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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12 Symptoms You Get When You're Addicted To Chick-Fil-A

It is your one true love.

Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Truett Cathy, I owe you my life.

If you love Chick-fil-A, you truly have withdrawals when you're away from it. You may suffer from these symptoms, just like I do.

1. No other breakfast will compare to CFA's.

2. No other fast food joint has hash brown's like CFA's.

3. When you go on vacation, you type in Chick-fil-A to see if there is one nearby.

4. If there isn't, you eat it as soon, I am talking, like, the second, you get back from vacation.

5. You truly don't understand how people "get tired of Chick-fil-A"

6. Besides the occasional change up on Sunday's, CFA is always your number choice of fast food.

7. You legitimately crave it more on Sunday's.

8. Nothing on the menu seems gross to you.

9. Yet, you seem to get the same thing every time you go.

10. Their ice cream is literally the b o m b.

11. You defend CFA to any and every hater.

12. CFA is probably your actual one true love.

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

These places will satisfy all of your breakfast cravings.


If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

Stir Krazy is a local smoothie bar down the street that serves protein shakes, smoothies, and tea. Though It only consists of these three beverages, the shakes at Stir Krazy are enough to fill you up for breakfast or lunch. Each shake or smoothies range from 200 to 250 calories and serves as the perfect energizer before a workout or a filling recovery drink after a workout.

4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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