The Dish

Restaurant Week welcomes Bavarian Chef, Brookville
Published on Jan 18th, 2011
4 comments Harrison Keevil in the kitchen at Brookville. FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Well, it's the dead of winter, foodies. And that can mean only one thing. Restaurant Week is upon us! Since the C&O and...
Former Ventana space leased
Published on Jan 18th, 2011
0 comments Hip bistro/bar Ventana closed last summer. FILE PHOTO Dish can confirm that the former Ventana space at the corner of Fifth and Water Streets near the Downtown Mall has been leased to Stewart...
Patriot's displaced: Arby's reclaims its name
Published on Jan 11th, 2011
52 comments Arby's has reclaimed its restaurant at Forest Lakes. FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Forest Lake's Arby’s owner Tom Slonaker has finally left the building. According to Emmet's Street Arby's manager...
Bourbon brew at Blue Mountain
Published on Jan 7th, 2011
1 comments You lookin' for beer, Mister? The boys at Blue Mountain Brewery, from left to right, Chad Dean, Matt Nucci, and Taylor Smack got some. PHOTO BY MANDI SMACK The bad boys at Blue Mountain Brewery are...
Supreme feast: New Route 29 buffet delivers size, size, size
Published on Jan 2nd, 2011
35 comments Get your meal cooked the Hibachi way! PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Dish recently had a chance to check out the spread at Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, the all-you-can-eat Chinese-American restaurant...
Marco & Luca now serving at Seminole Square
Published on Dec 22nd, 2010
20 comments Hooray! Now you can get em' on Route 29! PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR They've conquered the Mall and the Corner (and even have their own theme song), and now Marco & Luca's dumplings have landed in the...
Southern Way in Crozet
Published on Dec 17th, 2010
2 comments Cozy up to the fire at the Southern Way Caf©. PHOTO FROM SOUTHERN WAYCAFE FACEBOOK PAGE Dish has been meaning to give a shout out to the Southern Way Caf© in Crozet, which opened in October in the...
Cafe Dish: The 2010 Menu
Published on Dec 17th, 2010
10 comments For a time this year, Taste of China in the Albemarle Square Shopping center became the center of the culinary world. PHOTO BY JEN FERIELLO 2010 was an eventful year in the local food world, as...
Changling: Master chef a master manipulator?
Published on Dec 15th, 2010
13 comments Peter Chang in an actual Charlottesville restaurant kitchen. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO How many food writers and foodies have now been sucked down the rabbit hole trying to pin down Peter Chang, or...
The C&O: a friendly port in a stormy world
Published on Nov 30th, 2010
1 comments The C&O has always been the home of the second chance," says owner Dave Simpson, who has run the Water Street restaurant for 30 years. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO For 30 years now, Dave Simpson...
FOOD- THE DISH- Branching out: Tea temple's new priestess
Published on Apr 23rd, 2009
0 comments The Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar's new owner Gwendolyn Hall. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR In case you hadn't noticed, there was a subtle changing of the guard at The Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar last year when...
FOOD- THE DISH- Mountain cusine: Brix challenges Pantops palates
Published on Apr 9th, 2009
4 comments Get ready Pantops. Karen Laetare's Brix Terrace Café is bringing you some fine dining.FILE PHOTO WILL WALKER Considering how many people now live around the Pantops area, Dish has always found...
FOOD- THE DISH- Disturbin' turban? X Lounge head wear policy riles
Published on Apr 2nd, 2009
0 comments The X Lounge's "no head wear" policy backfired last week when a doorman turned a UVA Sikh student away for wearing a turban. FILE PHOTO WILL WALKER On Friday night last week, the doorman at the X...
FOOD- THE DISH- Bistro birthday: Bryers Street turns 10, Rolling Cones rock!
Published on Mar 26th, 2009
0 comments "I wanted to give the locals a place to call their own," says owner Jeff Ramsey of Staunton's Byers Street Bistro, which just turns 10! PHOTO BY NATHAN BECK The Byers Street Bistro in the Wharf...
FOOD- THE DISH- Food & Wine: Setting the Tavola, Keswick's killer Cab
Published on Mar 19th, 2009
0 comments After years spent recruiting chefs for Coran Capshaw's restaurant group, Michael Keaveny (left) is finally returning to his roots and recruiting himself for his own restaurant, Tavola, which is...
FOOD- THE DISH- Green Scheme: A St. Patty's Day twist
Published on Mar 12th, 2009
0 comments Boylan Heights owners J.R. Hadley and Andrew Watson want you to think about "green" in a whole new way this Saint Patty's Day. FILE PHOTO BY WILL WALKER This St. Patrick's Day, going green will mean...
