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May 6, 2002 12:09 PM

Restaurants in Roanoke, VA

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A group of my coworkers are headed to lovely Roanoke Virginia for a document review - the deadliest work on earth. I thought I'd see if I could liven their time with a few good places to eat in the area: any suggestions? Thank you!

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    Scott Huddle

    This is my hometown and, generally, you aren't going to find the same level of dining there as here (e.g. Red Lobster is named as the best seafood restaurant)

    That said, for some local color and some excellent hot dogs hit the Roanoke Weiner Stand in downtown (it seems that every local and state politician has stopped by and had one). Another Roanoke institution, also downtown, is the Texas Tavern ("we seat 1000 people, 10 at a time") good for burger/diner fare.

    Billy's Ritz, also downtown, was good, buts it been years since I've been. Its very popular as a pre-theatre kind of place.

    The Library is consistenly named as one of the nicest/fanciest restuarants in town, but I've not been.

    If you are up for a bit of a drive in the country, check out The Homeplace in Catawba. Good country style food (country ham, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, pinto beans, fruit cobbler) all homemade and set out family style and for a fixed price all you can eat kind of deal. Its set in a farm house in the middle of some fields.. you can see the cows from your table. Pretty drive, too.

    Roanoker Magazine (see link) is probably your best bet for reviews or the Roanoke Times.


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    1. re: Scott Huddle

      Could the 'texas Tavern' be the place we used to call 'Texas Jack's' ? Many years ago on Friday(late, really, really late)night 4 or 5 Marines stationed near Norfolk VA would drive out to Roanoke for a bowl of Chili and as I recall you could buy a cold Bud longneck as well. There was a counter where you sat with your back to the wall,wolfed down the chili and gave your seat to someone waiting. I seem to remember there being a policeman usually nearby.

    2. I can't vouch for it now, but a few years back I had a very good dinner in the restaurant in the Hotel Roanoke.