Thought I'd stop by and say hi. I'm originally from and am an active participant of the Baltimore board, but after a few years of working in Baltimore city, I decided to go back and get my MD, so I'm here at UVA for (at minimum) the next four years. Been here for almost two months now and have had a small sampling of food and hope to increase that as I get acclimated to the new town and to my pretty intense program. Unfortunately, the immense shift in income (I'm now paying an organization to work for them instead of getting paid to work ... how is that fair?) means less overall dining out, but I'm hoping that more planning and forethought into my food schedule/budget will still allow me the opportunity to try some of CVille's best every now and then.
I have managed to get out and try a few popular staples including: bodos, christian's, crozet's pizza, continental divide, blue grass grill, and rev soup. First 'pricier' places on the to-do list are Zocalo and Savour. Love the sat. morning farmer's market (I'm there most weeks).
Sad to see the Charlottesville activity on chowhound is a bit slow, but I'd imagine that has a lot to do with CVille being relatively small and not really being a touristy location (nor is it really too heavily along the way of one either in terms of driving), but I hope to get to talk to people about food and get to know and meet up with some of you over the next few years.
My one request for help in this post: I'm looking for decent Chinese. Many online posts (and even uva alumns in my program) state that there is "no good/authentic chinese. period." Can this be true? In a place where so many of the faculty (especially in the sciences/research departments) are asian (I've seen them around) there has to be a place to congregate. Maybe a place that usually is just a takeout place but has a special menu? Anyone? While I love to cook Chinese food, it's a hassle a lot of the time (plus I'm not exactly swimming in free hours these days). So I'd love any insights, even if it's just "I like this delivery place, maybe if you got to know the chefs I'd imagine they could make some decent authentic dishes".
That's my rant. Hope to see some of you around.