Type: 'american' food
Best chow: Onion Rings are king
Best deal: Shrug...
The story: I tell ya, its a funny place that names itself
after a dog. I liked this place but it had just opened so there
wasn't much to it quite yet. Family run place. I liked the waitress,
she seemed interested in talking for a while, cause it was pretty
dead. I don't think that I would really go out of my way to go back
there. It's nothing all that out of the ordinary. Though, now that
I think about it, maybe I should go back so I could see if that
waitress was still as chatty. Maybe she'd cut me a deal on some
more of those killer onion rings
pizza and subs
Best chow: Cheese steak, and pizza... man its all good..
Best deal: 4 1 topping large pizza's for $20
The story: I don't know how true this is... but legend has
it, that the original guy who made the calzones and pizza's at Mike's
left and started a place called Angelo's (now Anthony's) and then
went off and started up Alpha's . Whoever runs this place, knows
great food and great prices. They have lots of coupons out there.
I usually get them from the Hokie Cash (formerly bear cash) flyer
that goes around town every once in a while. Cool thing is they
never require that you turn in the coupons. So you can just keep
using them. I personally love just getting the ham pizza. Be sure
to keep an eye on the subs (mmm cheesesteak) and other items like
calzones and stromboli. Man I love this place.
Type: Dine in Seafood
Best chow: hit the fish
Best deal: Specials are a safe bet
The story: Anchy's is right past where most people consider
Blacksburg proper ends. Its on the right on the north side of town
on North Main street (right before Whipple Drive I think) It's kinda
pricey but its nice, quiet, and a good change from downtown food
without having to make the trip out to Christansburg. I wasn't super
impressed with the place, however I haven't ever heard a bad report
about it when I recommend it.
Dine in /Carryout/Delivery pizza and subs
Best chow: Pizza is pretty key
Best deal: Sunday (i think) is super cheep pizza day.
The story: So this place opened up as Angelo's about um...
6 years ago? and then turned into this place. They are super nice
people there, usually someone cute to look at (for guys and girls)
and close up shop during the afternoons in the summer.the food isn't
anything astounding, but they do have some pretty nice deals throughout
the times I have been there. Things like a sub and soda for a couple
of bucks off. Best thing is, it's never crowd ed... so you might
as well hit it up
Type: Dine in/Carryout/Delivery
Best chow: Pizza, and the focacia sandwiches
Best deal: Pizza buffet
The story: Why is it called Backstreets? Cause it used to
be where Nerve is now. Trick to this place, is they deliver pizza
faster than anyone I have seen right after a football game. We once
had about 5 pies ordered right after a football game and it didnt'
take more than 20 minutes. The rest of the places quote about an
hour and a half. This is a great quiet place to eat. They even have
a hostess to seat you. Desserts are great, classic Italian so don't
pass it up. OH want to know what's even better? Since they deliver,
you can get DESSERT DELIVERED!!! what more can you ask for. One
last word on this place, cheese. They have about half a dozen kinda
of cheese you can put on a pizza.
Type: Good food supporting
a great place for bands to play
Best chow: something crunchy while listening to live music
Best deal: Live music
The story: This place used to be the place to see
live music. My best story about it was one that my friend Ray told
me. He was there one night um.. partaking of a study break, and
two guys walk in and sit next to him at the bar. "We used to
play here all the time... good to see this place is still around"
(or something like that) the guy said. Ray turned to see Axl Rose
and Duff from Guns and Roses. They had a concert nearby (Roanoke?).
I can only assume that Ray then peed himself as he talked with them
the rest of the night. Man I hope I didnt' make that story up, It's
a good one.
As for the food... here is what I know about it from Jul:
Well... it used to be South Main Cafe... and all that I knew it
for was Eddie From Ohio concerts. But since the bar has changed
hands, I decided to check it out. The food is pretty good. There
is an option of sitting out on the porch, which is nice for the
cool summer evenings. There is a good variety of all foods for all
carnivores, and a small menu for vegetarians as well. The nice thing
about Baylees is that they have a variety of foods from different
regions of the world. Some cooking reminds me of the middle east
style of cooking, while there is also an etouffe and different pastas.
