Posts Tagged ‘ downtown mall ’

TACOS!-La Michoacana

What it is: A small taqueria (really small, as in pretty much just this window and a door and a continually packed, equally tiny parking lot) that serves authentic tacos, burritos, and quesadillas (and inauthentic ones too, if that’s your thing).  Located at 1138 E High St, not far from the downtown mall. Open Tuesday through Saturday–I have been disappointed many a Monday.

Why it’s rad: There isn’t too much to say about this charming hole in the wall taqueria except for TWO DOLLAR TACOS!  Which are some of the best, most satisfying things I’ve ever eaten.  A variety of meats and vegetarian fillings and toppings to choose from, though I usually get them Mexicana style, which is just onions, cilantro and lime.  They also make their own tortillas, which are available to purchase on Saturdays only, if you want to have your own taco night.  They also have Mexican coke for sale (Coke made from real sugar, no corn syrup, bottled in Mexico), which is delicious and kills the heat perfectly if you choose an overly-spicy salsa.

Last Minute: BIRDLIPS! Now Tonight! Plus Update

9pm, $7 $10

[Update: Somebody squealed to the fire marshal, so now tickets are $10, and they are limiting them to 40 tickets only.  Sort of a bummer.]

At the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar! (Post forthcoming), which is located on the downtown mall between 4th and 5th Street at 414 E. Main.

Birdlips is a group comprised of an adorable skinny couple who left Charlottesville for the West coast, but has come back to us, at least for the night on their East coast tour for their upcoming album (they always come back).  The music is catchy, but not too pop-y, and Birdlips produces a sound bigger than the sum of its two parts.

They are playing with Frau Eva and Matthew Hemmerlein.  I have only seen Matthew Hemmerlein play once, and it was pretty incredible.  He plays violin with a lot of loop techniques.  Pretty simplistic and unique.  Lots of Radiohead covers.  And this show is only SEVEN DOLLARS for three bands at a rad place.

Daedalus Bookshop

What It Is: A three floor bookshop that has been open for 37 years.  It houses about 120,000 books, all organized into sections such as fiction, drama, political science, history, foreign language, fire, philosophy, etc.  Located just off the downtown mall at the corner of Fourth Street NE and Market Street.

Why It’s Rad: This huge and winding bookshop was not named after the maker of the labyrinth on accident.  I kept taking pictures, but they all look more or less the same, because EVERYTHING IS COVERED IN BOOKS.  It’s not Barns and Nobel–you have to go look for the books you want, nothing is cataloged, and the closest thing to a computer is a battery powered calculator.

Going into this place as a fourth year, I can see at least half of the books I’ve ever had to read during my college career, and for much cheaper than I bought them for, even if I was lucky enough to find them used.  They don’t carry textbooks, but you are guaranteed to find classic readings like Marx, Joseph Nye, Max Weber, Primo Levi, and almost any fiction you would need.  Open seven days a week.