Friday, August 07, 2009

Barracks Lunch Options Finally On the RISE! (And Other Charlottesville Restaurant News…)

Dedicated summer followers of Charlottesville's fine online blogs and newspapers may be aware of several exciting restaurant developments around the town. Foremost among these (where law students are concerned, in any event…) is Rise PizzaWorks, opening on Barracks Road in September, according to an interview with the owners in C-ville. The concept? Apparently it's Chipotle does pizza… Pick your crust, your cheese, your sauce, and your toppings, and enjoy your pizza your way.

Those who frequent Barracks Shopping Center will be painfully aware of the dearth of options in the area for a decent slice, where "dearth" can be read to mean "no options at all unless buying a Red Baron and heating it up in the microwave at the Harris Teeter" counts. For those who have been pining for a slice of thin-crust pesto pizza with broccoli, ricotta, garlic, and Italian sausage, there just might be great things ahead?

And for your thoughtful consideration – Semolina Pizza too? Everyone loves pizza... But how many high concept fru-fru pizza joints can Charlottesville sustain?

In other exciting restaurant news – carts are making an enormous comeback. Now on the downtown mall there is both a burrito cart and a hot dog cart. The good news – hot dogs and burritos are now being sold out of carts on the downtown mall. That's very nice. Cville-ians have been needing something to wash their dumplings down with! The bad news? For those UVA Law students who will never have jobs, one more door has just been slammed closed in your face. Looks like the "Roving Burrito Vendor" niche is filled for the time being. All you can do is hope for the best… If the ventures are successful and they decide to expand, perhaps they will attend OGI next year, thereby doubling the interviewing pool…

And last last last, for those who care neither for Barracks nor the Downtown Mall, but live only for The Corner, Charlottesville offers you… CANTINA Open til 2am Monday through Thursday and 4 am on the weekends.

Rumors persist about the transformation of the building-formerly-known-as-Zydeco. Word on the street right now is sushi. When we know, you'll know.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Early lunch (before 1pm): Greenberry's breakfast sandwiches. Egg & cheese on a freshly baked sourdough english muffin for $2.99; with an omelette, bacon, avocado, tomato for $5.99.

Late lunch: Padow's Deli's Turkey Rueben

Very very clean, lots of space, nice people, and you can cut through on the Rivanna trail for a shorter and more scenic walk down.

Anonymous said...

I miss Casellas...

Rule 12 (f) said...

me too!

Anonymous said...

theburrito cart is bad. don't go there.

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