Hello, dear readers! I have arrived home from vacation with a little bit of sun (but not too much) and some wonderful memories. I want to thank Caitlin Saniga and the guest bloggers VERY MUCH for keeping the blog fun and informative while I was away. I have some interesting food stories to tell from my travels, but first I have some great news for Thai food fans, especially those who live in North Roanoke and North Roanoke County.
City Corner 2, the sister restaurant to City Corner on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke, opened at 3005 Plantation Road on Jan. 28. But these are two very different sisters. While the downtown location is mostly a grab-and-go buffet of salad fixings and Asian dishes, the Plantation Road restaurant is a full sit-down location with a huge menu of Thai specialties.
Both restaurants are owned by Loi Nguyen and his wife, Pranom Nguyen. Before the couple moved to Roanoke and purchased City Corner a few years ago, Pranom cooked at Krua Thai in West Covina, California for more than a decade. She and her husband were both born in Thailand.
Pranom’s wide selection of dishes has been available at the downtown location for at least a year, but since seating there is extremely limited (it only has a counter with several stools), menu sales were also limited. Now Pranom has the space to spread out and make such specialties as fish with Thai herbs (fish filet topped with sweet sauce, lemongrass, peanuts, red onion, ginger, lime, cilantro, chili and cashews) and angel wings (HAND-DEBONED chicken wings stuffed with ground chicken, bean threads, black mushrooms, cilantro and carrot and then deep-fried and served with sweet and sour sauce). Man, I can’t wait to try those!
City Corner 2 will also feature lunch specials (most are $5.99 or $6.99) and dim sum. Now that the second location is open, the downtown spot will only be open from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. City Corner 2 will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Monday.
If you go to City Corner 2, please let us know what you thought of it.
City Corner 2
3005 Plantation Road, Roanoke