By Laura Krisch
Special to The Roanoke Times
Blackstone Grill, just past the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, describes itself as an elegant, relaxed, modern bistro. It’s also the winner of a number of The Burgs’ Best of the NRV 2013 awards. With this in mind, I scheduled some visits to try their fare.
The interior makes a strong first impression. While not blatantly decked out with Hokie paraphernalia, Blackstone’s orange walls and maroon accents will please the Virginia Tech crowd. The open interior — with booths and tables on the left, a bar delineated by a bottle-filled wine rack to the right, and a clear view of the grill/cooking space straight ahead — brings a more casual feel to the fine dining atmosphere.
A lunch companion and I started with a small pistachio-crusted goat cheese salad ($7). Highlights were the wheel of goat cheese coated in chopped pistachio nuts and balsamic onions. My companion noted that brownish lettuce ends had been left in the field greens mix. That notwithstanding, the salad’s components worked together as a nice starter.
My friend ordered a Blackstone burger ($12) — one of the award-winning items — cooked medium, with coleslaw. The burger arrived on a fluffy bun. Sadly, it was a rather dry medium-well. The slaw was crisp with a little tang, as slaw should be.
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