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 New In September 

Meatloaf - smoked provolone, heirloom tomato-bourbon ketchup

Kale Pesto Roasted Chicken - with tomato-grilled corn relish

Fall Freekeh Salad - with butternut squash, apple, dried cherries

Baby Kale Caesar Salad - with herb focaccia croutons

Rosemary Roasted Beet Salad - with orange, mint & chevre

Vanilla Crunch Cake - with vanilla cream - walnut toffee filling

Chocolate Waterfall Cake - dark chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream & a spill of chocolate glaze

Raspberry Frangipane Tart - almond filling with fresh berries

Weekday Happy Hour - specials on wine & beer in the café



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

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

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 deliver customized gifts of our foods and other specialty items to UVA students, hospital visitors, and others in Central Virginia. Call for details.

Always casual & comfortable

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

Catering – with exceptional food and caring service

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

We are accredited at many of the best 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





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