Favorite Charlottesville Restaurants

Southern Crescent

Below are some of my choices for favorite food places in the Charlottesville area. This page is updated frequently, so check back for additional information. There’s also a page of Favorite Boutique Inns & Hotels in this link.

We begin the new series on local restaurants with Southern Crescent, which is strongly Palmer Approved. As such, our photo shows Palmer sitting on the blue wraparound porch that surrounds the charming house that is home to this unique restaurant. Located in the heart of the Belmont neighborhood of Charlottesville, Southern Crescent is named for the railroad that connects Charlottesville straight to New Orleans …. so Cajun and Creole are exactly what you can enjoy here. Classic cuisine from Louisiana and the Caribbean includes New Orleans favorites and tropical specialty cocktails, juices, and spirits.

The atmosphere at Southern Crescent is casual and comfortable, with both indoor and outdoor dining. There are lots of tables on the porch and garden if you want to bring your dog, and the bartender and staff have a supply of dog biscuits. Enjoy Po Boys, Jambalaya, Gumbo, Crawfish Pie and don’t forget to save room for Beignets. As for craft cocktails; I recommend starting with a Sazerac, a New Orleans staple.