A Good Thing Going

The Carving Board Café
624 Albemarle Square, Charlottesville, Virginia

By Patricia B. Mitchell, 2006.


I had enjoyed so much the Roast Turkey Sandwich which I had the last time we ate at the Carving Board Café that I ordered it again this time. I chose wheat bread, provolone cheese, all the possible toppings (except for jalapenos) and both horseradish and herb mayonnaise on the side.

The sandwich ingredients were excellent. I had meant to order the Homemade Italian Vinaigrette rather than the herb mayonnaise, but I forgot my plan. Next time…. Oh, the cost of the sandwich was $4.00.

Henry got the $4.00 Beef Barbecue on a New York Kaiser roll, topped with creamy coleslaw and crispy onion straws. At the first bite of the sandwich he beamed with pleasure. He reports that he would very happily order that sandwich again. “It was among the best BBQ sandwiches I have ever had,” he remarked.

Our daughter selected the soup of the day — potato — and half a Chicken Salad Sandwich on sourdough. She thought that the soup was satisfactory and the chicken salad excellent.

The two young entrepreneurs who own and operate this business definitely have a good thing going. Candice Liptak is the charming and kind up-front person, taking orders at the counter and adding TLC to everything.

In the kitchen, Justin Van Der Linde works industriously, creating marvelous-looking salads, satisfying soups, sides and yummy sandwiches. Special touches like in-house BBQ preparation and homemade dressings add to the appeal of this eatery.

For dessert one can order cookies, brownies, or lemon bars. Pepsi products are available.

The Carving Board Café is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm. — Don't miss this little treasure of a restaurant.


The Carving Board Cafe

BBQ sandwich.



The Carving Board Cafe

Roast turkey sandwich.



The Carving Board Cafe

Chicken salad sandwich.



The Carving Board Cafe

Potato soup.