The Dish

Petite Fleurie: New bistro pois'd to open
Published on Jun 23rd, 2005
0 comments Just a few weeks after opening, Fresco­ the little Mexican café that took over the Baja Rapido spot in Central Place­ shut its doors. Dish is still trying to unravel that mystery­ difficult to do...
Belmont boom: First of three cafes opens
Published on Jun 16th, 2005
0 comments This could be the year for downtown Belmont. With three new businesses planning to open this summer, it looks like the café-restaurant scene is finally catching up to the residential boom. Belmont's...
Avon calling: Pig Daddy's moves BBQ indoors
Published on Jun 9th, 2005
0 comments Something about summer makes Dish hungry to explore out-of-the-way eateries in and around her own hometown. A few weeks ago, I brought readers along with me to Aroma's, an off-the-beaten-track...
Odell's exit: Unfortunate events to the north
Published on May 25th, 2005
0 comments Callers to Odell's restaurant in Gordonsville over the last few weeks learned some startling news: Odell's has closed, the message reports, "because of a series of unfortunate events." Fans of Lemony...
Found! Tucked-away Aromas worth the hunt
Published on May 19th, 2005
0 comments Dish just returned from a weekend on the Northern Neck (that little sliver of land between the Rappahannock and Potomoc rivers), where it took a lot more than a good map to find the best crab cakes,...
Elliewood update: PJ's coming to old Wing spot?
Published on May 11th, 2005
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FOOD- THE DISH- <I>Plus ca change:</I> Ciboulette still French at heart
Published on May 5th, 2005
0 comments <P>Most people can pronounce it, but not everyone knows that "Ciboulette" is French for "chives." One of the first businesses to occupy the <B>Main Street Market</B...
Plus ca change: Ciboulette still French at heart
Published on May 5th, 2005
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Start the music! Baker's Palette ready for Fridays
Published on Apr 21st, 2005
0 comments It's no secret that the newly reopened (and usually sold-out) Paramount Theater has dramatically affected the dining scene on the Downtown Mall. Try to arrange a small private party at a nearby...
Local Polo: Spice trader offers fragrant wares
Published on Apr 14th, 2005
0 comments   Did you ever stop to ponder exactly how much oregano is consumed at Christian's Pizza each week, or how much fennel seed they blend into the sausages at Foods of All Nations? How much of that...
Guys can cook: Website, fundraiser prove it!
Published on Apr 7th, 2005
0 comments   I've always admired my brother-in-law, Dan. About 10 years ago, after 25 years on Wall Street, he swapped roles with my sister and become a full-time, stay-at-home dad. Though an excellent and...
Tranquil Thai: Art spices up Rio Hill offerings
Published on Mar 31st, 2005
0 comments   With the dizzying array of restaurant options in downtown Charlottesville– new, old, or recently updated– it's easy to lose sight of eateries in other neighborhoods. Especially...
Pollo Abuelitas: Gourmet station new Latin mecca
Published on Mar 24th, 2005
0 comments When you've walked on fire– 15 feet over 2000-degree coals– nothing seems impossible. That's why chef James Lewis, a past participant in one of inspirational speaker Anthony Robbins's "...
Home cookin': 12 minutes to pizza paradise
Published on Mar 17th, 2005
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Mono Loco's new twist
Published on Mar 10th, 2005
0 comments After a brief but apparently very productive three-week break, Mono Loco re-opened last week under the new ownership of Coran Capshaw. For those who may have missed the original news flash, Capshaw...
More than mangos: New Maharaja goes Goan
Published on Mar 3rd, 2005
0 comments Readers of last week's Dish will recall that I ended my story about Jonathan De Costa, the new owner of Maharaja restaurant, in medias res. Well, now it's time to return to the tale of "Chef J." This...
Taking flight: Wings and curry flee the Corner
Published on Feb 24th, 2005
0 comments While old stand-bys like the White Spot, the College Inn, The Virginian, and the Biltmore Grill give the Corner the illusion of stability, this neighborhood is actually as restless and in-flux as the...
Bye, Bye Bocce: New Scottsville spots evoke Ms and mmms
Published on Feb 17th, 2005
0 comments Winter is generally a quiet time for restaurants. But big spring-like changes are already well under way in Scottsville, as not one but two new eateries prepare to open on Valley Street. Fans of...
'Berry' cordial: Cassis opens on Water Street
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments Bizou veteran chef Sean Lawford unveiled Cassis, his much-awaited new restaurant in the old Metro space, Tuesday, February 8. After an impressively short two-month renovation, this spacious new...
Dueling burgers: Flat-out competition at Forest Lakes
Published on Feb 3rd, 2005
0 comments When Martin's Grill opened in the Forest Lakes area last November, more than a few people noticed its resemblance to Riverside Lunch, a legendary burger joint famous for having the flattest burgers...
Stars of Starr: New crew brews treats
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments   Did you say Betelnut? My ears pricked up as soon as Michael Keaveny, the new director of operations for Coran Caphshaw's restaurant group, named San Francisco's Betelnut as one of his favorite...
Capshaw goes Loco: Another eatery joins the dynasty
Published on Jan 20th, 2005
0 comments   The word is still out on Station, but Dish knows for certain that Barbara Shifflett's other restaurant, Mono Loco, is now in the possession of Dave Matthews Band manager Coran Capshaw....
New Bird: New owners find happiness in decor
Published on Jan 13th, 2005
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Gods-to-go: Ambrosia comes to Nellysford
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments   As soon as I walked in the door of the new Ambrosia Bakery and Deli in Nellysford, I knew my post-holiday fast was foiled. I followed the smells of honey and garlic and the sounds of Persian...
Metro's end: Closure wrapped up a surprising year
Published on Dec 23rd, 2004
0 comments The end of an era: Metro  When Metro closed in July, the news flew over the Atlantic, past France, and hit me smack-dab in the heart of Italy. Could the closure of Charlottesville's most...
Corks poppin': Fellini's #9 reinvents history
Published on Dec 16th, 2004
0 comments Barring unexpected construction delays, the new and much-anticipated Fellini's No. 9 should be open for dinner at 5pm on Friday, December 17. Restaurant owner Jackie Dunkle, who's been orchestrating...
'Rag Mountain' rations: Chefs show off for Beard
Published on Dec 9th, 2004
0 comments Chef Angelo Vangelopoulos of The Ivy Inn is the newest member of an elite group: local restaurateurs, who've been invited to sauté, poach, roast, sear, and pour for diners at the esteemed James Beard...
All in the family: Willow Coffee joins Magnolia
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments Dish hopes you're all familiar with Magnolia by now– chef Howie Velie's southern-inspired restaurant that blew into Scottsville's dining scene last year like a warm, fragrant breeze. Now,...
Kitchen reprieve: Let Hot Stuff do the cooking
Published on Nov 25th, 2004
0 comments If just thinking about the marathon cooking endeavor that is Thanksgiving leaves you breathless, help is at hand. Folks who love to eat delicious food, but don't have the time, talent, or energy to...
Ain't no drag: Papa John's heads to Ivy Square
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments The faded retro University Shopping Center on Ivy Road is about to get a brand-new tenant. Papa John's pizza has taken over the corner space formerly occupied by– as the seemingly...