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Blacksburg/Christianburg dining

Visiting daughter at Va Tech. Looking for good food. Can be fine dining,ethnic, or regional.

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  1. When will you be visiting? Poor Billy's in downtown Blacksburg is good for sushi, seafood and steak. Bull & Bones is a good microbrewery with food stick-to-your-ribs food. Gillie's downtown B'burg has good vegetarian fare and a great breakfast. Boudreauxs downtown has cajun food, but can be a bit inconsistent. Cabo Fish Taco is good for margaritas and their particular spin on Mexican.

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    Cabo Fish Taco
    117 S Main St, Blacksburg, VA 24060

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    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      Sake House, currently near to Bull and Bones, has terrific sushi. I've been a fan for fifteen years.

    2. Let's see --

      For breakfast, there's always Gillie's, a local favorite.

      For more casual eating, you have a ton of options:
      In the downtown area, Mike's Grill, Sharkey's , and the Rivermill all have good burgers. Sal's in the Main Street shopping center and Ceritano's both have good italian and pizza. The Cellar is a personal favorite for lunch. Macado's has more sandwiches than one could ever hope to eat. Souvlaki has great gyros and baklava. Backstreet's has a little bit of everything, and was always my husband's favorite.

      I like the beer at Bull & Bones but have been twice and had two big misses for food. Boudreaux's has good drink and wine specials, and used to do some good desserts, but the main fare is inconsistent at best as Janet indicated.

      On the nicer end, you have Zeppoli's for italian. If you're up for a drive, the Homeplace Restaurant is a neat place that serves family style southern favorites. Blackstone Grill in Christiansburg is reasonably good. A lot of friends used to really enjoy the Summit Restaurant in Christiansburg, but I can't say it's a personal favorite. The Bank in Pearisburg is good if you're willing to go for a drive!

      The on-campus dining halls are almost always in the top 5 of national rankings, especially West End -- where else can you get lobster in a college dining hall?

      For other options, take the drive down to Roanoke. Very active community there with a good restaurant scene!

      Good luck, and Go Hokies :)

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      Mike's Grill
      418 N Main St, Blacksburg, VA 24060

      Sharkeys
      220 N Main St, Blacksburg, VA 24060

      Ceritano's
      428 N Main St, Blacksburg, VA 24060

      Zeppoli's
      810 University City Blvd Ste 22, Blacksburg, VA 24060

      1. Thanks Janet and ForFoodsSake---Have been to Billies and like it--good food,good drinks,no reservations which makes it tough on a football weekend. Ate at Summit and Boudreauxs. Both ok but not dying to return.Will try Zeppoli's if they take a reservation.

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        Zeppoli's
        810 University City Blvd Ste 22, Blacksburg, VA 24060

        1. No need to go to Roanoke for great food-

          The Italian around these parts is Mountain View Italian Kitchen in Ironto- http://www.mountainviewitaliankitchen...

          Best steaks- River Co Restaurant & Brewery- http://www.therivercompanyrestaurant....

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          Mountain View Italian Kitchen
          3199 Northfork Rd, Ironto, VA 24087

          1. My daughter is at VT as well, and I appreciate the recs in this thread. I'll definitely try some of them. I agree with the above posters' comments regarding the places I've been: Bull & Bones is good for beer but the food is not spectacular, Cabo is worth a visit as well. I just wanted to add Lefty's since no one has mentioned it yet. Very casual place, but I've found the food to be surprisingly good.

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            1. re: arbyunc

              Ahh yes, I forgot about Lefty's. How could I? Great breakfast sandwiches if they still open for breakfast, I think they were thinking about stopping that a couple of years ago.

              1. re: arbyunc

                I forgot Lefty's as well! They have a great "hangover omelet" for breakfast and everything I've had from there has been very good. When our daughter was at VT a guy she dated who was from outside Philly said they had a very solid cheesesteak.

              2. I am more "old school" when visiting Tech, so I have two old recommendations. Backstreet's has been there forever, and serves up some good pizza. The other one is Mike's Grill. Go to Mike's and get a cheeseburger, fries and a beer.

                I know a lot of folks recommend Gillies, but I have never heard anyone rave about the food later. I *still* hear people raving about their Mike's Burger years later.

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                Backstreets Restaurant
                207 S Main St, Blacksburg, VA 24060

                Mike's Grill
                418 N Main St, Blacksburg, VA 24060

                1. If you don't mind the drive to Salem, VA-maybe 20-30 minutes, you will be rewarded by eating at the Blue Apron and Red Rooster. Great food and you can order tapas or regular portions of wonderful food. They are open for lunch and dinner Tues-Sat. You will need reservations for dinner. I live in the area and this is my favorite upscale dining experience.

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                  1. re: mitched5

                    I second traveling to Salem if you have the time. The Blue Apron has amazing food, but make sure you have a reservation as the restaurant is on the small size.

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                    Blue apron
                    Salem, Salem, VA