Restaurants in Roanoke, VA

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.

Roanoke’s Most Famous Dishes

hot dog with hot mustard and relish

Classic Hot Dogs

Hot ham slices are bathed in clove gravy and sided by beets and potato salad


Wedge of pie with tall yellow base and even taller meringue, flecked with toasted coconut


Pizza is crowded with meats, veggies, and feta cheese


Roanoke’s Best Restaurants

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