Since it’s a nice week for the Virginia Cavaliers football team and UVA basketball is still a frustrating four weeks away, we’re bringing you some fun UVA/Charlottesville content by checking out the food spots/restaurants best in the area, especially from my. perspective as a current student at Mr. Jefferson’s university.
Starting with the mecca of food for UVA students, the corner is full of good spots for everyone to find what suits their craving. Probably my favorite sit down spot is Asado, The Wing and Taco Company founded in 2018 and sitting between the Mellow Mushroom and Boylan Heights on University Ave. I’m partial to The Sampler at Asado to begin with and then have the taco salad as my meal, but there are a lot of unique tacos
Next door to Asado is Roots Natural Kitchen which is a walk-in, walk-out place where you can order a variety of healthy foods. I was originally introduced to Roots by the one and only Trey Murphy, it can’t go wrong. Whatever you find in your bowl, try the pesto dressing with it. That stuff hits.
Got Dumplings next door is a pretty popular place, but not my cup of tea. Boylan is solid bar food, but nothing to write home about. Still a cold environment of course. However, Christian’s Pizza was a business. Open until the early hours of the morning on the weekends, Christian’s is cheap and fairly quick if you go at the right time with a variety of fun pizzas to order by the slice or by the pie.
In the back alley behind, Christian’s, Boylan, and Asado is a fairly new, unfortunately, corporate addition to the Corner: Auntie Anne’s. Meh meh, chains shouldn’t be on the Corner. All those worries will leave your body after you taste Annie’s pretzel nugget. A first class snack stop if you’re walking around Grounds and need it.
Across 14th street and younger UVA corner bridge, and you will hit the legendary White Spot. Gus Burger and chips, simple and easy. Especially popular on weekends after midnight.
The Virginian is a fancier place, and a bit expensive for my budget. And, unfortunately, The College Inn has been replaced by Chipotle. Avoid that Chipotle if you can. It’s usually out of half of what you want to put in your burrito or bowl.
Obviously, Bodo’s Bagels is a legendary spot on that end of The Corner. If you are looking for cheap and quick breakfast food with amazing quality, look no further. There’s also a Starbucks, but for a real local coffee spot, turn off The Corner and onto Elliewood Ave and head down to Grit Coffee. On the same road is Kuma, a sushi and noodle bar. It’s quite small and you usually have to wait on weekends as a result, but good food nonetheless.
Down at the other end of the Corner and perhaps closer to downtown than the Rotunda, Benny Deluca’s Pizza is another good lunch spot with their huge, 14 inch long slices.
Escaping the corner and heading down Jefferson Park Avenue, there are a few solid sit-down spots worth visiting on some weekend nights. Starting with a Cville staple, the Guadalajara on Fontaine Avenue is one of my favorite spots. The loose chips and salsa hit hard and one of their foot long burritos will fill your stomach and heart.
Next door to Guad is the fairly new ramen place, Mashumen. A rather understated place that is rarely busy. Vegetarian spring rolls almost melt in your mouth. You must absolutely get along with your sushi and/or ramen. Across Fontaine from Guad and Mashumen is Fry Spring Station. With a variety of American food, there’s a cool atmosphere as a former garage turned into a vibey restaurant/bar.
Up Maury Ave and just a two minute walk from Fry Spring Station, Yuan Ho is my go-to Chinese outlet. Not sure if they’ve opened up the eat-in option, but if you’re looking for Chinese food, look no further.
Heading back to the city centre, there are a couple of places worth knowing. Citizen Burger Bar is a must. The Melting Pot is a fondue place a few blocks down. And, if you are in the area, there is another Christian and another (in my opinion) smaller Guadalajara on the center as well. But, overall, I find the food closer to land more reliably good (and obviously convenient).
As for what takes a little more driving away from UVA, Vivace is a top Italian place off a 250. Again, a bit too expensive for me to do consistently. But it has a pretty sweet, authentic Italian feel and seating in the outside dining area. And, although the service can be a bit slow, the food is of the highest quality.
About a 25 minute drive from central land, Sakura hibachi grill is up North 29th street which is a frequent student lunch stop. I know a number of football players in particular who enjoy a good hibachi lunch at Sakura.
I hope this is a fun and informative read for anyone looking for it. Let me know which places I should have included!