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“Some Things Never Change”
Review of White Spot

White Spot
Ranked #161 of 566 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

You know how, if you're lucky, there's a place, or places, at your college/university that remain largely the same after you graduate and become an adult? You'd expect that to be commonplace at the University of Virginia, founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson and located in one of the most pleasant and picturesque towns in the US. And it's true, especially at the Corner, a section of University Ave/Main St that's been a center of student life and activity since at least the 1960's, when I was there. The White Spot was the go-to, 24-hour Corner diner for students needing late-night eats then, and it's still the same today.

A few changes have occurred over the years, some good, some not so good: The big confederate flag on the wall is gone, replaced by sports pics and wall-to-wall menus. Henry, and his huge chili dogs and greasy hamburgers, is gone, replaced by Gus and his Greek menu, Gusburger, and equally greasy hamburgers. The diner's size has doubled, having at some point expanded into the storefront next door with actual sit-down tables (the Spot's original counter and stools remains unchanged --- we old-timers still sit there, so we can catch up on the news from Henry/Gus while we're getting fed). And even though Henry is now Gus, you're still warmly greeted at the door when you come in, just like it's always been.

If you visit the Spot, you'll probably have grease on your shirt after you leave. You may have heartburn for a few hours afterward. You'll definitely have some money left after you pay your bill. And you'll be caught up on all the latest news at the Corner. But, most importantly, you'll have joined the thousands --- nay, millions, by now --- of UVa students who have, over the years and at all hours of the day and night, been rejuvenated and made ready to face the next class or exam by the food and friendship found at the Spot.

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

This is a hole in the wall counter only diner located on the corner at UVA. It has been there for years and is widely known for their signature "Gus" burger which has about everything on it to include an egg. By eating this you pretty much have all of the foood groups in one meal. If you like this type of cuisine in a college atmosphere you should visit at least once.

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Reviewed July 22, 2012

I occasionally ate at the White Spot when I was a student at UVa. My husband and daughter walked there twice for breakfast on a recent trip to Charlottesville.

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Reviewed June 23, 2012

What a bunch of mewling, whining crybabies.

I'm 56, my daughter is 15, I didn't go to UVa, we were just in town visiting, so neither of us falls into the category of being a drunk undergraduate. Well, at least, my 15-year-old doesn't.

We stopped in for a Saturday afternoon lunch and had a delicious meal. The cooks were friendly and pleasant. The meals were good. The price was reasonable.

Having left undergraduate school, lo, these 34 years ago, this seems like the sort of place that you know what to expect when you walk in. Let's see...it's across the street from a college campus. It's a diner. It's open all the time.

To complain about drunk undergrads frequenting the place en route to their next kegger is to be naive. Where else would you expect them to have something to eat en route to their next place?

The White Spot is what it is. An all-hours diner across the street from a college campus.

My daughter and I think they do a good job of it.

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Reviewed May 1, 2012

The undergraduates rave about this place, probably because it is a regular feature in their late night drunken escapades. White Spot is a standard issue burger joint whose reputation solely derives from the fact that it is located on the corner. Oh, and it does serve up the "gus" burger which is a very large, multi-patty burger with a fried egg on top. The White Spot gets mythologized by hapless undergrads as some kind of glorious greasy spoon of unique quality. Don't bother, the prices aren't that great and the food is just so-so. Seating is cramped and rotten, especially once a bunch of loud undergrads start staggering in en route to their next kegger.

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1  Thank killdivas
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