Baylee's is a great place for special dates. It has great ambiance.
At times they will have live music with dinner, which is a nice
change of pace from the smokey bars.
Best chow: I had a turkey sub that was good..
Best deal: You don't go there for the food
The story: Big Al's used to be a barber shop with a place
to get hot dogs in the back (separate entrances). It was great for
getting haircuts cause the girlse there would massage your scalp
when they washed your hair and all that. Usually you ended up overtipping.
At some point they added in a bar upstairs and then Poor Billy's
was opened up downstairs. The concept behind Big Al's hasn't changed
a bit. It's a place where the waitresses (dang) get overtipped.
and the things on the menu really aren't too exciting. Don't get
out of hand there, friends have seen bouncers toss people down the
stairs, which are very steep.
Big Al's also has pool tables and shuffleboard (bar style). I like
it there, especially over the summer when it isnt' so crowded
Type: Mostly sandwiches
Best chow: A pitcher of Sam Adams
Best deal: Free popcorn
The story: I'll flat out say it now, I don't like the food
here. Everyone else seems to though. So here is what I do like about
it. upstairs is all meeting rooms that you can reserve. Even downstairs
there is a good chance you can get a big table. I am not sure why,
but this place handles large groups better than any place around.
The menu is definitely cool. It is set up like a Monopoly board.
Each square is a blacksburg landmark with a different item. They
have a good veggie burger, and are willing to make just about any
sandwich you want. Just tell them and they will switch things around.
Good glassware on the beer and a porch that is nice to sit on in
good weather makes this place good quiet place to check out for
sure. I seem to be the only person that doesn't like so don't let
that discourage you. They have some decent specials from day to
day. Just check out the whole dealie on the table it says what the
food specials are from day to day (things like discounted wings
and king crab legs). Bogen's has a bar attached with a separate
entrance. The bar lets you get food and play pool without bugging
the rest of the place (or vice versa).
Best chow: Chocolate chip pumpkin muffins, Iced Chai
Best deal: day old anything
The story: Bolo's is the sister store to Gillie's. You can
get any kind of coffee, as long as its not generic. You can vary
the kind of milk you want too (skim, whole, soy). The people that
work there are super nice, even early in the morning. It's a great
place to sit and get some work done. Don't let the rest of the wares
go to waste. All the baked good are made fresh every morning. How
can you beat a muffin that is big enough for two to stuff themselves
on. They also make different kinds of bread depending on the day
of the week. So if you want something in particular and never can
find it there, ask them what day they make it. Man I am getting
hungry... They aren't open super late, but they are open super early.
Type: Family food
Best chow: Raspberry Margarita
Best deal: shrug
The story: I haven't eaten here yet, but a friend of mine
saw that I didn't have a review up and was very eager to tell me
about the raspberry margarita that she had there. It sounds a lot
like a standard crap on the wall family joint. I went to their website
as I didn't feel like doing the trek over there right now. It is
sported as a '1890s style New England tavern.' Make sure to
with you. The site showed me that they have decent food, a supporting
cast of appetizers and some crafty well worked out frosty drinks.
I have to hold some contempt for them as they are a small chain
that started in Morgantown, WV. I have heard as many pros as cons
on this place. I say give it a roll and stick to the black angus
Cajun, the only place in town
Best chow: RIBS!!!!!! but its only an occasional special,
Best deal: Specials are innovative, taste great, and are
The story: When you walk in the door first thing you ask
is "Is there any room upstairs?" The deck upstairs is
covered, with a small section uncovered (prime commodity in nice
weather). The staff there is super nice, and earns the place its
tbone. Ask questions about food, wine, beer, and they will tell
you right off or find the answer for you. Great cajun food, and
a genius chef make this place a must see in town. Some of the food
prices is up there, but here is what I do. If I am really hungry,
I get a special (things like steaks, marlin, salmon, flounder, tuna,
ribs) which are great prices for the pile of food they give you.
If you want something light, get a po-boy sandwich, or a bowl of
soup. It's all good.
Don't forget to save room for dessert. One of the problems with
most places in town, is they don't have good dessert. I have had
all the desserts and like them all. It's nice to go there and get
appetizers and drinks. Oh I almost forgot. They
have the best beer around, Guinness on tap a Belgian style ale called
LeTrappe. It's sturdy, but man its great.
