The Carriage House Restaurant offers a page- and head-turning menu of hearty entrees. Lead with The Carriage House's signature relish tray ($2.99–$4.99), which is a smorgasbord of pepperoncini peppers, celery, black olives, pickles, and bread. For dinner, the flank-steak beef strips ($11.49–$12.99) come delectably marinated in a piquant blend of oils and spices, and the chopped sirloin steak ($9.99–$10.99) is freshly ground and served next to a sizable mountain of onion rings. Those yearning to remember their tenure as mascot for the Detroit Claw Hands can bite into the Maryland crab cake ($10.99), featuring tender snow crabmeat lightly coated in breadcrumbs and served with homemade cream sauce. Peruse Carriage House's wine and beer menu and flush down scraps with a glass of the light-bodied Bogle Sauvignon Blanc ($6) or the Asheville-brewed Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale ($3.50).
Ryan's intimate, upscale surf-and-turfery lures fine diners with its gourmet starters, hearty soups, succulent steaks, fresh seafood, and other carnivorous delights. Signature menu offerings include the bemonocled oysters Rockefeller ($11.95), grouper Key West (with roasted new potatoes and fresh asparagus, $28.75), and the steak au poivre, a pan-sautéed pedestal of bovine decadence with classic cognac cream sauce ($32.95). Meal toppers include a gooey, delectable slice of southern-style pecan pie ($6.25) and caffeinated pick-me-ups such as Ryan's cappuccino (with cocoa and cinnamon, $4.95) or the sprightlier Irish coffee (with Old Bushmill's Irish whiskey, $6.95).
Jimmy's Seafood & Oyster Bar offers a vast menu stacked with southern seafood favorites and traditional hearty dishes. Delight dulled tongue buds with the wild stylings of the Malibu coconut shrimp, six coconut-battered and butterflied shrimp fried to crispy resistance accompanied by an orange marmalade sidekick ($6.99). Or give gastric baskets a bit of loving with the onion blossom, a bouquet of deep-fried glory coupled with spicy horseradish sauce ($5.99). Entrees include a homemade crabmeat-stuffed flounder ($14.99), a full pound of snow crab legs ($16.59), and bowtie salmon pasta ($12.99), which has little in common with the time you used fish scales as buttons on formal wear. Sea discriminators will want to try the half-pound cheeseburger ($6.99), the teriyaki chicken ($10.99), or the southwest chicken pasta, where linguine, roasted corn, and blackened chicken collide within the velocity-resisting medium of creamy Cajun parmesan sauce ($12.29).
Owner Ronald LeBreton brings more than three decades of New England–area restaurant expertise to the menu at Joe Fish Casual Seafood. Diners sink teeth into haddock sandwiches, chargrilled mahi-mahi and salmon, or handmade crab cakes. Servers ferry plates of fresh seafood, steaks, and pasta to high-top bar tables or seats on the canopied outdoor patio.
Start your cruise through Vinnie's menus with the pelagic flavors of one-dozen oysters, blackened and served hot and spicy ($10.99). For diners that are extra-hungry and in need of an odd hat, there's the big combo basket of all of Vinnie's fried delights: crispy oysters, butterfly shrimp, calabash shrimp, and fish fillets ($16.99). Vinnie's original fish sandwich with fries ($9.99) offers a handheld seafood option, not to be confused with the derivative fish sandwich—the chicken club ($8.99). Vinnie's seasoned chefs also put together wraps and entrees such as the shrimp and grits, which fuses ground-corn flavors with ocean-fresh shrimp ($10.99).
Beyond its unpretentious decor and unassuming exterior, Crab Creek Seafood serves up a slew of fresh seafood specialties that garnered a silver medal in The Burgs' 2013 Best of the New River Valley feature. Cooks toss Diablo shrimp in a vodka-tomato-cream sauce and mix Caribbean shrimp with andouille sausage, salsa, and spices. Diners can dig into housemade crab cakes or enjoy fresh catfish, tilapia, or salmon served pan-fried, broiled, blackened, or grilled. According to the Roanoke Times, a fireplace warms guests as the waitstaff bustles about, "brimming with friendly service."