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Shebeen in Charlottesville

Shebeen has good food and we've always had great service. Call ahead and ask about the dishes you really want and they will probably accomodate. They also have a terrific catering business called The Catering Outfit.

Sep 02, 2013
mojoeater in Mid-Atlantic

Dog friendly in Asheville area

Asheville is very dog friendly. Many restaurants actually have bowls of water constantly filled right on their patios. If you aren't worried about your dog swapping spit with other dogs, and why would you be, it's a good barometer for canine happiness.

Aug 12, 2013
mojoeater in Southeast

A sad and angry update on my cracked chef's knife.

True. A business chooses to be a member of The BBB and even then all they can do is post a bad review. If the biz is not a member, the BBB doesn't even look at complaints.

Aug 12, 2013
mojoeater in Cookware

Charlottesvile on a Sunday

Bella's is a really nice Italian joint on Main Street. The gorgonzola grilled salad is awesome without the bacon. Their small entrees feed 2, the large 4: http://www.bellas-restaurant.com/menu/

Rapture is on the Downtown Mall and open on Sunday: http://rapturerestaurant.com/menu/

Sticks is awesome but more casual: http://www.stickskebobshop.com/

Jul 31, 2013
mojoeater in Mid-Atlantic

Anniversary in Asheville

Definitely recommend visiting Wicked Weed while you are there, though romantic it is not. Probably the best food at a brewery intown. Have heard great things about Admiral, but it is a little out of the way and we haven't made it there yet. We like to go to Limones, Zambra or Table for dinner and hit Thirsty Monk for beers either before or after. Upstairs has microbrews and downstairs is all Belgian at the Monk.If Hi Wire brewery is open when you are there, definitely go by for tatsting. Still not the place for dinner.

Jul 29, 2013
mojoeater in Southeast

Virginia Mountains Restaurants?

Blue Mountain Brewery is fantastic. I recommend the local bratwurst and apple pizza!

Jul 29, 2013
mojoeater in Mid-Atlantic

Tomato water: from canned tomatoes, as non-alcoholic mealtime drink?

I'd leave aside the tomato water and just have sparkling water available for dinner with lemon or lime. Many people do not appreciate tomato water and trying to create a pairing is beyond necessary. Perhaps have juices for the party after, but keep it simple for dinner itself.

Jul 29, 2013
mojoeater in General Topics
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Great Beer in Paris

I'd have to look at a map to see exactly where we were, but we did not take the most direct route from the metro. We turned around somewhere and ended walking through a lot of trash, boarded up shops and homeless/beggars. Unfortunately we did not see the hip/edgy part or would have been much more comfortable!

Jul 25, 2013
mojoeater in France

Great Beer in Paris

Reporting back: Getting around Paris is so easy that we were able to find both La Fine Mousse and Biere Academy (that's how their sign spells it).

Unfortunately, LFM was closed when we got there and the neighborhood was far too sketchy to hang out in for a few hours until they opened. Our Parisian friends said we shouldn't go there too late in the evening either. Strange to find a spot like that in what seems to be such a poor neighborhood.

Biere Academy was great. 14 taps and huge windows they remove so lots of open air - great to people watch. We enioyed Maredsous 6, DeKonick, Artevelde, and Chouffe. They also had good standards such as Delirium, Grolsch and St. Stefanus. Happy hour was 5-9 with pints as low as 3 euro. It's the only place we went twice during our stay, and we took friends.

Jul 24, 2013
mojoeater in France

Adventurous budget-minded family

We are also looking for budget friendly, and find it interesting that the responses mention multiple courses. When we have dinner, it is only one course and usually not that large. The idea of 3 courses is far too much. So where can we get good food for $20/person when we are talking one course?

Jul 07, 2013
mojoeater in France

Great Beer in Paris

We will be there in a couple weeks and have many wine-oriented events scheduled. Yet we love great beer too! What pubs would you recommend? We are staying near the Champs Elysses.

Jul 07, 2013
mojoeater in France

Inexpensive in Beaune

We have never been and are heading there in a couple weeks for a family event. Our nights are pretty much taken, so we are interested in dining options earlier in the day (11:00 to 5:00). We love comfortable pubs, casual cafes, local and not touristy. Extra points for great beer since there will be much wine drinking as part of the scheduled events.

