The Dish

Supper clubbing: Chefs show off on night out
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
0 comments   Recently, Dish had the opportunity to check out the sixth installment of the Cville Supper Club's monthly food and wine extravaganza. Great, but– um– what's the Cville Supper Club...
Dave's farm: Get the 'best' in town
Published on Jan 26th, 2006
0 comments   Judging by his history, Dave Matthews would make an unlikely organic farmer. "Brad and I used to stuff bad pizza and bad beer down our throats and fix ourselves a Pepto-Bismol chaser," he told...
The Sultan's deli: Zandi's Lebanese-style dinners
Published on Jan 19th, 2006
0 comments As Dish recently reported, Zandi's Subs & Deli on 29 North is now open for dinner, serving traditional Lebanese and Persian food. After 25 years as a lunch spot, son Reza Zandi and his Lebanese...
New Year's transitions: Fusion, Kokopelli's hand over the keys"
Published on Jan 12th, 2006
0 comments As was recently reported, former City Centro owner Andreas Gaynor has sold his downtown eatery, Fusion. According to a voice-mail he left us, Gaynor finally got an offer he couldn't refuse, but he...
Madison's Main Street: Inn hopes to be more
Published on Jan 5th, 2006
0 comments Michael Riley says he never dreamed of opening a restaurant. Originally from Indiana, Riley lived and worked in Northern Virginia for 20 years before he and his wife, Susan, bought some Madison...
2005: The swinging kitchen door...
Published on Dec 22nd, 2005
0 comments It appears that Newton's Third Law of Motion simply doesn't apply to restaurants in Charlottesville. If it did, for every restaurant that opened, there'd have to be one that closed. And, as you can...
Ahoy! Bonefish coming ashore
Published on Dec 22nd, 2005
0 comments In case five seafood places aren't enough for lovers of the fruits of the briny deep, The Bonefish Grill, one of OutBack Steakhouse Inc.'s seafaring offspring, will be coming ashore at the Hollymead...
Risen Rose: Sushi with karaoke on the side
Published on Dec 15th, 2005
0 comments Like its Japanese eponym, who taunted U.S. soldiers in the Pacific during WW II with her infamous radio broadcasts, Tokyo Rose, the restaurant, has been taunting sushi lovers in Charlottesville for...
Meat and sweets: Main St. butcher, Water St. crêpes
Published on Dec 8th, 2005
0 comments Tired of the meat market? We're not talking about the bar scene. We're talking about the rows of glistening packaged flesh in local supermarkets. Here's a suggestion to liven up your meat-life. "We...
Gimme five! Five Guys and a table for two
Published on Dec 1st, 2005
0 comments Riddle me this: Where can you get a hamburger and hand-cut fries made to order in under seven minutes– and eat peanuts and throw the shells on the floor while you wait? It's Five Guys burgers...
Straight story: Keswick goes the tapas route
Published on Nov 24th, 2005
0 comments Misconceptions die hard. For years, Dish thought an exposed belly was called a mid-drift and that the chorus of Glen Campbell's song from Rhinestone Cowboy was "Country boy, you've got your feet in a...
Killer classics: Duner's, Rev Soup get new blood
Published on Nov 17th, 2005
0 comments When Ivy's Mr. and Mrs. Smith of the restaurant world, Cathy and Haden Berry, left Duner's to go freelance at Three-Notch'd Grill, their new operation in Crozet, the Dish wondered if Duner's would...
Arrivederci: Christina Ball bids farewell
Published on Nov 10th, 2005
0 comments BY CHRISTINA BALL DISH@READTHEHOOK.COM After three years of scouring the Charlottesville area for the most delicious dining news, this Dish has decided to hang up her fork.–editor  As...
Get your Kiki's: Cool café near hot yoga
Published on Nov 3rd, 2005
0 comments Since I've been making weekly visits to the orange structure many call the "pumpkin" building on Fifth Street SE for over a year now (yes, Dish likes her yoga as hot as a habañero!), I find it funny...
Major Mojo: Starr Hill lager wins big
Published on Oct 27th, 2005
0 comments With all the wineries popping up around here lately, it's almost expected that we'd bypass beer. But local master brewer Mark Thompson, owner and co-founder of The Starr Hill Brewing Company, is...
