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What's new

The new year is here, and with it so are resolutions and cold January days. Try our fresh, healthy salads and sides, like the Pear & Pomegranate, with mixed artisan lettuce, toasted pecans, blue cheese & a bright, delicious citrus vinaigrette. Warm up with hearty, wholesome dishes like Chicken Ballotine, stuffed with house herb focaccia, Italian sausage, apples & kale and West Indies Beef Stew, with tomato, bell pepper, green olives and just the right amount of spice. Find these and much more on the January Gourmet-to-go Menu.

Since 1986, Charlottesville's best gourmet prepared foods, café & bakery

We feature extraordinary food, reasonable prices, the best locally-roasted specialty coffees & exceptional loose leaf teas – all available for eat-in or take-out.

Everything is made from scratch daily, with many vegetarian and gluten-free options. Choose from our:  ● chef-prepared foods    breakfast, lunch, & dinner   muffins, scones, cookies, croissants ...    cakes, slices, and desserts-for-one.

We regularly deliver customized gifts of our foods and other specialty items to UVA students, hospital visitors, and anyone else in Central Virginia. Call us for details.

Always casual & comfortable

Whether for a full meal ... or a few creative sides ... or a simple latte and dessert, our café is always informal and welcoming. And our covered outdoor patio is a great place to enjoy a meal and a glass of wine.

Catering – with great food and caring service

Our professional catering staff makes it easy to have a spectacular wedding or any kind of business or private party in Central Virginia.

We are accredited at many of the best local venues, including UVA sites and gorgeous wineries in the Virginia countryside.

We make it easy to have a sensational event that you will treasure forever.

We all have the right to enjoy delicious, quality food at reasonable prices

That's our guiding principal at HotCakes

Lisa McEwan, owner


Bakery & desserts
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