The Dish

Goodbye, Crystals: From Vietnamese to tandoori on 29N
Published on Feb 13th, 2003
0 comments Vietnamese cuisine on 29 North is now a pho pas. After being open for less than a year, Crystal's, the more upscale of only two Vietnamese restaurants in Charlottesville (Saigon Café's the other one...
Divine swine: Hog Heaven finds greener pastures
Published on Feb 6th, 2003
0 comments Now that the smells of saffron, seafood, and garlic are swirling around downtown Belmont with the recent opening of Mas Tapas Bar, you might think that hickory is history. But Dish is here to tell...
Gold medal pizza? Thai pie vies for prize
Published on Jan 30th, 2003
0 comments When Bistro 151 owner Anna Wallaker entered her Thai pie in the International Pizza Contest at the eleventh hour, she didn't expect to win a free trip to Vegas. But on March 25 she and pizza chef...
Have another! Tapas on the table at Mas
Published on Jan 23rd, 2003
0 comments The wait is just about over. Will the wait be worth it? Locals can now find out– as Mas Tapas Bar plans to open its big glass doors on Friday, January 24– assuming the ABC gives the...
Corner makeover: Death of the sports bar?
Published on Jan 16th, 2003
0 comments Can a sports bar be a restaurant? Don't blaring big-screen TVs, shouting fans, smoky poolrooms, and $5 pitchers go against the rules– and pleasures– of fine (or even decent) dining? The...
Curse of Valley Street? Jimmy's on the James succumbs
Published on Jan 9th, 2003
0 comments Santa wasn't so good to Scottsville this year. After being open for less than a year, the upscale eatery Jimmy's on the James closed its doors for good on December 22. Owner James Norwood, who...
Come and go: Life and death in the Charlottesville restaurant scene
Published on Dec 26th, 2002
0 comments RESTAURANTS GONE in 2002Petra (4)Out of business. The site is now East to West.Dunkin Donuts (4)Quit the chain and renamed Coffee and Donut Shop.Chang House (6)Burned to the ground in a mysterious...
Tapping top talent: Kluge estate lures the masters
Published on Dec 18th, 2002
0 comments Move over, Napa. Pick up the pace, Finger Lakes. Experts agree that Albemarle County is ripe to become the next gourmet hot spot. If your vision of bliss includes warm French pastries and hot coffee...
Red and green? Georgetown Farm promises healthful meat
Published on Dec 12th, 2002
0 comments Sharpen up that steak knife, and fire up the grill. Albemarle's newest meat shop wants you to "eat lean." Friday, December 13, at 10am marks the grand opening of the Georgetown Farm Market, a fully...
Communist evolution Tea Bazaar embraces Reds
Published on Dec 5th, 2002
0 comments  When Dish tried to join the masses at the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar's "communist lunch" last week, we discovered that it was already history. Why make such a novel idea passé? Matteus...
While you wait: Bashir's has tapas, too
Published on Nov 28th, 2002
0 comments Since Dish's visit to Belmont's soon-to-open Spanish eatery, Mas, last week, we can't control our craving for tapas. By virtue of size alone, these tasty little dishes seem the perfect antidote to...
Ta-ta-ta-tapas! Small dishes, big potential at Mas
Published on Nov 21st, 2002
0 comments From the look and feel of it, an architectural and culinary renaissance is about to hit Belmont. And its name, from the Spanish for "more," is Mas. Dish popped into the old Hog Heaven spot at the...
Mountain brewed: Coffee comes to Pantops
Published on Nov 14th, 2002
0 comments It's finally happening, and it's about time. Folks on the east side of town from Zion Crossroads to Glenmore are seeing their shopping center, Rivanna Ridge, conveniently located on Pantops Mountain...
Paper plates to stay: Project H2O not washed up yet
Published on Nov 7th, 2002
0 comments When car washes were ordered to close back in September, restaurant owners shook in their shoes; after all, if such harsh punishment could come down on one industry, what would prevent a similar fate...
Meet the new Met: Old favorite prepares to reopen
Published on Oct 31st, 2002
0 comments  It looks as though the long-awaited reopening of Métropolitain restaurant on Water Street may be nigh. Since 1991, when it opened in its original location on the Downtown Mall (now occupied by...
