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Parallel 38, Charlottesville, VA.
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The Eater Charlottesville Heatmap: Where to Eat Now

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Parallel 38, Charlottesville, VA.
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Today Eater returns to Charlottesville, VA to focus on 10 newish restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz. It's been nearly seven months since the last visit and, as like last time, C-VILLE Weekly restaurant writer and The Charlottesville 29 founder Simon Davidson has kindly shared his picks of the hottest openings of the past 12 months.

Among his picks are a French restaurant with a great wine list (The Alley Light), a mezze restaurant from a José Andrés alum (Parallel 38), and a New England-esque seafood destination (Public Fish & Oyster). Another noteworthy pick is acclaimed chef Ian Boden's restaurant beyond Charlottesville's borders (The Shack) and chef Jason Alley's still-buzzing casual Southern import from Richmond (Pasture). Here now, and in alphabetical order, the Eater Heatmap to Charlottesville:


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Alley Light

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108 2nd St SW
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 296-5003
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With restaurateur Will Richey, chef Jose De Brito, and bar manager Micah LeMon, The Alley Light is like the Miami Heat of Charlottesville restaurants. The grown-up lounge combines wines chosen by connoisseur Richey, cocktails by mixologist LeMon, and De Brito’s small plates of sophisticated French cuisine, like green beans with grated foie gras and almond-shallot vinaigrette.

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2. Dr. Ho's Humble Pie

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4916 Plank Road
North Garden, VA 22959

The September expansion of Michael McCarthy’s pizzeria has given the classically trained chef room to let loose. While pizzas are still the main draw, there are now expanded daily specials, chefs’ dinners, and a full menu of sandwiches on house-made rolls like the Phat Philly with seared shaved rib-eye, caramelized onions, mushrooms, peppers, mozzarella, and provolone.

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3. Flora Artisanal Cheese

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400 Preston Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(703) 505-9396

Charlottesville has its first serious shop dedicated solely to cheese, thanks to trained cheesemonger Nadjeeb Chouaf, who opened Flora in the rear of Milli Joe Coffee. Chouaf will stop at nothing to bring his hard-to-find favorites to Charlottesville, and regulars know to grab a table, relax, and let Chouaf create them a platter.

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4. JM Stock Provisions & Supply

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709 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Saturday afternoons this is the place to be. That’s when Charlottesville’s first nose-to-tail butcher creates a new sandwich each week from its house meats. Owners James Lum and Matthew Green learned their trade at Brooklyn’s acclaimed The Meat Hook, and have returned to their native Virginia to craft steaks, sausages, charcuterie, and more. Also a hot ticket are their recently introduced chefs’ dinners and catering in collaboration with Hill & Holler.

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5. Kokoro

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112 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Fish expert Yoshihiro Tauchi recently left the upscale TEN Sushi to open the much less upscale Kokoro, where his focus is squarely on raw fish. While Tauchi learned from Nobu-trained chef Bryan Emperor at TEN, he is putting his own stamp on things at Kokoro. A house favorite is madai, a fish famous in Tauchi’s birthplace of Shikoku that he has flown in each week.

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6. Parallel 38

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2055 Bond St Ste 180
Charlottesville, VA 22901

A former beverage director of José Andrés's Zaytinya, Justin Ross has filled a longtime Charlottesville void: a mezze restaurant. With an Advanced Sommelier certification, Ross personally created the list of 100 wines, all available by the glass. Meanwhile, chef Alfredo Malinis Jr., formerly of Annapolis’ Level Small Plates Lounge, offers his updated take on the cuisines of the Mediterranean.

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7. Pasture

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Bond Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

The most anticipated opening of 2013 was Jason Alley’s second location of his popular Richmond restaurant featuring small plates of Southern food. Months later, Pasture remains hot by combining a playful celebration of downscale Southern classics with more sophisticated cuisine. Ingredients like Fritos, Ritz crackers, and ketchup share menu space with steak tartare and smoked trout rillettes.

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8. Public Fish & Oyster

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513 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 995-5542
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Transfers to Charlottesville from areas along the East Coast have long wished for a seafood shack like those back home. Public Fish & Oyster is not quite a shack, but it does fit the bill with an ever-changing selection of oysters and clams, along with four different kinds of moules frites.

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9. The Shack

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105 South Coalter Street
Staunton, VA 24401

2013 Beard Award semi-finalist Ian Boden bounced back quickly from the sudden closing of Glass Haus Kitchen last October. Less than two months after opening, Boden’s unassuming Staunton restaurant already won praise from Esquire and the Washington Post. A daily-changing menu regularly lures Charlottesville diners to trek over the mountain for Boden’s latest inspirations.

