The Dish

Eco-morphing: Café sprouts at Veggie spot
Published on Nov 11th, 2004
0 comments For a place often considered one of the mellowest-­ not to mention healthiest– in town, the Integral Yoga complex at Preston Plaza is undergoing a swift transformation. Just a month or so ago,...
World-class cuisine: Fuel Co. lures Chicago chef
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments Travel does wonders for the palate. Dish just blew back into town from a few days of wining and dining in the magnificent Windy City. Like Charlottesville, Chicago's booming. It seems everyone I met...
BazCones: Cool addition to sweets scene
Published on Oct 28th, 2004
0 comments Will 2004 be remembered as the year of the frozen dessert?   We've already witnessed the openings of two new gelato cafés: Milano at the Main Street Market and Splendora's on the Downtown Mall....
Get in line: 'Hometown hero' snubs Applebee's?
Published on Oct 21st, 2004
0 comments When I heard that the new Applebee's at Rivanna Ridge in Pantops was devoting an entire wall of memorabilia to Dave Matthews as Charlottesville's "hometown hero," I was somehow expecting more than a...
Dairy doings: What's ahead for Preston Ave.?
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments Readers of last week's Dish will recall a story on the new inhabitant of the El Girasol space­ a soon-to-open Brazilian-owned Italian eatery called Mamma Mia. But what happened to El Girasol? First,...
Mamma mia: Italian chow controls the compass
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments It's not me and my Italian roots, I promise. Italian food really is dominating restaurant news in Charlottesville this week, starting with Rococo's, the veteran Italian-style restaurant and bar on...
For here, or to go? New spot beefs up Barracks Road
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments Anyone who has discovered the shocking truths behind America's fast food industry through books like Fast Food Nation or documentary films like Super Size Me might wonder why people are still...
Growing gains: Scottsville's new eastern accent
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments When I first phoned the new Asian eatery in Scottsville, China Moon, I somehow wasn't expecting to hear a deep voice with a very Virginia accent on the other end. White guys can't jump, right? But...
Cheesy trivia: Festival tempts the palate
Published on Sep 16th, 2004
0 comments Cheese is not just for crackers anymore. As the 2nd Annual Artisan Cheese and Wine Festival will prove on Saturday September 18 (See Calendar, page 43), cheese is playing a starring role in our local...
Winging it: Elliewood channels Buffalo delights
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments FOOD- THE DISH- Winging it: Elliewood channels Buffalo delights BY CHRISTINA BALL DISH@READTHEHOOK.COM Wing lovers and Corner regulars may recall Dish reporting on the Buffalo Wing Factory and Pub...
Down at Dave's: Drink the water, eat the eggs
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments When I first opened a carton of Best of What's Around eggs, sold at stores like Foods of All Nations and Rebecca's, I smiled. There perched a dozen of the freshest, funniest looking eggs I'd ever...
Fellini's No. 9: The latest life of a sexy landmark
Published on Aug 26th, 2004
0 comments Ten years after closing and nearly one year after since real estate owner Ben May restored it, Fellini's is coming back to life. In mid-August, he handed the keys to this illustriously infamous venue...
Ivy arrival: A big fat Greek... grill
Published on Aug 19th, 2004
0 comments When I first glimpsed the banner announcing the imminent arrival of the "University Grill" on Ivy Road (in the former home of Hardees next to the 7-Eleven), I somehow just figured the White Spot's...
W by SW: New venues heat up Crozet
Published on Aug 12th, 2004
0 comments Things are buzzing west of town. Let's start our tour in the little hamlet of Ivy, home to Duner's and to the slowly transforming general store, Toddsbury of Ivy. Owned by the dynamic duo of Bruce...
Gelato-espresso: Cafes bring Italy to town
Published on Jul 29th, 2004
0 comments If it weren't for jet lag, you could easily convince me that I'm still in Italy. Thanks to two new Italian-inspired venues, Dish couldn't dream of a better coming-home present. Sleek, stylish Milano...
