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The Eater Charlottesville Heatmap: Where to Eat Now

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Today Eater takes a first-ever look at Charlottesville, Virginia to focus on eleven newish restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz. For the list, Eater has asked C-VILLE Weekly restaurant writer and The Charlottesville 29 founder Simon Davidson for his picks of the hottest openings of the past year or so.

So what's hot in Charlottesville? A progressive new restaurant has gotten raves from locals, critics, and recognition from the James Beard Foundation (Glass Haus Kitchen). A chefs' hangout has become a favorite dining destination (El Tepeyac), a new brewery is showing off its beers in a popular tap room (Champion Brewing Company), and, at almost 14 months old, a deceptively sophisticated "hole-in-the-wall" is still one of the hottest tables in town (Ace Biscuit & Barbecue). It's also been a year of chef shuffles, bringing some of the cities best-known kitchens under new leadership (C & O Restaurant, Fossett's Restaurant). Below, the Eater Heatmap to Charlottesville:


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. El Tepeyac

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380 Greenbrier Dr
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 964-1231
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Word has spread so fast about chefs’ fondness for this former tienda beside a laundromat that it may now be the hottest place in town. Maria Gracia runs it with her mother, who is Mexican, and her father, who is Salvadoran. The food reflects both heritages, including handmade pupusas like those once served at her father’s family’s pupusería in El Salvador.
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2. Glass Haus Kitchen

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313 2nd Street Southeast
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Few Charlottesville restaurants receive national attention, but few are like Glass Haus Kitchen. Ian Boden’s progressive cuisine has gotten the attention of Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema — in his first-ever review of a Charlottesville restaurant — and earned Boden a semifinalist nod for the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic James Beard Award this year. Locals rave about the constantly changing, seasonally-inspired menu.
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3. C & O Restaurant

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515 E Water St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 971-7044
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Charlottesville's signature fine dining destination has a new owner: local star chef Dean Maupin. Although he's promised not to make changes to the beloved downtown mall restaurant, it’s impossible not to notice the new life he's breathed into it by perfecting old favorites like Steak Chinoise while also adding new dishes like the Cioppino with mussels, snapper, shrimp, and lump crab.
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4. Champion Brewing Company

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324 6th Street Southeast
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 295-2739
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Empowered by recent legislation which allows breweries to serve their own beers without also serving food, brewer Hunter Smith opened Champion Brewing Company near the downtown mall. An instant hit, the tap room’s flagship beer is the extravagantly hopped Missile IPA. Regular visits from a stellar crop of food trucks more than compensate for the absence of a kitchen.
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5. Mouth Wide Open

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The food truck boom has reached Charlottesville in a big way with everything from pork belly tacos at Hanu Truck to Southern barbecue at Smoked BBQ Co. Among the most popular trucks is Mouth Wide Open, which changes location daily and offers an assortment of creative sliders like the trout almondine slider with herbed butter, toasted almonds, and arugula.
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6. Ace Biscuit & Barbecue

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711 Henry Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 202-1403
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Longtime Zocalo sous chef Brian Ashworth broke out on his own last year to open this hole-in-the-wall where he’s cooking food that’s right in his wheelhouse: comforting Southern classics like sausage biscuits and fried chicken with waffles. He makes everything from scratch, right down to smoking red peppers for the pimento cheese on his fried green tomato sandwich.
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7. Library Bar at Commonwealth Restaurant

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422 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 202-7728
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The unquestioned champion of mixology in Charlottesville is Nick Crutchfield, who recently overhauled the cocktail program of Commonwealth’s handsome Library Bar, introducing a “Crazy 8s” menu of 64 cocktails, in eight sections of eight. The Friends and Family section borrows recipes from Crutchfield’s friends at leading cocktail bars around the country including New York City's PDT.
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8. Pasture

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Hydraulic Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
The wait is finally over for the most anticipated Charlottesville opening in years. After garnering critical acclaim for his Richmond restaurants Comfort and Pasture, chef Jason Alley has brought Pasture to Charlottesville at the new Stonefield shopping center. Expect small plates of Southern food showcasing central Virginia’s local produce, like fried okra with comeback sauce and meatballs of pork and house-chorizo with chili grits and pozole broth.
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9. Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar

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416 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 975-6796
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Founders and co-owners Ken Wooten and Charles Roumeliotes have a knack for finding talented chefs for their Mediterranean kitchen and wine bar. Their latest, Tommy Lasley, may be their best yet. Several of Lasley’s new menu items veer towards Portugal, like a grilled octopus with sea beans, sofrito, potato, and Espelette.
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10. Dr. Ho's Humble Pie

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4916 Plank Road
North Garden, VA 22959
For years, demand exceeded the capacity of Michael McCarthy’s 38-seat pizzeria south of town that serves much more than what many consider the best pizza in the area. A recent expansion has provided space for more customers and a larger kitchen, where McCarthy plans to let loose. Regulars praise the Bellissima pizza, with Turner country ham, arugula, and shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
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11. Fossett's Restaurant

