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“Only avoids a "1" out of respect for tradition” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Texas Tavern

Texas Tavern
114 Church Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24011
+1 540-342-4825
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Ranked #74 of 415 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.
Roanoke, Virginia
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“Only avoids a "1" out of respect for tradition”
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 a fairly uncreative cook out.

The chili is very bland. If you like spice and heat, you will find this chili extremely disappointing. It lacks flavor and character.

It is very disappointing when a local "landmark" restaurant serves lower quality food than most fast food restaurants. At least the prices are cheap.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Myrtle Beach
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“Amazing hotdogs, hamburgers, and chili!”
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 lot of people go here just for the chili. The only thing I would change is that they do not have french fries. But by far a 5 star place to eat!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Roanoke, Virginia
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“Great Old School Burger Joint”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Lucky Roanoke! This burger and chili joint is a throw back that you just don't find anymore. I came into town with my wife and two kids, starving. Except for my daughter, we all had multiple entrees, numerous burgers of all types and bowls of chili. It was all excellent, and we came in a hair below $20. The staff was congenial and a genuine good bunch of guys. They had wheat pennies in the register and gave me some for change--awesome!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Smithfield, North Carolina
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Never fails to hit the spot!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I have been hitting the TT for over 50 years! Doesn't matter if it is noon or midnight, there are just those times that a "bowl and a burger" are exactly what you need/want! Always friendly. Hop up on a stool and order. Like the sign says - "We seat 1,000 people - 10 at a time!"

If you have never had a cheesy western or a bowl of their chili or ----- anything else on the menu, you have missed a treat!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Cool Atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

I went to Texas Tavern after hearing great things about it. To me it was more of a cultural experience. It's a neat little whole in the wall building in downtown Roanoke and you can watch them make your food. Some of the staff is very friendly and the prices are great. I got a burger and a chili and really wasn't very impressed. It was pretty bland. I would still recommend it just to say you've gone there though!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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