Rev your appetite engine with an elegant, Southern-style appetizer such as seared NC scallops with succotash and tarragon beurre blanc ($12). For a main course, sup on another Dixie delight, such as the jumbo shrimp-n-grits with bacon and midnight moon tomato ($28), or opt for a more-universal slab of USDA prime beef—the 14-ounce rib-eye is served seared the way you like it and slathered in meaty deliciousness ($29). If you'd like to keep your meal as light as a globetrotting eccentric's hot-air balloon, have a basil-pesto, hand-tossed personal pizza (with feta, artichokes, and Peppadew peppers, $7) or fried-oyster salad (with egg, bacon, and balsamic, $14). Click here to see the full lunch, dinner, and dessert menus.
Two sisters opened Next Door Bake Shop, taking their shared love of baking and coffee to create a kid-and-mom-friendly café. Serving an Asian fusion twist on traditional bakery fare, their breakfast and lunch menu, combines bagels, quiches, and croissants with bubble tea and thai peanut paninis. Desserts include cupcakes, cake pops, muffins, and macaroons.
Baristas steam up fresh coconut lattes and salted-caramel hot chocolate to wash down both sweet and savory treats. Thanks to sunny yellow-, lime-, and aqua-colored walls and ceiling-to-hardwood-floor windows, the space is filled with light, and guests can set their laptops atop one of many café tables or break out an abacus while sitting on a modern low-backed couch.
Just past a curve in the road near the summit, Bent Mountain Bistro's aromas waft out into the open air, beckoning diners inside. There, the chefs prepare organic, farm-to-table cuisine with ingredients sourced locally. Diners will discover a warmly lit and welcoming setting where they can explore the menu, which features wood-fired specialty pizzas, and grass-fed beef burgers that feel at home next to organic, green-leaf lettuce.
Driven by chefs, loaded with crepes and empanadas, and running on unleaded salsa, the sky-blue Noke Truck is hard to miss. It prowls the streets of Roanoke throughout the day, searching for customers who are hungry and a little bit adventurous. You'll need to be both to fully appreciate the cuisine of Claudia and Juan Urrea, who revel in the eclectic culinary traditions of their native Colombia.
Colombian food is unique among its South American counterparts for its creative blending of Latin and European influences. Noke Truck finally brings this flavorful fusion to North Carolina, where the Urreas craft tacos, crepes, and empanadas for breakfast, lunch, and dessert. If your boss won't let you use your drone during office hours, you can track the food truck's location online via Facebook and Twitter.
Since 1986, Famous Anthony has built its reputation on classic American eats and warm, friendly service?a winning combination that inspired its expansion to nine popular locations across Virginia. Fast and fresh is the philosophy here, with each and every menu item made-to-order, from hearty breakfasts of country ham and eggs and biscuits and gravy, to gourmet wraps, fresh salads, burgers, and North Carolina-style barbecue. Also contributing to the homey atmosphere is the open kitchen window at each Famous Anthony's location, which lets visitors get a good look at all the hard work, hustle, and magic wooden spoons that go in to every meal.