My wife and I stopped in Roanoke on our way to Washington, D.C. from Knoxville. We decided on Local Roots for dinner- online reviews looked good and we like to support farm to table efforts. As it turned out, we had an unexpectedly incredible dining experience.
Everything on the menu looked interesting so we opted for small plates to share- ordering some of this and that and getting plenty to eat in the process. All of it was perfectly prepared and totally delicious. I have to say, we were completely amazed at the creative use of ingredients and presentation of each and every dish. It's certainly fresh local but that's only a place to start. Each dish is seemingly designed by a molecular cuisine chef who then has a food stylist finish the plates. This is art you can eat and man, is it good. I've only seen presentation of cuisine on this level at places like Catbird Seat in Nashville, Versace's Villa in South Beach or St. John's in Chattanooga. It was astonishing- and very gratifying- to see plate after yummy plate delivered to our table at a small neighborhood bistro in Roanoke instead of being at some hugely expensive big city venue. Everything we ordered was superb, not to mention very reasonably priced.
Service was good- friendly and efficient- and the owner came by to chat a time or two. The wine list could use some further thought- it's a bit thin and struggles to keep up with the brilliant menu- but that's easy enough to remedy.
Don't miss the Textures of Beets plate- a tour de force of beety goodness and culinary creativity. The cold white beet borscht, the handmade fettuccine and the strawberries with feta, greens and bacon crumbles were awesome. Desserts were knock-outs- all fantastic, complex, beautiful and seductive- what more could you ask for?
Do yourself a favor and go eat here. We certainly plan to do it again.
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