The beer here has been a serious disappointment. La Trappe is gone,
and the Guinness is the worst I have ever had. It can best be described
as cold Guinness flavored tea. They do have a Blue Moon, and Dead
Guy Ale on tap. I really dont know it that makes up for the the
mess that they made of the Guinness.
Boudreaux's is one of the few places that has live music from time
is not good at all now.
Wild Wings and Weck (BW3's)
Type: wings and wing related
Best chow: wings
Best deal: specials almost every night
The story: This is a chain, but its still rather uncommon,
so here's the deal. The wings here, are great. It gets crowded though,
so you might want to get them to go. Lots of big TV's are great
when you don't want to watch the rest of your group stuff themselves.
I can't remember exactly how many kinds of wings they make... but
there's a lot. I really like the dessert there too. As best I can
remember its some sort of peanut butter cookie pie thing. In the
bar and porch, food is full service. In the main area, its run like
a sizzler, order the food up front, and then they bring then to
you. Its kinda a pain. I would prefer an entire full service thing.
Parking can kind of be tough, but it is worth a try.
A last word on the wings, Blazin = ridiculously hot... about as
hot as is gastricly possible. I once had a few with my friend Nick
(he ate 2). I thought he was going to cry, not as much when he was
eating them, as when he got to entertain their fiery goodness, the
other way (can't drink water through there to cool you down). I
eat them all the time, but I still pay for it later that night and
don't expect anything solid for a couple of days. I know, its gross,
but if the surgeon general put warnings as graphic as that on smokes,
maybe people would stay away from those too.
Best chow: blueberry donuts
Best deal: 50 cent grab bag
The story: Used to be that you could get Carol Lee donuts
in town. But since the rent is so high in town, Carol Lee closed
up the downtown shop and decided to stick it out at their North
Main location. There aren't any bad choices here, except the coffee.
The staff are super nice and will talk your ear off if you let them.
I highly recommend getting the grab bag. I had one one time that
had a bunch of messed up donuts. They were half chocolate, half
blueberry. This frankenstein of a donut is perfect for a misfit
like me. I also dig the white frosting filled chocolate covered
'white delight' donut.
Carol Lee makes cakes too, so don't think they are just donuts.
I know they do lots of wedding desserts I have eaten a few of them,
almost worth getting married just to get a piece. Wait .. .that
doesn't sound right.. Anyhow, keep the only donut shop in town rolling
so we don't have to eat Krispy Kreme for the rest of our days here.
Best chow: any of the pita dips
Best deal: Pita Pizza, comes with 3 toppings,
The story: Ok upstairs = quiet, possibly live music (jazz)
good place for a date. Downstairs = louder music, big screen TV
(often on Fox), dark, smoky good for large group (some tables seat
10 or so)
Lots of beer. I am not even gong to get into what they have I like
the Gennesse cream ale, cause its cheap and good, when I am not
drinking Guinness on tap. For food, take a good look at there appetizers
and keep to the pasta. I don't think the sandwiches are all that
exciting. I really like the lasagna (veggie or meat). Something
else that is often overlooked are the salads. I lived off of the
spinach salad and manicotti for a while there. The staff is super
nice. Often when I go there I get offered the beer I usually drink,
instead of having to ask for it. I think I offended one of them
once though... but I can't really be sure. I think she was having
a bad day. Cheesecake is good here, but small. Oh something that's
not on the menu is garlic bread with cheese and some sauce to dip
it in. I loved getting that for a long time.
You have to try the pita dips its just the way the world goes!
This place gets no meat, its super laid back, not a 'tight black
Type: nothing fancy
Best chow: milkshakes
Best deal: shrug
The story: This place is drastically different from its
upstairs cousin. It sports a good stage for jazz and karaoke. I
have heard lots of good music coming out of this place. I rarely
go in though. The staff is friendly, but they rarely push the food.
