It's not hard to relax at Rhett's River Grill, where you'll find diners on the seasonal patio kicking back with a cold beer or cocktail in one hand and a juicy burger or shrimp po'boy in the other. The eatery's nautical theme also contributes to the laid-back aura. Faux stuffed fish and tiki-themed artwork decorate the space, and fishnets hung behind the bar catch flying wine corks. However, it's the menu of raw oysters, fresh clams, and juicy steaks that really grabs diners' attention—the food even earned three 2011 Open Table Diners' Choice awards. The selection of casual Southern and East Coast dishes, such as crab cakes and cajun chicken, blends seamlessly with upscale steakhouse and brunch fare, including a decadent smoked-salmon benedict draped with hollandaise.
Soro Chill and Grille's glass-lined door stands as a gateway to creative drinks, contemporary Southern cooking, and the sounds of local bands strumming familiar tunes. The menu unfolds to reveal appetizers brimming with seafood and creole sauces meant to be sopped up with crusty french bread or unusually absorbent mustaches. Entrees of pasta, steaks, and roast chicken follow the same Southern traditions by donning Cajun blackened spices or piquant barbecue sauce, inspiring diners to finger paint plates with love letters to the chef. Soro's commitment to supporting the community extends past menu ingredients to locally made furniture and live music performed by Roanoke artists. The welcoming stone fireplace warms guests, and a large communal table encourages mingling or 30-person games of patty-cake.
Energetic live music pulsates across the spacious quarters of Growler’s American Grill and Venue—once known as Awful Arthur’s Towers—as barkeeps fill mugs and growlers with local pale and brown ales, porters, and a slew of bottled favorites. Platefuls of hearty American and Southern favorites, from meatloaf sandwiches to fish 'n' chips, energize diners to take the stage for a round of karaoke, with the background music supplied by a DJ, live band, or brownnosing date.
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.
Lin's Asian Bistro unites Chinese, Japanese, and Thai specialty dishes on a menu divided into more than a dozen categories, including a health and diet section with mostly vegetarian options. Open daily, the restaurant whips up each creation in a fashion true to its culture of origin, such as Thai specialty The King & I–jumbo shrimp and scallop, cooked with Thai spices, and combined with basil and peppers in a spicy brown sauce.
Outer Banks Seafood Company's freshly caught seafood dishes are conceptualized by owner Chef Wes Stepp, who is also the culinary brains behind Red Sky café (click here to see him in action.) Flip through the new fall menu and encounter oven-roasted parmesan-encrusted flounder-and-crab florentine ($22.99) and the nags header, which keeps seafood diehards canoeing through the door for jumbo lump crab-cake, scallops, fresh shrimp, and flounder fillet ($25.99). Non-seafoodies can chomp Carova grilled barbecue chicken, which rests on a bed of red neck risotto and a smattering of mango relish ($14.99). For dessert, indulge in the red velvet cake ($6.99), layered so high that it would be considered the second-tallest building in Delaware.