The A-List of Underrated Restaurants in C-ville

The A-List of Underrated Restaurants in C-ville


Living in Charlottesville has many perks — being practically in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The University of Virginia, and being a part of the happiest city in America — but you can't forget the amazing food. If it tastes good, you're in Charlottesville. 

According to the Washington Post, Charlottesville has the most restaurants per capita of any city in Virginia. Read that statistic again, because it's pretty impressive. 

A common dilemma with all these fantastic restaurants is (you guessed it) deciding where to eat. So much food, so little time to cover all the great spots, right?

This article is my attempt to make your life easier when you're going out to eat by giving you a list of some my favorite spots.


Right near the downtown mall, Mas has amazing tapas that you do not want to miss. When my parents came to town, we went here and my mom ordered her favorite (the bacon wrapped figs). They are exquisite. My mom later bonded with the waitress, asking her for the recipe and if she could take all of their bacon-wrapped figs back to Richmond. 

Mas is a tapas place, so you can come and sample many different dishes. The menu "is in touch with the traditional foods of Spain, Europe, and the Mediterranean," and a lot of the food is organic or locally made.  

The Local

This place rocks. They use a lot of local produce from Shenandoah farms, and make the healthy stuff taste good instead of healthy. When I went, I had the goat cheese salad, which was so amazing. The venue is also really cool — the restaurant itself is kinda small, but it makes your dining experience feel quaint and authentic. 


Pasture feels like your mom's southern cooking, but better. Drinks are served in mason jars, and the service is solid. With locations in Charlottesville and Richmond, Pasture is similar to The Local in that local produce is actually a part of their dishes. Also, Southern Living voted it "The South's Best Cheap Eats Under $10," so the cost is perfect for college students.


I've never been to Maya, but hearing one of my friends describe it to me was enough for me to put it on this list. It specializes in traditional southern cooking (think fried green tomatoes, buttermilk biscuits, mac and cheese), and apparently the trout is sooooooo good. 

Disclaimer: these are by no means a comprehensive list of all the good restaurants in Charlottesville (because that would be nearly impossible to accomplish, since there are so many good places!). 

Places that aren't necessarily "underrated," but you should still hit up: Citizen Burger, The Pigeon Hole, Arch's (go on a Tuesday to get an amazing amount of froyo for an insanely cheap price), Zinburger, and really anywhere on the Corner (RIP Sushi Love). 

But going to eat on the Corner every time you go out to eat is a mistake, because there are so many excellent restaurants elsewhere. So next time you go out to eat with your friends, consider one of these spots instead.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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