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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.

Brookville Student Favorite
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.

fax 872-0217

953 Emmett St. N. (Barracks Road Shopping Center)
L/D $6-7

Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Order Online so it's ready for pick-up (lines can get long at prime lunch time). You can also order with your iphone or ipod touch once you download the app here.

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.

Beer Run
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.

Feast! Student Favorite
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.

The Local Faculty Fave Student Favorite
824 Hinton Ave.

Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar
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.


"Even if it didn't look this good, Ten would be worth a visit. Chef Bryan Emperor, who will represent the United States at the international Sushi Awards competition in London this October, goes beyond the usual tuna and salmon. He offers more-intriguing selections such as escolar, Japanese snapper, ankimo (monkfish liver) and three kinds of shrimp."

— Jane Black, The Washington Post


Restaurants come and go. For the latest on Charlottesville restaurants, see the list in the back of C-Ville Weekly, (Dining Website) or check out Charlottesville-Dining.com, which offers surveys and rankings of local restaurants. For true-blue foodies, the Hook's food blog, The Dish, offers breaking news on dining and food.

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