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Dishes We Love

A few of our favorite things.




Meatloaf sandwich at Garnett's


The 17.5 at Lamplighter Roasting Company
Grilled, gooey cheese perfection, with turkey and caramelized onions on foccacia. $7.

Meatloaf sandwich at Garnett's
Old-school perfection, rivaled by everything else on the menu. $7.50

SS Sultana at Black Sheep
Reader Michael Rafferty names this the sandwich of the decade for its blend of beef and lamb, cool raita and crisp, foot-long wonderfulness. $10-$15.

Smoked gouda pimento at Mosaic
The secret weapon in many of the sandwiches at Mosaic Cafe takes center stage in the ultimate grilled cheese. $7.95.






The 17.5 at Lamplighter Roasting Company

Fabulous sandwiches with a side priced well under $10

A Movable Feast
1318 E. Cary St. 644-3663. www.amovablefeastonline.com.

The Black Sheep
901 W. Marshall St. 648-1300. www.theblacksheeprva.com.

Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue
1119 N. Boulevard. 355-6055. www.buzandneds.com.

Chiocca's Downstairs Deli
425 N. Belmont Ave. 355-3228. www.chioccasdownstairsdeliandbar.com.

Coppola's Deli
2900 W. Cary St. 359-6969. www.coppolasdeli.com.

Dot's Back Inn
4030 MacArthur Ave. 266-3167. www.dotsback.com.

Garnett's CafAc
2001 Park Ave. 367-7909. www.garnettscafe.com.

Lamplighter Roasting Company
116 S. Addison St. 728-2292. www.tallbikecoffee.com.

Nick's Produce
400 W. Broad St. 644-0683. www.nicksinternationalfoods.com.

Q Barbeque
2077 Wal-Mart Way, 897-9007. www.qbarbeque.com.

Strange Matter
929 W. Grace St., 447-4763. www.strangematteramplific.org.



Soups at A Movable Feast


Texas caviar at Alamo BBQ
A delicious bean complement to the 'cue at this Church Hill outpost, already a take-out favorite. alamobbqva.com $1.50.

Collards at Lemaire
Greens the way they should be cooked: smooth, rich and expertly seasoned, the perfect side. $5.

Pho at Da Lat
Reader Pedro Martinez says Da Lat's healthy and budget-friendly food is a winner, especially pho, “the best in town.” $5.95.

Soups at A Movable Feast
Danish mushroom, minestrone, vegetable beef — anything chef Linda Marcuse makes is worth repeat visits. amovablefeastonline.com  $3-$4.





Penne with spinach at Bacchus


Ostrich filet at Rowland Fine Dining
A reader pick: Tender, juicy and perfectly complimented by the rutabaga mash and Marsala glace. $29.
Roasted pork tenderloin with braised cabbage at Millie's
Served with black-eyed pea and smoked bacon cassoulet, fully worth $24.

Berkshire pork chop at LemaireĆ’?%
“As Southern as it gets” comes with mac and cheese, cola glaze. $24.

Penne with spinach at Bacchus
No matter which type of pasta you choose, the tomato, spinach and cream sauce at Bacchus is heavenly. $8-$12.

Chicken with bacon mac and cheese in French country mustard sauce at Acacia
Tender and juicy heartiness at a budget price, $17. 





Parsnip spice cake with fromage blanc ice cream at Acacia


Churros with coffee sauce at Balliceaux
Brilliant pairing with Lamplighter coffee and one of the best meal enders ever, this has achieved cult status. $6.

Parsnip spice cake with fromage blanc ice cream at Acacia
Subtle, dreamy and balanced, this dessert says come hither. $6.

Dessert sampler at Sensi
Chef Paolo Randazzo's pastas and meats are sublime, and best followed with a trio of tastes or the classic budino, creamy perfection. $10, $8.