Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

by Joel Hawksley

Fresh off a long bike ride, the site of a food truck rodeo at The Village Grill in Grandin Village was welcome news. It didn’t take me long to give this sandwich a ride it would never forget.

CAPTION PLEASE. Talk about other menu items?

Despite the line, service was fast.

I visited: Toasted by Casey, a food truck based in Christiansburg, Va., at the Star City Food Truck Stop, held at The Village Grill in Roanoke, Virginia.

I tried: The Trippple Threat, a grilled cheese with deep-fried, breaded mozzarella sticks, American and mozzarella cheeses, and marina sauce sandwiched between slices of “Tuscan-seasoned” bread.

Why it stood out: Anything tastes good after a long bike ride, but this sandwich took it to another level. Paired with a Get Bent Mountain IPA from Parkway Brewing, I was really impressed with how well the fried treat translated to a grilled cheese sandwich. The cheese was perfectly melted inside and out, and the seasoned bread (WHAT ARE THOSE FLAKES?!?!) kicked it up a notch.

It cost: $6

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by Caitlin Saniga


Does this photo of Roanoke look familiar? I’m borrowing it from a post I wrote three and a half years ago, when I first moved to Roanoke.

I’ve been putting off this post for awhile now because, like the quote from “The Wonder Years” goes:

Change is never easy. You fight to hold on. You fight to let go.

I made a huge leap of faith a couple of months ago when I packed up what few belongings would fit in my car and drove away from Roanoke, eastward toward Providence, R.I. Flip ahead to the happy ending of this story, and you’ll find that I’m settling in nicely in this new city, in a new job and with my terrific boyfriend, Joel, by my side. I’ve traded in my familiar, beloved mountainous surroundings for a spot near the ocean in the smallest state in the country. Who knew my next adventure would be in New England? I certainly didn’t, but I’m so happy I’m here. There’s so much to explore and so many new things to experience.

But I can’t move on without first looking back and paying tribute to Roanoke, the place that shaped my foundation as an independent adult, as a food lover, as an outdoors enthusiast, etc. So here they are, my favorite hidden and understated charms of the Star City of the South, a place I’ll always consider home. Go ahead — poke around:

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by Caitlin Saniga | photos by Joel Hawksley

Banh mi from Viet Sub in Roanoke, Va.

The banh mi from Viet Sub in Roanoke, Va., measure about 10 inches in length, and they’re brimming with fresh-tasting ingredients. If you’ve never tried banh mi before, I recommend bringing a friend and splitting the three sandwiches so you can try all of the variations.


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