Mel’s Cafe: Save Room for a Grilled Doughnut

June 23, 2015 2:38 pm

For most folks, dessert is the most important part of a meal at Mel's Cafe. So make sure you save some room. That might be difficult to do, given the caliber of the soul food served at Mel's Cafe. But if you can, you'll be rewarded with a sugary slice of sweet potato pie or, if you're adventurous, a grilled doughnut. Eat the latter with or without a melting scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Before you dig into something sweet, however, you really should eat your dinner. That's where Mel's main menu of Southern comfort food comes in. Many customers give high marks to its fried chicken (get two or three pieces), but that's far from your only option. Barbecue ribs, fried fish, pork chops, country ham, hamburger steak with onions—they're all on the menu here. Plus, many of the meats also come in sandwich form. Stop by Mel's Cafe in the morning for more of the same for breakfast.

Mel's Cafe
719 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 971-8819
www.facebook.com/MelsSoulFoodCafe
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Oakhart Social: Where Sharing is Mandatory

June 16, 2015 1:34 pm

True to its name, Oakhart Social cultivates an atmosphere of chit-chatting and catching up with friends. Socialization is built into every meal because you're required to share with your table. You see, Oakhart Social only serves tapas—also known as small plates. This means that your table will have to order a few as a team and pass them around when they arrive.

According to those who frequent Oakhart Social, the only difficult part about this might be choosing just a few. You can't go wrong with the sweet and crispy pork belly salad, though, which features pickled cucumber, arugula, relish, and a splash of citrus in addition to the meat. The Brussels sprouts are also popular, seasoned with seared shallots and served with Korean chili flake aioli. Wash down your tapas feast with a beer, glass of wine, or a cocktail from the bar at Oakhart Social.

Oakhart Social
511 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 260-6338
www.oakhartsocial.com
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Regal Cinemas Stonefield 14 and IMAX: See Your Favorite Actors on the Big Screen in Charlottesville

June 9, 2015 1:24 pm

Regal Cinemas Stonefield 14 and IMAX only became part of the Charlottesville landscape a few years ago, but it's already won many fans in locals. Since it's so modern, this Regal Cinemas boasts plenty of indoor parking for everyone, tons of concession stand counter space for shorter waits, and big, comfy theaters.

You can grab your tickets online ahead of time and bypass the box office line at Regal Cinemas Stonefield, heading straight to the illuminated concessions counter. Lined with cash registers to keep traffic moving, the concessions stand offers everything from popcorn to soda to beloved candies. Load up for the show and then head into one of the theaters, each equipped with cutting-edge technology. Kick back in a comfortable seat and watch while a first-run movie unfolds in crystal-clear picture before your eyes.

Regal Cinemas Stonefield 14 and IMAX
1954 Swanson Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22901
(434) 244-3213
www.regmovies.com/Theatres/Theatre-Folder/Regal-Stonefield-Stadium-14-and-IMAX-9393
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