Foodie Finds | Where to Eat in Roanoke, VA Wednesday 11 May, 2022

Roanoke actually has some cool foodie spots I got a chance to discover. A lot of special gems this city holds that varies depending on your own personal dietary needs. If you have been reading my blog for years, you aleady know my travels will always include FOOD! Let me take you on a little food finds adventure that Roanoke has to offer as well as providing variety.

Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje

One of the first places I got a chance to eat was Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje, which is a twist on modern Latin American food. This is a vibrant spot with an array of Latin Flavors (literally) with a smooth infusion of American influences. I had a great lunch as I got to enjoy the ambiance of vivid street art that is enjoy from the interior of this restaurant. Check out what I had for lunch.

Peach Ring infused Candy Margarita

3 Signature Tuco’s Tacos – Fried Avocado, Baja & Seared Tuna

Tuco’s Taqueria Garaje

416 Salem Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016

tucostaqueria.com

THE RIVER & RAIL

The River and Rail was the first place we had for dinner. “The Rail” has won more awards than any restaurant in the region and I can see why after dining here. They impressively use local, all natural, wild-caught, and organic products. Their relationships with a wide range of local suppliers bring the freshest ingredients possible to their kitchen which makes all of their cuisines stand out.

RIVER AND RAIL BUTCHER’S BOARD Spicy Bourbon Mustard, House Pickles & Toast

DRINK The Danny Tanner

TUNA TARTARE

SIANO BURRATA SALAD Claytonia Greens, Roasted Pepper Puree YBM Nduja, English Peas, Asparagus, Lemon

CHESAPEAKE WILD STRIPED BASS English Pea & Pistachio Romesco, VA Carrots Pea Shoots, Brown Butter & Miso Vinaigrette

ICE CREAM SAMPLER Selection Of House Made Ice Creams & Sorbets

The River and Rail

2201 Crystal Spring Ave. SW
Roanoke, Virginia 24014

 riverandrailrestaurant.com

 BLOOM

My next dinner restaurant was at this trendy spot called bloom. bloom is a modern American small-plate restaurant & wine bar located on Main St. within the historic Wasena neighborhood near the Roanoke Greenway. This is a unique and contemporary dining experience that boost of indoor and outdoor dining of their distinctive and beautifully adorned plates & entrees.

Dinner

VA Hydroponic Cucumber elements of cucumber, GVH mizuna, herb oil, violet, lemon-buttermilk foam w/ Rose Sangria

NC Shrimp inked Gracious Day grits, salami oil, claytonia, Calabrian chili, mint chimichurri

Smoke In Chimey Trout Local asparagus, roasted carrots, herbed Creme fresh, GVH pea shoots

Creme Fresh Ice Cream sister brick & motar – Bourbon Caramel, pretzel pieces

bloom

1109 Main St SW, Roanoke, VA 24015

bloomrke.com

CREME FRESH

Crème Fresh is a plant-based and dairy-free ice cream shop I was excited to try. I preview the ice-cream at dinner across the street at bloom, which I learned this store is a collaborative effort by Quincy Randolph (chef/owner of RND Coffee Lounge) & Nate Sloan (chef/owner of bloom) to create Creme Fresh. Randolph and Sloan felt that there was room in Roanoke to offer a wider variety of non-dairy artisanal ice cream. Their slogan is “Keep it Fresh!” as an ode to their love for 90s hip hop & nod to their plant-based desserts.


The “Wafel Creme Sandwich” a fresh take on a cookies and cream ice cream sandwich, and their first signature dessert! I am so happy I took a chance on this creation over a traditional ice cream cone, because I wanted more! I enjoyed every delectable bite of this and it was better than any ice cream flavor I’ve had that is traditionally made with milk. This is FRESH and also the future!

Crème Fresh

1116 Main St SW, Roanoke, VA 24015

Follow their Instagram @cremefreshrke

RND COFFEE

Roasters Next Door (RND) is a small-batch roastery and coffee lounge that is right next to Creme Fresh. After my ice cream I definitely wanted to supported RND, especially knowing this is Roanoke’s black owned coffee shop.

I got a Caramel Ice Latte along with an Avocado toast.

RND Coffee

1114 Main St SW, Roanoke, VA 24015

roanokecoffee.com

SCREAMING VEGAN

Screamin Vegan was another place on my list I was excited to try. I am not vegan, I am pescatarian but this gave me a great foodie experience of a fully planted-based menu. This is also a black-owned restaurant, which I am so proud Roanoke has two vegan owned spots by African Americans.

Screaming Vegan has a wide selection of Vegan options such as Black Bean Burgers, Salads, Chili Cheese Fries, and More.

a DIY build your own Quinoa salad bowl. I choose to add jackfruit to mine and it was amazing.

this is lemonade with a superfood twist with seamoss being the main ingredient

The Screaming Vegan

2715 Melrose Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24017
roanokecoffee.com

screamingvegan.org

THE GREEN GOAT

Butternut Squash Soup

Lump Crab sandwich with kettle chips and a side of sweet potato tots

Roanoke is truly known to me know from taking something old and making it new with their buildings. The Green Goat was originally a rail-yard freight depot, & then home to the transportation museum, the building has sat empty since the flood of 1985.

The Green Goat

802 Wiley Dr SW, Roanoke, VA 24015

greengoatroanoke.com

SIDECAR

My final dinner visit was at Sidecar. Sidecar, partly named after the mixed drink that features Cognac, a fine French brandy; is an early 20th century inspired eatery that curates old-world inspired luxury cocktails, fine European wines, rare whiskeys and more than a dozen imported beers and ciders.

CHARCUTERIE & FROMAGE paired with chef’s accouterments

Eggs Mimosa lobster claw & tail meat, beet pickled “deviled” egg, dijonnaise, smoked trout roe (gf)

Oysters Sidecar – wine braised leeks, nueske’s bacon, parmesan, asiago

Lobster – chilled, maitre d’hotel butter (gf) half or whole

Sidecar

411 1st St SW, Roanoke, VA 24011

sidecarva.com

WHERE TO GET COCKTAILS*
HOTEL ROANOKE 1882

FRANKIE ROWLAND’S

Pineapple Martini

This was a special suggestion by Diane Speaks of She’s Boutique International. Frankie Rowland’s is directly across from The Liberty Hotel, so it was easy to grab a drink before turning in for the night. The Pineapple Martini was highly suggested, as the martini uses real Pineapples marinated in vodka for over 2 weeks per batch. Its definitely  signature drink of the restaurant.

THE PIE SHOPPE At *FINCASTLE

This last location is an honorable mention, as this is outside of Roanoke and in the area of Fincastle, VA. The Pie Shoppe is very established in Virginia and it was worth the 30 mile drive outside of Roanoke to experience their variety of pies. The Pie Shoppe is home to Pie Lady Pies in historic Fincastle, VA that creates both savory and sweet homemade pies.

SAVORY PIES

Chicken & Vegetable

Chicken & Broccoli

Most Popular* Chicken, bacon, spinach & asiago cheese

They have savory pies are homemade, scratch-made, hearty, healthy, and wholesome food.

SWEET PIES

A variety of sweet pies which are rich and old school goodness of what you would want from an American pie. They have a plethora of flavors to choose from to get a slice or take an entire pie home!

The Pie Shoppe

1 E Main St, Fincastle, VA 24090

pieshoppefincastle.com

Which of these Foodie Finds caught your attention in Roanoke,VA?

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