Inspired by the rustic cuisine of the South, the menu at Chateau Morrisette is home to hand-made, savory beignets; a house take on surf and turf; and boards piled with cheese and charcuterie. Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the restaurant and winery invites guests to experience a taste of old-world elegance with a bottle of one of its many varietals, ranging from summery Blackberry Wine to classic Merlot.
Elderberry’s, voted Platinum for both smoothies and milkshakes by Roanoker magazine, busies blenders with fresh and healthy ingredients to create its award-winning beverages, and a crisp collection of wraps, salads, and soups silences audible appetites. The menu of suave solutions showcases juices joined in flavorful matrimony, such as the Elderberry, a fruity fusion of raspberry and cranberry juices, strawberries, elderberries, and orange sherbet ($4.59); the raspberry-packed Really Raspberry ($4.59); or the Not Actually Raspberry, a handful of red paint balls mixed with a pair of Faberge eggs. Desserty drinks implant pep in energy-deficient steps with the coffee-based Perkilator ($4.89), or swaddle exposed sweet teeth in silky sips of the Chocolate Peanutter ($4.89).
Cafe de Bangkok's chefs stand at sizzling woks, following Thai recipes step by step while surrounded by the mouthwatering scents of basil and lemongrass. Diners can sample tom yum noodles studded with a variety of meats, such as ground pork, shrimp, fish balls, and fish cakes, or opt for rice-based dishes, such as the tropical rice wok with egg, pineapple, and raisins that spell out "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." The eatery also warms tables with simmering bowls of red curry, peanut-infused massaman curry, and jade curry loaded with bell peppers and greens beans. A Wall of Flame immortalizes the names of those who have braved the challenge of devouring 15 Thai-hot chicken wings in seven minutes. According to Collegiate Times writer Matt Borysewicz, “The wings were hotter than hell but were incredibly delicious; containing a distinctive Thai flavor, setting them apart from the usual buffalo wings served around Blacksburg.”
It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the US and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers?homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry?s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry?s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
When you order a gyro at Souvlaki, don't pronounce the "g." The menu very pointedly prefers the European pronunciation of the dish, a pita stuffed with spiced meat, onions, and housemade cucumber sauce. Everything else has a pretty straightforward pronunciation, including chicken-salad wraps and philly cheese steaks. There's souvlaki too, of course?another traditional Greek dish of marinated pork tenderloin nestled into a pita. No matter what you order, as you eat you can watch TV, play an arcade game, or just admire the staffers' rock-band-themed T-shirts.
Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill, one part brewery, one part sports bar, and one part upscale dining room, serves handcrafted microbrews and a menu of burgers, steaks, and sandwiches. Saddle up in front of 1 of 20 HDTVs with a Pub burger, which hugs wood-fire-grilled Angus beef with a kaiser roll (an $8.99 value), or a Black and Blue burger, a chargrilled patty topped with crumbled blue cheese (a $9.29 value). While holding a bunned beauty, diners can consider pours from Bull and Bones own line of brews (not covered by this Groupon), including the Maroon Effect brown ale, a finalist at the 2010 Microfestivus event. Bull & Bones toes the line between classic sports bar and brewpub, complementing the bevy of HDTVs and seven Diamond pool tables with exposed air ducts, boldly colored walls, a bounty of indoor and outdoor seating, and a 10-barrel microbrewery that's only visible while wearing 3-D glasses.