The Dish

Bashir's, bigger and better
Published on Aug 22nd, 2002
0 comments  When Bashir's, the Mediterranean spot in the Downtown Mini Mall, closed its doors three months ago to prepare for its move across the bricks to the Post Office building, it left a gaping hole...
Burger burglars
Published on Aug 8th, 2002
0 comments   When businesses get burgled, the first thing thieves usually go for is the cash drawer. But a couple of thefts on West Main Street have the business owners and the cops scratching their heads...
Five alarm news
Published on Jul 25th, 2002
0 comments  Say goodbye to CJ's Bomb Shelter and hello to Earl's. Earl's Firehouse Bar & Grill, that is. Earl Smith and his wife, Ellen, took over the space in the former Monticello Dairy Building on...
Eyes on pies
Published on Jul 18th, 2002
0 comments  It's official: the former Papagallo space at Seminole Plaza across from Forest Lakes will house Pizza Bella North, according to Christine Manning, who co-owns the original southside Pizza Bella...
Suddenly shafted: Metro closing takes some by surprise
Published on Jul 11th, 2002
0 comments By Mythili Rao Last week, Dish noted that Charlottesville's bastion of fine dining, the nationally acclaimed Métropolitain, had closed for two months' renovation. Faced with declining business, co-...
If you hate pina coladas...
Published on Jul 4th, 2002
0 comments   By Rebecca Beirne PHOTOPHILE@READTHEHOOK.COM Name: Holly Galavotti Restaurant: Mono Loco Position: Bartender Age: 26 Least favorite drink to make? Pina Colada (and frozen drinks in general)...
Switching gears: Venerable Metropolitain closes for new look
Published on Jul 4th, 2002
0 comments    Uku (Hawaiian sea bass) with risotto and coq au vin (chicken cooked in red wine) with sautéed arugula are just a few of the esoteric edibles listed on Métropolitain restaurant's online...
Tea time
Published on Jun 27th, 2002
0 comments If you think you’re hip, sitting in a coffee shop sipping a grande double skinny latte, Dish has some sad news: you’re actually passé, because, like, coffee is so ’90s, dude.But fear not: come mid-...
FOOD- TABLETALK- Oodles of Noodles Guy
Published on Jun 27th, 2002
0 comments FOOD- TABLETALK- Oodles of Noodles Guy Issue #21 of The Hook; published 06/20/02 BY REBECCA MCWHORTER PHOTOPHILE@READTHEHOOK.COM Name: John Haywood Restaurant: OXO Position: Owner/Chef Age: 32...
Runneth over dept.
Published on Jun 13th, 2002
0 comments Virginia winemakers have the Governor’s Cup competition, but until last week, Virginia beer brewers were left thirsting for a contest of their own. No longer. Thanks to Starr Hill Brewery and its...
C&O alfresco
Published on Jun 6th, 2002
0 comments For over 25 years, the C&O has been a venerable downtown dining venue. And while patios multiplied just blocks away on the bricks of the Mall, diners didn’t seem to mind being ensconced in the C...
Main, oh Main
Published on May 30th, 2002
0 comments It’s been a year since the Albemarle Baking Company left its snug berth in York Place to blaze a new path at the Main Street Market, formerly the MacGregor Imported Auto building on East Main Street...
Whoa, Nellysford
Published on May 23rd, 2002
0 comments When John Corbett left the downtown dining scene two years ago, no one was sure– Corbett himself included– whether his culinary talents would please local palates again.For years, first...
Fill 'er up-- and fill you up
Published on May 16th, 2002
0 comments The winds of change blow inexorably, and recently they’ve been gusting over Pantops Mountain. There, locally based Virginia Oil Company has just opened its the Liberty gas station and the Everyday...
What'll fill the grill?
Published on May 9th, 2002
0 comments Okay, so we still didn’t have any luck reaching Jamie Darby, former owner/chef of the now-defunct Papagallo Grill in the Seminole Commons shopping center up on 29 North across from Forest Lakes. But...
Fishy business on 29N
Published on Apr 25th, 2002
0 comments WINA broke the smelly story last week: apparently, when the Chiang House burned down back in March, some kind of meat product remained to decompose. It wasn’t long, according to the radio station’s...
Sandwiches not shelves
Published on Apr 18th, 2002
0 comments C’ville Coffee Company has been serving coffee and treats to parents and tots, students and business people since it opened in November 2000. But now, the family friendly coffee shop has added a full...
Dim sum delicious!
Published on Apr 4th, 2002
0 comments When Bang! hosted a private party on Tuesday, March 26, Dish managed to score an invite at the last minute, and our taste buds have been thanking us ever since.    In fact, our dining...
Rebirth!
Published on Mar 28th, 2002
0 comments Though we’d heard through the grapevine that Chiang House owners Jong and Li Yun Chiang plan to rebuild after the blaze that destroyed their restaurant nearly three weeks ago, we were happy to get...
Cosmic cuisine
Published on Mar 21st, 2002
0 comments Trillions of years ago, from a piece of matter no larger than a speck of dust, our universe sprang forth with a Big Bang. Fast forward to the present, and travel with us down to the corner of Second...
Not again!
Published on Mar 14th, 2002
0 comments In the two years since Sam’s Kitchen went up in flames, we haven’t heard too much about massive blazes destroying businesses. But now, it’s happened again, and coincidentally, to another restaurant...
Crozet Pizza
Published on Mar 7th, 2002
0 comments Once upon a time, you wouldn’t even think about eating at Crozet Pizza unless you made a reservation before 3pm, at least if you wanted to eat before 10pm— and that included take-out orders. I’ve...
Gas-p!
Published on Feb 28th, 2002
0 comments We blew it last week, when we announced the new gas station and eatery opening April 1 on Pantops. It will be a Liberty gas station, owned by Virginia Oil, says Stu Rifkin, consultant for the...
Name that center
Published on Feb 21st, 2002
0 comments Fill ’er up. And while you’re at it, fill me up to! That’s what folks’ll say, come April 1, when a combination gas station, convenience store, and deli opens on Pantops mountain, according to Stu...
DINEOmite- Sizzlin' at the Copa
Published on Feb 7th, 2002
0 comments Sometimes it's not always easy to find a restaurant to impress out-of-town guests, unless they're from Palmyra or something. We have many good nouvelle American-style restaurants, but, let's face it...