Southwest Virginia does not have any places you can eat out that have totally vegan cuisine yet. There are, however, restaurants (regular and vegetarian) that offer vegan dishes. Here are my top three picks.
1. Giilies restaurant is located at 153 College Ave., Blacksburg, and sits mid-way between the Virginia Tech University campus and downtown Blacksburg. The kitchen will prepare vegan versions of certain dishes upon request. This includes stir-fry vegetables, black bean burgers, and Japanese noodles with sprouts, mushrooms, and sesame dressing.
Gillies has received great reviews and is number two out of 103 restaurants in Blacksburg. The food prices are low in comparison to restaurants with a similar menu. Gillies hours are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 until 9:15. Saturday’s 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 until 9:15. Sundays 8:00 until 2:00.
2. The Sunflower Vegetarian restaurant is located in Falls Church, Virginia. This place is located about eight miles across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The meat-free pan-Asian menu includes vegan dishes like grilled tofu, vegetable fried rice and vegetable sandwiches with vegan cheese.
The Sunflower has received many honors, including best vegetarian restaurant in 2009, best of D.C. Vegetarian Restaurant 2010-2010, best Vegetarian Restaurant in Washington DC area in 2006, 2007, and 2008, and best Vegetarian Food in Washington DC area, 2007 and 2008.
If you are on a budget, the Sunflower offers many tasty dishes between $3.50 and $10.00. The restaurant is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 10:00 p.m.
3. Roanoke Natural Food COOP
The Roanoke Natural food Coop is a member-owned business, which is located at 1319 Grandin Rd. SW. The hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The deli is open 10-4. Sunday hours are 12-6 and the deli is open 12-4. They have a delicious menu of vegetarian and vegan foods on their shelves as well as in the deli. I shop there often.
My favorite is the vegan lasagna. I had no idea that a meatless meal could be so delicious and filling. There is also a Natural Food COOP in downtown Roanoke on Market street, next door the the famous Roanoke Wiener stand. This location has no deli.