Jul 07, 2013
mojoeater in France

Asheville with kids

We love Asheville and go often. We do not have kids. Some friends of ours went there to tour the breweries for a few days and had a hard time with their children, but once again, they were going to drinking establishments. Let's face it, if the main purpose of a place is alcohol, it isn't meant for kids.

Just about every place in Asheville has vegetarian choices. Some of our favorite dining choices that would be good for kids include 12 Bones (cheesy grits and collards are awesome in addition to the BBQ and ribs), BiscuitHead is indeed wonderful with vegetarian options, Salsas portions are huge so could easily be split between an adult and child, Barley's is a beer and pizza joint where you can each order your own toppings on a slice by slice basis, Laughing Seed is entirely vegetarian and very good with a patio, Wicked Weed is awesome with great food and could be considered kid friendly if you sit on the patio.

A lot depends on your kids. Many of the restaurants in/near downtown are pretty small and if kids can't sit through a meal they would disrupt everyone. Most of them do to go orders, and Pack Square is a great place to picnic.

Jun 28, 2013
mojoeater in Southeast

How's the food at The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA?

We've been to the Homestead once, and the food was average and overpriced. There isn't really anywhere close by to eat, either. Seems that people go there for golf, spa, hot springs, etc and not really as a foodie destination.

We go to Asheville a couple times a year and there are many great food options. Have never eaten at Grove Park.

May 27, 2013
mojoeater in Mid-Atlantic

Where's My Bloody Burger?

I like my steaks and burgers medium rare. Always have and have never had an issue. And I do remember in the 70s and 80s, eating raw hamburger from the grocery store was no big deal. I don't eat totally raw ground beef now, but am absolutely not worried about medium rare.

Apr 27, 2013
mojoeater in General Topics
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Charlottesville - Please Help Me Decide

Glass Haus is pretty new so we haven't been yet. Everyone I've spoken to who has eaten there has enjoyed it. I think there are often kinks to work out in a new business. C&O is consistently good and has been for many years.

Apr 24, 2013
mojoeater in Mid-Atlantic

What do you think of the prepared foods at Whole Foods?

I just ate there for lunch today. Pulled pork NC style, chili grits and garlic green beans. Sounds great, right? It was fine, but not great. That's been my experience every time I eat from their hot meal bar. Evrything looks better than it tastes.

Apr 22, 2013
mojoeater in Chains

Child's afternoon birthday party - 60 people

I wouldn't try to grill and feed that many people. Keep the fruit and veggie trays and maybe add some cheese, dips and hummus. Make sure your snacks aren't all kiddie things. And have an established end time. If it starts at 3, maybe end by 5 so people don't expect dinner.

Apr 19, 2013
mojoeater in General Topics

Ice Cream Cake or Cake with Ice Cream on the side?

To me ice cream cake has no cake in it, just ice cream and maybe fudge, crushed cookies or something between layers. Actual cake when cold enough to support ice cream is just icky. Cake with a side of ice cream is ok, though most ice cream is usually better than most cake.

Apr 18, 2013
mojoeater in General Topics
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Crazy to open a restaurant just so you can go to it?

In addition to the fact that most restaurants fail in the first couple of years, it sounds like you really love this particular food. That means that you need THAT chef. It is extremely rare to find two restaurants with truly same flavors (except chains with preprepared stuff), so maybe your first step should be to befriend the chef.

Apr 15, 2013
mojoeater in Not About Food

My (long...) rant on restaurant restrooms

There is one restaurant in our hometown that has a foot rung to open the door. Why hasn't that caught on? It's brilliant!

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/0...

Apr 13, 2013
mojoeater in Not About Food
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Local Food in Charlottesville

I've had good food at The Local. Other great restaurants that focus on sourcing locally:

www.maya-restaurant.com

www.thewhiskeyjarcville.com

And if you want fine dining, you can't beat www.letoilerestaurant.com.

