After three years of renovations to bring back the building’s original look, the Junction finally resembles the home of Burford Fancy Groceries, a beautiful historic building erected in 1900. An awesome two-story house with brick walls, big windows and a big surprise: a Pepsi-Cola vintage mural discovered during their dining room renovations.
It is located in the Belmont section of historic Charlottesville, very close to his brother restaurant, The Local, both owned by Adam Frazier. But Junction specializes in Mexican-American cuisine, headed by the recognized chef Melissa Close-Hart.
The menu includes hearty tacos, salads, tasty roasted corn, enchiladas and empanadas filled with grilled shrimp, corn and sweet potato. They pridefully serve a smoked pork belly chunk with creamed corn salad, pickled mango and red onion slaw, and mango-chipotle glaze. Fried catfish with tartar sauce will fulfill lighter expectations. For dessert, we opt for the Kahlua Flan and the classic Churros.
They are also proud of their cocktails by Alec Spidalier, with four types of margaritas: Blanco Tequila, Reposado Tequila, Fig-infused Reposado Tequila, and Habanero-infused Blanco Tequila.
“We imagine Junction as a place that you can go to enjoy high-quality, carefully-made cocktails that stand out in an ever-expanding world of bars and restaurants, but in a relaxed, casual atmosphere where one would be just as comfortable and content grabbing a beer after work with some friends,” Mr. Spidalier says.
Phone: (434) 465-6131
Hours: Sunday to Thursday 5pm to 10pm. Friday-Saturday 5pm to 11pm.
Text and photo: Edu Bayer