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10. SouthFork Food Truck

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6th Street Southeast
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville always seemed a natural fit for food trucks, so their rapid growth is no surprise. Among the latest entries, Southfork has emerged as one of the most popular. With an inexpensive menu of gussied up Southern food, it has pulled off a rare feat in the home of the University of Virginia: won a following among students and locals alike.

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1. The Alley Light

108 2nd St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

With restaurateur Will Richey, chef Jose De Brito, and bar manager Micah LeMon, The Alley Light is like the Miami Heat of Charlottesville restaurants. The grown-up lounge combines wines chosen by connoisseur Richey, cocktails by mixologist LeMon, and De Brito’s small plates of sophisticated French cuisine, like green beans with grated foie gras and almond-shallot vinaigrette.

[Photo]
108 2nd St SW
Charlottesville, VA 22902

2. Dr. Ho's Humble Pie

4916 Plank Road, North Garden, VA 22959

The September expansion of Michael McCarthy’s pizzeria has given the classically trained chef room to let loose. While pizzas are still the main draw, there are now expanded daily specials, chefs’ dinners, and a full menu of sandwiches on house-made rolls like the Phat Philly with seared shaved rib-eye, caramelized onions, mushrooms, peppers, mozzarella, and provolone.

[Photo]
4916 Plank Road
North Garden, VA 22959

3. Flora Artisanal Cheese

400 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Charlottesville has its first serious shop dedicated solely to cheese, thanks to trained cheesemonger Nadjeeb Chouaf, who opened Flora in the rear of Milli Joe Coffee. Chouaf will stop at nothing to bring his hard-to-find favorites to Charlottesville, and regulars know to grab a table, relax, and let Chouaf create them a platter.

[Photo]
400 Preston Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903

4. JM Stock Provisions & Supply

709 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Saturday afternoons this is the place to be. That’s when Charlottesville’s first nose-to-tail butcher creates a new sandwich each week from its house meats. Owners James Lum and Matthew Green learned their trade at Brooklyn’s acclaimed The Meat Hook, and have returned to their native Virginia to craft steaks, sausages, charcuterie, and more. Also a hot ticket are their recently introduced chefs’ dinners and catering in collaboration with Hill & Holler.

[Photo]
709 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903

5. Kokoro

112 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Fish expert Yoshihiro Tauchi recently left the upscale TEN Sushi to open the much less upscale Kokoro, where his focus is squarely on raw fish. While Tauchi learned from Nobu-trained chef Bryan Emperor at TEN, he is putting his own stamp on things at Kokoro. A house favorite is madai, a fish famous in Tauchi’s birthplace of Shikoku that he has flown in each week.

[Photo]
112 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

6. Parallel 38

2055 Bond St Ste 180, Charlottesville, VA 22901

A former beverage director of José Andrés's Zaytinya, Justin Ross has filled a longtime Charlottesville void: a mezze restaurant. With an Advanced Sommelier certification, Ross personally created the list of 100 wines, all available by the glass. Meanwhile, chef Alfredo Malinis Jr., formerly of Annapolis’ Level Small Plates Lounge, offers his updated take on the cuisines of the Mediterranean.

[Photo]
2055 Bond St Ste 180
Charlottesville, VA 22901

7. Pasture

Bond Street, Charlottesville, VA 22901

The most anticipated opening of 2013 was Jason Alley’s second location of his popular Richmond restaurant featuring small plates of Southern food. Months later, Pasture remains hot by combining a playful celebration of downscale Southern classics with more sophisticated cuisine. Ingredients like Fritos, Ritz crackers, and ketchup share menu space with steak tartare and smoked trout rillettes.

[Photo]
Bond Street
Charlottesville, VA 22901

8. Public Fish & Oyster

513 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Transfers to Charlottesville from areas along the East Coast have long wished for a seafood shack like those back home. Public Fish & Oyster is not quite a shack, but it does fit the bill with an ever-changing selection of oysters and clams, along with four different kinds of moules frites.

[Photo]
513 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903

9. The Shack

105 South Coalter Street, Staunton, VA 24401

2013 Beard Award semi-finalist Ian Boden bounced back quickly from the sudden closing of Glass Haus Kitchen last October. Less than two months after opening, Boden’s unassuming Staunton restaurant already won praise from Esquire and the Washington Post. A daily-changing menu regularly lures Charlottesville diners to trek over the mountain for Boden’s latest inspirations.

[Photo]
105 South Coalter Street
Staunton, VA 24401

10. SouthFork Food Truck

6th Street Southeast, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville always seemed a natural fit for food trucks, so their rapid growth is no surprise. Among the latest entries, Southfork has emerged as one of the most popular. With an inexpensive menu of gussied up Southern food, it has pulled off a rare feat in the home of the University of Virginia: won a following among students and locals alike.

[Photo]
6th Street Southeast
Charlottesville, VA 22902

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