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Take a stroll or drive through Vinton and discover locally owned restaurants offering a variety of fare that will tickle your taste buds. Here are a few of the must-tries:
303 S. Pollard St.
The restaurant may be small – seating just 16 – but the food packs quite a punch. Owner Angel Linares works his magic on Mexican staples such as tacos, enchiladas and chiles rellenos, as well as the American burgers, grilled cheeses and club sandwiches. 342-3015.
1004 Walnut Ave.
Bob’s Restaurant was established in 1982 by Bob Pedigo and purchased in 1984 by current owner Rodney Price. Munch on hamburgers, hotdogs or homestyle plate lunches inside or take it home. Don’t miss karaoke on Saturday nights. 982-0773.
106 E. Lee Ave.
Founded in 1948, Dogwood continues to serve award-winning Southern cuisine that keeps customers coming back. Favorites include French toast, omelets, biscuits and gravy, meat loaf, pork chops, fruit cobblers and cake. 343-6549.
IDK Restaurant and Catering
105 W. Lee Ave.
The newest restaurant in downtown Vinton, IDK (I Don’t Know) features buffet-style comfort food, such as chicken and dumplings, baked chicken, green beans and baked apples. A breakfast buffet is also served and catering is available. 342-0009.
Jerry’s Family Restaurant
1340 E. Washington Ave.
Jerry Lamb Jr.’s restaurant features delicious home-style meals. Choices include meat loaf, roast beef, chicken and a variety of sides. Breakfast – available all day Wednesday – features country ham, hashbrowns, French toast and more. 343-4400.
New York Pizza
708 Hardy Rd.
This authentic New York pizza hot spot has been in the same location since opening in 1983. Customers find the freshest ingredients in their pizzas, subs, calzones, salads and more. 342-2933, newyorkpizzainc.tripod.com.
Red Jasmine Thai Cuisine
210 S. Pollard St.
Authentic Thai cuisine includes curry, Pad Thai and teriyaki dishes. The Asian flair is not only present in the food, but in the welcoming atmosphere as well. Bold orange walls are complemented by bamboo tables and Asian-inspired décor and always friendly service. 345-1165, redjasmine.net.
Smoqin’ Odie’s Grill and Smokehouse
2445 E. Washington Ave.
This new eatery, which debuted in April 2011, serves up the same fare you might prepare for a backyard cookout. The menu features burgers, ribs, smoked chicken wings, pulled pork and a variety of side items, such as potato wedges, baked beans and macaroni salad. 400-7312,
129 E. Cleveland ave.
Offering lunch during the week, this cozy establishment has daily specials, sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads. Homemade entrees such as meat loaf and lasagna also are available. Catering services are an added bonus and can be used for large take-out orders, office parties and more. 344-1744, teaberrysrestaurants.com.
The Barbeque Grill
126 E. Lee Ave.
Enticing diners with seven sauces to enjoy with pulled pork, beef, chicken and more is their specialty. The Barbecue Grill also offers classic side orders such as French fries and hushpuppies, but branches out to fried pickles and fried green tomatoes as well. 857-0030, thebarbecuegrill.com.