Blue 5 Named Best Beer Bar in Virginia

Want to grab a beer?

You can find a great selection at the best beer bar in Virginia without having to leave home. Blue 5 in Downtown Roanoke was named Best Beer Bar in Virginia in the annual Great American Beer Bars competition by CraftBeer.com. The voting period was from August to December 2015.

“CraftBeer.com readers know craft beer and 9,000 of them took the time to cast their vote rewarding their favorite beer bar in each state,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com. “Cheers to each of the winners and the ever-increasing diversity of our local beer movement here in the U.S.”

Blue 5 opened in 2007 and has an ever-rotating supply of brews made locally and from all over the country, with up to 46 option on tap and more than 70 different bottles and can choices.

Here’s Blue 5’s profile from the ranking: “We take pride in getting patrons to step outside of their comfort zone and try new beer. Our staff is trained to identify and suggest new options based on a customer’s description of what they like. With four to eight new beers appearing weekly, our crowds always like to try what’s new.

“Besides our amazing staff and beer list, we’re extremely proud of our unique building. It’s a newly renovated, 100-year-old, five-story, former furniture store. Original hardwood floors and tin ceilings give it a historic feel while new and old electric and acoustic guitars adorn the walls and bar. It’s just a cool space to hang out and drink beer in.”

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Get One of America’s Best Burgers in Roanoke

Texas Tavern Best Burger Roanoke

Texas Tavern in downtown Roanoke is home to one of America’s best burgers, according to a new list released by The Daily Meal.

Coming in at No. 99 in “The 101 Best Burgers in America” ranking is the Cheesy Western. (Do you like yours “cheesy” or “cheesy with?”)

Here’s what The Daily Meal, a prominent food website, had this to say: “Texas Tavern was opened on Friday, February 13, 1930, by Issac N. “Nick” Bullington, a scout for the Ringling Brothers circus who traveled the country to book the act a year in advance. Today, his great-great-grandson Matt Bullington owns and operates the restaurant, which continues to bring in flocks of hungry locals for the freshly ground beef burgers. The item to order here is the Cheesy Western, but just say ‘Cheesy,’ as the staff does, or ‘Cheesy with’ if you want onions (which, of course, you do). It comes topped with a fried egg, melted cheese, pickles, and sweet relish on a plain bun.”

The ranking highlights one of the “staples of American popular cuisine,” and the list has been published since 2013. Critics tried more than 250 burgers from all over the nation to name the top 101. There are a few criteria to make the cut, according to the article, including using high-quality beef, proper seasoning, well-proportioned components, and attention to detail. Plus none of the top 101 are from large chain establishments.

Burger assignments were divided among food writers by The Daily Meal to develop the complete list: “We compiled a survey which was then taken by a panel of 50 noted writers, journalists, bloggers, and culinary authorities from across the country, asking them to vote for their favorites, limited to the ones that they’ve tried.” You can find all 101 burgers on the list from The Daily Meal.

Kudos to the Cheesy Western for making this list. Learn more about the Texas Tavern and head on over for lunch.