For our wedding anniversary last night, my husband and I wanted to go somewhere nice. So we wandered down to 202 Market, which is just about the most beautiful bar in Roanoke.
Since we’re trying to save a little dough for our big trip to Busch Gardens next weekend (woo hoo! Big Bad Wolf!), we weren’t in the mood to drop $100 or more for dinner. We decided instead to either order bar food and appetizers or split an entree at the bar.
Lots of people seem to have an aversion to eating at the bar, or an aversion to splitting an entree in a fancy restaurant, as if that would be tacky. But my friend Megan taught me that it feels more casual and acceptable to do that at the bar. She and her husband do it all the time, and they get to try out all kinds of meals in nice restaurants without dropping a wad or blowing the buttons off their pants.
At 202, Howard ordered a beer and I had a half-price lemongrass martini (it was Ladies’ Night), which consisted of lemongrass-infused vodka, vanilla simple syrup and fresh lime juice. Refreshing and delightful. We started with the $5 mushroom tempura snackie, which has to be one of the best appetizer deals in all of Roanoke — you get a whole bowl full of crispy, meaty wild mushrooms in a savory sauce.
File photo by Sam Dean/The Roanoke Times