My friends and I were in Charlottesville, Va to visit Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello. After a great tour of this historic home we were starving. One of the gift shop workers recommended we visit Main street in downtown Charlottesville where they have plenty of restaurants and shops. This area was so quaint and charming we walked the roughly 5 blocks of shops and places to eat. All of a sudden we smelled the magnetic scent of STEAK.... we followed our noses to the Downtown Grille. This was one of the best steaks I've had outside of Los Angeles & NYC and the martini was even better. A funny thing about the side orders is that we were told they are family style and they were. But ordering a baked potato we did not anitcipate the family style for this dish. But it was, the biggest baked potato I ever seen. It could feed 4, whoa!. This place is not inexpensive, we were a table of 3 who ordered steaks/fish, an appetizer and salad, a drink each and side dishes with dessert and the tab was roughly $177.00 (without tip). Coming from Los Angeles I did not think this was unreasonable for a 5 star steak place, I merely state this for those on a budget and don't want a surprise. If you have the dough to spend this is a great place to eat.
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