The Dish

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...
FOOD- THE DISH- Burger swap: Big Jim's reborn as Winky's
Published on Nov 20th, 2008
0 comments Juanita "Winky" Hunt: "So many people are saying how glad they are that we've reopened."PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR "It's a sad day for burger lovers," civil rights attorney John Whitehead told the Hook...
Bel Trio: Simpson, Weldon, Baldi launch Bel Rio
Published on Nov 13th, 2008
2 comments Bel Trio: Jim Baldi, Dave Simpson, Gareth Weldon plan to open Bel Rio in Downtown Belmont next week.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR  No one can accuse C&O owner Dave Simpson of rushing into things....
FOOD- THE DISH- Good Fortune: Crozet gets Chinese, Ix gets hookahs
Published on Oct 30th, 2008
0 comments Last week, Crozet residents got a long-awaited treat– a new chinese restaurant called New China. PHOTO BY JIM DUNCAN It was a momentous day in Crozet dining history last week, as the little...
FOOD- THE DISH- Harvest days: Think global, eat local
Published on Oct 30th, 2008
0 comments The folks at CaroMont Farm serve up scoops of honey chevre mascarpone at the CoveGarden Ruritan Club's 8th Apple Harvest Festival. PHOTO BY KATE MALAY It might take a week for the dust to settle...
FOOD- THE DISH- Pork spending: High-end bacon beckons the belly
Published on Oct 23rd, 2008
0 comments This little piggy: Locally raised pork may be the new culinary trend, but Nelson County farmer Richard Bean got arrested last year for selling his pork to local restaurants. FILE PHOTO BY JAY...
THE EATER- My gyro! In search, third time was the charm
Published on Oct 23rd, 2008
0 comments Ray Phillips of the Expresso Italian Villa hoists the winnerPHOTO BY RYAN HOOVER Can Charlottesville serve up a decent gyro? I was craving this Greco-American sandwich and decided to find out–...
FOOD- THE DISH- Hen house: Lexington's Red Hen lures local culinary talent
Published on Oct 16th, 2008
0 comments Lexington's new gastro-pub, the Ren Hen, has local talent serving up local food.PHOTO COURTESY RED HEN Lexington's Red Hen lures local culinary talent Back in January, aspiring restaurateur John...
FOOD- THE DISH- Para nosotros: Coffee mission opens on Elliewood
Published on Oct 9th, 2008
2 comments Para Coffee owner Eric Kelley was to serve fresh brew and the community.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR–>Para Coffee owner Eric Kelley was to serve fresh brew and the community.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR...
FOOD- THE DISH- Sí arrives: Brings 'Is' con tapas y music on Main
Published on Oct 2nd, 2008
1 comments Mr. Is and Mr. Sí: Stew Hartman-Mart delivers the music, and Josh Hutter delivers the tapas.PHOTO BY LINDSAY BARNES Under questioning from the grand jury about his involvement with Monica...
FOOD- THE DISH- Meet your food: Blue Ridge Harvest Festival debuts
Published on Sep 25th, 2008
0 comments Beer Run's Josh Hunt says you oughta come on down Belmont way and celebrate Oktoberfest with him.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Local food and farming gets the spotlight next week, from Sunday, September 28...
FOOD- THE DISH- Arch's Triomphe: Stylin' frogurt shop debuts on Emmet
Published on Sep 18th, 2008
0 comments Sandy Archer serves her first customer at the new Arch's Frozen Yogurt on Emmet Street.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Last Monday, Arch's Frozen Yogurt opened its third location to the delight of both frozen...
FOOD- THE DISH- Orbit's replacement: Corner hot spot reaches new 'Heights'
Published on Sep 11th, 2008
0 comments Boylan Height owners Andrew Watson and JR Hadley have finally revived the old Orbits space, and just might revive the local music scene as well.PHOTO BY WILL WALKER After four months of waiting...
FOOD- THE DISH- Beeriest: Mag chooses Beer Run as top shop
Published on Sep 4th, 2008
4 comments Imbibe Magazine recently named Belmont's Beer Run one of the top beer shops in the country.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Beer Run, we think it's safe to say, has had a pretty good run since opening in...
FOOD- THE DISH- Pick up Sticks: Kabob shop expands to Richmond
Published on Aug 28th, 2008
0 comments This Preston Avenue kabobbery, opened in '01, is sproutin'.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Like a child leaving the nest ready to make her way in the world, our home-grown kabob shop Sticks opened a location...
