Was down there for the Virginia Bar Exam last year and ate at a variety of places. Loved 202 Market for fun drinks and very good food. And the food was really creative and different, no offense to Roanoke, but not what I was expecting. Their website doesn't seem to let you pull up the menu anymore so I am not sure if what I ate is still on the menu.
Had dinner at Metro and it was pretty good too. The sushi wasn't anythign super special, but it was good. Nice for a healthy dinner.
In that section they have covers for Farmer's Market, which was running when I was there and had lots of fruits, jellies, soaps and homemade stuff like that. There was also a store on the other side of the covered stalls that had Virginia specialties. I am not sure when the Farmer's Market runs though.
I also had lunch at a place right near Market 202 down the street where the Farmer stalls are I think perhaps it was Table 50. They had a wine bar on one half. Anyway they had an absolutely incredible fried green tomato sandwich. I have had many before, but this one was notably good. The rest of the menu looked good too.
202 Market Sq SE, Roanoke, VA 24029
We were driving through Roanoke last week and ate at the Wildflour Bakery. What a lucky break for us! Everything was fresh and delicious. Many, many vegitarian options. The Wildflour bread was phenomenal. Casual and inexpensive, too. Above all, save room for dessert! You won't be sorry.
The only thing they could improve on is the service. Our waitress never cracked a smile or even made eye contact. A bit disappointing, but the food more than made up for it.
Wildflour Restaurant & Bakery
1212 4th St SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
I used to work in Roanoke and often had great sushi and really good martinis at Metro!. It's a swanky place, especially for Roanoke and has great service. If you're looking for good steaks, Frankie Roland is excellent. They also have great martinis! Market 202 is also decent, although a touch overrated. But it's a fun place to go for a drink before and after dinner. There is a farmer's market downtown but I don't know much about it. If you're staying at Hotel Roanoke you can walk to a ton of places, all of the above included. Hope that helps!