My Review of The River & Rail in Roanoke
Nicole and I are trying to start a new tradition of having Sunday brunch together. It gives us the chance to spend some quality time together on Sunday mornings and talk about the past week and life in general. It also gives us an excuse to try some unique foods at different restaurants.
Roanoke doesn’t have a ton of restaurants that offer Sunday brunch, but a decent number of them do and I look forward to discovering some cool new places we haven’t tried before. One of the first new places for us was The River and Rail, which we visited a couple weeks ago.
We decided to sit outside because it was a beautiful day and it was fun to see people coming by on their Sunday morning walks. The menu featured a number of items that looked very appetizing and I was torn between the Grass Fed Beef Burger or the Carolina Smoked Shrimp & Grits. Even though I’d heard great things about the burger, I ordered the shrimp & grits because it felt more appropriate for a brunch setting. Nicole decided to try the Hanger Steak & Eggs.
The prices for The River & Rail weren’t cheap, but this was a different experience than what we are typically used to in Roanoke. These dishes are being created using local ingredients and they are really featuring the great flavors of the ingredients – like the wild mushrooms in my dish. We paid $40 for brunch (including tip) but I would say it was $40 well spent. The service was good, the atmosphere was perfect, and the food had us telling everyone we knew about how good it was. It’s exactly what we were hoping for on our Sunday brunch date.
The River & Rail is the sort of place you’d expect to find on Highland Avenue in Atlanta or in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, and the type of restaurant that will make people want to visit Roanoke.
The River & Rail Restaurant
2201 Crystal Spring Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24014
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