Where to Eat Dinner in Roanoke


Have you ever planned a road trip vacation and have all the attractions lined up but needed a restaurant or hotel recommendation? If you’re like us, we want a good local restaurant (no chain restaurants for us on vacation) and we want a hotel that is going to offer us a good night’s sleep in a good area of town. If you’re heading to Roanoke, Virginia and need food and lodging options, Beamers 25 and the Fairfield Inn & Suites are our favorite options!

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Where to Eat Dinner in Roanoke

Did you catch what I said earlier about where we like to eat on vacation? We don’t want to eat at chain restaurants; we’d much prefer to find something local and unique for that city. We called the Roanoke Visitors Center and they helped us find Beamer’s 25. This was spot on for our family dinner. The food was delicious and the service excellent.

Beamer’s 25

At Beamer’s 25, friendly service and a culinary passion for good food intercepts the memorabilia of a legendary coach. We believe in fresh ingredients, mouth-watering sauces, and great drinks to wash it all down.

Named after Coach Frank Beamer, the head football coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies, who as of his retirement in 2015, was the winningest coach in the NCAA Division I.

Whether you choose to start with Hokie wings, Frank’s fries or a dish of fresh Hummus and pita chips, you’re sure to start your dinner off right!

Hokie Wings

Sometimes it’s easy to get in a rut with the food you eat. When we visit a new restaurant, we always ask the server what they recommend. And we almost always branch out and try something new.

Ultimate BLTC

Real Life Tip: Make sure everyone gets something different. Then when the food arrives, cut it in half or thirds. That way you can share your food with others at the table and everyone gets to try something new.

My husband is more of a traditionalist when it comes to pizza, but he branched out and tried the
server-recommended Spicy Thai Chicken Pizza. With spicy peanut dressing, mozzarella, chicken, carrots, roasted red peppers, edamame, and basil, this was not his traditional dinner choice. But it was a hit! In fact, we had leftovers that we took home and ate the next day as we were traveling! Talk about a great mid-morning snack the next day!

Beamer’s 25 has a family friendly laid-back vibe with a full kids menu as well as a wide range of menu items for the adults. For the more grown-up crowd, there is also a full range of draft beer options available.

Beamers 25

Parking Tip: We parked up the street since it was after hours, but make sure you watch carefully. There are many parking options nearby, but not all of the spots are free. You definitely want to follow the signs before parking!

And of course, no visit to Beamer’s 25 is complete without tasting the Fried Oreo’s & Ice Cream! Think you’re too full for a typical dessert? Just get one and split it with your family! I would love to show a picture of how each individual Oreo looks like, but sorry folks…. sometimes a travel blogger just has to enjoy the food and forget the picture!

Connect with Beamer’s 25

Website | Facebook | Instagram
357 Salem Ave. S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24016

M-Th 11a–10p
F-Sa 11a–12a
Su 11a–10p

PHONE: (540) 904-6233

And after dinner, it’s a short drive up to the top of Mill Mountain where you can walk off your food and enjoy the view of Roanoke from the Historic Star!

Connect with Roanoke

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge
101 Shenandoah Avenue NE
Roanoke, VA 24016
(540) 342-6025
(800) 635-5535

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