I found my new favorite restaurant.
The Isaacs in Roanoke, VA.
Nick and I planned to meet his parents for dinner at another place, but once we found out they were closed while moving locations, we ended up here.
And it was delicious!
I know we’re missing out on most of what Roanoke has to offer – we’re an hour away, so we rarely drive into the city. I had never even heard of this place before last night, but I already want to go back and try 5-10 more things on the menu.
We started out with one of their appetizer specials of the day:
Zucchini Fritters with Bulgur Pilaf
These weren’t flattened like most zucchini fritters I’ve had in the past, and they were full of freshly shredded zucchini. And any restaurant that serves bulgur and quinoa is my kind of place ;)
As for my meal, I got two more appetizers – I just couldn’t decide!
Quinoa Cakes with Avocado Crema
Black Bean Hummus with pita
The quinoa cakes were full of red and white quinoa, onions, and peppers, and lightly sauteed so the outside had a bit of a crisp.
I ended up sharing the hummus, and still brought home about half of it!
Everyone else’s meals were good, too. But I think Bob’s Lamb Curry was the hit of the table. Everything about it was just about perfect – sweet and spicy curry with local lamb, raisins, apples, and brown sugar, served over fluffy couscous. We all had a bite of that and of his sauteed kale, which was amazing! I’m not sure what they cooked it in, but it was delicious.
As for dessert…
Nick and I split the croissant and white chocolate bread pudding. Buttery, rich, and full of vanilla flavor.
Nick’s mom and dad got the carrot cake, and it was like no other carrot cake we’d ever had.
It was one layer of thick, dense, rich and spicy cake, topped with icing. Honestly, the texture was almost like cake meets Larabar, and there were some other spices in this cake that were different than the other recipes I’ve tried, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Either way – I loved it.
It was a fun night :)
And I can’t wait to go back!