Thanks to blog reader Debbie, who shared with me a link to a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article about Roanoke. This is the most comprehensive travel piece about our fair city I’ve ever read. The writer, Gretchen McKay, apparently traveled here with her family to run the Blue Ridge Half Marathon in April.
While here, she squeezed in an amazing amount of experience. The article covers outdoor activities, historic places, museums, shopping, and our favorite topic – FOOD!
I’m going to share a restaurant-related excerpt from her article. I’d encourage everyone to read the entire piece and tell me what you thought of her assessment of our region.
“My husband and I? We hit Roanoke’s dining scene pretty hard, squeezing in more than a half-dozen meals over the weekend. We started on Friday morning with breakfast at Thelma’s Chicken & Waffles on Market Street, and by Saturday night we’d also sampled the peanut soup at the Roanoke Hotel, wood-fired pizza at Corned Beef & Co., fried-green-tomato BLT’s at Billy’s and incredible sushi at Formosa Lounge (served in glowing martini glasses). Helping to wash it all down were some top-notch mojitos at Habana Cafe, a Cuban restaurant on Market Square, and local craft brews at Blue 5. (All the running makes me hungry! At least that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)
Roanoke also has gourmet bakeries, sandwich and ice cream shops and restaurants focused on sustainable cuisine. On Sunday, I had one of the best brunches of my life at Local Roots, a farm-to-table restaurant in charming Grandin Village, a district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Two miles from downtown, it also has a restored 1930s theater, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and vintage shops.”