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Texas Tavern

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American, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Diner
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114 Church Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24011
+1 540-342-4825
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: On Feb. 13Th, 1930 during the height of the great depression, I.N. "Nick...
On Feb. 13Th, 1930 during the height of the great depression, I.N. "Nick" Bullington opened the 10 stool Texas Tavern and began serving its famous bowls of chile, hamburgers, hotdogs, and cheesy westerns. With a no frills atmosphere and the motto "Give the customer a fair shake" the Texas Tavern has become a landmark and a rite of passage for many locals and visitors alike. Known as "Roanoke's Millionaires Club", it is still run by the same family, now in its 4th generation of ownership.
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Good for:
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A must go to dining experience

Anyone that visits needs to go to the Texas Tavern,A tiny local joint that has been in business since the 1930,s seats ten at a time on stools,Have the chili and a cheesy western,thats what Harry Connick Jr had on his recent visit

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
930ronaldo
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Roanoke, Virginia
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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English first
Roanoke, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Anyone that visits needs to go to the Texas Tavern,A tiny local joint that has been in business since the 1930,s seats ten at a time on stools,Have the chili and a cheesy western,thats what Harry Connick Jr had on his recent visit

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Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I'm used to eating at the Texas Inn in Lynchburg, so I knew what to expect going into the Texas Tavern. Only surprise was that the cheesy westerns here have pickles on them. Other than that, everything was what I've come to expect: small diner, cheap food, good service, and open 24 hours. The grease is bound to chop a... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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255 reviews 255 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

If you go with a sense of humor, you will have a better time. As a restaurant, this place delivers low quality at low prices, in a very small and uninviting space. But, as an institution, this place should be on the "you haven't experienced Roanoke unless you have eaten here" list. Really, where else can you eat some history... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I've had this place on my bucket list for a few years. I drove out of my way to stop in for a late "second" lunch of the day as I was not sure when I'd be back thru Roanoke again. The ambience is incomparable. The prices are a good deal. I had to have the Cheesy Western. I was... More 

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We ate here as part of the Roanoke food tour. We had a cheesy Western, a.k.a. "Cheesy". My fiancé really liked the bread and butter relish. Definitely a greasu spoon dive worth stopping at after a night out....I don't know if I would wait in line though.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the world. TT, as the locals often refer to it, is a dinosaur in the food industry, but who wouldn't love to see a dinosaur? It's not fancy, it's not healthy, it is tiny and outdated. It's like stepping back in the history of American fast food, to a time before all... More 

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Crownsville, Maryland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Best little hotdog/ hamburger place in town. Open since 1930. Friendly cooks. " we seat 1000 people, 10 at a time". Only 10 counter stools, but not too long a wait. We've eaten our food standing. Chili, brkfast., hamburgers, and hotdogs --my fav. Chili dog. Yum! Try it!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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170 reviews 170 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Although served confidently (you'll be back for more), glad I ordered the small to go. Ended up in trash. Very greasy.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The title explains it all...the chili is amazing, otherwise the food and place is horrible, but I do love this place....24hr btw

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Took my boyfriend on a surprise trip to Roanoke, and being "foodies" and always on the hunt for fun locales, stopped here for breakfast before our mountain bike day, and then on the way back for a "re-fueling" snack! Obviously, the draw is the building, the fact that they haven't changed a thing (coffee maker!), and the staff, which feels... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 114 Church Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Roanoke
  • Phone Number: +1 540-342-4825

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 5
  • Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

Description

On Feb. 13Th, 1930 during the height of the great depression, I.N. "Nick" Bullington opened the 10 stool Texas Tavern and began serving its famous bowls of chile, hamburgers, hotdogs, and cheesy westerns. With a no frills atmosphere and the motto "Give the customer a fair shake" the Texas Tavern has become a landmark and a rite of passage for many locals and visitors alike. Known as "Roanoke's Millionaires Club", it is still run by the same family, now in its 4th generation of ownership.

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