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Ariana Grill Kabob House
www.arianakabob.com/
872-9906
909 W. Main St
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Afghan. Lots of Kabobs and other savory dishes. All kabobs come with Afghan bread and rice salad. Affordable lunch specials such as a gyro wrap and kabob wrap. Vegetarian friendly options including pumpkin or potato curry, and a vegetarian combination. Casual.

Aromas Café Faculty Fave Student Favorite
244-2486
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."

Balkan Bistro & Bar
http://www.balkanbistrobar.com/
202-0916
1003 W. Main Street (near the Corner)

Features Balkan food, including hand-made sausages.

Bashir's
www.bashirs.com
923-0927
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.

Café Europa
295-4040
1331 W. Main St. (Corner)

Mediterranean-souvlaki, tomato-basil soup, sandwiches, coffee.

Camino
293-2323
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.

Copacabana
973-1177
400 Shopper's World Court (next to Whole Foods on 29 North)


International and Brazilian fare from chef Hermano Freitas. Private parties and receptions. Serves genuine Caipirinha.

Fleurie
www.fleurierestaurant.com
971-7800
108 Third Street, NE

French food off the Downtown Mall.

Himalayan Fusion
293-3120
520 E. Main St. (Downtown Mall)

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

Kabob Palace
245-0095
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.

L'etoile
www.letoilerestaurant.com
817 West Main Street
979-7957

French food. Reservations encouraged.

Maharaja
www.maharaja-indian-restaurant.com/
139 Zan Road (Seminole Square Shopping Center)
973-1110

Tasty Indian food, interesting decor. Outdoor seating available.

Mas Faculty Fave Student Favorite
979-0990
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
984-2828
1817 Emmet St. (29 North)

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

Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar Faculty Fave
www.orzokitchen.com
975-6796
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.

Petit Pois
Faculty Fave
434-979-POIS (7647)
201 W. Main St. (on the Downtown Mall)

Rustic, French bistro food.

Royal Indian Restaurant
973-9797
3450 Seminole Trail (Forest Lakes)
155 Seminole Court

Indian cuisine. Party hall and catering available.

The Shebeen Student Favorite
www.shebeenpub.com
296-3185
Vinegar Hill Shopping Center

South African cuisine. Live music often.

Sticks
www.stickskebobshop.com
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
964-0038
1958 Rio Hill Center (behind Kohr Bros.)

Pakistani-Indian. Lunch buffet.

Tastings
www.tastingsofcville.com
293-3663
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
www.trinityonthecorner.com
295-7100
1505 University Ave.

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

Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
www.teabazaar.com
293-9947
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
www.zocalo-restaurant.com
977-4944
201 E. Main St., in Central Place (Downtown Mall)

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


Tip

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