Dine like a local in Roanoke, Virginia

On a visit to Roanoke, take in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, railroad history and downtown cultural scene while eating where the locals do. Roanoke’s growing foodie reputation is no surprise to Roanokers who’ve spent their Saturdays shopping at the downtown farmers market, or end a late-night date with a cheesy Western and chili sandwich at the Texas Tavern ($).

Many locals start their day with flaky biscuits and Virginia ham at Roanoker Restaurant ($$). And, if you’re in the mood to splurge, you shouldn’t leave the city without sampling the peanut soup with spoon bread at the Regency Room ($$$) in Hotel Roanoke, an historic railroad hotel.

But there’s so much more. Over on Grandin Road, enjoy a farm-to-table dinner at Local Roots ($$$) before viewing a vintage film at the Grandin Theater. Or indulge your sweet tooth at Pop’s Ice Cream & Soda Bar ($), an old-time soda pop diner.

Closer to downtown WildFlour Restaurant & Bakery ($$) offers organic choices, but locals will tell you that it’s all about the bakery items. Later, walk or bike the Roanoke Valley Greenways to work off the calories before putting them on again with dinner at The River and Rail ($$ to $$$). Top off the evening at Center in the Square for a Roanoke Symphony performance.

Read about the other two cities mentioned in this article HERE.

(Source: NEA Member Benefits)