Boudreaux's is a small restaurant on Main Street in downtown Blacksburg that feautres Cajun food and other types of Southern cooking. They also do a nice Caesar salad, if you are a vegetarian.
It has a ground-floor dining area as well as a rooftop dining area that is open in warm months. The decor is not fancy - much like a diner. There is a bar in the back of the ground-floor dining area. One nice feature of Boudreaux's is its menu of microbrews.
Mike's Grill is a basic diner-type restaurant that has been at the same location on Main Street for an eternity. Definitely not where you go for a gourmet meal, Mike's Grill is where you go if you want a burger and fries from somewhere other than McDonalds or Burger King.
When I lived in Blacksburg, I used to spend countless hours at Mill Mountain. They have excellent coffee and tea and baked goods. Sunday mornings when school wasn't in session were my favourite times- all locals in a quiet, friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Then tend to have friendly and helpful employees as well.
Favorite Dish: Snow Monkey Plum tea- tangy and flavourful
For Pitas, burgers, subs, or even a pizza, stop in at Emilios... with a great location on Main Street it can be a nice break from all the Hot Wing spots and sports bars on Main Street.
Favorite Dish: I think they make a great pizza, but their subs are very good as well.
If you attended Virginia Techy and never ate a burger at Big Al's, I'd have to question the validity of your education- everyones knows the best burgers in town are at Big Als, and a great place to spend gameday before a night football game. Big Al's is upstairs, operating above affiliated Poor Billys Seafood
Favorite Dish: Gotta get a Bacon Cheeseburger!!! Though, I have to say this, the service has gotten much slower over the years.
This is a great greek restaurant with a unique twist...It's set up like a typical american diner. You can sit at the bar or at one of the tables...you're choice. You seat yourself. The place is very informal, i've even found myself talking about sports with my waiter as he worked (yet again I say...very informal...the waiter was not by any means slacking...I was the only person in the restaurant.) This place is a local favorite and, actually gets respect and loyalty from locals including myself.
Favorite Dish: Pita with cheese. It costs less than a Coke from a West Palm Beach vending machine and makes a great snack. All it is is a pita baked with Mozarella cheese served with a side of cucumber sauce cost for all of this?...$1.09
Given Virginia Tech's variety of student backgrounds, with students from all over the world, there is quite a sampling of international cuisine. For Vietnamese, try the Vietnamese Tea House in University Mall. For pizza, try the Sicilian over at PK's. For Indian, India Gardens has a fantastic buffet. There are several good Mexican restaurants - try El Rodeo and get a margarita. Downtown has good ones too - Cajun restaurant Boudreaux's serves up some spicy stuff, while Gille's is quite popular for vegetarians. If you want southern homestyle cooking, you will not go wrong with a (long) trip out to the Homeplace. Ask a local how to get there. For Italian, check out the Cellar, it's pretty tasty.
Great place to eat, and centrally located in the heart of Hokie Nation on South Main
Favorite Dish: I just remember getting those huge cheesesticks- wow- those were the days.