The Dish

FOOD- THE DISH- Cocina del C'ville: Crozet's bright light comes to town
Published on Mar 1st, 2007
1 comments Less than three years ago, chef Alex Montiel spiced up Downtown Crozet with his lively Southwestern-style restaurant, Cocina del Sol. After working in hotels for years and opening seven Ritz Carltons...
FOOD- THE DISH- Surfer's choice: Local B&B's conquer the web
Published on Feb 22nd, 2007
0 comments When TripAdvisor.com, a respected lodging review website, announced its 2006 Traveler's Choice Awards earlier this year, Dish noticed something remarkable in the 10 Best Inns & B&Bs in the U....
FOOD- THE DISH- Deli duel? Pacino's ups the Corner ante
Published on Feb 15th, 2007
0 comments "Pacino's my nickname," says Jim George, who recently opened Pacino's Deli & Catering on the Corner, "because everyone says I look like Al Pacino." Indeed, once George mentions it, you can see...
FOOD- THE DISH- V-Day decisions<span class="s1">: Show your love at the table</span>
Published on Feb 8th, 2007
0 comments Guys, it's that time of year again. And although she agrees with you that Valentine's Day is yet another manufactured holiday designed to sell cards, flowers, rings, and chocolate, don't believe her...
FOOD- THE DISH- Blue refuge<span class="s1">: <i>Post</i> highlights gay-friendly inn</span>
Published on Feb 1st, 2007
0 comments As the Hook pointed out in its November 16, 2006, cover story, "Is our town the Little Apple?", Charlottesville is a gay-friendly refuge in a largely gay-unfriendly state. While Virginians voted...
FOOD- THE DISH- Dinner and discourse: Shebeen serves up both
Published on Jan 25th, 2007
0 comments With the restaurant business so competitive these days– 300-plus eateries competing for the palates of a relatively small population– Dish wonders why more places aren't holding "events...
FOOD- THE DISH- Four! c<span class="s1">ourse meal: Meadowcreek tees up dinner</span>
Published on Jan 18th, 2007
0 comments As local golfers know, ever since Rion Summers took over as head pro and manager of Meadowcreek Golf Course a few years ago, Charlottesville's only 18-hole public course has improved by leaps and...
FOOD- THE DISH- </span>Tea Bazaar tempts Staunton: and openings galore! <span class="s1">
Published on Jan 11th, 2007
0 comments Coming soon to Staunton: an assortment of beverages and an unbridled passion for eclectic indie rock. Well, maybe slightly bridled. Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar founder Matteus Frankovich says that the...
FOOD- THE DISH- Old reliable: Hardware Store bids <i>adieu</i>
Published on Jan 4th, 2007
0 comments In 1976, while former Hardware Store Restaurant owner Stan Epstein was up on a ladder screwing in a light-bulb outside his newly opened restaurant on the City's new pedestrian mall, a passerby...
FOOD- THE DISH- Dining devotees: Charlottesville fat city for foodies
Published on Dec 21st, 2006
0 comments Each year since 2002, according the Hook's count, the ratio of restaurant openings to closings has stayed approximately two-to-one. Each year, there have been 23 to 26 openings and 10 to 13 closings...
FOOD- THE DISH- </span><i>Pomme frite</i>: French jewel rises from the ashes<span class="s1">
Published on Dec 14th, 2006
1 comments Fans of Pomme, the French restaurant on Main Street in Gordonsville, were shocked to see the "apple" of their dining desire burned out and boarded up about three months ago. They e-mailed Dish...
FOOD- THE DISH- Caliente! A Mexican marathoner finds Carlton Road
Published on Dec 7th, 2006
0 comments Eight months ago, El Tepeyac, the three-year-old Mexican restaurant on Carlton Road, quietly changed its name to Aqui es Mexico, aka "Here is Mexico." And as Dish and others have noticed, it has...
FOOD- THE DISH- Night life: Orzo keeps Market up after hours
Published on Nov 30th, 2006
0 comments For Main Street Market fans, Orzo's debut on November 25 offers something they've never had before– a restaurant to keep the purple food emporium open at night. "Right now," says Orzo co-owner...
FOOD- THE DISH- Going local: Toliver house 'meats' a need
Published on Nov 23rd, 2006
0 comments Some restaurants talk the local produce talk, saying they do their best to buy locally, but as most chefs will admit, the sheer volume of food they use makes it impossible to use only local goods....
FOOD- THE DISH- Perfect Ten? Urban oasis hovers over the Mall
Published on Nov 16th, 2006
0 comments As our cover story this week suggests, our little ville is fast-becoming an oasis (or is it an outpost?) of urban cool. Joining Kiki, the Blue Light Grill, Bang, Oxo, and the X-Lounge in their...
