Last year, the Texas State Legislature awarded Roanoke, Texas with the title of “Unique Dining Capital of Texas.” You may not have heard much about it yet, but stay tuned. The renovation of historic downtown Oak Street, which began in January of 2009, should come to completion in April of this year – just a few months away. To celebrate the city’s designation and construction completion, Roanoke has planned Unique Week, a one-week celebration in April that will include music, food, fun, and best of all – community!
Some restaurants, like Classic Café, Babe’s, and Prairie House (on 377) have brought Roanoke residents downtown for years now. New additions include Cowboy Chow, Twisted Root, and One Fish Two Fish (on 377). Tortilla Flats offers breakfast and lunch on an airy patio, and the Mi Familia Mexican Restaurant has a full menu of Tex-Mex, as well
as a bar, Iguana Mojado Cantina (The Wet Iguana). Click Here for Specials! All of these Roanoke, Tx restaurants are family friendly, and if you’re dining downtown anyway, be sure to check out some of the cool shops.
On the north end of Oak Street, stop in at the independently owned Book Carriage for a cup of gourmet coffee, a great selection of children’s and adults’ books, and sensational, unique gifts at reasonable prices. This little shop also features original artwork and special events, such as indoor concerts, book signings, and readings. An antique store, Oak Street Cottage bed and breakfast, and Austin Plaza (the outdoor concert area) are also located on the north side.
A bit down the road, you’ll pass the Historic Downtown Roanoke Visitor Center and Museum which, and locals grin when they share this secret, formerly housed the town’s brothel called the Silver Spur Saloon, back in 1886. Next door, Chic Boutique, a trendy gift and clothing shop, sports brightly colored window displays and one-of-a-kind treasures. Just across the street, you’ll find the KTS Hair Studio, where the town bank used to be located. A quick venture inside KTS will please you – the bank vault now stores wine and coffee for customers, and the salon features custom ironwork furniture made by a local Keller artisan.
After passing the Roanoke Fire Station, expect to hear some noise at Babe’s, Twisted Root Burger Company, and Cowboy Chow on the south end of the street. Along with tasty treats sure to fill you to the gills, these restaurants are well known for family fun, including live music Thursday thru Sunday at Cowboy Chow.
Oak Street has all this and much, much more! We’ve covered just a few of the gotta-see businesses on Oak Street. Experience it for yourself. The folks are friendly and know how to truly enjoy life! Not only that, the city is the Unique Dining Capital of Texas, and who doesn’t love great food?
- Oak Street Construction Updates
- Virtual Tour of Roanoke, Tx
- Roanoke Businesses & Activities
- Check out the iLIVEcommunity.com calendar and Facebook fan page for more Roanoke activities!