Food With Friends
Dec 07, 2017 09:38AM
● By Ashley Madonna
If you believe that appetizers are much more appealing than entrées, you’ll love Roanoke’s newest culinary destination, Craft & Vine Taproom and Eatery. Situated along the city’s restaurant row, the upscale gastropub specializes in shared small plates. Here, guests don’t have to commit to one dish—they can mix and match to suit their appetites and cravings. With 75 beers, sours and wines on tap along with a range of craft cocktails, it’s the perfect place to bring a few friends, order a few dishes and enjoy a night on the town in historic downtown Roanoke.
The menu showcases modern American fare prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Executive Chef Bill Trevino takes a farm-to-fork philosophy, aiming to prepare simple foods that are true to Texas. With shareable plates designed to satisfy two or four guests, you can order to your heart’s content and leave the stress of decision-making at the door.
Offerings pivot from comfort food such as sliders and house-cut fries to gourmet selections including Ahi Au Povri (served with vegetable Israeli couscous and fine herb burre blanc) and Duck and Prosciutto Flatbread (served with olive oil, capers, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, herb ricotta and Parmesan).
Divided into a half dozen categories, the menu is easy to navigate, whether you’re leaning towards a locally grown salad or a bite from land or sea. Don’t leave without trying one of the restaurant’s signature offerings, the Nashville “Hot” Red Snapper served with a buttermilk biscuit and house-made pickle chips. Craft & Vine’s take on Chicken and Waffles (a jalapeño cheddar waffle served with chipotle-spiked agave syrup) is another Instagram-worthy crowd-pleaser. But if the Shrimp Pot Stickers or Wood-Grilled Angus Shoulder Tender happen to call your name, give them a try. That’s the beauty of ordering several small plates—you get to experience a variety of tastes.
While many Metroplex eateries have gravitated toward the small-plates trend, few have done it with as much visual and gastronomic panache as Craft & Vine. Gather your group and go enjoy sweeping views of Roanoke while you indulge in some of Texas’ best flavors.