The best food artisans, farms, and local markets.
Bull & Bones Brewhaus
Behind the black pearl granite bar, the 10-barrel brewery runs half a dozen beers – including the dry-hopped Lunch Pale Ale, the malty Maroon Effect Ale, plus nonalcoholic root beer – straight to the nine taps in this brewpub housed in Blacksburg’s First & Main shopping center. Pair a pint with baby-back ribs or a grilled rib eye from the wood-fired rotisserie smoker and grill.
Carol Lee Donuts
The doughnuts from this North Main Street shop have been perennial favorites for three generations under the same family’s ownership (none of whose names are Carol Lee, by the way). That’s because all 26 varieties, from lemon-filled or white coconut to blueberry cake or plain-old glazed, are baked fresh at 4 a.m. seven days a week, often more than 200 dozen a day.
Glade Road Growing
This 48-acre working farm across from Heritage Park flourishes with tomatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, and dozens of more crops – some of which end up in brick-oven pizzas cooked and served on-site at Rising Silo Brewery (see next) – alongside duck eggs and pasture-raised poultry and pork. Visit the farm stand on Tuesday or Friday afternoon, see what’s in season, and say hi to the husband-and-wife team who runs the show.
Rising Silo Brewery
Out at Glade Road Growing, brewmaster Greg Zielske runs a solar-powered nano-brewery that makes small batches of blonde ales, rye pale ales, stouts, and other carbonated creations, many using hops and herbs grown on the farm. For now, the only way to get a pint is to come out to the taproom housed inside a big red barn and sip away on the 1,600-square-foot patio.