Charlottesville seems to have more local and organic foods than many towns of similar size and population.
With menus increasingly featuring local and organic selections, here are a few standouts. Check Buy Fresh Buy Local and the Local Food Hub to find local food suppliers, including Farmers' Markets and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) in Charlottesville and surrounding areas.
225 W. Main St. (on the Downtown Mall, upstairs)
Almost everything on the menu is made from local ingredients. Check out the burger and polenta fries.
953 Emmett St. N. (Barracks Road Shopping Center)
Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Extremely popular burrito chain providing food that is addictively tasty. Chipotle features naturally-raised meat and poultry and sources local meats when feasible. For Charlottesville, this usually means carnitas made from sustainable and local pork from the Polyface, farm near Staunton. The restaurant is walking distance from the Law School in Barracks Road Shopping Center.
156 Carlton Road
This eclectic establishment has 600 different beers in stock, lots of it on tap and manages to serve delicious meals three times daily. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is all made from scratch and menus change weekly. The focus is on organic, local and natural foods. Check out the beer and wine tastings, as well as the live music on weekends. Tons of outdoor seating.
416 W. Main Street
This restaurant is also a food market which features local cheese, meats, and other gourmet items. Sandwiches, soups and salads available, including pre-made "grab-and-go" sandwiches. Outdoor and indoor seating.
824 Hinton Ave.
416 W. Main Street (in Main Street Market)
Mediterranean-inspired menu and wine list. The website boasts a dedication "to nurturing the Central Virginia community....by creating wholesome meals and using fresh local ingredients...." The bar is cozy and relaxed.