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Charlottesville Pt 3 (Fry’s Spring Station) Pizza and Beer #Wiaw

Last day of the year, last chance to enter to win 3 loaves of Sprouted Bread and a bag of Kale Chips from Manna Organics! 

Everyone have a safe and healthy New Years Eve! See ya next year!

charlottesville food eppie bodo frys beer little johns suzlyfe

Today I am officially wrapping up our trip down memory lane for Cville. I told you we ate and a lot! Like with the previous 2 posts dedicated to dining, this is a salute to our other favorite haunts. Enjoy, I know that I did! Though now, as part of my Marathon Training Schedule Adjustment, I probably shouldn’t continue to eat like this everysingleday.

Thank you as always to Jen!

Thank you as always to Jenn!

Previous stops in the tour down food memory lane:

Skybar and Bang (Cocktails and Tapas)

Orzo Kitchen and Wine Bar (Fancy Date and Wine)


Other notables:

Bodo’s Bagel Shop 

No trip to Charlottesville is complete without a slightly (or very) hungover trip to Bodo’s. 

Bodos bagels suzlyfe

Cinnamon Raisin Honey Pecan cream cheese

Whole Wheat Everything Bacon and Egg

Little John’s NY Deli 

Our late night food of choice, but we also like to go sober. Alex has brought this to me in the hospital before, it got me through architecture studio, and it is where we went graduation afternoon! I used to wish that NY delis were like LJ’s!

little johns chipotle chicken sandwich

Chipotle Chicken Sandwich Pulled chicken, hot peppers, chipotle mayo, cheddar and pepperjack, bacon, on deli roll

Eppie’s A great lunch (or dinner) spot–fast casual service that combines Southern and California fare–think tamales, Santa Monica salad (dates, corn, goat cheese, champagne vin), 1/4, 1/2, or whole chickens, mac and cheese, coleslaw, pastas….

eppie curry chicken

Curry Chicken Salad on Albemarle Baking Co Baguette

Three Notched No Veto Brown See the review when we went to Skybar!

Picked up from Beer Run for the hotel room (post Monticello)

beers virginia

Port City Optimal Wit Absolutely delicious! Light and a great holdover from summer, or first beer of the night.

AleWerks Washington’s Porter This was the best beer of the four–almost smokey, reminiscent of something you would drink around a fire! Seriously, it was amazing. I can’t really describe it, but if you like porters that are medium in body, you GOTTA try it!

DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter Our friend Dave told me about this long ago, and knowing how much Alex loves Reese’s PB cups, when we found it, and were meeting up with Dave later, it had to happen. WOW. Literally indescribable. Like a mix of dessert and beer, but NOT sweet. You definitely get it on the nose!

Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout We gave this to Dave to drink while we finished the Sweet Baby Jesus (we drank the first two before dinner), but we both tried it. BAM. Dark and full bodied, a little bitter, and tasting of cocoa. This is a two for the price of one beer!

Trip to World of Beer

hardywood gingerbread stout

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout MUST GET. Dark and deep with a nice gingerbready spice finish, no bitterness and no sweetness. If you like porters and cookies, get it. 

Troegs Mad Elf Holiday Ale We aren’t always super huge on ales, but this was fabulous. Intriguing and fun, with a great finish! A gorgeous almost red color (but still darker) with a fruity finish. Loved it!

Oh, and we were jam packed full to the brim, but Alex of course had to get tots, and Dave got a pretzel….

world of bear pretzel tots

German Pretzel with Dijon Mustard and House Made Beer Mustard

Seriously, one of the best pretzels I’ve had. The most amazing texture inside–pillowy and springy–and the best skin on the outside. Came freshly buttered and salted! The beer cheese and mustard were good, but not amazing, but the pretzel was fab!

Tavern Taters topped with bacon, beer cheese, jalapenos, scallions, and sour cream

Self explanatory 😀

Fry’s Spring Station 

Fry’s Spring Station is where I rekindled my love of pizza–they have the best crust in Cville, and it was honestly tough to come to Chicago and have so many bummer pizzas after that. Until Cicchetti and Volare, but we won’t talk about Cicchetti…RIP.

frys spring interiorA fabulous venue–converted gas station (be still, my historic preservationist heart…)

A bajillion different options, but we’ve only strayed from our usual pie once (if we got something else, we would get something COMPLETELY different!). This time, we were feeling festive and daring, so we got TWO pies. And, um, I was going to have 2 slices of one, and a few pieces of the other. That didn’t happen. I couldn’t move after. And then we went to World of Beer and got the above….

