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.