The Best Western Radford Inn has seen several on-site restaurants come and go since its opening many years ago. Now it is home to the fourth location of the Nucamendi family’s Alejandro’s Mexican Grill, which also has two locations in Roanoke and one in Christiansburg.
Instead of being decorated like most Mexican restaurants, this restaurant is decorated like the hotel — it is clean, with bright walls and homey wood and brick touches. With two large sections for dining and a bar area, it can accommodate a lot of diners. During our visits, we were seated in a section furnished with a mix of tables and booths, and large windows facing the parking lot .
Although seating was a bit slow for a not-too-busy restaurant, the servers during both of our visits were pleasant and quick to bring a basket of warm tortilla chips to the table. Instead of delivering salsa to the tables, Alejandro’s features a self-serve salsa bar with a variety of salsas and a stack of small ramekins. Diners make their own choices, whether it be a mild salsa with a hint of cilantro, a fiery hot blend, or a cool and creamy dip . Our favorites were the mild red and the white , which is similar to a sweet ranch dressing. Best of all, you don’t have to feel guilty about double dipping in your own salsa.
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