FOOD- THE DISH- Fuel Co. facelift: meanwhile, Chick's roost and Feast! pops!
Published on Nov 9th, 2006
0 comments Brace yourself, fancy gourmet gas station lovers: Fuel Co.'s bistro and café will be closed for renovations the week of November 12-19.   "The tradition of local food with a gourmet...
FOOD- THE DISH- Kneaded win: ABC ices bakery prizes
Published on Nov 2nd, 2006
0 comments At the National Bread & Baking Team Championship, held this year in Atlantic City on October 21-22, our own Albemarle Baking Company in the West Main Market took home top prize in the morning...
FOOD- THE DISH- Moon light: Old diner gets new shine
Published on Oct 26th, 2006
0 comments As almost everyone knows by now, the iconic Blue Moon Diner on West Main Street is reopening. But when? And what about the building's new look?  Recently, Dish popped in to talk with husband and...
FOOD- THE DISH- Premier pit crew: Putting our town on BBQ map
Published on Oct 19th, 2006
0 comments In June, Barbeque Connection owner John Atkins said, "When you think of Charlottesville, you don't think of barbeque. We want to change that." Atkins had just done a lot to change that, taking the...
FOOD- THE DISH- Chefs' spotlight: Gallaudet and Maupin shine
Published on Oct 12th, 2006
2 comments It was only his sixth day on the job, so new Boar's Head Inn executive chef Mark Gallaudet could be forgiven for not realizing that Charlottesville was an independent city. His whirlwind arrival and...
FOOD- THE DISH- Bonnes temps: Zydeco brings Bourbon St. to Corner
Published on Oct 5th, 2006
0 comments On September 20, Elliewood Avenue on The Corner tilted a bit toward Bourbon Street when Zydeco opened at 12 Elliewood right next to Martha's Café. The new Louisiana-themed spot is the brainchild...
FOOD- DISH- Beep beep!: BBQ and more on 29N
Published on Sep 28th, 2006
0 comments Although the name, Acme Smokehouse and BBQ Co., gave Dish visions of rocket-propelled roller skates and giant catapults designed to catch a small flightless bird, the idea of yet another BBQ joint...
FOOD- DISH- On the move: Crazy dogs and spicy curry
Published on Sep 21st, 2006
3 comments Looks like the old L'avventura space next to Vinegar Hill Theatre has found a taker after being for sale since January. In fact, new owner Brian Helleberg says Il Cani Pazzo (the crazy dog) could be...
FOOD- DISH- Ciao tutti!: Area welcomes <i>beaucoup</i> additions
Published on Sep 14th, 2006
0 comments In most restaurants, the kitchen is the last place the owners want patrons to see. What goes on back there is generally hidden from view, the swinging doors a veil between the managed serenity of the...
FOOD- DISH- New Nook look:<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>Mall fixture changes hands
Published on Sep 7th, 2006
0 comments It was one of the Downtown Mall's first four restaurants. In its early days, Model-T Fords were parked along the curb and a trolley track ran along Main Street.  The Nook– open under that...
FOOD- DISH- Pit stops: Pair BBQ with berry wine!
Published on Aug 31st, 2006
0 comments The Dish must have a hankering for barbeque these days. Two weeks ago, we told you about Jinx's Pit's-Top Barbecue's new delivery option at the newsstand on the Downtown Mall, and this week we've...
FOOD- DISH- Breakfast tales: eat, drink, and be wary
Published on Aug 24th, 2006
0 comments A few weeks ago, Jonathan Lord was enjoying his regular Saturday morning breakfast at the University Grill on Ivy Road when something unusual happened. "I had ordered my food and was just starting to...
FOOD- DISH- Smokin' good: Pigs fly on the Mall
Published on Aug 17th, 2006
0 comments BBQ aficionados know that Jinx's Pit's-Top Barbecue, that little brightly decorated building on East Market Street that can be seen smoking profusely in the early morning, is the spot for true pit-...
FOOD- DISH- Hits list: Website ranks lunch spots tops
Published on Aug 10th, 2006
0 comments What's the best restaurant in Charlottesville? Although obviously a subjective question– and one the Dish tends to avoid– according to Charlottesville-Dining.com, the popular restaurant...
FOOD- DISH- All shook up: VaVino rocked by new state law
Published on Jul 27th, 2006
0 comments During the past few weeks, diners may have noticed the absence of some Virginia wines on area wine lists. That's because on July 1 a new Virginia wine law went into effect prohibiting Virginia...