Happy Friday, everyone!
Have any fun plans for the weekend? Now that we’re back from real vacation, and I’m back to staycation, and the days are all running into each other–not like that’s a bad thing, I suppose!
Last weekend, we were lucky enough to have two good friends from California come to visit before they kicked off a week of D.C. touring. Instead of having them just come to Blacksburg, we decided to meet up with them halfway-ish in Charlottesville. I’ve been dying to go to Charlottesville because I’ve heard amazing things about the food + local culture, and they just happen to house all of our fav Virginia breweries.
After a quick early morning training run, we hopped in the car and giddily drove up the interstate to meet them for an afternoon of beer tasting. First up was Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company just outside of Charlottesville in Roseland, VA. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the gorgeous view before ordering a taster to share.
After the boys had a pint (it comes in pints? — hobbit speak anyone?), we hit the road to check out Starr Hill Brewery in the cute little town of Crozet, VA. We also did a full sampler there, as well, and picked up a growler of their summer seasonal, Grateful Pale Ale. If you can get it in your area, try it– it’s fabulous! Side note: did you know Whole Foods is now filling growlers at some locations?? I can’t wait to check this out!
I had done a little foodie research prior to leaving Blacksburg, and so didn’t give anyone a choice as to where we were going for dinner: Citizen Burger Bar or bust!
According to their website, Citizen Burger Bar is all about this philosophy:
To secure that sacred right for the people of Charlottesville, we teamed up with a few exceptional nearby farms and designed a menu around locally produced, top-tier ingredients. It’s a simple plan. No muss, no fuss, and definitely no hormones – just uncommonly good stuff to eat and drink, much of it hailing from our own little patch of earth.
Sounds like my type of place! The inside of the restaurant was industrial chic, perfect for a locally conscious, upscale burger joint. Plus, they had an extensive local beer list, you know, just in case we weren’t quite satisfied yet.
I had originally set out to order the Kinda Vegan burger with a whole grain beet vegan patty, boursin cheese, sprouts, tomato, onion, avocado, cucumbers, tarragon vegenaise, and multigrain bun, but Jeff convinced me to split a burger since the meat was locally sourced after all.
The food was beyond. Seriously, I think I could drive to Charlottesville once a week just to get my fix–Jeff had to drag me out the door!
But luckily he did, because we ended up at a local bar called The Whiskey Jar and had so much fun chatting with locals and drinking the best mojitos I think I’ve ever had.
I cannot wait to go back and visit–till next time cville!