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Review of AVA Restaurant - CLOSED

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AVA Restaurant
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 31, 2013

This is a re-incarnation of the original Darjeeling Cafe. Great selection of wines,, beers, tea. Great for vegans and all others. While service is slow you forgive them for the effort. The owner also cooks and serves. You do feel like you are eating in her home. I would classify the fare as comfort.
I come back because I like the atmosphere and the owner. The food is secondary. We would recommend their pickled plate for appetizer. It consisted of watermelon rinds, cucumbers, okra and more with two nice dipping sauces(chipotle and a dill). We had a vegetable Napoleon and seitan steaks. Both just ok. However, we noticed other diners with different selections enjoying their meals. As I said earlier, this is a place we enjoy.

Thank Mulan88
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We were excited to try this place as a friend raves about the coffee, but I'm not a coffee drinker. We entered and were seated at a table near the front door. We asked for a different table hoping to avoid being right in the traffic as people entered. We shouldn't have bothered, nobody else came.

We tried a few things and a glass of wine, but once we started to get a feel for the portion size compared to the price, we knew it was time to wrap up our visit. The fried Oreo was the last thing we tried, and that was quite good, but a very strange (not at all healthy) thing for a menu at a vegetarian place.

All in all the experience was quite strange. The eclectic setting is a bit offbeat and the colors come off as harsh. What the tall carefully quaffed waitress described as sublime... wasn't. And we left behind too much money for going home hungry.

Staunton offers better.

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1  Thank RoseEglow
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The atmosphere is quiet, roomy and comfortable. The menu has a lot of variety and has many interesting vegetarian selections. I had the vegetable loaf which was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. I will absolutely return.

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Thank cooprs
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

We happened upon Ava after a long day of interstate driving (arriving less than 1/2 hour before closing) and it was a pleasant surprise. The duck breast salad was great, the duck well cooked (though the skin could have been more crisp). The vegan tomato soup was delicious. My friend had the spinach salad, which he loved, and the vegetable napoleon. While he liked the napoleon dish overall, the proportion of grits to other ingredients was off. The waitress made good wine suggestions and a healthy pour on the wine by the glass. Coconut pie for dessert was enough to share and was a great end to the meal.

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Thank georgiajan
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

The menu, wine selection and reviews beckoned. With an eclectic menu and local ingredients we were looking forward to a relaxing meal. We arrived at ~7:30 and most of the tables were grouped together in front of the stage for a book reading already underway. We seemed to be the only diners. The service was good but not very attentive and they never little the candle. We ordered drinks and two appetizers, an olive tapenade and mushroom canapés, both served on French bread and were absolutely delicious. We chose the duck breast salad and pork rib eye. These were both very good, but the accompaniment to the pork was poorly seasoned and had far too many cranberries (as did the salad). It seemed like we were the only diners and were told that the 10-15 people attending the reading did not eat. The atmosphere did not fit the dining experience as we could not talk without interfering with the reading and when it broke, their conversation level persisted at a high level. MORAL: good food does not go along with book readings. And we resent the dictatorial way a minimal 18%+ tip is administered on the pay tablet. We would like to reserve the right to make a judgement in this regard, not the owner.

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Thank drdblu
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