I really dug the milkshake I had there, and the cheesecake was good
too (lots of deserts). I think that the menu gets pretty limited
later in the evening.but oh well thats characteristic of places
round town.. I really like the selection of beer and snacks/dessert
they have here. It is enough to keep you happy while listening to
music or talking with friends. I don't frequent the downstairs unless
there is an event of some kind going on. I haven't had much for
a meal there, the kitchen was always half closed. Anyhow, be sure
to check out their handy dessert menu and able bar
Best chow: anything marked appetizer is sure to be a specialty
Best deal: happy hour?
The story: Darts and pool tables make the upstais markedly
different from the downstairs of champs. I have been upstairs a
couple of times and really not gotten too excited about it. However,
I have met some cool people there. Perhaps it is my self destructive
nature that keeps me from going to a place that increases my circle
of friends. I think the last time I went there was for a party for
a friends sorority. I wasn't really invited but I went anyway. This
is one of the bars round town that does that whole 'rent out for
parties thing.' I don't understand it... but hey it was fun. upstairs
isn't a place to go for food. Just drinks and social stuff, maybe
pool and darts. Give it a try for something new (Guinness on tap,
so it can't be all bad)
Best chow: chicken with cashews, beef with oyster sauce (must
pronounce it ohyer sauce for them to understand)
Best deal: big portions its all good
The story: Ok, so its a hole in the wall... Ok so you have
to park on a slant... But this place is great for checking out a
big pile of food for relatively little money. I haven't had anything
there I didn't like. Mostly cause everything they have there menu
is things that I am familiar with. Good standard food. It's quiet
nice place to take family, or a date or pile in with a bunch of
friends. Their food reheats better than most chinese restaurants
I have eaten at. I know that is an odd for a review, but what is
the point of offering you a ton of food if you don't want to eat
it later . A great thing to
take into account on China Inn is that it is pretty close to campus.
An easy walk is always a good thing. See if you can get the 'special'
fortune cookies. They were pretty funny (definitely rated R), not
sure if they still have them or not.
Best chow: General Tso
Best deal: I dig the lunch specials
The story: This is one of those joints that you don't want
to bother with if you want killer original food, or fancy tablecloths.
There are pictures of food on the wall and you point at a menu to
order. Its as simple as it needs to be. I love getting food from
here. Best thing is to call them up and tell them what you want.
The guy will tell you that the food will be ready in like 3 minutes.
I can't get there in 3 minutes.. Super nice people working there.
They make General Tso's chicken like no one else. Always good food.
oh wait, not always. DO NOT get food from here at off peak
times, like right before closing. It's not a good thing. Stick to
the main meal times, and all will be well.
Best chow: Beef w/ Broccoli
Best deal: lunch specials again
The story: Just like the Kitchen, pictures of food on the
wall point at a menu to order. They aren't as fast as Chinese Kitchen,
and the General Tso's is very different. Again, DO NOT get
food from here at off peak times, like right before closing. its
not a good thing. Stick to the main meal times, and all will be
Type: Coffee shop
Best chow: Muffins
Best deal: shrug
The story: This is an odd little place in the University
Mall. I don't know why, but I get a weird vibe from this place.
It has a bunch of separate rooms with comfy chairs and couches to
sit on while you eat or drink coffee. It's not the hangout that
Mill Mountain or Bolo's is. I think that's mostly due to its location.
I am not a coffee person, (not a caffeine person) so this place
is not really on my list of attractions. It was however quiet and
the food was pretty tasty. Been a long time since I went there though
I am sure they are good if they can last that long in this town.
Best chow: shrug
Best deal: shrug
The story: In Blacksburg, some people like El Rodeo, and
some like El Guadaloupe. There is very little difference. Most notably,
Guad has a nicer place to eat. has a bigger selection of .. well
no its just about the same. Everything costs at least another dollar.
The food tends to take a bit longer, and the salsa is hotter.
People who like El Rod, don't see the flair of Guadalope worth
the extra time and money. Those that like El Guadaloupe, swear the
food is much better and think El Rod is a hole in the wall with
creepy wait staff. I think they're both the same. This place is
just a better place to take your parents I guess.
Best chow: I dig the Burritos deluxe
Best deal: 3 tacos, for $2.50
The story: In Blacksburg, some people like El Rodeo, and
some like El Guadaloupe. There is very little difference. El Rod
is really fast and cheap. I have gotten food on the table as quick
as 5 minutes. Best time to go, is right after the lunch or dinner
rush. The kitchen is in high gear and the people are all gone.
