July 20, 2015 – July 23, 2015 – I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a few nights at the quaint town of Charlottesville, VA. It’s a very different pace from my usual travels, and the killer humidity that week was painful, but I’m glad I was able to experience it. Rather than list out everything I did, saw, and ate, I just want to point out a few highlights:
1. Citizen Burger Bar and it’s “Executive” burger. Timbercreek beef, foie gras, Nueske’s bacon, black onion, fried farm egg, garlic aioli, truffled brioche. A burger like this could easily hit triple digits in any big city in America, but here, it’s only $24. Do yourself a favor and get it.
2. The Whiskey Jar and it’s pies. Yes, everyone comes here for drinks, but when you want a delicious warm pecan pie or fruit cobbler in the middle of the night, this is the place to go.
3. University of Virginia is a beautiful (and not to mention historic) campus. I was fortunate to be given an unofficial tour. I even got to see Edgar Allan Poe’s old room, which is now just available for viewing.
4. Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar is the best restaurant I visited in Charlottesville. If you’re going to have just one nice meal while staying here, this is the place to dine.
5. Marco & Luca serves “street” Chinese food and it’s good. Seriously. They serve cold noodles (Google: 涼麵) that you can’t find in most Chinese restaurants in other states, and their potstickers are nicely fried. Marco & Luca actually reminds me of small restaurants in Asia that just specializes in one or two things but does them right.