Roanoke Famous Foods & Restaurants

Famous Foods & Restaurants in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Texas Tavern - Famous FoodThere are a number of famous foods and restaurants in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains that have received recognition for their originality and quality.

This list of featured foods includes restaurants that have been mentioned in major magazine publications, websites, books, and television.

For the traveling foodie, these items and restaurants represent the unique culture and flavor of the region that you're looking for.

Many of these spots and iconic dishes are also included in our Food Itinerary that can help you plan a food-focused getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Learn more about the most iconic foods and dining spots in Virginia's Blue Ridge.


Open Table Top 100, Garden & Gun, Travel & Leisure


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This Downtown Roanoke restaurant is regularly ranked as one of the best restaurants in Virginia and was named by Open Table as one of the Top 100 restaurants in America based on quality and positive reviews.

Blue 5

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Blue 5 has been featured in Garden & Gun for items such as the fried oysters and the catfish BLT sandwich. With over 40 beers on tap, it's also a great spot for a drink, which is why it was named Virginia's Best Beer Bar by

Burger in the Square

Garden & Gun


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Garden & Gun recommends stopping by for a Dreamer burger and a glass of freshly-brewed sweet tea. We suggest adding a side of waffle fries!

Local Roots

Garden & Gun


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According to Garden & Gun, a visit to Local Roots isn't complete without sampling the eggs benedict, French toast, and your daily vegetables with a Bloody Mary for brunch.


Garden & Gun, The Local Palate


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Lucky is part of the re-vitalization of Kirk Avenue in Downtown Roanoke by bringing an exciting blend of southern and French influences to this gastro-pub. Lucky received rave reviews from Garden & Gun for its foie-gras infused creme brulee and cocktails such as the cherry-sweetened whiskey sour and Death in the Afternoon. The Local Palate featured bartender Hunter Johnson and his Grassy Hill cocktail.

Read more about the culture of Lucky in our exclusive interview with its owners.


Southern Living


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Southern Living recognized Metro! for its sophisticated menu and cosmopolitan atmosphere in Downtown Roanoke. Metro! is a great spot to enjoy the city's nightlife with a martini that will take you back to a different era.


Southern Living


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Nawab is a great place to taste some of the international flavors of Virginia's Blue Ridge with its delicious Indian food. Southern Living mentions the garlic naan and lunch buffet as two reasons to give this unique cuisine a try in Downtown Roanoke.

On the Rise Bread Bakery

Southern Living


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Any foodie on the hunt for great bread should pay a visit to On the Rise Bread Company in Downtown Roanoke. Southern Living featured On the Rise for its fresh-baked breads and you won't be able to resist taking a few loaves home with you. 

Pop's Ice Cream & Soda Bar

Garden & Gun, Esquire Magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen


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Esquire Magazine listed the Swiss Melt (a blend of swiss cheese, artichoke hearts, Dijon mustard, and horseradish) from Pop's as one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the country. The shop was also recognized for its amazing milkshakes by Cooking with Paula Deen magazine.

The Regency Room at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

Cooking with Paula Deen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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Not only has the iconic hotel been featured in many major travel publications, The Regency Room is the first-class restaurant in the hotel that serves incredible cuisine. No meal is complete without trying the classic peanut soup and spoonbread. Learn more with the recipes for both dishes

The River and Rail

Garden & Gun, CNN Eatocracy, Food Network, USA Today, Southern Living

The River and Rail has one of the best chefs in Virginia in Aaron Deal. This restaurant is the latest project by Deal, a James Beard Award nominee, winner of Guy's Grocery Games on Food Network, and someone who's been featured in Garden & Gun, CNN Eatocracy, Southern Living, and many other major publications. Southern Living has named the restaurant one of the Top 100 Places to Eat in America. The Banana Pudding with Jalapeno Coconut Ice Cream has also been named by Food Network as one of the best ice cream desserts in America. Named one of the Best Southern Fine Dining Restaurants by USA Today's 10 Best.

The Roanoker Restaurant

Cooking with Paula Deen, Southern Living, The Today Show


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When Southern Living says you serve one of the five best breakfasts in Virginia and Today on NBC recognizes you for your biscuits, you know how to prepare traditional southern cuisine. Enjoy a meal at The Roanoker Restaurant and taste the hospitality of Virginia's Blue Ridge.

Texas Tavern

Hamburger America, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Cooking with Paula Deen, Money Magazine, Fodor's Travel Guide


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Perhaps no restaurant in the Roanoke Valley has received more recognition than Texas Tavern. A "Cheesy Western and bowl of chile with onions" is one of the classic meals of Virginia's Blue Ridge, with the burger listed in Hamburger America as one of the best 150 burgers in America.  

Wildflour Market & Bakery

Garden & Gun

Whether it's an item from the extensive vegetarian section of the menu, a salad with one of the homemade dressings, or a freshly baked dessert, you're sure to find something delicious from Wildflour Market & Bakery in Old Southwest Roanoke. Garden & Gun suggests trying Doug's Chicken Salad and a lemon bar for dessert.

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