Recently we saw a Groupon offer for a discounted meal at the Classic Cafe in Roanoke, Tx. We were not familiar with the restaurant but after reading several reviews including, of course, those on tripadvisor, we decided to purchase the offer. Shortly after doing this we received an invitation from the restaurant itself for either a discounted lunch or dinner. Yesterday was a lovely day in our area, temperatures were mild, sun was shining, skies were clear so we laid the top back and enjoyed our 30 minute drive to Roanoke. Our GPS easily located the Classic Cafe. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed and quickly seated in this quaint, facility that had obviously been a residence at some time past. It's charming both inside and outside. Cozy buy not crowded, white table cloths, abstract oil paintings throughout (we learned they were done by the aunt of the owners), just an overall comfortable place. After being seated we were quickly approached by our waite person, Alex, who was marvelous. She was there when we needed her, never hovering, yet remaining totally attentive. She struck the near perfect balance of being friendly without becoming overly so. Her knowledge of the menu was excellent and her descriptions of the printed items along with the specials were excellent. My wife ordered a glass of the House Chardonnay and I had a mixed drink. Both were very good. We split a, "special of the day" appetizer comprised of two shrimp and okra fritters with a tasty, tangy sauce. For our entrees my wife chose the crab cakes that included mashed potatoes and fresh fried okra and I had the bacon-topped cheeseburger and french fries. Both meals were excellent. The dinner menu also looked appealing so we are eagerly looking forward to our next visit which will be for a more relaxed evening meal. The Classic Cafe is, we believe, a real, "find." Hopefully our dinner meal will be as delicious and enjoyable as was this casual lunch. Incidentally, most of their vegetables are grown out back in their own garden. Additionally, their wine list appeared very interesting. (We'll find out on our next visit). This is not, incidentally, an inexpensive restaurant. Our drinks (we each had two), shared appetizer and entrees, even after the restaurant's complimentary $10 Discount Coupon totaled $65, before tip. Not exactly cheap for a lunch but . . . this is yet another example of, "getting what you pay for." It was worth it. Based on our initial experience here we expect that the Classic will be a restaurant we'll revisit several times each year in the future. (More after our upcoming dinner).
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