Our usual order:

Half House Salad balsamic vinaigrette

You have to get the balsamic vinaigrette. Alex and I both swear by it. It is basically crack. Dip everything into it. Perfect balance and just the right amount of sweetness. It used to have red onion and kalamatas… I was a little sad that it no longer does!

Half Caesar Salad

Fresh shaved parm, great dressing, nom croutons. Pretty delicious, but (mostly) for Alex.

Margherita Pizza Red sauce, fresh basil, Roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella (request no extra oil)

It is still THE pie to beat. Traditionally, we get this with chicken, and they add roast chicken to it. Then you have to have fresh parm grated over top and add pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes.  The best, ripest tasting red sauce, fresh basil, THAT CRUST, and mozz (which goes to Alex, dur). They’ve changed the mozz brand since we were last there–this new one doesn’t melt the same way! But still amazing. Dip it into the balsamic.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Frank’s Buffalo Sauce, chicken, red onions, scallions, carrots, gorgonzola, cheddar cheese

Our new foray into the danger zone. I’m still not sure why we got it. We knew we would eat the whole thing. WE KNEW IT. And we did. It was delicious. Heat from the sauce and melty and crispy cheddary goodness.

We shared a beer, but it was not my favorite. The others we had during the trip were far better!

Thoughts? Do you create a food itinerary of places that you HAVE TO GO TO?

What looks good to you?

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  • Reply Tina Muir

    Hhahahha food itinerary, I LOVE that, and I am gonna show this to steve, he is always laughing at me that we base our trips around places I want to try out, at least I know I am not the only one! You made good choices! So bummed we didnt meet up, but you had hella fun time anyway 🙂
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    December 31, 2014 at 5:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Show Steve a thing or two! You gotta eat–might as well make it a destination! Plus, then you can get into trouble on the way 😀

      January 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    All of your eats look pretty delicious! Love the idea of creating a food itinerary for trips! I don’t exactly do that but usually if I go on a trip I will find a nice or notable restaurant to check out!
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    December 31, 2014 at 7:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Like the Effiel Tower 😉

      January 2, 2015 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Always love all of your food posts! That big pretzel looks great. I have a weakness for white bread and salt 🙂
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    December 31, 2014 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, and that amazing yeasty smell….

      January 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    When I am in NY we have some of our favorite places that we always try to fit in! Actually any places that we visit regularly we end up scheduling where we will eat. It’s funny because I think I am the least impressed by the food options in Baltimore compared to everywhere else we go, but maybe thats just because I can eat anywhere here whenever I want? We have a World of Beer here and we went once, but its not super convenient from where we live, but I do want to go back again!
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    December 31, 2014 at 8:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      DEFINITELY go back to WOB. It was great fun! Not the most healthy, but then #balance lol. I have only eaten in Bmore like once, so I don’t have much to contribute to that conversation. But you do have crabs!

      January 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    I never thought of a food itinerary! I am still fairly new to Austin so I have plenty of restaurants I would like to try and go back to again already. Have a fun NYE!
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    December 31, 2014 at 8:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Sounds like you need a food itinerary in your own city! We tried to go and try a new place each week when we were first here–it was a great way to learn about the city!

      January 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    YES!!! We totally do. There are places we visit (Charleston, Savannah, home, ect) that I have ALL THE MEALS planned before we get there. I’m one to pick all the restaurants on any vacation really. It’s is one of the best parts of traveling in my opinion. It looks like you eat the same way the hubs and I do on vaca. 🙂
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    December 31, 2014 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so weird–so often we plan everything out, then get lost or something on the way, and end up somewhere that we end up LOVING. So I always say that we have a food itinerary, but we let it meander around a bit.

      January 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    I always loved a good cinnamon raisin bagel. Have a terrific New Years!
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    December 31, 2014 at 9:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You need to have a super cinnamon bagel from Goldbergs in Atlanta. It will change your life.

      January 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I love having a food itinerary. How else will I ensure that I eat everything I want to? ; ) I need to find this Sweet Baby Jesus beer. Not only does it have the best name ever, but it’s like a Reese’s cup? God bless whoever made it.
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    December 31, 2014 at 9:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha knew you would love it! Definitely recommend it!

      January 2, 2015 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    I am always researching places to visit when we head out of town and have them all bookmarked in Yelp! I already have a half dozen places for our girl’s trip to Tampa in Feb. Your food pics are amazing!! Love that giant pretzel!
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    December 31, 2014 at 9:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha yay! Another Yelper! When we went to San Fran, I was allllll over that. And when we were in Europe too!

