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Road Trip: Roanoke Portion

rlcole4346 | Jan 8, 201710:39 AM

MC and I recently completed a long road trip built around family, old friends, and of course, food. We left KY for Asheville, then to the Charlotte area, then to D.C., Baltimore, Cincinnati, and then home. I wrote a fairly detailed report based on my notes, and our combined memories. I then went in for back surgery, and came home to find my trip report had disappeared into the unknown multiverse. Rather discouraging.

So, following is a somewhat more brief report, though perhaps still a bit long. And, probably missing a few things.

Day 13, 10/27: Roanoke, VA

Who knew that Roanoke was such a happening place. We were there for only one night. We arrived fairly late, and almost didn't go out. However, after finding only chain places in our immediate motel location, we just couldn't stay in. I had done a bit of internet snooping and found several interesting places. Plus, a number were centrally located.

We started at Billy's. We chose to sit outside. Well, it was sort of outside, with walls and no ceiling. One person was serving as both bartender and waiter, and did an admirable job at both. We started with Billy's version of an Old Fashion (called a Scout Fashion). It was excellent. MC's Margarita on Rocks was very good.

We were not yet hungry, so just split a serving of their crab cake. It was good, but not on a par of what we remembered from our years of living in Baltimore.

Day 13 Continued, Roanoke:
Next, on to Awful Arthur's for some live music. The band seemed to be sort of a cover band for Southern Rock music, as in the cords sounded very familiar, but the lyrics may have been original. In any event, it was fun, and it got our blood flowing again. I had a Bent IPA while MC had a Blue Moonish type draft. We decided to to try their Shrimp/Fish Taco and a Pepper Crab Bowl. We wanted to like it, but it was just so-so. We would still go back for the music and beer.

Finally, to our favorite place of the evening--Jack Brown's. This seemed to be such a great neighborhood bar. Again, recalling our days/nights in Fells Point, Baltimore. Great mixture of people, all giving off a friendly vibe of "hey, we all know each other, but you guys are welcome too". The place was packed at some early hour of the morning. I started with a limited release Fullstream 9 Volt draft, while MC had a Flying Dog Bee beer. Although not hungry, we decided to split their Wagu cheese burger. Fortunately, it was quite small. Even more important, it was outstanding. I had a Soaring Ridge BoCo's Finest. MC decided on water.

A final note on Roanoak. It was our first Uber experience. I gave the driver a list of the places we wanted to go. He drove us around to each place before we stopped at one, and gave us his opinion (generally positive) on each. He did comment at each that the crowd was going to be different from us. We were not offended but responded that since we are each age 73, any place interesting is going to have a different crowd.

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