From the reader email file today comes a request from a reader named Jessica. This is what Jessica had to say in her message to me:
“So here is the question: Looking for ‘hole in the wall’ restaurants in Salem/Roanoke. Decent food, good (great is better) price, and alcohol are are must. Any thoughts?”
So, blog readers, just what do you think of when you hear the term “hole-in-the-wall restaurant”? I think of a dark little place that looks as if it would be scary to eat there, but when you give it a shot it’s surprisingly good. One official definition of the term is “A small dingy place, esp. a bar or restaurant.”
I can think of plenty of hole-in-the-wall places that serve alcohol, but I can’t say whether they have decent food. And I can think of some hole-in-the-wall places that have good food but do not serve alcohol. What lies in the area where those two circles overlap?
I’ll start by throwing out one idea: The Community Inn in Grandin Village. We’ve enjoyed some decent cheeseburgers and other bar food at the CI, which has a friendly, neighborhood vibe.
How would you answer this question?