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Favorite Charlottesville Restaurants

December 8, 2020

Today I’m bringing you a blog post I’ve been meaning to write for quite some time!! As many of you know, I went to undergrad at the University of Virginia and graduated a couple of years ago! I loved my time on Grounds but as someone who didn’t have a car for any part of my college time there, I didn’t feel like I got to experience everything that Charlottesville had to offer – including their incredible food scene! They have about 22.8 restaurants per 10,000 people!!

Since moving back to Charlottesville back in March (yup, right as the pandemic hit!) I made it my mission to explore more of Charlottesville (safely) and to try out some new restaurants as well – I tend to stick to my familiar favorites! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite local places with you guys in no particular order!

  1. Fitzroy Brunch – they have an INCREDIBLE brunch buffet and I get multiple rounds of their chicken and waffles! I’ve taken friends and friends for Fitzroy brunch and it’s always been a hit!
  2. Sal’s Italian – A Downtown Mal gem and my go-to place for Italian food! They have an incredible homemade pink sauce that is my absolute favorite.
  3. Ace’s Biscuits – A little hole in the wall place to get biscuits!! Each biscuit packs a flavorful punch and I can’t wait to go back here to get some this upcoming spring!
  4. Iron Paffles – Waffle sandwiches might SOUND strange but trust me they are so good!! They have both savory & sweet for you to try out!
  5. Michiocana – My go-to place for Mexican food! It’s a little bit of a hole in the wall but that’s what makes it soo great!
  6. Farm Bell Kitchen Brunch – Their brunch is so good plus they have the cutest patio seating! I took my parents here when they came to town in the summer and they loved it!
  7. Lampo Pizza – The best pizza in town by my reckoning!! Their pizza dough / crust is incredible. Be warned though get there early to snag a slice!
  8. Maya – I tried this out with a photographer friend for the first time this year and I am dying to go back. Their crispy fried chicken was sooo good and their appetizers are also amazing.
  9. Bang!They have such a unique menu for tapas style food!
  10. Basil – Another favorite of mine since my college days 🙂 You can’t go wrong with their Greek-style food or their pasta or even their brunch!

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Honorable Mentions

  1. Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza from Extreme Pizza
  2. Thai Noodle House, Thai Fresh, Monsoon Siam
  3. Crepes from The Flat – another hole in the wall place!
  4. Millie Joe’s Coffee & Atlas Coffee – I have a whole blog post on Cville Coffee places!!
  5. Petite Marie Bette & Belle for all sorts of treats
  6. Bodo’s of course for water-style bagels!
  7. Drinks at Quirk Rooftop & Passiflora
  8. To-go pasta from Luce
  9. Boylan for Boozy Milkshakes! And the Virginian’s Mac n Cheese on the Corner – both are classics!
  10. FIG always has a great m

Places I Have Yet to Try:

  1. Brasserie Saison
  2. Fleurie
  3. Alley Light Drinks

Have a place that should be on my list? Be sure to drop it down below!

 

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