One, two, three new restaurants have opened recently in once-sleepy Roanoke, all within a few feet of one another.
The long-delayed Craft & Vine Taproom & Eatery opened last month on the third floor of a new building in the Old Town area, originally with the intent of allowing visitors to pour their own beers and wine. But Texas law prohibits patrons from serving themselves, so a bartender does the pouring. A cool touch: interactive tablets embedded in a long bar allow you to learn about each of the restaurant’s 47 tap beers and 17 tap wines. The menu from former Café Pacific chef Bill Trevino is comprised of small and shareable dishes, from “Nashville hot” red snapper to chicken and waffles drizzled in chipotle agave syrup to charcuterie boards. An outdoor covered deck looks west, perfect for sunset viewing. 310 S. Oak St., Roanoke, 817-464-8181, www.craftandvine.restaurant.
Across from Craft & Vine is Foster’s Sushi and Seafood which opened a month ago by restaurateur newcomer Kimberly Foster. The Korean chef mixes the cuisine of her homeland with sushi, poke bowls, salads and a handful of American dishes. Also housed in a brand-new building, the sleek spot is outfitted with nearly a dozen TVs, giving it a dude-friendly, sports-bar vibe. 311 S. Oak St., Roanoke, 682-237-7992, www.fostersushi.com.
Finally, there’s Wise Guys Pizzeria, found next door to Foster’s, in the same newly constructed building. It’s the second location of owner Kevin McNamara’s local mini-chain (the original store is in Grapevine). The menu consists of both thick- and thin-crust pizzas, draped in a housemade tomato sauce; pastas; huge calzones; and apps such as chorizo meatballs with Hatch chile cream sauce and mac and cheese studded with a double-shot of pork: bacon and pepperoni. 311 S. Oak St., Roanoke, 682-237-2201, www.wiseguystx.com.