Double-take: AJ's opens two Elliewood doors
Published on Oct 20th, 2005
0 comments After an eight-month slumber, a pair of historic buildings on Elliewood Avenue are coming back to life in full force this month. Readers and Corner regulars might recall that the former inhabitant of...
Get it all: The world comes to town
Published on Oct 13th, 2005
0 comments I brought the world home in a brown paper bag today. A bottle of San Pellegrino water (Italy) clinked against a bottle of Lorina sparkling lemonade (France). A sack of tart cherry scone mix (Spokane...
Island vibes: South o' border on 29 north
Published on Oct 6th, 2005
0 comments As October's autumnal air provides a preview of the colder months ahead, I feel the urge to plan an island getaway. One of the intense powers of food– well known to Proust– is its ability...
Meat's retreat: Veggies star at Maruthi
Published on Sep 29th, 2005
0 comments The moniker of the restaurant next to Integral Yoga natural foods has been spinning in recent months. After Veggie Heaven closed its eight-year run last fall, two new concepts came... and went. But...
North stars: Forest Lakes awash in eateries
Published on Sep 22nd, 2005
0 comments As the new Hollymead Town Center­ already home to mega-store Target, a Starbucks and Harris Teeter– continues to take shape (Sakura Japanese Restaurant recently reserved a 6,000-square-foot...
Veg out: Festival, bistro have it all
Published on Sep 15th, 2005
0 comments Still think tofu is tasteless? Well, it's almost time to learn how flavorful a meat-free diet can be at the 9th Annual Vegetarian Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 24 at Lee Park. (I missed...
Paris transplant: White Orchid blooms on Main
Published on Sep 8th, 2005
0 comments Why write fiction? Consider the following true story. American man meets Vietnamese woman at her popular Parisian restaurant. A year later, they meet again in Paris, start dating (he waits in the...
Comebacks: Blue Moon rises, Tokyo Rose blooms
Published on Sep 2nd, 2005
0 comments Blue Moon Diner fans still have a reason to howl. The recent flurry of renovations at this beloved little West Main Street institution owned since 1996 by UVA grads Marc Hahn and Robert Gustafson is...
Tiny flat: Downtown crèperie takes shaperie
Published on Aug 25th, 2005
0 comments Though recipes for crèpes date back to the 14th century, crèperies­ restaurants specializing in these portable, versatile, sweet, and savory French pancakes­ emerged only about a hundred years ago. A...
Uncorked: Gals mob VAVino opening
Published on Aug 18th, 2005
0 comments VaVino, the state's first full-scale winebar and retail shop dedicated entirely to the tasteful enjoyment of Virginia vintages, opened its Downtown Mall doors on Monday, August 8. When I popped in...
Way to Yuga: Eastern star in York Place
Published on Aug 11th, 2005
0 comments So tucked away is the new international food shop, X-Yuga, that it took me a few months­ as well as a little nudge from a fellow reporter– to discover it. But the 400 or so Charlottesville area...
Recommended: Five local spots make the cut
Published on Jul 28th, 2005
0 comments In its June 2005 issue, Wine Spectator  magazine highlighted Charlottesville as one of six "unique and appealing American wine regions" worth exploring. The tourist-friendly article described...
Northern lure: Diners head to Gordonsville
Published on Jul 21st, 2005
0 comments The much-acclaimed French-Provencal restaurant, Pomme, has been luring diners from Charlottesville, Richmond, and beyond to the historic center of Gordonsville since January. Well, this month a...
Double Spot: Corner dining choices multiply
Published on Jul 14th, 2005
0 comments Don't be deceived by the seeming lack of traffic on University Avenue during these (blissfully) quiet summer months. Significant changes are brewing inside several Corner eateries. Could it be that...
Dayside oasis: Carving Board Café opens near 29
Published on Jul 7th, 2005
0 comments For those of us who live close to Downtown, a trip up Route 29 can be fraught with anxiety. Since I tend to cram all of my "north of town" stops into one grand-tour per week, I experience this strip...