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701 Club Dr.
Keswick, VA 22947
(434) 979-3440
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At just 29, Aaron Cross faced no small task when he took over the kitchen of Fossett’s at Keswick Hall, the luxury hotel known for its outstanding dining program. The restaurant now offers Cross’s newly introduced menu of innovative Southern fare, which does justice to the spectacular setting and transporting views.
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1. El Tepeyac

380 Greenbrier Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22901
Word has spread so fast about chefs’ fondness for this former tienda beside a laundromat that it may now be the hottest place in town. Maria Gracia runs it with her mother, who is Mexican, and her father, who is Salvadoran. The food reflects both heritages, including handmade pupusas like those once served at her father’s family’s pupusería in El Salvador.
[Photo]
380 Greenbrier Dr
Charlottesville, VA 22901

2. Glass Haus Kitchen

313 2nd Street Southeast, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Few Charlottesville restaurants receive national attention, but few are like Glass Haus Kitchen. Ian Boden’s progressive cuisine has gotten the attention of Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema — in his first-ever review of a Charlottesville restaurant — and earned Boden a semifinalist nod for the Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic James Beard Award this year. Locals rave about the constantly changing, seasonally-inspired menu.
[Photo]
313 2nd Street Southeast
Charlottesville, VA 22902

3. C & O Restaurant

515 E Water St., Charlottesville, VA 22902
Charlottesville's signature fine dining destination has a new owner: local star chef Dean Maupin. Although he's promised not to make changes to the beloved downtown mall restaurant, it’s impossible not to notice the new life he's breathed into it by perfecting old favorites like Steak Chinoise while also adding new dishes like the Cioppino with mussels, snapper, shrimp, and lump crab.
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515 E Water St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902

4. Champion Brewing Company

324 6th Street Southeast, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Empowered by recent legislation which allows breweries to serve their own beers without also serving food, brewer Hunter Smith opened Champion Brewing Company near the downtown mall. An instant hit, the tap room’s flagship beer is the extravagantly hopped Missile IPA. Regular visits from a stellar crop of food trucks more than compensate for the absence of a kitchen.
[Photo]
324 6th Street Southeast
Charlottesville, VA 22902

5. Mouth Wide Open

Charlottesville, VA
The food truck boom has reached Charlottesville in a big way with everything from pork belly tacos at Hanu Truck to Southern barbecue at Smoked BBQ Co. Among the most popular trucks is Mouth Wide Open, which changes location daily and offers an assortment of creative sliders like the trout almondine slider with herbed butter, toasted almonds, and arugula.
[Photo]

6. Ace Biscuit & Barbecue

711 Henry Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Longtime Zocalo sous chef Brian Ashworth broke out on his own last year to open this hole-in-the-wall where he’s cooking food that’s right in his wheelhouse: comforting Southern classics like sausage biscuits and fried chicken with waffles. He makes everything from scratch, right down to smoking red peppers for the pimento cheese on his fried green tomato sandwich.
[Photo]
711 Henry Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22902

7. Library Bar at Commonwealth Restaurant

422 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
The unquestioned champion of mixology in Charlottesville is Nick Crutchfield, who recently overhauled the cocktail program of Commonwealth’s handsome Library Bar, introducing a “Crazy 8s” menu of 64 cocktails, in eight sections of eight. The Friends and Family section borrows recipes from Crutchfield’s friends at leading cocktail bars around the country including New York City's PDT.
[Photo]
422 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902

8. Pasture

Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901
The wait is finally over for the most anticipated Charlottesville opening in years. After garnering critical acclaim for his Richmond restaurants Comfort and Pasture, chef Jason Alley has brought Pasture to Charlottesville at the new Stonefield shopping center. Expect small plates of Southern food showcasing central Virginia’s local produce, like fried okra with comeback sauce and meatballs of pork and house-chorizo with chili grits and pozole broth.
[Photo]
Hydraulic Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901

9. Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar

416 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Founders and co-owners Ken Wooten and Charles Roumeliotes have a knack for finding talented chefs for their Mediterranean kitchen and wine bar. Their latest, Tommy Lasley, may be their best yet. Several of Lasley’s new menu items veer towards Portugal, like a grilled octopus with sea beans, sofrito, potato, and Espelette.
[Photo]
416 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903

10. Dr. Ho's Humble Pie

4916 Plank Road, North Garden, VA 22959
For years, demand exceeded the capacity of Michael McCarthy’s 38-seat pizzeria south of town that serves much more than what many consider the best pizza in the area. A recent expansion has provided space for more customers and a larger kitchen, where McCarthy plans to let loose. Regulars praise the Bellissima pizza, with Turner country ham, arugula, and shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
[Photo]
4916 Plank Road
North Garden, VA 22959

11. Fossett's Restaurant

701 Club Dr., Keswick, VA 22947
At just 29, Aaron Cross faced no small task when he took over the kitchen of Fossett’s at Keswick Hall, the luxury hotel known for its outstanding dining program. The restaurant now offers Cross’s newly introduced menu of innovative Southern fare, which does justice to the spectacular setting and transporting views.
[Photo]
701 Club Dr.
Keswick, VA 22947

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