New & relatively new:  Sultan Kabob , Barbie’s Burrito Barn, IRON-Paffles & Coffee,   Urban Bowl, Tillman’s (wine bar, cheese, snacks), Kabish Sizzling & Fire Grill, Maru Korean Restaurant, ,Augustiner Hall & Garden. (Beers, of course. And European and locally inspired food, including schnitzel, ravioli and an array of hamburgers.),  North American Sake BreweryMarieBette Cafe & Bakery, Quality Pie , Patisserie Torres

Pizza: Vita Nova Pizza, Christian’s Pizza (great toppings)  Sal’s Cafe Italia (nice outdoor seating) Lampo

Lunch:  Bashir’s (Mediterranean cuisine) Bodo’s Bagels (a classic) Baggby’s Gourmet Sandwiches (good take-out place) Himalayan Fusion (Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian cuisine) Guadalajara (Standard Mex) Fox’s Cafe (downhome Southern cooking)  Timberlake’s (old fashion drug store) Vita Nova Pizza (pizza and pasta)  Macro & Luca (asian dumplings, noodles, cheap)  Taste of India (Indian, of course)  Chaps Ice Cream (home-made ice cream, burgers, a classic)  Rapture (great burgers, fish and chips)  Hamilton’s at First & Main (gourmet, excellent for lunch and dinner)  Miller’s (hey, it’s Miller’s!)  Bizou (classic, casual french) (reviews)  Petit Pois (classy french),  Grit Coffee (great coffee, breakfast, lunch)  Revolutionary Soup (local food focus)  The Pointe (at the Omni Hotel) Now & Zen Restaurant (gourmet sushi)  The Flat (crepes…yum!)  The Nook (burgers, breakfast)  Sal’s Cafe Italia (sit outside on a nice day!)  Blue Ridge Country Store (great salad bar)  Thai Fresh (Thai food, of course)  Blue Grass Grill & Bakery (great for breakfast and lunch), Barbie’s Burrito Barn, IRON-Paffles & Coffee Vu Noodles

Mobile lunch carts: Catch the Chef (two carts on the Mall)

Note: these food carts are changing all the time.

Food at a movie theater: Violet Crown

Asian: Now & Zen Restaurant (gourmet sushi)  Ten (high-end Japanese cuisine), Monsoon (pad thai, ect.)  Macro & Luca (dumplings, noodles, cheap), Thai Fresh (on Fifth Street) Vu Noodles..

French: Fleurie (high-end French)  C&O Restaurant (gourmet, french, bistro)  Petit Pois (classy French)  Bizou (classic french), The Alley Light

Coffee: Java Java (good coffee, nice places to sit)  Splendora’s Gelato (oh, yeah!)  Mudhouse (fine coffee, hipster’s hang-out), Chaps Ice Cream (coffee cart out front), Java Hut (in front of Chaps)  Milli Joe Coffee & Gelato (corner of Preston/McIntire),  Grit Coffee Bar & Cafe, Lone Light Coffee

Breweries: Champion Brewing Company  South Street Brewery, Brasserie Saison, (Franco Belgian Casual Dining). Oh, and there is Charlottesville Draft Taproom, a self-serve beer joint.

Vegetarian & Vegan: Twisted Branch Tea BazaarThe Juice PlaceThe Salad Maker

International: Water Street (cool place, good food, fun bar)  Bashir’s (Mediterranean cuisine, belly dancing)  Himalayan Fusion (Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian cuisine)  Bang (tapas with flare, great martini’s)  The Shebeen (South African)  Al Hamraa restaurant (Moroccan), Red Pump – a Tuscan Kitchen (classic, rustic Italian), Taste of India, the Tin Whistle Irish PubThe Shebeen Pub & Braai , Barbie’s Burrito Barn, Brasserie Saison, (Franco Belgian Casual Dining)

Burger places: The Nook (classic American fare)  Rapture (great burger) Chaps Ice Cream (ice cream, yes, but they make a great burger, too)  Miller’s, Court  Square Tavern (Great old pub…huge beer selection)  Citizen  Burger Bar (best sport bar on DTM, great burgers), Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

Breakfast: Blue Grass Grill & Bakery (great for breakfast and lunch)  Grit Coffee (great coffee, breakfast)  The Nook (classic American fare)  Timberlake’s (old fashion drug store) The Pointe (breakfast buffet at the Omni)

Brunch: Beer Run, Bluegrass Grill & Bakery, Hamilton’s at First & Main, Red Pump- a Tuscan Kicthen, Rapture, The Whiskey Jar, The Pointe at the Omni Hotel, Blue Moon Diner. Bizou, Fellini’s, Fitzroy

Late night: C&O Restaurant (downstairs bistro scene) Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar (party on the roof) Miller’s  South Street Brewery (home grown beer)  The Whiskey Jar (rustic but cool), Millers, The Fitzroy, Livery Stable

24 Hours: Lucky Seven (Need some smokes, a VERY late night snack?)

Mexican:  Guadalajara (standard Mex)  Cinema Taco The Bebedero , Barbie’s Burrito Barn

Italian: Fellini’s #9 (good food, good people, good music)  Vita Nova Pizza (pizza and pasta)  Christian’s Pizza (great toppings), Red Pump – a Tuscan Kitchen.

Bakery: Baker’s Palette (They just sell gluten-free wholesale now) Blue Grass Grill & BakeryParadox Pastry (gourmet pastries, cakes, coffee), Pie Chest

Ice Cream: Chaps Ice Cream (best homemade ice cream)  Splendora’s Gelato (the real Italian stuff)  Yofina

Chocolate: Gearharts Fine Chocolates, Kilwins

Wine Loves Chocolate

Fast Food: McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Subway

Groceries: Market Street Market (sandwiches, groceries, local food) Blue Ridge Country Store (a little bit of everything) Market Street Wine Shop (Best wine shop in town) Gibson’s Grocery (neighborhood favorite
Food Master (small little market) Reid Super-Saver Market (real community grocery store)  Afghan Grand Market (halal meats, and other items from the Middle and Near East)

Open-air markets: Charlottesville City Market (open April through December)

Steak & Seafood:  Downtown Grille (grab a steak and a cigar), Water Street  Ten (fine, fine sushi)  Bizou (classic french)  The Whiskey Jar (the pork chop!), The Fitzroy

Private dining: The Space Downtown (former owners of Metropolitain, current owners of Bang and Bizou. Only stand-alone private dinning restaurant in town.)  Hamilton’s at First & Main  C&O Restaurant (in the “Gallery”), CommonwealthRESERVE

Catering: Have Food, Will Travel

Belmont & Carlton (our good neighbors): Mas   The Local  Tavola  Belmont BBQ  Belmont Market  Beer Run  Pad Thai  Belmont Pizza  Korea House  Aqui es Mexico  Cville Market   Brown’s Market Brenda’s Restaurant by the Creek (formerly Moore’s Creek), Southern Crescent  Lampo  Firefly  Keevil & Keevil Grocery and Kitchen

Feel like hiking up West Main Street a ways? Check these places out: Feast! (our local food bounty), Mel’s Cafe(soul food, baby), West Main, Cafe Calvino, Blue Moon Diner, Bella’s (Italian from the old country), Maya (just good, fun little bar), Continental Divide (Tex/Mex), Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar (excellent food), Public Fish & Oyster, Kokoro Sushi Japanese Restaurant


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  1. I lived in Charlottesville many years ago and worked with Chef Ferdi Bazin. He opened LeSnail restaurant downtown. Is his restaurant still there? Is he at another location?

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