Hollywood stars who bought 'retirement' homes in the area and with them brought a demand for better food..when I lived there, good dining was Black Angus near the Holiday Inn on Rt 29 North and that was it. It was almost impossible to get a table on a Saturday night when the U was in. Of course, if you grew up there, you knew about places like Jak & Jill which still have the best foot long hot dogs in the state of VA. You couldn't get in there on a Saturday night either but it didn't matter, you could always go to the window and order and sit in your car and watch all the other high school kids do the same thing. Now, there are a ton of good restaurants and I get to try one or two every now and then when I go back to visit what's left of my family there.

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I enjoyed C&O quite a bit; it's in a very nice old house. We sat in the garden area, which was very pretty. Might be a bit too hot for that now, though. It was about a year ago, so I don't recall specifically, but I think I fondly recall a ceviche appetizer.

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I enjoyed C&O quite a bit; it's in a very nice old house. We sat in the garden area, which was very pretty. Might be a bit too hot for that now, though. It was about a year ago, so I don't recall specifically, but I think I fondly recall a ceviche appetizer.
The C&O started out as a lunch counter on the first floor and a bar in the basement when the C&O Railroad station was across the street. I remember when trains used to stop there (the C&O and Southern Railway tracks used to cross not far from my house, the Southern running north and south, C&O running east and west). Somewhere along the way (around 1980 or so), the railroads went away but the C&O stayed and became the really good restaurant it is today. If you measure goodness by the amount of time it takes to get a reservation, the C&O is right up there. The last time I tried to get reservations, there would have been a 3 week wait. The best place to eat at the C&O is upstairs where it's bright, light and the windows overlook the old C&O station. You can sit and imagine the passenger trains arriving (if you're old enough to remember them)

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Had a bang-up meal Monday night at C&O -- what a lovely place. The only confusion was upstairs vs. mezzanine. We'd made a reservation for the upstairs, but were seated in the mezzanine (where we were the only people around for the first hour). Once we asked one of our lovely waitstaff what the situation was, she explained that they close the upstairs when there aren't enough reservations, so, that made sense.

Food was truly awesome, every bite. The sea scallop ceviche had a really intense smell to it that I couldn't quite figure out at first, but I think came from the unusual combination of mustard oil and truffles. My +1's quail stuffed with sweetbreads was even better than the scallops. We both tried to go lightish on the mains, with seared tuna and trout. Both excellent. Had an awesome cheese plate of Irish cheddar and something with green peppercorns to finish (plus a little Camemzola since we had trouble deciding).

In cooler weather I'd sit on the patio, the covered part. Just beautiful out there.

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Had a bang-up meal Monday night at C&O -- what a lovely place. The only confusion was upstairs vs. mezzanine. We'd made a reservation for the upstairs, but were seated in the mezzanine (where we were the only people around for the first hour). Once we asked one of our lovely waitstaff what the situation was, she explained that they close the upstairs when there aren't enough reservations, so, that made sense.

Food was truly awesome, every bite. The sea scallop ceviche had a really intense smell to it that I couldn't quite figure out at first, but I think came from the unusual combination of mustard oil and truffles. My +1's quail stuffed with sweetbreads was even better than the scallops. We both tried to go lightish on the mains, with seared tuna and trout. Both excellent. Had an awesome cheese plate of Irish cheddar and something with green peppercorns to finish (plus a little Camemzola since we had trouble deciding).

In cooler weather I'd sit on the patio, the covered part. Just beautiful out there.

The little bar room in the lower level has a great atmosphere and is a fun place for late night drinks.

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I'm heading down to C'ville for the day on Thursday. Will be looking to get some lunch somewhere. Looking at the suggestions posted above that seemed most interesting, the only one with a website was C&O, and that seems a bit much for lunch, and probably a little too on the fine dining side.

Other suggestions for where to go? The Mexican joint sounds nice, but unless it's killer, there's probably really nothing about it making it unique to C'ville. So, where should I hit? Doesn't need to be fancy by any means. Even a kick-ass burger would be great. Just something representative of the area.

Thanks.

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I'm heading down to C'ville for the day on Thursday. Will be looking to get some lunch somewhere. Looking at the suggestions posted above that seemed most interesting, the only one with a website was C&O, and that seems a bit much for lunch, and probably a little too on the fine dining side.

Other suggestions for where to go? The Mexican joint sounds nice, but unless it's killer, there's probably really nothing about it making it unique to C'ville. So, where should I hit? Doesn't need to be fancy by any means. Even a kick-ass burger would be great. Just something representative of the area.

Thanks.

if i were in your shoes, i would go to bizou, located on the downtown mall. i haven't eaten there in perhaps two years. it's just the place i would be going to on thursday for lunch, for better or worse.

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I'm heading down to C'ville for the day on Thursday. Will be looking to get some lunch somewhere. Looking at the suggestions posted above that seemed most interesting, the only one with a website was C&O, and that seems a bit much for lunch, and probably a little too on the fine dining side.

Other suggestions for where to go? The Mexican joint sounds nice, but unless it's killer, there's probably really nothing about it making it unique to C'ville. So, where should I hit? Doesn't need to be fancy by any means. Even a kick-ass burger would be great. Just something representative of the area.

Thanks.

Try parking near the Fed Courthouse and walking down Second Street. If you don't find something interesting, hit the White Spot (or the Grease Spot as we lovingly knew it) on the Corner (across from the hospital on W. Main St) for representative (heartburn inducing) food. Personal preference would be either some place on Second St or pick one of the places on the mall. (Sorry I can't be more specific, but it's been a while since anyplace I ate in C'ville wasn't a relative's house)

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If you really want something that is different and very good try Shebeen, a South African pub and restuarant in the Vinegar Hill Shopping Center. I have been here twice and found the traditional foods quite good and authentic. In particular I liked the Bobotie, Sosatie and the Braised Lamb Shank.

http://www.shebeenpub.com/

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