I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, road trips can be a bit hard for a vegetarian. When driving down I-81 on a recent trip, we were faced with fast food restaurant after fast food restaurant which just depress me after a while. Luckily, we had some time to spare and the benefit of technology to help us find a place that would have plenty of options for road weary vegetarians- Wildflour Market and Bakery in Roanoke, Virginia.
The restaurant is wedged into a residential neighborhood with large houses with southern charm. Take a peek down 4th Street and you’ll be greeted with a beautiful view of the rolling Virginia hills. Unfortunately, a recent downpour of rain brought out mugginess and heat, so we were unable to sit outside. I would have loved to be able to sit and breathe fresh air after being cooped up in the car for so long. But, the inside was just as inviting.
The interior was filled with paintings hung on the wall and large canvases hanging from the ceiling. The large room was bright and inviting with views back into the kitchen and bakery.
There is a quite extensive multi-page menu with one page dedicated to specifically vegetarian fare so it was easy to figure out where to set our sights.
We started with a couple of fresh salads punctuated by freshly made dressings. My honey poppy seed dressing provided just the right “pop” to the salad without being overwhelming.
The Southwest burrito was filled with Evie’s famous red beans and rice. It was topped with a nice fresh salsa and sour cream. The beans were unique and had either a little nutmeg or cinnamon thrown in. I couldn’t quite place my finger on the seasoning but it was light and brightened up the beans.
To be quite honest, the veggie lasagna turned out to be a 50% success. That is, one half of the piece was over cheesed while the other side had a perfect ratio of pasta, cheese, spinach and mushrooms. Being the highest priced veggie item, at $13.25, we expected much more from this piece of lasagna. But the half that was good was very good. Too bad the other half wasn’t up to par.
Perhaps if our travels take us through Roanoke, Virginia again we might try “The Doctor’s Macaroni and Cheese” which boasts a unique twist on the traditional dish by adding mushrooms, goat cheese and marinara. Or, the “Incredibella Portabella” which takes the grilled mushroom and throws it onto freshly baked bread with provolone cheese.
We walked away from the table happy with our restaurant find knowing that we fared much better than eating French fries from a fast food joint. We were able to hit the road with full bellies and renewed energy.
- Wildflour Market and Bakery
1212 4th St., SW
Roanoke, VA, 24016