For contemporary high-on-the-hog eating in Roanoke, no place is more revered than Alexander’s, a haven for locavore connoisseurs. For a taste of culinary history, the restaurant at The Hotel Roanoke includes spoonbread and peanut soup on a sophisticated menu; and the Roanoker has been a haven for lovers of country ham and red-eye gravy and, of course, biscuits since 1941. The Roanoke Weiner Stand goes back to 1926. It purveys classic Coney Island hot dogs: little weenies topped with chili, mustard, and onions. For a more modern take on casual eats, Fork in the Alley calls itself a Brick Oven Pub. It features a dozen beer taps, inventive pizza, and a selection of hot dogs that includes kosher all-beef, hot Italian, bratwurst, and half-smokes. To the west along I-81 in Christiansburg, Dude’s dishes out great drive-in fare such as the Dude Burger, a hand-formed patty royally dressed with lettuce, tomato, onions, and mayonnaise on a soft bun, with cheese a blessed option.