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: