In the fall of 2015, I travelled off the beaten path. I found myself in Roanoke for a conference, and enjoyed the Southern hospitality.
My time was brief, and I ate mostly at the hotel, the regal Hotel Roanoke. I recall a fair amount of items wrapped in bacon. I was treated to a cheese plate upon check in – how nice was that?
I did sneak out for a dinner at the River and Rail restaurant. I’ve never turned down an offer of grits, so I ate the pasteured chicken breast and sausage dinner with grits, apple and sauerkraut. I left really stuffed and rolled my way back to my hotel room. I’d describe the River and Rail as having upscale Southern food – fancy stuff, perfect for a special dinner.
My brief time in Roanoke was met with a warm & enthusiastic welcome. It is a pretty place, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Little known facts: Roanoke was once known as The Big Lick, and it boasts that Wayne Newton was raised there. This is a lovely little historic city, nestled in southern Virginia – my talk was even written up in the Roanoke Times, which means I will always reflect fondly on my short time there.