Shula's Goes For the Win
A restaurant that’s themed around Don Shula, one of the most successful coaches in sports, that’s known for also having great food should be the perfect fit.
Yet, up until recently, I’d never been to any of the Shula’s restaurants. We lived near a couple in Orlando but never thought about going and we’d wanted to visit the one in Roanoke for a while and the opportunity finally presented itself.
Ok. I’ll stop being vague about it.
It’s expensive. We typically avoid expensive restaurants. But last week was my birthday and I chose Shula’s 347 Grill as the place to have my birthday dinner with my family. So, I got to try it at someone else’s expense. Thanks, Grandaddy!
I would describe the atmosphere as that of an upscale sports bar. There are televisions on the walls but it’s not gaudy like what you see at Buffalo Wild Wings while being more informal than a fancy restaurant. When the dining room is busy, which it was when we visited, the restaurant has good energy but it’s still quiet enough to where you can carry on a conversation at your table.
The menu includes a variety of entrees, salads, burgers, and sandwiches and prices range anywhere from $10 - $35. From looking at the menu, it seemed like the specialty at Shula’s is beef, whether it’s steak or burgers. I was in the mood for something fancier than a burger so I ordered the cowboy ribeye ($31). It came with a side of vegetables and sweet potato fries.
I ended up eating only half my steak and taking the rest home but my grandfather ordered the crab cakes, which also came with two sides and two large crab cakes. He only ate one and gave the other to me so I had a Surf-n-Turf theme going. Actually, I liked the crab cake more than the steak. It featured large chunks of lump crabmeat and came with a remoulade type sauce that was very good.
And I think the crab cakes were $10 cheaper than my steak.
Shula’s might be known for steaks but I’m thinking the seafood emerged as the winner during our visit. My wife ordered the Asian salad with seared Ahi Tuna and I tried a bite of her fish and it tasted very fresh and flavorful.
In a way, it makes perfect sense.
A guy that finished his career coaching the Miami Dolphins in South Florida should have a restaurant that serves delicious seafood. Don’t bother with that whole steak thing, Shula's. Stick with the fish!
Shula's 347 Grill
2801 Hershberger Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24017
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