Virginia’s Blue Ridge is known for its stunning mountains and fun outdoor activities like biking, hiking, and kayaking. With all of those (and more!) activities, visitors are bound to work up a hardy appetite for good food. There a lot of options to choose from in Roanoke and the surrounding area. I am going to highlight four restaurants that I have dined at and give you my personal recommendations.
1. The Roanoker
The Roanoker has been in business for more than 70 years. It has been recognized by Southern Living magazine as “One of the 5 Best Places in Virginia to Eat Breakfast.” The biscuits at The Roanoker are a must. They are light and fluffy and made daily with a flour that is milled in Virginia. They will probably be the best biscuits you ever put in your mouth. (Can’t make it to Roanoke? I am so sorry because these are really incredible. If it’s any consolation, you can get the recipe and try making some at home by clicking here.)
Dining options are plentiful at Roanoke City Market in downtown Roanoke. I opted to dine at Wall Street Tavern and ordered the Smoked Ham & Havarti sandwich. It was topped with Dijon aioli and served with a side of garlic Parmesan fries. This meal gets two thumbs up from me. My friends ordered the Wall Street Burger, Turkey and Brie sandwich, and Smoked Salmon Salad and they were all thoroughly pleased.
Between the city of Roanoke and Smith Mountain Lake is my next recommendation – Homestead Creamery. There is probably a line of 10 or so people right this very moment ready to place their order for a delicious sandwich, like the El Presidente Panini above. I would definitely order another one as well as the side of potato salad.
The pièce de résistance is the super rich and creamy ice cream. With more butterfat and less air whipped into their ice cream compared to others, Homestead Creamery ice cream is luscious and delicious. It’s heaven on a spoon. A kiddie cup was the right size for me. I recommend ordering Moose Tracks, shown below.
The Wildflour is a quaint little restaurant that emphasizes whole foods and original recipes. The environment inside the dining room is cozy and the food is quite delicious. I had the Dragon’s Tooth sandwich (eggplant medallions coated in Parmesan cheese layered on Wildflour bread and topped with sautéed green peppers, red onion, mushrooms, sliced tomato, provolone cheese, lettuce, ranch dressing and secret sauce). It came with a side of pasta salad. For dessert I was able to sample the Honey Oat Cake, Coconut Cake, and Mounds Cake. The Mounds Cake was so moist and the flavors of chocolate and coconut were absolutely perfect.
I recently attended a whirlwind of a tour of Virginia’s Blue Ridge courtesy of Roanoke Valley CVB. (You can read about some of the fun activities that I was able to do by clicking here and visiting SweetTMakesThree.com.)