Hi there, I'm Manali! A wedding photographer & educator serving Charlottesville VA & DC. Click through for all my favorites from recent sessions, adventures and travels, as well as tips & tricks for clients! Grab a cup of coffee, relax, and feel free to connect with me elsewhere as well! Cheers to you!
Manali is a wedding photographer & educator based out of Charlottesville, VA. When she's not making couples laugh or teaching other photographers how to save time & grow their business, you can find her at a vineyard with wine & cheese in hand with her friends & fam!
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!
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!
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.
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!
Iron Paffles– Waffle sandwiches might SOUND strange but trust me they are so good!! They have both savory & sweet for you to try out!
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!
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!
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!
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.
Bang! – They have such a unique menu for tapas style food!
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!