One of the cool things about El Rod is the #F on the menu. Most
of the items are numbered in some way. The F is some sort of leftover
from a previous menu system I think.
One last word, the help is kind of prone to hitting on the ladies.
Just get used to it. They're harmless and rather amusing.
Best chow: Humus and Pita
Best deal: Large Pizza 5 bucks
The story: This used to be the location of a computer store,
but now, it's the best humus you can get anywhere around here. Now
for those of you that have never had humus, I'll warn you it looks
a bit strange, but it tastes great.
In addition to their great wrap sandwiches, Emilio's makes a really
good burger too. Definitely in the top 2 with Mike's. Something
else to check out is the Gyro. They make it a little different than
Souvlaki does, but it's always good.
I consider this the best restaurant I forget to eat at. I always
seem to crave it on Sundays. Just so you know, they're closed on
Type: Wrap sandwiches
Best chow: Mushrooms
Best deal: Tuesday and Monday, buy a pita get a free drink
or cookies (one on one day another on another day)
The story: I have a lot of hostility toward this place because
it took over the former location of Carol Lee's donuts. I really
miss being able to get donuts downtown. I have heard lots of good
things about this place though, but I still can't get myself to
walk into what looks like a circus big top with all the bright colors
So what is the food like? I asked around and I got a big thumbs
up from Jill Franklin for "their steak and mushrooms or their
chicken and mushrooms... you do not have to get mushrooms... but
they taste good on the burner.. yum." The set up inside is
like a Subway, Pick your sandwich, and what you want on it then
roll out with a drink and a bag of chips or some cookies. Liz Hankins
told me all about their buy 9 get one free deal with pitas (just
like Subway's sub club). She also gave a 'boy howdy' for the super
attractive/nice people that work there. I like the people that work
there too actually. I have talked to a few of them outside the shop.
They earn Extreme Pita its meat market status.
They also deliver, which is nice for sandwich places. I highly
recommend ordering sandwiches from places that deliver. Sometimes
it's good to get out of that pizza rut.
Something odd about El Pita Extremo, hiding in the corner of the
store is a guy selling bagels from the former Preston's restaurant.
Check out 'Preston's
II' for the details.
Type: Deli Style food
Best chow: BBQ Pork
Best deal: dunno
The story: The first time I saw this place I thought it
was some sort of spin off of Anthony's. Famous Anthony's is a chain
though. Inside is not all that well kept up according to Hoops.
She recommends that if you go to check out the food here, which
is well worth the trip, you would be better off getting it to go.
The only thing I have eaten here was food that was catered for a
very large group. They brought cookies and BBQ pork, and cole slaw.
Stuff like that. Not too exciting.I will have to admit though, that
I really did like the BBQ pork and I am pretty picky about things
like BBQ. I once went to every place in town that sold BBQ pork.
The winner came up being Hokie House. I think Famous Anthony's might
beat them though. It's been a while since I have had it at HoHo,
so I will let them keep their title for now. Famous Anthony's is
located kinda out of the way too. Up on South Main street. If you
are around there be sure to keep in mind that Double Dragon and
El Guadaloupe are out there too.
Anyhow, if you want good food, check it out, but don't bring a
hot date, it's not the place
Type: Non commercial veggie
Best chow: Breakfast!!
Best deal: bean burrito (it's huge)
The story: You walk into the door, sit down wherever. The
help is wearing tshirts and old jeans. The only meat you see on
the menu is tuna salad. There's no coke, no pepsi. But there is
always a good crowd. It's one of those places that not everyone
has been to. But most who have can't go too long without going back.
Eileen likes that it's a good place to grab a heavy OR a light meal.
She usually gets the Quesadillas, which I like as well. You can
get 3 'toppings' on them. I like getting spinach artichokes and
black ollives. Oh man the food is good I am getting hungry right
One of the things I like best is the 3 menu system. They have breakfast
from 7am-10am, Lunch till about 4 (I think) and then dinner till
about 9 or 10pm. You get completely different food options each
time. (I think the lunch items are still options at dinner, but
dinner items aren't options for lunch) Breakfast is served till
2pm on the weekend.
