I'm planning ahead for a road trip (just me and my spouse) along i-81 in October and we will be spending a night in Roanoke/Salem VA along the way unless we change our route (unlikely but you never know). We'll be exhausted after the long drive when we arrive, so I'm doing a bit of homework to ensure that we don't have a bad or mediocre meal. Being well-fed (quality not quantity) and refreshed for another leg of our road trip is the goal, so I'm in search a restaurant for dinner, and one for breakfast that represent the best of Roanoke.
From browsing around the web I found a few restaurants that seem like they would be a good fit, but I haven't seen many reviews on Chowhound (I don't trust the reviews on yelp) and I'm hoping for some recent feedback. It's going to be hard to pick just one, they all look so good I wish I could try them all:
1) Lucky Restaurant - French/new American. The menu looks great, had mostly good reviews on yelp but a very negative complaint on their kitchen execution that has me second-guessing.
2) Blue Apron - Technically in Salem but I'm wondering how it compares to Lucky, the cuisine is similar so it would be nice to know which is the better restaurant.
3) Table 50 - New American. saw numerous complaints about overcooked meat on yelp, reviewers seem to love it or hate it.
4) River and Rail- Southern New American, local seasonal food, menu looks great!
5) Local Roots- Farm to table, seasonal food, some unusual ingredients on their menu
6) Downtown Soul Roanoke - we're new to southern soul food, this looked interesting but I couldn't find a lot of reviews. They also seem to close early for dinner, I'm not sure if we'd arrive in Roanoke before they close.
1) Blue Collar Joe's - Even if we pick a different place for breakfast, we may stop by here to get some doughnuts and coffee for the road. I saw a positive CH review on this one and was hoping for recent feedback. Who doesn't love doughnuts? Especially fresh apple cider doughnuts.
2) Bread Craft Cafe - French press coffee is not something I see offered every day, croissants and breakfast menu looked good even though it's a short one.
3) Famous Anthony's - local chain with a good reputation
4) Thelma's Chicken and Waffles - sounds like a the place for a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast.
5) Tudor's Biscuit World - are the biscuits really that good? I haven't had a biscuit yet that really knocks my socks off.
So if anyone has feedback on any of these places I'd love to hear it. Also if there are any outstanding places you'd like to suggest, that would be great too. We're looking for great food that is unique to the region or friendly/gentle on a traveler's stomach (nothing spicy).
Thanks in advance!
Downtown Soul Roanoke
304 1st ST Roanoke, VA 24011
18 Kirk Ave SW Roanoke, VA 24011
210 E Main St Salem, VA 24153
309 Market St Roanoke, VA 24011
River and Rail
2201 Crystal Spring Ave SW Roanoke, VA 24014
1314 Grandin Rd Roanoke, VA 24015
Blue Collar Joe's
1171 Roanoke Road Daleville, VA 24083
Bread Craft Cafe & Bakery
106 S. Jefferson St. Roanoke, VA
Thelma's Chicken and Waffles
315 Market St Roanoke, VA 24012
2221 Crystal Spring Avenue SW Roanoke, VA 24014
Tudor's Biscuit World
23 Church Ave SW Roanoke, VA 24011