Charlottesville’s annual winter Restaurant Week began January 22 and will run a couple days longer than usual through this Saturday, January 30. In the past Restaurant Week deals lasted a mere seven days. This winter, the timeline has been extended by two days, for a total run of nine days. While the roads may still be icy, those two extra days will help prevent the Winter Storm Jonas, a.k.a, Snowpocalypse of 2016 from ruining this year’s winter Restaurant Week.
Forty restaurants are participating in Charlottesville’s January 2016 Restaurant Week (complete list of participating restaurants and menus ), featuring local favorites like Hamilton’s First & Main on the Downtown Mall, Fossets at Keswick Hall and a little further afield, The Bavarian Chef in Madison. La Joya Mexican Restaurant, Miso Sweet, Timberwood Grill and Monsoon Siam are a few newer restaurants to the Charlottesville scene, participating in Restaurant Week January 2016. And there’s everything in between including ZinBurger Wine and Burger, Inc., Himalayan Fusion, bang! small plates and Ten sushi. Whatever your palate, or wallet, Charlottesville’s Restaurant Week January 2016 has got you covered!
Also new for 2016 is a slight bump in meal prices: instead of the $16, $26 and $36 meal price points, meal breakpoints for 2016 have been raised $3 each to $19, $29, and $39. Besides the patrons enjoying delicious food, and the eating establishments showcasing “chef-pertise” in their menus, $1 of every meal goes to a local charity. For Restaurant Week January 2016, the Piedmont Virginia Community College Culinary Arts Program will be the financial recipient. There’s a symmetry to that award!
Randomly running through the menus for Restaurant Week 2016, these 6 menu items burst off the page as a desired taste for the mouth and belly:
- Raspberry Walnut Salad at Café Caturra ($19)
- Smoked Farro and Kale Salad with Pepitas and Lime Tahini Dressing at Zocalo($29)
- Charred Vegetable Lentil Cakes at Maya ($29)
- Chicken Breast, Asiago Cheese Palestinian Dates and Turkish Figs at Mezza Tapas ($29)
- Fig and hazelnut Bread Pudding with in-house made bourbon sauce at Fig ($29)
- Gooey Butter Custard Pie at Brookville ($39)
Is the Charlottesville Restaurant Week still a great value? Well, make a reservation and give it a try, and decide for yourself. The special menus and the prixe fixe prices make dining out something a little more special than the average meal. And while the savings may not be as grand as desired, Restaurant Week is still a great way to get out there and try something new on the developing Charlottesville foodie scene.
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