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Texas Tavern

114 Church Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24011
+1 540-342-4825
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Ranked #58 of 407 restaurants in Roanoke
Price range: $1 - $5
Cuisines: American, Diner, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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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English first
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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 It's not fancy, it's not healthy, it is tiny and outdated.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
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
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Watchung, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The menu is limited. The staff is grouchy. There are literally only 10 stools. Not overly clean. But, the burgers were very nice. The chili was a little weak. Off the beaten track a bit but worth the hunt.

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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

always loved all my life! been going there a long time! late at night was my favorite! after jamming at the newwood we all go and eat and it was so good!

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Roanoke, Virginia
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I like the small, cozy, grubby hole-in-the-wall vibe. This is the kind of atmosphere I like in a restaurant. Unfortunately, the food does not hold up its end of the bargain. The burgers are relatively small on a cold bun with cold cheese and very basic condiments and dressing. It is a burger that you would expect to find at... More

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Myrtle Beach
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This is a little luxury in Roanoke that you should not skip! It is in a very old building, so most people would go right by it. They also have a very small and simple menu, but that is what it is all about. The hotdogs and hamburgers are absolutely amazing. I am not a huge chili lover, but a... More

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