Eats & Drinks: Other International Foods
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Alley LightFaculty Fave
108 2nd St
. SW

The Alley Light offers classic French shared plates, craft cocktails and small grower wines in a casually elegant atmosphere. Nominated for the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant.

Aromas Café Faculty Fave Student Favorite
Barracks Road Shopping Center (across from Casella's and Five Guys)

Mediterranean/Moroccan. Quick lunches and a faculty favorite. Try their unique chicken salad. From the Washington Post: "Owner Hassan Kaisoum offers a range of salads and sandwiches, but don't leave without tasting the falafel and the shawarma. The juicy pieces of dark-meat chicken in the shawarma are lively, with a hint of cinnamon and other spices that Kaisoum would not disclose. The falafel is crisp outside, fluffy inside and wrapped in hot pita bread with crunchy romaine lettuce and tahini."

507 E. Main St. (Downtown Mall area); near Market Street parking garage

Serves a variety of international cuisine, such as Greek, Hungarian, and Brazilian. Takeout available. Outdoor seating. Home-made apricot-glazed ham, chicken souvlaki. Friday night is tapas night—the restaurant serves finger food platters with a mix of shrimp, mussels, empanadas, and meatballs for $15. Saturday has more formal dining and a belly dancer; dinners include rosemary lamb, spicy shrimp—all dinners come with vegetables, salad and appetizer.

220 W. Market St.

Artisanal Mediterranean. "Camino draws its inspiration from the timeless rustic cooking of Southern France, Italy, and Spain, complimenting it with a sophisticated yet comfortable dining environment...focusing intensely on traditional regional techniques and ingredients while maintaining a clean modern approach to presentation. It takes the place of the now closed Il Cane Pazzo and is owned by one its former employees. Just north of the downtown mall right next door to Vinegar Hill Theatre.

108 Third Street, NE

French food off the Downtown Mall.

Himalayan Fusion
520 E. Main St. (Downtown Mall)

Fusion of Indian, Tibetan, and Nepalese food. Affordable and popular lunch buffet. Does not validate parking.

Just Curry
425 E. Main St. (Downtown Mall)

Indo-Caribbean curry. Delivery available.

Kabob Palace
400 Emmet St. N.

Across from John Paul Jones Arena. Upscale dining.

La Taza Coffee House
296-TAZA (8292)
407-B Monticello Road (Belmont area of C'ville)

Outdoor seating area for warmer weather. Caribbean decor. Breakfast sandwiches and Latin-themed lunch/dinner dishes and side dishes. Make-your-own sandwich option.

139 Zan Road (Seminole Square Shopping Center)

Tasty Indian food, interesting decor. Outdoor seating available.

Marie Bette
700 Rose Hill Drive

European-inspired fare.

Mas Tapas Faculty Fave Student Favorite
501 Monticello Road

Spanish tapas. Traditional Spanish food and wines by the glass. Popular hotspot in Belmont neighborhood. From the Washington Post: "The long menu is divided into tapas (for two) and raciones (for four). The wines and cheeses are all Spanish, but the ingredients are, as you might expect, mostly local. Without trying too hard, you'll find something made in Mas's brick oven."

Milan Indian Cuisine
1817 Emmet St. (29 North)

Popular lunch buffet spot; has a lot of variety. Takeout, reservations available.

Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar Faculty Fave
416 W. Main Street (in Main Street Market)

Extensive Mediterranean-inspired wine list. The bar is cozy and relaxed. Service is excellent. Top notch mediterranean cuisine. Will deliver boxed lunches with a minimum of 10 meals. $12/lunch box + tax & $20 delivery fee.

Parallel 38
2055 Bond St., Suite 180 (The Shops at Stonefield)
155 Seminole Court

Mediterannean food. Also has winetasting events.

Petit Pois Faculty Fave
979-POIS (7647)
201 W. Main St. (on the Downtown Mall)

Rustic, French bistro food.

2075 Bond St. Suite 180 (The Shops at Stonefield)

Oysters and other seafood. Run by the owners of Rappahannock Oyster Co.

Royal Indian Restaurant
3450 Seminole Trail (Forest Lakes)
155 Seminole Court

Indian cuisine. Party hall and catering available.

The Shebeen Student Favorite
Vinegar Hill Shopping Center

South African cuisine. Live music often.

295-5262, 917 Preston Ave.
295-5262, 1820 Abbey Road (off 250 Bypass past Pantops Mountain)

Kebobs, sandwiches, salads, daily soup, brownies and cookies. Eat in or carry out. No credit cards, but checks are accepted. Rack up 10 meals and you get the 11th free.

Taj Mahal
1958 Rio Hill Center (behind Kohr Bros.)

Pakistani-Indian. Lunch buffet.

503 E. Market St. (on the Downtown Mall)

Emphasis on wine but full menu also available for lunch and dinner. Famous for lobster bisque. Catering available.

Trinity Irish Pub Student Favorite
1505 University Ave.

Traditional Irish-style bar and restaurant with lots of good pub grub on the menu.

Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
414 E. Main St. Downtown Mall (second floor)

Middle Eastern- and Asian-inspired all-vegetarian dishes (except for the tuna wrap). More than 80 exotic loose leaf teas. Bohemian atmosphere, live music some nights.

Zocalo Faculty Fave Student Favorite
201 E. Main St., in Central Place (Downtown Mall)

Delicious Spanish and Latin-inspired dishes. Excellent place for dinner and drinks. Large outdoor patio.


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