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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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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 6
    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
You get what you pay for

After reading the reviews, my husband and I decided to give this place a try. Our expectations were not high. It is not a bad place to eat. The food is average. I did enjoy my 'cheesy with', which is a small cheeseburger with a fried egg on top. The chili was bland, but nothing onions, crackers... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
Kiara E
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Roanoke, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

My wife and I love having a late night dinner at TT. I always get a cheesy western and a bowl with. They are my favorites. My wife always gets three burgers and never asks for ketchup. She does get a sissy stick for her drink, but also never asks for fries to go with her burgers. This place is... More 

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Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I ordered two burgers and the guy stuck his hand in the mustard and then touched my burger then I asked if he could wash his hands and get me a fresh burger because I don't like mustard and he said I am too good to wash my hands and you pay for every burger I through away

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

After reading the reviews, my husband and I decided to give this place a try. Our expectations were not high. It is not a bad place to eat. The food is average. I did enjoy my 'cheesy with', which is a small cheeseburger with a fried egg on top. The chili was bland, but nothing onions, crackers, and salt can't... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
Top Contributor
275 reviews 275 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 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
30 helpful votes 30 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
44 helpful votes 44 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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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: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine

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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