|UVA Pavilion Gardens|
It was against my food morals to go to Charlottesville and not eat at Mellow Mushroom. I swear on my life that Mellow Mushroom has the best Caesar salad, so I had to have that in addition to their pizza. My travel companion (and pizza aficionado) chose the funky chicken pizza (BBQ Chicken, Bacon, Cheddar & Mozzarella cheeses, Caramelized onions). Commence nap time.
|Funky Chicken Pizza|
I was advised by many Virginians to make the trip out to Thomas Jefferson's estate, Monticello, while in Charlottesville. My sister had yet to visit, so we took the drive out there (< 20 minutes from campus) to admire the neoclassical mansion. We decided against the walking tours since you had to commit 45 minutes to each, and made up our own tour by tagging along with one group until we saw another one. My favorite part was Jefferson's brewery in the basement of the mansion, who knew our forefathers liked to throw one back after work?
Another notable place we dined at while in Charlottesville was The Nook, a cute diner-esque breakfast "nook" in the downtown mall. I appreciate breakfasts that are simple yet innovative, which I found when I ordered the Chesapeake: two crab cakes, a fried egg, and toast. Done. This place is your neighborhood, no-frills diner with a little twist.
|The Chesapeake Breakfast|