This is no doubt one of my favorite places to go eat. I could tell
you a ton about it, but I am not going to waste your time. Look
at the ratings I gave it. It's as impressive as it can get. If you
come to Blacksburg, you MUST eat at Gillies. That's all there is
Best chow: Tasty Carrots
Best deal: All
The story: I can't remember why I started going here, and
oddly, I don't remember why I stopped. Hokaido is an eclectic place.
The food is Japanese. The cooks are Philipino. The owners are defintely
locals. I joked about expecting to see a Shinto shrine to Nascar
The menu is short. Only really 2x2 items on it.
- Chicken with mushrooms
- Chicken with broccoli
- Beef with mushrooms
- Beef with broccoli
It's all served over rice in styrofoam containters regardless of
whether or not you get it to go. The carrots are very tasty, for
one simple reason. They don't taste at all like carrots, they taste
like sweet potatoes. Regardless of it being a weird place its tasty.
Try it for delivery some time!
Type: Burgers and sandwiches
Best chow: Wings and BBQ
Best deal: 26 oz mugs of beer for $2 5-6pm every day
The story: I like Hokie House. Most pass it by as far as
food goes. If you eat there, eat downstairs. They rarely have the
wait that most places do for lunch. The beer selection is exelent
and they do a great job with everything on their menu. If you go
there, I recomend you try the following
Nachos - Feed about 8 people
Half Pound Burgers - Bleu Cheese Burger, Dill Dip Burger,
Big Top (Onion Rings on top), MOS burger (Mushroom Onion Swiss),
Hokie Pokie Burger (fried egg on top) Montreal Burger, Garden
Burger and the Heart Stopper (two burgers twice the bacon twice
the cheese). If you can't find something you like, face it you
don't like burgers..
Wings - Best in town.. dont get them hot though just get
medium. They don't know how to make hot.
Pork BBQ - Best in town.. no matter what they say around
anywhere else.. I checked everywhere in town a few years back.
Best chow: Buffet
Best deal: Buffet
The story: This is not going to be a positive review. I
know lots of people that like the food at Hunan King. However, I
don't eat at Hunan King anymore. Let's leave it at that.
Type: Pizza, pasta, and
Best chow: calzone
Best deal: 8" sub and fries or chips only $4.99
The story: Submitted by Lindsay Ham:
I used to work at this place. The food is really good. Owned by
the same people who run Alpha's. Same menu for the most part just
eat in or carryout instead of delivery. Definitely worth checking
My story: Ok I'd have to agree with all that Lindsay had
to say. So don't be detered by the fact that she worked there. The
food is good, the place is quiet, and it's not expensive for anything
I saw. I have eaten there once. They do have beer but I still can't
remember much about the selection. Just like Apha's, you will get
consistant good food without the glitz.
|Preston's is now Woody's
in Extreme Pita)
of the Stairs (TOTS)
Type: Sandwiches, wraps
Best chow: Spicy Crab Dip, Al's marinade
Best deal: fries and tater tots for like a buck during happy
The story: Submitted by Skip:
So last night Kia and I ordered the Spicy Crab Dip and the Salsa
con Queso. The salsa was good, but let's back to the crab dip. It
was AWESOME! HOT HOT HOT! And the crab meat was pretty dang good
too! So I'd recommend checking that out next time. Oh, and the atmosphere
is picking up.
My story: Tots is one of the few places that is still doing
live music. Problem is, it is not easy to get bands to show up in
Blacksburg anymore. Keep an eye out for good bands and GO SEE THEM!
that way we can keep them coming back.
As for food my pick is the Al's Marinaded chicken or my new favorite,
a BLT with jalepenos. I accidently ordered the BLTJ one time when
I was trying to get stuffed jalepenos to substitute for fries. In
the end I got a BLT with Jalepenos on the side. Man that was a good
Lastly, the deck on TOTS is nothing like anywhere else. Makes TOTS
the place to be on bright sunny days. It's a super frat hangout
at night though, and doesn't usually let unders in. Use that info
as you see fit.