The Dish

Sweet teeth: Gelato café 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...
FOOD- It's true: Verity blue now on W. Main
Published on Apr 8th, 2004
0 comments Just over two years old, Charlottesville's European-style gourmet marketplace, The Main Street Market, is gearing up for its first major growth spurt. Passersby and customers have surely noticed...
Oops!: Openings, re-openings, near openings
Published on Apr 1st, 2004
0 comments As any tulip or hyacinth lover knows, it's possible to trick Mother Nature a bit and "force" bulbs to open in the middle of winter. But as Dish learned last week, you certainly can't force a...
Blast off: Atomic Burrito takes on the night
Published on Mar 25th, 2004
0 comments Now that Live Arts and R2, Rapture's rapturous new dance club, are settled into their chic new digs, restaurants new and not-so-new are adapting to the increasingly nocturnal demands of Downtown Mall...
Fine dining: UVA tests its chefs
Published on Mar 18th, 2004
0 comments How do you distinguish a cook from a chef? Are chefs the only creative cookers, the only true artistes, or can cooking quickly and efficiently with impeccable consistency– in, say, a diner or...
Spilled milk: Creamery goes udder up
Published on Mar 11th, 2004
0 comments Skim, fat-free, lactose-free, soy, rice­ with all the "in" milk variations and alternatives available nowadays, I wouldn't be surprised if the disappearance of Shenville Creamery's old-fashioned,...
Sound familiar? McClures take Virginian up the street
Published on Mar 4th, 2004
0 comments When the Roanoke-based owner of Awful Arthur's vacated the historic Inge building on morphing West Main street in January, I sixth-sensed that it wouldn't be long before a new, locally owned...
Highs and lows: Southern Culture goes upscale
Published on Feb 26th, 2004
0 comments Been down to "low country" lately? If you've ever had the pleasure of dining at any of Charleston, South Carolina's best restaurants– the Peninsula Grill, McCrady's, Magnolias– then you'...
Branching out: Five, six, another Sticks!
Published on Feb 19th, 2004
0 comments Chris DuBois must be glad to have Dish off his kebob case. You see, for the past six months or so I've been buzzing like a pesky fly around Sticks– which he owns with Bill Hamilton, Webb Brown...
Food as foreplay: Local chefs heat things up
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments What's sexy about food? What foods are sexy? In honor of San Valentino (actually, he provided the perfect excuse), Dish tendered these titillating questions to a few local chefs. Their answers made...
Dip, sip, slurp-- C-ville Coffee goes East
Published on Feb 5th, 2004
0 comments I fell in love with Vietnamese cuisine at a little restaurant called Pho Pasteur on Baxter Street in New York City's Chinatown. At least three times a week, I'd trade the toxic smell of paint fumes (...
Nip tuck: Capshaw's Light gets a lift
Published on Jan 29th, 2004
0 comments Always eager for an excuse, Dish paid a visit to the Blue Light Grill this week to check on the status of their ongoing renovations. Like the prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, the trend-...
Clammed up: Awful Arthur's stows its shuckers
Published on Jan 22nd, 2004
0 comments "Gone Fishin'... Forever". Crab and oyster lovers must've been shocked out of their shells when they read these words on the door of Awful Arthur's Seafood Company on West Main Street in the first...
Newer, friendlier: Prince Michel uncorks new image
Published on Jan 15th, 2004
0 comments Founded 20 years ago by Jean Leducq, the once stately Prince Michel Vineyard is ready to reveal a fresh, more informal visage. Located on Route 29 North between Madison and Culpeper (about a 40-...
Our daily franchise? Barracks Road loses two locals
Published on Jan 8th, 2004
0 comments In our final issue of 2003, Dish gave thanks for new eateries, but one fact of restaurant life is that the arrival of the new often accompanies the departure of the old. And so, if new bakeries like...
Openings and closings in 2003
Published on Dec 25th, 2003
0 comments New in 2003   Jabberwocky Mas Milan Indian Cuisine Java Java She-ben La Cucina Asian Express Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard Farm Shop Cici's Pizza Club Rio Al Dente The Baker's Palate The...
