By Laura Krisch
Special to The Roanoke Times
I recently coerced two well-traveled ladies — who have sampled cuisine from South Carolina’s shores to the South of France — to join me for a fine dining expedition to The Bank Food and Drink in Pearisburg. The owners of the former bank, Linda and Lynn Haynes, had leased it to several restaurateurs before deciding to remodel and reopen the restaurant themselves in 2012. Chef Michael Behmoiras leads the kitchen.
After a warm hostess greeting, we got a quick tour of the restaurant, along with a briefing on the current artworks displayed (All local artists. All for sale.). At the conclusion of the tour, we requested a more private table in an alcove and were happily accommodated.
After perusing the drink menu, my companions chose a bottle of Cline Viognier ($24) from the wine list. For me, a Pimm’s cup cocktail ($7) — a mix of Pimm’s liqueur, lemon juice, ginger beer and cucumber — was a refreshing start to the meal. An array of craft beers are also available. Fresh rolls with honey butter were proffered periodically by our friendly server while we sipped and waited for our food.
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