Let her eat cake
Published on Oct 24th, 2002
0 comments Name: Erica Thomas Restaurant: Outback Steakhouse Position: hostess/server Age: 21 Car: VW Jetta Cake or pie?: Cake Pet peeve: People with bad breath Favorite band: Fleetwood Mac Ideal vacation: A...
Southern change: Scottsville takes center stage
Published on Oct 24th, 2002
0 comments Peering through our gastronomic goggles last month, Dish spotted a strange glow in the southern sky. A purplish haze hovered over the ground approximately 20 miles down Route 20 South, by our rough...
Coffee, Tea, or me
Published on Oct 17th, 2002
0 comments Name: Jenny Logan Restaurant: Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar Position: server Age: 24 Bike or car? car Monopoly or Scrabble? Monopoly Pet peeve: traffic Favorite pet: mixed breed puppy  
Bitter pill for Vinegar Hill...
Published on Oct 17th, 2002
0 comments  The doors are closed and locked, and the phone's been disconnected, never good signs for a restaurant (or any business, for that matter). What's going on at Vinegar Hill Grill, the restaurant...
Soulful server
Published on Oct 10th, 2002
0 comments Name: Dale Smith Restaurant: Immigrant Soul Position: waiter Age: 32 Beer or wine? Beer ­ Yuengling, please Cloth or paper napkins at home? Paper! We're in a drought! Curly or straight hair? Curly...
Woke up this morning with a wine glass...
Published on Oct 10th, 2002
0 comments Good food, fine wine, and some pretty fancy people were all on hand last Thursday, October 3, at the Main Street Market for a celebration of "the season's bounty," as the invitation described the...
Papering the problem: Project H2o's a go
Published on Oct 3rd, 2002
0 comments In September, when the City of Charlottesville and the Albemarle County Service Authority ordered all car washes to close, the news seemed to many restaurant owners like a shot fired over the bow. It...
Spanish flies in Belmont
Published on Sep 26th, 2002
0 comments When Hog Heaven picked up and left its prime location at the epicenter of downtown Belmont, the opportunity was ripe for a businessperson with a hankering to try their hand at restaurateuring. For...
Beggars love her leftovers
Published on Sep 19th, 2002
0 comments Name: Rachel Vrooman Restaurant: Escafé Position: waitress Age: 23 Cold weather or hot weather? Cold Biggest food weakness? Key lime pie Do you follow any of the reality t.v. shows? Nope, no t.v....
Kluge mixes oil and wine
Published on Sep 19th, 2002
0 comments "I'll have a bottle of your best Bordeaux and $20 of high-test, please." Pairing a fine wine and gasoline might seem a little unlikely, but you just might find yourself uttering such words in the not...
Bashir's is here!
Published on Sep 12th, 2002
0 comments By the looks of it last week, we may have been the last people in town to visit Bashir's, which reopened September 3 in the post office building at the east end of the Downtown Mall. From the groups...
Horse, of course
Published on Sep 5th, 2002
0 comments Name: Bucky McCauley Restaurant: Big Jim's Position: waitress/barkeep Age: 43 Favorite pet of all time? Horse (Mugwamp) Coffee, tea, or soda in the a.m.? Soda (Pepsi) Rollerblades or rollerskates?...
CRAB gets Cornered
Published on Sep 5th, 2002
0 comments Exams. Hangovers. Regrettable drunken hookups. College kids have always had plenty of excuses to be crabby, but now UVA students can be crabby whenever they want at CRAB (the Corner Restaurant and...
Gimme a dry, sandy beach
Published on Aug 29th, 2002
0 comments Name: Janet Heath Restaurant: Michael's Bistro & Taphouse Position: Manager Age: 29 Favorite childhood TV show? Fantasy Island with Tattoo Pool or pond? Dry sandy beach Imported or domestic beer...
Pit Stop
Published on Aug 29th, 2002
0 comments Dish teased a couple of weeks ago with the news that Jinx Kern, owner of the Pit Stop on Market Street, was seeking a second location, but we couldn't give specifics. This week, we've learned the...