Thank you: 10 reasons to thank the foodie gods
Published on Dec 25th, 2003
0 comments MAS - This tapas bar started 2003 off with a bite-size bang when it opened in January-­ and in downtown Belmont, no less. Formerly the home of Hog Heaven (now flourishing in Ruckersville), this...
Does size matter? New eateries say yes and no
Published on Dec 18th, 2003
0 comments Christmas came early this year for Charlottesville. And I'm not talking about the snow. Two– yes two– locally owned and operated restaurants opened on the evening of Friday, December 12...
You say panini... Whatever it's called, fad here to stay
Published on Dec 11th, 2003
0 comments Remember the simple luxury of a gooey grilled cheese sandwich on a cold afternoon? Sure, this American classic still exists in its purest, most platonic form-­ two slices of bread, some unspecified...
C'est si bon: New "French wave" rolls through town
Published on Dec 4th, 2003
0 comments Napa Valley boasts the French Laundry. Charlottesville can now claim Fuel. It might seem a stretch to compare Thomas Keller's acclaimed decade-old gourmet restaurant located in an old stone cottage (...
Spicing up Crozet: Cocina del Sol takes Mex west
Published on Nov 27th, 2003
0 comments Dish is working her way around the compass. Last week, I took the scenic drive south of Charlottesville (which of course occupies the smack-dab center on any GRPS­ global restaurant positioning...
Cheered up: Magnolia to lift Scottsville's spirits
Published on Nov 20th, 2003
0 comments Winter might be just around the corner, but for the town of Scottsville, it might just as well be spring. After having been hard hit by 9/11 and last year's drought, our charming neighbor on the...
Grillin': Farmington blaze blamed on creosote
Published on Nov 13th, 2003
0 comments Last week Dish traced the migration of a pizza oven from the former Espresso Royale Caffé on the Corner to its new home at Mona Lisa Pasta on Preston Avenue. Well, a pizza oven is in the news again...
Qdobas: Tex-Mex comes to the Corner
Published on Nov 6th, 2003
0 comments If you've been to the Corner lately, you've surely spotted the freshly painted, canary yellow facade of the historic Chancellor's drug store building-­ former home of Espresso Royale Caffé. Dish...
Fair trade? Coffee debate winds up in cup
Published on Oct 30th, 2003
0 comments Tall or grande? Regular or decaf? Free trade or fair trade? Once again, coffee questions are multiplying– only this time some questions involve a major global debate. It's being played out...
Milking it: Cheese with grass-roots feel
Published on Oct 23rd, 2003
0 comments Slow Food Virginia sure is picking up the pace. Just last month, Dish announced the debut of the local chapter of Slow Food USA, an educational, not-for-profit food organization dedicated to...
Bonsoir, Ciboulette! Market gets a bistro
Published on Oct 16th, 2003
0 comments With its ample parking and pleasant seating areas, it's no surprise that the Main Street Market is becoming an increasingly popular place to grab a gourmet sandwich, bowl of soup, or slice of quiche...
Pop a cork! Getting a taste for the bubbly
Published on Oct 9th, 2003
0 comments Weddings, anniversaries, romantic candlelit dinners– champagne is definitely the drink of choice for special occasions like these. Like caviar and fine chocolate, we tend to associate this...
Cookin' or cuisine? Virginia fare from dumplings to duck eggs
Published on Oct 2nd, 2003
0 comments What exactly is Virginia cuisine? Massachusetts has its baked beans and simply-prepared seafood, Louisiana is noted for Creole and Cajun specialties, Maryland boasts crab cakes, and Texas is big on...
Isabel's wrath: The Dark descends on foodville
Published on Sep 25th, 2003
0 comments Blackout on West Main You're expecting 80 people for lunch tomorrow– a wedding party, no less– and then an obnoxious guest with no reservation shows up and cuts off all electricity...