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Charlottesville Restaurants

Charlottesville dining offers so many options! Whether you are an avid foodie, a budding gourmet, or a fan of classic southern fare, Charlottesville restaurants provide the perfect match for any taste. Charlottesville restaurants have created a dining scene that has been nationally recognized in several publications for the variety and quality of choices in the area. Come and try a few of our famous venues for yourself, both in Charlottesville and right here in Scottsville!

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Charlottesville dining is highlighted throughout the nation by food critics for having a robust and fast-paced scene. What's the latest news in Charlottesville dining? Here are some what's new in Charlotteville food:

Forage: A New Definition for "Dinner"

Forage, Charlottesville
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Many foodies find the traditional restaurant experience a little boring and predictable and crave something new and different, something more than just a perfectly cooked meal. The dinner series by Forage injects new life into the Charlottesville dining scene and makes it intriguing and inviting. Dining events are inspired by art, poetry, cookbooks, ingredients, ideas - Forage makes dining a one-of-a-kind experience.

Justin Stone and Megan Kiernan have created much more than just a dinner with food. Forage events are a work of art, combining food, ideas and people for an intimate dining experience. A Forage dinner is an immersive experience, the making of a memory.

Megan Kiernan, Feast! café’s manager, and Justin Stone, an area bon vivant with extensive wine experience developed Forage as “holistic occasions meant to be enjoyed by all the senses.” The pair uses the 45- to 60-day interim between dinners to plan, reclaim and search for decor; seasonal menus with items from Megan’s garden or bought from local farmers are tested and tasted. The result is an unique relationship with food on the night of the dinner, creating a communal dining experience that stimulates every sense.

Small, intimate, quirky, charming, inviting, memorable, sustainable, celebratory, dreamy, whimsical - these are the words shared by guests to evoke the magic of a Forage dinners.

Dinners are BYO at $35 a head, and are promoted through Facebook and an e-mail list. Those interested are invited to e-mail with date preferences. A week before the dinner, confirmed guests are sent the theme (which should be part of dressing for the evening) and the menu (with suggested wine and beer pairings).

Barbeque Heaven

“Virginia was once the epicenter [of barbeque culture], and when people moved away they did barbecue,” says The Barbeque Exchange’s Craig Hartman. “The first written advertisements in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, they all said come to Virginia for barbecue. There’s no reason Virginia can’t re-establish itself.”

Check out great Virginia BBQ at these great venues:

The Barbeque Exchange, Gordonsville, Virginia

The Barbeque Exchange
Gordonsville's best barbeque is known far and wide. In addition to the best cuts of meat and great options like chicken, pork belly, brisket and beef BBQ, The Barbeque Exchange also features a wide range of outstanding sauces, homemade fixin's and slaws, and great desserts.

Belmont Bar-B-Que, Charlottesville, Virginia

Belmont Bar-B-Que
Fantastic ribs are the highlight of Belmont BBQ. Big, generously meaty and saucy, these ribs are made the way they were intended to bemade. Owner Wes Wright, an Oklahoma native, has been making barbecue since 2000 when he served customers from his smoke wagon.

Hoo’s BBQ, Charlottesville, Virginia

Hoo’s BBQ
This barbeque haven is the epitome of fresh and homemade. Hoo's BBQ brings back the nostalgia of the road-side joint with dishes like The Pit-Master, a bowl layered with macaroni and cheese, beans, pulled pork, sauce and coleslaw.

Jinx’s Pit’s Top, Charlottesville, Virginia

Jinx’s Pit’s Top
Pulled pork and ribs are available for lunch Wednesday to Sunday. Jinx Kern says “The art I do is pork, barbecued pork.” His barbeque is traditional and sauceless, smoked and cooked before adding any of the usual barbeque sauce to the meat.

PastureQ, Charlottesville, Virginia

PastureQ began as a place for Southern small plates, but Jason Alley’s slow-cooked pork is perfect for barbecue. The restaurant also boasts a few unique items from its past, including fried catfish and pimento cheese for some of his signature Deep South flavor.

Red Hub Food Co., Charlottesville, Virginia

Red Hub Food Co.
Red Hub's menu centers around classic pulled pork barbecue, brisket and fried chicken. Red Hub offers four traditional sauces and great traditional side dishes like hush puppies and house-fried potato chips.

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