Roanoke Gets a Big-Time Swimming Mention

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Did you know Roanoke is one of the nation’s top swimming cities?

The region made USA Swimming’s “50 Top Swim Cities” list for 2016 and is in the company of locations such as top-ranked San Jose-Santa Clara, Calif.

Roanoke was also the biggest mover on this list, leaping 49 spots to No. 45 in the annual ranking. Roanoke, in its debut on the list, was one of three Virginia locations to make the top 50.

Each city’s ranking is based on an aggregate score in categories including percentage of active swimmers and swim clubs, swim team growth, number of accessible pools and volume of top-level swimmers from the area. Cities in the top 50 had an MSA population of 250,000 or higher.

“The top swim cities exemplifies all the qualities that make the sport of swimming great with strong community involvement, ease of access and ability to grow the sport,” said Matt Farrell, chief marketing officer for USA Swimming. “We want to invite people of all ages across the country to join the sport of swimming and we hope this list inspires more kids and families to get involved.”

You can view the entire list from USA Swimming.

Cheesy Western Noted as One of Best Burgers in Virginia

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How many of the 20 best burgers in Virginia have you tried?

Chances are you’ve had at least one with the Cheesy Western from Texas Tavern headlining the 20 Best Burgers ranking from Thrillist.

Here’s what the online list giant had to say about Roanoke’s somewhat famous burger: “You only have one decision to make at Texas Tavern: Cheesy or Cheesy with. The latter means your Cheesy Western will come with onions in addition to the standard fried egg, melted cheese, pickles and sweet relish. Matt Bullington runs the place these days — he’s the great-grandson of the original owner, who opened the shop in 1930. The counter and the bar stools are original, and the prices haven’t moved much since then. ‘A Depression era diner with Depression era prices,’ Matt says after describing it as ‘Cheers without the alcohol.’ Cheesy Westerns ring in at $2.60, and you can get one 24/7. Harry Connick Jr. popped in for one recently, as did Kevin Costner.”

So how do you like yours – cheesy or cheesy with?

Other burgers on the list are from places such as Shelton’s Big Grill in Virginia Beach, Burger Bach in Richmond, and 2491 Restaurant in Falls Church. You can find the whole list – and check off your other favorites – from Thrillist.