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Aromas Café 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."

Baggby's Gourmet Sandwiches
984-1862, 512 E. Main St. (Downtown Mall)
974-7616, 1750 Timberwood Blvd.

Soups, salads, and homemade frozen yogurt. A cookie comes with your meal. Eat in or carry out; limited delivery.

Bellair Market Student FavoriteFaculty Fave
2401 Old Ivy Road (in the Exxon station)

Gourmet sandwiches, salads, and hot entreés. Some seating, but mostly takeout. This deli was reviewed in Southern Living magazine and has spawned several other deli/gas station combos at Forest Lakes, the Mill Creek Market, and the Town and Country Market.

Bodo's Bagel Bakery Student Favorite
977-9598, 1418 Emmet St.
293-5224, 505 Preston Ave.
293-6021, 1609 University Ave. (The Corner)

Take out or eat in; be prepared to stand in line. All kinds of bagels, cream cheese flavors, sandwiches, salads, and soups. A University favorite.

923 Preston Ave.

Muffins, biscuits, sandwiches, salads, soups, and different fresh breads every day. Breads include apple streusel, challah, and spelt. Will make cakes and cheesecakes upon order. Catering available.

The Carving Board
624 Albemarle Square (shopping center)

Popular lunch spot. The line can get very long around noon. Features soups, salads and sandwiches.

953 Emmett St. N. (Barracks Road Shopping Center)

Extremely popular organic burrito chain, walking distance from the Law School.

C-ville Coffee
1301 Harris St. (near Route 250 E., across from McIntire tennis courts)

Standard coffee-house beverages, baked goods, deli sandwiches featuring Boar's Head brand meats; Asian noodle bowls served for lunch and dinner. Sandwiches include the "Relished Beef" with roast beef, onion relish, cheddar cheese, chipotle mayo and lettuce on an olive oil baguette and the "Turkey Lurkey" with smoked turkey, goat cheese spread, cucumbers, red onion, and sprouts on sourdough. Popular place to study. Has back room with a corner featuring kids' books and games. Free Wi-Fi.

Dürty Nelly's Pub
2200 JPA

Sandwiches, salads, BBQ, five-foot-long subs. Live music.

Everyday Cafe
(434) 295-1344
240 Rolkin Road (at Pantops on the Giant side of 29 North at the light)

This is a gas station with a large market inside. Sandwiches, pizza, burgers, 24 flavors of homemade gelato, ABC on/off. High Speed Internet Access at each booth. Cash, check, and all major credit cards.

Feast! Faculty Fave Student Favorite
416 W. Main St. (Main Street Market)

Sandwiches and a market with items like fresh produce, olives, and meats. Parking off of 5th Street and behind Station restaurant. From the Washington Post: "[Feast's] original emphasis was cheese and cured meats, but it has since expanded to include produce, organic oils, varietal vinegars, condiments and the inevitable but admittedly fabulous cupcakes. (Try the clementine with citrus cream.) Most of the products come from local producers, which keeps the quality high and the selection far more intriguing than what you find in the chain gourmet stores."

The Flat: Takeaway Creperie
111 E Water St. (Downtown Mall)

Serves crepes, breakfast and desserts.

Foods of All Nations
2121 Ivy Road (close to the Law School)

International grocery and deli. Some pre-made salads and sandwiches, but you can also order your own at the deli.

Hot Cakes
1137 Emmet St. (Barracks Road Shopping Center)

A changing selection of gourmet main dishes, salads, and desserts; daily specials include a salad sampler, a quiche plate, and a sandwich. Entrees and salads sold by the pound. Eat in or take out. Catering Available.

Ivy Provisions
2206 Ivy Road (close to the Law School)

A gourmet sub shop located at the intersection of Ivy Road and U.S. Route 250 West. Also serving breakfast all day, dinners to go and a large selection of beer and wine.

Jimmy John's
1309 West Main (the Corner)

Franchise sandwich shop. Website has nutritional information.

Li'l Dino Deli & Grille
614 Albemarle Shopping Center

Franchise subs, sandwiches & fries

Littlejohn's Student Favorite
1427 University Ave. (Corner)
2050 Bond Street, Suite 250 (The Shops at Stonefield)

New York-style deli. All kinds of sandwiches, served with chips and a pickle. Also muffins, salads, and tasty cookies. Eat in or take out. Catering available.

Panera Bread
245-6192, 1121 Emmet St. (Barracks Road)
973-5264, 121 Community Street (Hollymead Town Center)

Serves various styles of delicious breads, bagels, muffins, and other baked goods, as well as sandwiches, soups and salads.

Revolutionary Soup Faculty Fave (Note that the website lists all the soups they make, but not necessarily what’s available on a given day.)
108 Second St. SW (side street off Downtown Mall)

Delicious soups made daily, sandwiches, and salads. No smoking. From the Washington Post: "Besides the prices, there's nothing cheap about the food at Rev Soup, as the locals affectionately call it. The tofu in the signature spicy Senegalese peanut soup is organic and local, made just 30 miles away in Louisa. The wheat for the homemade biscuits is grown in Virginia and ground at Byrd Mill in Ashland. And diners can pick from an impressive selection of wine bottles for sale at retail prices — and then open and drink the wine at one of the cafeteria-style tables at no extra cost."

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

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.

Take It Away
115 Elliewood Ave. (Corner)

Eat in or take out. Deli sandwiches, salads, fresh breads, micro-brew beers. Parking for the lot next door is validated.  Owned by the same folks who own the famous Cheese Shop in Williamsburg—and the same not-to-be-missed house dressing.

1412 E. High Street

Subs, burgers, spaghetti. Main dishes change daily. No credit cards.

Wayside Takeout and Catering
2203 Jefferson Park Ave. (next to Durty Nellys)

Known for having the best fried chicken in the area, Wayside also offers potatoes and gravy, hush puppies, rolls, vegetables, oysters, and other side dishes.

Whole Foods Market
1797 Hydraulic Road

Fresh, all-natural sandwiches. Vegan options. Soups, salads and prepared foods.

2214 Ivy Road (close to the Law School)

Large wraps, salads, chili, smoothies. Wraps include Mediterranean, fajita, curried chicken, and veggie. Menu changes seasonally. Look for "Zazus buck" coupons in C'ville Weekly and The Hook. Eat in or take out.


"Across the board, Charlottesville's food scene is inventive, diverse and brimming with talent."

—Jane Black, The Washington Post


"You have to try Littlejohn's New York Delicatessen. It's one of the few places that will serve you food no matter the time of day. They have great sandwiches. And they're more than willing to cater to your special likes and dislikes. Try the Wild Turkey sandwich. It will keep you coming back. Also, be prepared for enthusiastic service. Littlejohn's employees work odd hours. Caffeine keeps them wired and full of interesting comments."

—Lisa French, Former Life Editor, The Cavalier Daily


Virginia Law Families Tip:

Bodo's is probably the best buy for a family meal in the area. High chairs are available and even very young kids will munch a plain bagel while older ones should find a sandwich to their liking (most are only around $2.50). In addition to the standard menu, Preston Avenue location has probably the lowest price for frozen yogurt in town.


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, 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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