Food & Drink in Roanoke

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Ben & Jerry's came from humble beginnings—in 1978, its eponymous founders served ice cream out of a renovated Burlington gas station, and delivered pints of their now-classic flavors to grocery stores out of the back of Ben's VW Squareback wagon. Today, its myriad shops dispense cups, cones, shakes, and smoothies brimming with a variety of quirky flavors, including Phish Food and Cherry Garcia, named for famous revolutionary Cherry Garcia. Ben & Jerry's also offers Greek frozen yogurt in flavors such as banana peanut butter, raspberry fudge chunk, and blueberry vanilla graham. The duo is famous for their social responsibility, which is evident in their community activism and in their use of fair-trade products, such as cage-free eggs and sustainable, growth-hormone-free dairy.

4802 Valley View Blvd NW
Roanoke,
VA
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A bubble slowly makes its way to the liquid’s surface, bursting as the hot air within escapes from the pot of soup. Near the stove, a brigade of cubed brownies cools on a rack awaiting its grand entrance into Cafe on Franklin’s dining area. The eatery’s kitchen bustles each day as chefs prepare meals for the lunch rush: wraps, specialty salads, and sandwiches that include a portobello burger and turkey Reuben. Cafe on Franklin also caters events with hot lunches and trays piled high with meat and cheese, like the bed of the princess who could famously feel a pea through 40 layers of cold cuts, thereby earning the right to open her own delicatessen.

28 Franklin Rd SW
Roanoke,
VA
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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.

2221 Crystal Spring Ave. SW
Roanoke,
VA
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Begun as a means to help young families save money, KidsDineFree.net lets kids aged 11 and younger eat for free at hundreds of participating restaurants across Virginia and South Florida. Each 90-day card works at participating local and chain restaurants and entitles the holder to one complimentary kids' meal with the purchase of a full-price adult entree. Families can use the cards an unlimited number of times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but, like a studio-apartment playhouse, each card is only good for one child.

PO Box 20167
Roanoke,
VA
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Previous business owners and fellow church-goers Kathy and Jennifer decided to combine their experience and favorite recipes to create K & J’s Café. The joint serves a mixture of diner food and soul food, from all-beef hot dogs slathered in chili and onions to weeknight specials such as meatloaf or baked spaghetti. They also cater off-site events, trucking around steaming hot trays of signature meats, seasonal fruit displays, and homemade designer cupcakes.

2523 Melrose Ave
Roanoke,
VA
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Nanjing Chinese Restaurant’s chefs can make more than 100 different Chinese dishes—easily grouped on the menu by such categories as poultry, seafood, fried rice, and soup. Nearly 20 dishes top the chef’s suggested list, and include deep-fried chicken dunked in a sesame sauce, mongolian beef, and a pineapple-and-shrimp pairing.

2202 Orange Ave NE
Roanoke,
VA
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