The River and Rail was born in 2012 from a shared passion for food and community.
Through our food we strive to feature and present the best of Appalachian, Southern traditions and cuisine. Chef Deal and his team use locally sourced vegetables, meats and cheeses to capitalize on seasonal flavors and local food producers. All of this in a recently transformed Roanoke landmark, the former Lipes Pharmacy.
Chef Deal weekly creates our lunch, dinner and brunch menus to highlight what is in season and at the peak of freshness. Chef Deal, though a young James Beard semi-finalist, has been The River and Rail’s Executive Chef since the restaurant’s beginning.
He enthusiastically develops his menu around the superb ingredients found in the region: fish, bison, goat, duck, pork, quality Virginia aged meats, produce, wines, and other regional goods. He envisions The River and Rail as a space where the guests from Western Virginia and beyond will come to have an appreciation of the food, where it comes from, and who makes it.