FOOD- THE DISH- Wine child: Enoteca births new wine list
Published on Aug 21st, 2008
1 comments Sip some new wines and enjoy enoteca's classic fish-bowl view of the Mall.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Enoteca general manager Megan Headley tells us that the trendy Mall wine bar recently debuted a new 95-...
FOOD- THE DISH- Scratch and sniff: <i>Flavor</i> arrives, Stafford returns
Published on Aug 14th, 2008
0 comments "People seem to like its timeliness with regard to the growth of the local food movement," says Flavor magazine publisher Melissa Harris.PHOTO COURTESY MELISSA HARRIS–>"People seem to like its...
FOOD- THE DISH- Bistro brouhaha: Michael's midsummer mutiny explained
Published on Jul 31st, 2008
0 comments Michael Crafaik is preparing to take back his namesake restaurant.PHOTO BY MARISSA D'ORAZIO Ever since Michael's Bistro, a venerable Corner eatery, mysteriously shut down over a week ago, a whirlwind...
FOOD- THE DISH- High Street gem: La Michoacana deli wows fans
Published on Jul 24th, 2008
0 comments Jose Gaono, his wife, Elpidia, and their daughter, Myra, work the counter at La Michoacana Deli, a new Mexican place in an unlikely spot on High Street.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR About a month ago, a large...
FOOD- THE DISH- $199 sign scam: Local innkeeper sleuths it out
Published on Jul 17th, 2008
0 comments "I'm glad my irritation about yet another bill led me to sleuth it out," says Kathy Versluys, who runs the Acorn Inn with her husband, Martin, about a phone scam she almost fell for.PHOTO COURTESY...
FOOD- THE DISH- ZamZam Kabob: Taste of the Middle East on Route 29
Published on Jul 3rd, 2008
0 comments Fraidoon Hovaizi wants you to eat "one meal healthier" at ZamZam Kabob.PHOTO BY RYAN HOOVER In March, Fraidoon Hovaizi took over the space on Route 29/Rio Road formally occupied by Zandi's and opened...
FOOD- THE DISH- OXO auctioned off: A sign of things to come?
Published on Jul 3rd, 2008
0 comments Only five people showed up for the public auction held last week to sell off OXO Restaurant's assets, and only two made bids. In the end, the building's owner, Allan Cadgene, got it all for $3,000....
FOOD- THE DISH- Gravity's kitchen: Flat's chef takes over underground
Published on Jun 26th, 2008
0 comments "I love Gravity, and I want it to do well," says Lauren McRaven, who will also continue to flip crepes at The Flat.FILE PHOTO BY LAURA HOFFMAN Fans of The Flat's crêpes will soon have another...
FOOD- THE DISH- Gravity's kitchen: Flat's chef takes over underground
Published on Jun 26th, 2008
1 comments "I love Gravity, and I want it to do well," says Lauren McRaven, who will also continue to flip crepes at The Flat.FILE PHOTO BY LAURA HOFFMAN Fans of The Flat's crêpes will soon have another...
FOOD- THE DISH- Tears on Water: after nine years, upscale Oxo closes
Published on Jun 19th, 2008
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FOOD- THE DISH- Crazy for cakes: Bakery makes its Downtown debut
Published on Jun 12th, 2008
0 comments Dotty and Frank Cappellino mixing it up before the big opening.PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR We have some sweet news for you this week. Cappellino's Crazy Cakes, the gourmet bakery planned on the Downtown...
FOOD- THE DISH- Just in time: Corner Just Curry finds new space
Published on Jun 5th, 2008
0 comments Alex GeorgeFILE PHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART Just Curry's Alex George dropped by last week to tell us he's signed a lease for a new Corner location– Mesob's space next to the parking garage on...
FOOD- THE DISH- Chaps appeal: After 22 years, a new look
Published on May 29th, 2008
0 comments Owner Tony LaBua in front of the old Chaps, and a glimpse of what the new Chaps will look like.FILE PHOTO BY WILL WALKER It has been nearly a year since Chaps Ice Cream owner Tony LaBua revealed his...
FOOD- THE DISH- Food reviews: Eating is the easy part
Published on May 22nd, 2008
0 comments Don't like Mondays? Orzo's Ken Wooten and Charles Roumeliotes hope their West Main eatery will brighten up the beginning-of-the-week cuisine scene.FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR We knew that the debut...
FOOD- THE DISH- ABC at Greenberry's: Alcohol on tap at Coffee 'empire'?
Published on May 15th, 2008
0 comments "Especially when I'm here studying late at night," says regular Greenberry's customer Kate Gregg, "a glass of wine would be great."PHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART The windows of Greenberry's are often...