Dinner in Blacksburg, Va.?
I'll be there Friday night. I have a $25 budget. I like almost everything, and I'm not afraid of spicy foods. Ideally, it would be a place with some local flavor, so I guess that would be soul food or BBQ. But all ideas are welcome.
Also, I'll likely be dining solo, so a place that has a bar, or at least good people watching, would be nice.
Sorry to break the news, but BBQ and Soul food are actually not native to Blacksburg or the surrounding area; this is Appalachia, not the deep South (this is coming from a Yankee transplant). The Cellar is in the heart of downtown, has a bar with a large selection, and is likely to have live music upstairs, which I think should reflect local flavor--there's sometimes old time music, sometimes something else. It's also a local, independent business, unlike Outback and the like. There's also Gillie's, which is vegetarian + fish, with a counter and beer and wine. Both of these are spotty for food quality, although people like pizza at the Cellar. More Than Coffee has decent food, but it's middle eastern. I think they have beer. These are all right downtown.
We're a Hokie family and go to all the football games and our daughter is graduating from there next month. Blacksburg is a challenging place for foodies. As quilty said, it is not BBQ or soul food country. Poor Billy's on Main Street is good...lots of seafood (the sushi I had there was good also) and Gillie's just off Main is good and vegertarian (I highly recommend it for breakfast on Saturday morning if you will be there). I also like the Cellar for red Italian and pizza.