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Charlottesville is brimming with exciting food experiences — whether you are being served colonial fare by servers dressed in 18th-century garb or noshing on a burger at one of the University of Virginia institutions. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the five best Charlottesville food experiences:
1. Michie Tavern. Recipes like colonial fried chicken and hickory-smoked pulled pork barbecue date back to the 1700s — and that’s just the food. The atmosphere of the historic restaurant is traditional, to say the least. The servers are dressed in authentic 18th-century garb and the restaurant is a Virginia landmark.
2. Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar. This cozy spot serves up some of the freshest seafood in town. Located on the Historic Downtown Mall, Blue Light Grill & Raw Bar is both cosmopolitan and intimate. It’s an upscale dining experience with an eclectic menu dominated by seafood.
3. Littlejohn’s New York Deli. Grab a quick sandwich here at any time of day — Littlejohn’s is open 24-hours and serves up mouthwatering bites. Located on “The Corner,” this popular deli names many of its sandwiches after famous faces from the University of Virginia community (think football players Robert Redd and Chris Long).
4. Aberdeen Barn. Come here for some surf and turf. The steak is prepared over the fire of an open-charcoal hearth, leaving each cut dripping with flavor. Aberdeen Barn is Charlottesville’s premier steakhouse and has been a favorite for more than 45 years.
5. Boylan Heights. Moonlighting as a popular hangout for University of Virginia coeds, Boylan Heights churns out a mean burger. It’s as much of an institution as the university’s prestigious lawn, but not nearly as exclusive. Boylan Heights is decked out with HD-TVs throughout the restaurant, so you don’t have to worry about missing the game.
The best five food experiences in Charlottesville are:
1. The City Market (open every Saturday from April through November).
2. Gouda cheese from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in nearby Crozet.
3. Coffee from Shenandoah Joe Coffee.
4. Gearhart chocolates.
5. Anything picked at Carter Mountain Orchard.