Family recipes and fresh ingredients drive the menu at Athens Corner Grill, in the historic Southwest District. Try the classic hand-carved, spit-roasted gyro or the Greek burger—made from a juicy blend of ground beef and lamb and served on a toasted pita.
Athens Corner Grill
1003 South Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 206-2210
Fans score with the burgers at this restaurant named for retired Virginia Tech football coaching great Frank Beamer. Other good calls include the Fried Green Tomato Stack and the Portobello sandwich with roasted peppers and goat cheese.
Beamer's 25
357 Salem Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 904-6233
Pastry chef Lisa Lusk creates adorable masterpieces in moist and delicious cupcake form. The wide selection varies daily, though some popular favorites are always on the menu: Sugar Cookie, Tiffany (vanilla- almond), and Birthday Cake. Can’t decide? Get a mini size in all your favorite flavors.
Bubble Cake Inc
2123 Crystal Spring Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24018
(540) 343-2253
Global flavors influence the locally sourced dishes on chef/owner Chris Parkhurst’s eclectic menu. Vege- tarian and gluten-free options include Southern-Fried Tofu Sandwich and the Indonesian BBQ Tofu Bowl with jasmine rice and quinoa. Sip one of the innovative fresh juice bar creations like the Gingered Grass- hopper or Firefly Flicker.
Firefly Fare
32 Market Square SE
Roanoke, VA 24011
(540) 206-2630
Enjoy tasty scratch-cooking from breakfast to dinner. Try one of the daily soups or the Dragon’s Tooth sandwich of Parmesan-coated eggplant topped with veggies and secret sauce. From October through May, sample Mike’s Gumbo, a rich dark-roux stew filled with chicken, shrimp, and smoked sausages.
Wildflour Restaurant and Bakery
1212 4th Street SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 343-4543