Bread ABCs: <I>Pane</I> power here and there
Published on Jul 22nd, 2004
0 comments This is the final installment of Christina Ball's culinary updates from Firenze. She's back in town with a hearty appetite for news. –editor FLORENCE– What does a Florentine forno have...
Fish tales: How Charlottesville tops Florence
Published on Jul 15th, 2004
0 comments Editor's note: another of Christina Ball's profiles from Italy. FLORENCE– When in Florence, eat steak. When at home, eat fish! Italy may be surrounded by the blue waters of the Mediterranean...
Birds of a feather: Flock to Pantops
Published on Jul 8th, 2004
0 comments What's all the squawking about up on the hill east of town? It must be the Lazy Parrot Grill, which took over the Sweetbones space in the Pantops Shopping Center on May 5. "What we're trying to do up...
Au revoir: Metro goes out in style
Published on Jul 1st, 2004
0 comments   On Saturday, June 26, patrons arrived at Water Street eatery Metro, formerly Metropolitain, for the last night of what has been a historic restaurant run. And while not every table was full,...
Last stop: Metro ends its run
Published on Jun 24th, 2004
0 comments Charlottesville has seen plenty of notable restaurants come and go, but few have the rich history of Metro, née Metropolitain, which will close its doors, according to co-owner Tim Burgess, on or...
Belmont: The Key West of Charlottesville?
Published on Jun 17th, 2004
0 comments What does Belmont have in common with the relaxed, margarita- and music-laced isle of Key West? At least the last time I checked, Charlottesville's trendiest neighborhood lacked palm trees, piers,...
Chow main: Denise Yetzer produces results
Published on Jun 10th, 2004
0 comments This is the first in a series portraying some of the people-­ besides the chefs, of course-­ who play crucial roles in the local restaurant scene. It's also a clever way for Dish writer Christina...
Thai-Mex switch: Cuisines swap locations
Published on Jun 3rd, 2004
0 comments We've all heard of Tex-Mex, but Thai-Mex? Besides a few similarities– spring rolls and burritos, for one, and a penchant for chili peppers and lime juice– Thai and Mexican cuisines have...
General stores: Alive and well here and there<B>
Published on May 27th, 2004
0 comments FOOD- THE DISH- General stores: Alive and well here and there Visitors to Batesville today might find it hard to believe that this tranquil hamlet 15 minutes southwest of Charlottesville was once...
Hummus heaven: Pita Inn comes home
Published on May 20th, 2004
0 comments After years of buying and happily consuming Pita Inn's creamy hummus (available at Integral Yoga and Giant), I was thrilled to finally meet its maker right here in Charlottesville. I suppose I'm...
Krisp departure? Doughnuts roll out of town
Published on May 13th, 2004
0 comments Blame Dr. Atkins or the lack of foot-traffic on Emmet Street, but the unglazed truth of the matter is that Krispy Kreme's factory store will be closing its doors for good on Sunday, May 18. This may...
Winging it: Eating contest turns stomachs
Published on May 6th, 2004
0 comments Did you know that eating is not just a life-sustaining pleasure, but also a serious competitive sport? A sport with its own rules, strategies, rewards, and international champions? Check out the...
Back pedaling? Trager brothers opt for carts
Published on Apr 29th, 2004
0 comments You might find it hard to believe that Higher Grounds, with its four kiosks and always-buzzing flagship café in York Place, began a decade ago as a tiny coffee cart on the Downtown Mall. As the...
Empty shelf: Creamery gone for good
Published on Apr 22nd, 2004
0 comments Last week, while dairy-lovin' Dish was reporting on local ice-cream and gelato happenings, such as the soon-to-come gelato-café Splendora's, the recently bankrupted Shenville Creamery came to mind....
Sweet teeth: Gelato caf&eacute; ups sugar ante
Published on Apr 15th, 2004
0 comments Chances are you've heard all the banging, drilling, and jack-hammering behind that wooden barricade blocking the facade of the former Opportunity Shop on the Downtown Mall. If you've been wondering...