FOOD- THE DISH- Local's Corner: Simeon serves, diner opens, Ants march
Published on Mar 5th, 2009
0 comments Chef Bob Heck opened the Simeon Market on Route 53, formerly Brix Marketplace, which he describes as a "hybrid bakery/deli" with a farm-to-table philosophy. PHOTO COURTESY BOB HECK In case you don't...
FOOD- THE DISH- Smoke and Mirrors: GA passes smoking ban light
Published on Feb 25th, 2009
0 comments In a 2004 Hook cover story called "Tobacco Town," we discovered that many Charlottesvillians loved to light up, despite the health risks. But a new state-wide smoking ban in restaurants could change...
FOOD- THE DISH- Cawffee tawk: So long Java, hello Joe
Published on Feb 19th, 2009
0 comments Shenandoah Joe's Dave Fafara says the Ivy Road Java Java should be open under the Shenandoah Joe name in three weeks. FILE PHOTO BY WILL WALKER Following up on rumors that the Downtown and Ivy Road...
FOOD- THE DISH- Dinner + Theater: Could the play be the dining thing?
Published on Feb 12th, 2009
0 comments Crimes of the Heart is the first presentation by at the new Webster Studio dinner/theater in Barboursville . PHOTO COURTESY  WEBSTER STUDIOS Charlottesville has lots of dinner and plenty of...
FOOD- THE DISH- Local food hubbub: Can a non-profit market make it?
Published on Feb 5th, 2009
1 comments Local buy local champion Kate Collier hopes to have a non-profit "local food hub" operational by May. But one local watchdog group is saying, "Show me the money!" FILE PHOTO BY...
FOOD- THE DISH- Heads up! Do we now have a budding beer trail?
Published on Jan 29th, 2009
0 comments Starr Hill Brewery's Mark Thompson put us on the beer map with his award-winning brews. Now other brew masters have joined him.FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO As the Washington Post discovered recently [...
FOOD- THE DISH- Belmont beauty: Mas turns 6, wise beyond its years
Published on Jan 22nd, 2009
1 comments Service with a style: This Sunday, Mas celebrates six years of "retro-innovation" in downtown Belmont. So put on that party dress and come on down!FILE PHOTO BY WILL WALKER When it comes to fashion...
FOOD- THE DISH- Check, please! Just Curry feels the pinch
Published on Jan 15th, 2009
0 comments Just Curry owner Alex George says he's closing his Corner location, but will re-open at the Transit Center on Monday, January 19.FILE PHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART Last week, Just Curry owner Alex George...
FOOD- THE DISH- Scottsville revival? River town may be down, but not out
Published on Jan 8th, 2009
0 comments The former Magnolia space (above), which was extensively renovated to become the Horseshoe Bend Tavern, is now for sale as a turn-key operation. Also, the former Dew Drop Inn, below, of  Walton'...
FOOD- THE DISH- Labor of Love: Restaurants brace themselves for '09
Published on Dec 25th, 2008
3 comments Dish Photo of the Year: Bel Rio owners Jim Baldi, Dave Simpson, and Gareth Weldon pose like rock stars in front of their Belmont eatery and night club, which opened in December.FILE PHOTO BY DAVE...
FOOD- THE DISH- Shipwrecked? Kluge's Fuel Co. still looking for crew
Published on Dec 18th, 2008
0 comments After 16 months, Fuel Co.'s abandoned pumps and papered windows have people wondering when it will ever re-open. FILE PHOTO BY WILL WALKER Are we the only ones wondering if Fuel Co., that...
FOOD- THE DISH- Purple people feeder: Main Street Market grows
Published on Dec 11th, 2008
0 comments Charles Roumeliotes puts the final touches on Calvino Cafe, which opened in the Main Street Market this week, as its namesake strikes a pensive pose in a photo behind him.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR ...
FOOD- THE DISH- <i>Edible</i> strikes again! Mag company goes after local food blog
Published on Dec 4th, 2008
4 comments Edible Communities Inc., which plans to launch a local food mag here in January, is demanding that the author of this local blog change her title. WEB CAPTURE Commenting online about Edible...
FOOD- THE DISH- Leftovers: City, Mall restaurants talk trash
Published on Nov 27th, 2008
0 comments Behind Bizou on the Downtown Mall, GreenerOil's Tripper Christie sucks used restaurant cooking oil, which will be used to create biodiesel fuel, from one of the company's 200-gallon bins. PHOTO BY...