Shining A Light On Roanoke’s Restaurant Scene

The Star City of the South shines like a beacon in the culinary world, beckoning you to head out for another dining experience—some unique, some not so much—but each with its own attraction. What makes the list of Roanoke natives' favorite restaurants so interesting is that it’s a veritable cornucopia of restaurants, featuring fare from simple to gourmet, the mundane…

The Taste of Summer

Photography by Carly Ciardullo Watermelon Margaritas Makes: a pitcher of 6-8 drinks ingredients:  1 cup tequila 1/4 cup cointreau 2.5 cups of cubed seedless watermelon 3 cups limeaid 1 cup club soda juice of 2 limes garnishes: fresh jalapeno slices salt & sugar (equal parts) mixed for the rim lime wedge Place the watermelon into … Continued

Greenbrier Nurseries Farm-to-Table Market

Visit Greenbrier Nurseries on any given Saturday year-round, and you will find a farm-to-table market in full swing, complete with fresh produce—some of it grown right on Starkey Road in Roanoke County—bread, jams, sweets, wine, prepared foods and music. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but regulars know to arrive early before their favorite items are…

VERANDA Bistro

Irene Karageorge says she knew she “would never be in the restaurant business.” But, that was 13 years ago when a self-described midlife crisis took her from financial management to what is now the Veranda Bistro. Located in the Hollins Plaza, just north of Hollins University, the restaurant was supposed to be just a bakery and coffee shop. Her husband,…

The 
Quarter

Craving jambalaya, crawfish or, even, a bit of alligator? For a taste of New Orleans, just head to The Quarter on Salem Avenue in Downtown Roanoke. Billed as Roanoke’s only Cajun/Creole restaurant, it has been open since April 2011 in a renovated building that is more than 100 years old. Besides the downstairs dining and bar area, it features a…

Holiday Wine Pairings & Whiskey Making

Cheers! The holiday season is a time to uncork the bottle and clink the glasses in celebration. But, what wine to pour? Local experts have their favorites, and tips to help holiday hosts choose just the right wine for the occasion. They suggest asking them for advice when planning a meal or party. “Plan ahead,” says Dickenson, adding that the…