Apr 13, 2013
mojoeater in Mid-Atlantic

Beer and decent food in Charlottesville

I don't think anyone who knows Cville would recommend eating at Miller's :) though for drinks it's a local institution!

Might be too late now, but good food with good beer selection downtown: Whiskey Jar would be my #1 suggestion, open for lunch and dinner. Citizen Burger has a good beer list, though I think the burgers are better a few doors down at Positively 4th Street, which has very good food and always has local beers just not as many options. South Street Brewery is 1 block from the Mall and the food is decent. Skybar, Blue Light, Zocalo all have better than average food and 6-8 good beers on tap at a time.

Apr 13, 2013
mojoeater in Mid-Atlantic

Sandwich in a Bathroom

We haven't kept our tooth brushes in the bathroom for years - ever since a particularly disturbing science program regarding 'fecal fume.'

Mar 01, 2013
mojoeater in Not About Food

Charlottsville, VA eats

Local food, locally sourced:

Maya http://maya-restaurant.com/
The Local http://thelocal-cville.com/
Glass Haus Kitchen http://www.glasshauskitchen.com/

Feb 26, 2013
mojoeater in Mid-Atlantic

Charlottsville, VA eats

Tell us more of what you like and we will have tons of suggestions!

Feb 25, 2013
mojoeater in Mid-Atlantic

Burton's Grill - Charlottesville

Disclaimer: We usually try to eat local, but sometimes you want a bar right down the street.

The problem with the Emmett Street/29 corridor is that you are surrounded by chain hell. Chilis, Applebees, Cheeseburger in Paradise (thankfully now closed) and Outback were the only options with bars. So when we were in the mood to grab a beer and a burger/snack/happy hour, we would have to either drive downtown or up 29 to Timberwood with just ok food. We still do that, but it is nice to have a different option closer to home.

Burton's has good food. They cook their burgers to the proper temperature, their apps are good, and pretty much everything we've eaten there has been tasty. It might be a little more than we like to pay for happy hour (sandwiches start at $12, entrees are $22 and up) but their drinks are half price 3-6pm and you don't have to order a meal if people are sharing apps.

We also really like the people and service. Each bartender we've encountered has been friendly and attentive and knows how to pour a drink. They also quickly remembered us and greet us by name, already asking if we want the usual. The managers always stop by to check in. Overall we are very glad to have Burton's in an otherwise desolate food and drink desert.

Feb 25, 2013
mojoeater in Mid-Atlantic

A Vegan at the Super Bowl!

We have a vegan friend and have celebrated numerous Superbowls with her. She is perfectly happy when we buy the vegan General Tsao's from Whole Foods and offer homemade hummus, guac and salsa. Our problem is always keeping the meat eaters away from the GT because it tastes so good!

Jan 30, 2013
mojoeater in Home Cooking

Charlottesville VA - best restaurants?

For fine dining, you can't go wrong with Letoile (http://www.letoilerestaurant.com/), C&O (http://www.candorestaurant.com/) or Clifton Inn (http://www.cliftoninn.net/). All are wonderful, established places that source a great deal locally.

If you can take advantage, Cville has 2 competing restaurant weeks this year, January 21 - 27 (http://cvilleyum.com/) and January 28 - Feb 3 (http://charlottesvillerestaurantweek....)

Jan 17, 2013
mojoeater in Mid-Atlantic

The line cooks are abused

I fully understand the concept of how circulating money stimulates the economy. But what I'm addressing is this: if I own a restaurant and have 2 Minimum wage workers, let's say a dishwasher and a busboy, at $7.25/hour and 3 more experienced workers (let's say line cooks) at $12/hour, that is $404 for an 8 hour shift. If I increase the minimum wage to what is considered a living wage of $13/hour, I have to increase pay for the more experienced workers too. Let's say my line cooks are now getting $17/hour. That means the same 8 hour shift now costs me $616. That is a 52% increase in my cost for the same amount of work. And that's only for the 5 lowest paid workers. I'd have to increase other staff pay as well. It's hard to look at the big picture that is the economy when trying to balance my own books. And I say this as someone who lived on minimum wage when it was about $4/hour.

Jan 07, 2013
mojoeater in Food Media & News