      January 2, 2015 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    When I travel, I plan said travels around my food iterinary. <3 So glad I'm not the only one who makes em'! 😛

    I think I really need to get to Fry's Spring Station. *-* Maybe on my way back from taking the second part of my boards…
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    December 31, 2014 at 9:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      UM make your plans NOW

      January 2, 2015 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    I want to take a bath in that mustard….weird?!

    Happy New Year 🙂
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    December 31, 2014 at 10:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Nah. You know I understand it.

      January 2, 2015 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Hahah oh my gosh when I’m traveling I most DEFINITELY have a food itinerary. Visiting new restaurants when I’m traveling is #1 on my list, no matter where I am. That pizza is mouthwatering but the highlight for me is the bagel/egg sandwich. I love a good bagel sandwich. Happy New Year Suz!
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    December 31, 2014 at 10:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Happy new year love! Yup, I’m the person who is always patrolling to find something. Even if we don’t stick with our original selections, I like to know what it out there!

      January 2, 2015 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    You’re killing me with these pictures! I would love to eat a whole wheat everything with bacon egg and cheese again. Unfortunately it makes me sick the next day 🙁 a paleo bagel will never be a bagel. Actually no bagel but one from ny will do 🙂
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    December 31, 2014 at 10:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha, I can understand that. Sorry to torture you! But I so understand. Like there is nothing like a full fat cookie, but it just isn’t worth it for me. We all have to pick our battles.

      January 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    gahhh can we plzzzz just get together and do a beer tasting?? those beers sound right up my narrow little beer alley as well (brrrrpppp that sounded way worse than i expected) — chocolate peanut butter jesus something?! what in the? i clearly love all things Jesus and peanut butter and chocolate and and and yep that’s all i’m gonna say about that. must.try. HAPPY NEW YEAR my sweet funny friend! sending all the positive vibes your way. PS come to NYC in 2015, mmmkay? mkay.
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    December 31, 2014 at 10:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahahah “i clearly love all things Jesus and peanut butter and chocolate ”

      I love you. and I better get to NYC in 2015, otherwise I will explode! and yes you are a part of that!

      January 2, 2015 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Smitha @

    Will you bring me the Sweet Baby Jesus to Phx? LOL! Happy NYE my friend!
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    December 31, 2014 at 11:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If I could find a way to smuggle it onto the plane, you know that I would!

      January 2, 2015 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    All of that looks good to me! I just got hungry and put my lunch in the microwave haha. When I travel I always try and look for good food places to go and if it’s somewhere I know then I definitely plan out where to revisit. Yelp is often our best friend, although I somehow magically wish it was better.
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    December 31, 2014 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    I have to laugh at the food itinerary becuase as soon as we choose a vacation spot, the most important thing other than booking it is starting the food research, we always research the best restaurants wherever we go and plan out our daily meals around that. Robyn is a huge foodie so we are always on the hunt for great places! Those Bodo bagels look incredible and buffalo chicken pizza is my favorite–YUM! You have had a ton of incredible eats this year!! Wishing you and Alex a wonderful NYE–see you in 2015!!
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    December 31, 2014 at 1:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We certainly have eaten rather well this year…. Good gravy how are we going to live up to it this year? It is like trying to live up to multiple PR races!!
      I have a feeling you and I would travel well together (well, we knew that already, but now we KNOW it!) Happy 2015!

      January 2, 2015 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Susan Mahlburg

    I saw this post come through my Bloglovin’ email and was SO excited. I’ve been in CVille since 2004, and never meet fellow bloggers coming through the area. Before my husband bought our current home, we lived off of JPA, and would walk to Fry’s Spring for a weekly Thai Pizza fix. When they changed the recipe for their pizza, I was SO sad. You did a great job recapping some of the best local haunts. XOXO.

    December 31, 2014 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This makes me so happy! Thank you for introducing yourself Susan! I can’t wait to check out your blog as well. I miss the food in that little town so much. What are some of your favorites??

      January 2, 2015 at 11:49 am
  • Reply

    Oh that pretzel looks so good. And you can’t beat a good pretzel and a good beer. It’s like a marriage! 😀 recently posted…Wholemeal Cranberry SconesMy Profile

    January 1, 2015 at 2:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, Neil, you are speaking my language! ALLLLLL THE CARBS

      January 2, 2015 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    I want the chipotle chicken sandwich! Can we make a more bikini-friendly version?!
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    January 2, 2015 at 9:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Done. I will work on a recipe for you!

      January 2, 2015 at 11:48 am
  • Reply Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Dude, we need to go on a food road trip together. Minus the beer. I cannot stand beer. I’ll be the girl in our duo.
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    January 3, 2015 at 2:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      No worries. I will drink the beer. What is your drink of choice?

      January 5, 2015 at 2:57 pm

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