The Rhein River Inn and German Restaurant and Tavern

A colleague and I were driving home from a meeting in Richmond, Virginia last Friday and we suddenly realized we were running on empty. We pulled off in Buchanan, Virginia, exit 168 off of I-18 south, about 25 miles north of Roanoke. We filled up and ventured into town, where we stumbled upon The Rhein River Inn and German Restaurant and Tavern, located in a renovated manor called The Anchorage House, circa 1840.

Needless to say, it was our lucky day. The restaurant is only open on weekends and it had just opened. The co-owner/host/waiter, John “JJ” George, warmly welcomed us and explained the dinner menu.  I had the sausage trio (cooked in a beer-based brine), warm potato and bacon salad, sauerkraut, egg noodles and mushroom gravy, side salad, and warm dinner roll, all homemade by chef and co-owner Maggi George. I paired dinner with a Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse (Hefeweizen).  For dessert, my colleague and I split the homemade chocolate bundt cake with cherries, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. I paired that with a glass of German Gewürztraminer.

Next time you are in the Roanoke, Virginia area, I highly recommend making the 25-minute drive north to The Rhein River Inn and German Restaurant and Tavern for one of the best meals you’ll ever have.

The Rhein River Inn and German Restaurant and Tavern
http://www.therheinriverinn.com/
therheinriverinn@verizon.net
19391 Main Street (Lee Highway, US Highway 11)
Buchanan VA 24066
(540) 254-2455
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