By Mary Stafford
Special to The Roanoke Times
There was a time in America, before Cracker Barrels dominated the landscape, when one could find authentic down-home cooking along any rural Southern byway. With today’s “casual dining” chains crowding the roadside dining market, it is refreshing to see that some of the special, local institutions of yesteryear still thrive. For diners who still yearn for that originality, they need look no further than the Pine Tavern Restaurant in Floyd.
My dining partner and I pulled off of a fog-laden mountain road on a recent Friday evening to arrive at the Pine Tavern. The quaint, white and green, cottage-style architecture and lighted windows glowed enchantingly against the dark forested backdrop.
After enjoying a drink at the bar in the Pine Tavern’s taproom, we walked into the adjoining dining room, where we were promptly greeted and led to our table. The wood beams, wood-paneled walls, captain’s chairs and checkered green and white tablecloths in the dining room created a cozy, mountain cabin ambiance.
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