The Pioneer recently sat down with Lindsey Daniels, owner and operator of Cho’s, to discuss nachos, beer and Charlottesville.
Cho’s, Preston’s hidden gem, has been delighting its customers with gourmet nachos and beer since January. This place has it all, from the “Poke Cho,” a sushi-based nacho, to the “Texas Two Step,” which incorporates delicious short rib beef. Simply put, anyone can find something that they would enjoy here. My personal favorite is the Lucky Cho, which is a waffle fry nacho dish topped with chopped bacon, sharp white cheddar beer cheese, chives, and horseradish crème.
Of course, they also have the “Classic,” their most popular dish, which is what you would expect from your traditional nachos: black beans, corn salsa, house-made queso, and delicious house-made tortilla chips. According to Daniels, “the secret to the perfect nacho is making your own chips,” and Cho’s makes them fresh every day.
The restaurant has 15 beers on tap at all times with a rotating draft list. No matter the time, however, Daniels ensures two-thirds of the beers come from local breweries. They even have a special partnership with their neighbor, Three Notch’d Brewery. Cho’s, first and foremost, is a bar with Charlottesville at the center of all that they do. The name Cho’s is an abbreviation of the word nacho, but it also mirrors the Charlottesville airport’s initials: CHO.
Every Wednesday, Cho’s hosts “Yappy Hour” where customers can bring their dogs to enjoy drinks, food, and pets. They also host football Sundays, showing every game and providing specials on beers. And every St. Patrick’s Day, Cho’s gives a nod to the previous tenants of 946 Grady Avenue by bringing back McGrady’s Irish Pub. Daniels said that she wishes to create traditions for the Charlottesville community so they can come back every year and know they are welcome.
Visit Cho’s Nachos and Beer on Grady and Preston and I guarantee that you will not think about nachos the same way again.