Here’s a quirky little collection of food news items to wrap up the week:
* A Christiansburg man was recently honored to be chosen as a judge for the West Virginia Roadkill Cook-Off. Although I personally would call that a dubious honor, Ed Blackford did get to check out some very unusual grub and will surely be telling the tale for many years. There is a Q&A with Blackford and some photos from the event over on The Burgs website. Check it out! Have any of you ever eaten roadkill? I believe my father may have picked up a freshly car-struck deer on the side of the road in Colorado one time. I’ll have to verify that story since time tends to embellish memories.
* On a MUCH, MUCH more appetizing note, First & Sixth, the American-style restaurant that recently opened inside the former Patrick Henry Hotel on Jefferson Street in Roanoke, will have its official grand opening ceremony tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 4) at 5 p.m. I understand there will be live music and more at the festivities, so stop by and check it out. Maybe grab a cocktail in the Penny Deux Lounge or have yourself a nice dinner to end the work week while you’re there.
* Firehouse Subs has debuted a crazy new soda machine with more than 100 different flavor combinations. These Coca-Cola Freestyle Fountains are located at both of our local Firehouse Subs locations. And apparently they’re going to let interested folks test out this machine for FREE tomorrow (Friday, Nov. 4) from 4 to 6 p.m. Here are some more details about the event and here is some more information about this nifty soda fountain. Boy, we’ve come a loooooong way since the soda jerk days, haven’t we?
* Finally, it appears as if Downtown Soul is open at 304 1st Street in Roanoke, with American-style breakfast items ranging from $1.99 for a bagel with spread, bowl of oatmeal, grits or 3 eggs to $7.99 for the Soul’s Special, shrimp and grits with two eggs and toast. They’ve got chicken and waffles on the menu, which ought to provide some competition for another downtown restaurant. The lunch entrees, served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., include two sides, cornbread and a 16 oz. fountain drink and come in two sizes. Those range from $5.49 for the regular fried or baked chicken dinner to $9.49 for the large jerk chicken, curried goat, oxtails, rib-eye and BBQ ribs. Affordable!
Another home cooking-type place is reportedly now open just across the street from Downtown Soul, but I haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. Will report back.