When Jason Alley thinks about Southern food, a few things come immediately to mind: sharing, fresh ingredients, family and friends, and conversation around the table. At pasture, they hope to bring all of those things together for a newer experience in Southern dining. Instead of the more traditional large portions, they put together a menu of small plates and some big plates to share and be enjoyed by the whole table.
2. Burtons Grill
People are the heart of Burtons Grill. Passionate about providing gracious, engaging and individualized service and focused on the unique needs of guests Burton’s delivers exceptional, fresh, high quality food, inspired by local flavors, in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.
From crisp salads, hearty sandwiches and juicy burgers to aged beef served with seasoned butters and sauces Burtons’ menus cover all the bases. Culinary Director and Executive Chef Denise Baron makes sure to showcase New England seafood, and use other local ingredients whenever possible. Presenting contemporary American cuisine, she’s created an enticing selection that bridges both flavor and presentation. In addition to their core menu, Burton’s offers seasonally-inspired monthly features.
Whether you’re stopping by for a light pasta before the movies, celebrating a special anniversary with seafood and chardonnay, or meeting friends for a drink in the lounge, Burtons will delight you.
3. Travinia Italian Kitchen
The Shops at Stonefield, Charlottesville, VA 22901
We recommend you begin with a crisp house salad or a Granny Smith apple salad and warm Italian bread. Try a fresh chicken, veal or seafood dish. Pastas … cream sauces, robust marinaras. The Sinatra Chicken is a local favorite along with Veal Saltimbocca and Seafood Pescatora. Committed to using the freshest ingredients, Travinia displays a passion for Italian food which can be seen in both their lunch and dinner menus. Accompany your meal with a selection from their award-winning wine list and finish your meal off with a handmade dessert.
It began as a dream. For friends Mark Craig and Kevin Cox, a trip to Napa Valley, Calif., inspired them to find a way to combine their love of food with their passion for wine. Since the first Travinia opened in 2002, guests have indulged in the handcrafted Modern American Italian menu and the handpicked selection of wines all served in an atmosphere of comfort and style.
4. Noodles and Company
Noodles and Company serves the best dishes from Asia, the Mediterranean and America – prepared to your liking, the Noodles way. Japanese Pan Noodles, Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, something healthy or something indulgent – the world’s best food is just inside their doors. Whether it’s noodles, pastas, salads, soups or sandwiches, Noodles & Company has something for everyone.
5. Parallel 38
Parallel 38 is a wine centric Mediterranean restaurant featuring Mediterranean cuisine, by Justin Ross. The inspiration for the Chef Ross’ restaurant is the temperate latitude of the 38th parallel, along which the world’s most iconic wine regions sit like Alicante in Spain, Italy’s Calabria and the Greek Ionian Islands. Parallel 38 merges the wines and flavors of these regions together to create a unique dining destination. There is an extensive wine list offering 38 wines by the glass and 100 bottles from handpicked wineries.
6. Cyclone Anaya’s
Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen’s approach to Mexican cuisine is as bold as the famous Mexican wrestler who began the family restaurant in 1966. Blending tradition and innovation to present fine Mexican cuisine in a stylish atmosphere, Cyclone Anaya’s unique dining experience is one for all to savor.
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