Where to eat? This is always an important question when one is visiting a new place. Fortunately, there are numerous fine choices, in various price ranges, in Roanoke. Many of these are within walking distance from the Hotel Roanoke. It has been a few years since I was in Roanoke, so I asked a friend to provide a list of his favorite restaurants. Here are his recommendations with a quick blurb:
- Billy’s – upper/mid-price, great cocktails and an indoor courtyard
- Awful Arthur’s – sports bar, steamed seafood, very casual
- Metro – high end sushi and cuisine, fantastic martinis
- Alejandro’s – fantastic Mexican with a salsa bar
- Thelma’s Chicken & Waffles – traditional and delicious
- Jack Brown’s – burgers and craft beer
- Cedars – traditional Lebanese food
He also said he could easily list ten more!
Here are a few more places that everyone should visit when in Roanoke:
- Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea – Great coffee and delicious scones (as remember from my last visit). They also serve breakfast and lunch.
- Roanoke Weiner Stand – A local favorite since 1916. Stop by when you visit the City Market.
- Texas Tavern (aka The Roanoke Millionaire’s Club) – A Roanoke institutions since 1930, open 24/7 serving up hamburger, hot dogs, and chili. Apparently people still rave about it even after they move away.
- Corned Beef and Company – Another local staple, serving up everything from steak to wood fired pizzas to corned beef!
This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you want more options then check out The Roanoker Menu Restaurant Guide. It is packed with information about area restaurants. Also here is a map of the places mentioned above.
*Roanoke was originally named Big Lick, due to a large outcropping of salt near the Roanoke River which drew in wildlife.