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Top Choice Museum in Roanoke

O. Winston Link Museum

Trainspotters aren't the only ones who will find this museum fascinating. It is home to a large collection of photographs, sound recordings and film by O Winston Link (1914–2001), a New Yorker who in the 1950s spent…
Top Choice Modern American in Roanoke


Lucky has excellent cocktails (try 'The Cube') and a seasonally inspired menu of small plates (hickory-smoked porchetta, roasted oysters) and heartier mains (buttermilk fried chicken, morel and asparagus gnocchi). I…
Top Choice Antiques in Roanoke

Black Dog Salvage

As seen on the cable show Salvage Dogs, the folks at this sprawling antique shop sell doors and doorknobs, light fixtures, wrought iron, and vintage plumbing and hardware. Basically, it's filled with architecturally…
Southern US in Roanoke

River and Rail

Vying for the accolade of Roanoke's best eatery, this modern bistro uses wild-caught and organic local produce in its dishes whenever possible. Southern in inspiration, it has robust flavours but refined execution. …
Museum in Roanoke

Taubman Museum of Art

The jewel in Roanoke's cultural crown, this impressive museum is set in a sculptural steel-and-glass edifice. Inside, you'll find a small permanent collection strong in 19th- and 20th-century American works includin…
Modern American in Roanoke

Local Roots

Located in a shopping strip 2.6 miles west of the town center, this welcoming farm-to-table restaurant serves up tasty organic dishes. A large portion of the menu rotates seasonally. It's a good place to try bison, …
International in Roanoke

WildFlour Restaurant & Bakery

Give us our daily bread, Wildlflour. We mean that – give us your daily bread selection, especially French cornmeal on Mondays. Then there are the wonderful homemade sandwiches and rustic fusion-meets-New-American me…
Museum in Roanoke

Center in the Square

The city's cultural heartbeat, where you'll find three museums, a butterfly garden, aquariums and a theater. The museums cover African American culture, pinball and science. The atrium aquariums and green rooftop ca…
Diner in Roanoke

Texas Tavern

Wait. What? A hamburger or hot dog for only $1.50? Yep, the food is cheap and tasty at the legendary Texas Tavern, a boxcar-sized diner that opened in 1930. The infamous cheesy western is a burger topped with a frie…
Museum in Roanoke

Harrison Museum of African American Culture

Inside Center in the Square, this museum has displays about local African American culture and traditional and contemporary African art.