Great Options for Retirees: Your Guide to Dining in the Roanoke – Salem Region

April 11, 2023
March 7, 2023

With so many options for retirement today, it’s hard to know which location to choose. One thing we know for sure is that the Roanoke – Salem Region should be high on your list to consider. “Forbes Best Places to Retire” and the ShareCare Community Well-Being Index agree with both ranking the area high in a feeling of community, physical well-being, purpose, social opportunity, access to healthcare, access to resources, housing and transport, and economic security. Not to mention the scenery that comes with being in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, plus a mild climate and so many things to see and do, including more dining options than you can count.  

Dining Options in the Roanoke – Salem Region That Retirees Love

Restaurants in the Roanoke – Salem Region

From fine dining to local landmarks to bustling cafes with southern hospitality at the heart of it all, there are restaurants in the Roanoke – Salem Region to fit any taste. Some of our favorites include the following.

Fresh & Local Food in Roanoke – Salem

For retirees looking to add more fresh fruits and veggies to their diet while also supporting local businesses, the Roanoke – Salem Region has plenty of farmer’s markets from which to choose, including the following.

  • Salem Farmers Market is open April through December and offers a variety of vendors of fruits and vegetables as well as herbs, meats, bread and baked goods, and more.  
  • Roanoke City Market in downtown Roanoke for eatables as well as plants, jewelry and crafts, art, pottery, soap, and other handmade and home-grown items.   
  • Bedford Farmer’s Market is a perfect day trip to a lovely historic Virginia community for produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, crafts, and special events. 

Craft Beer, Wine, and Spirits in the Roanoke – Salem Region

The vibrant craft culture in the Roanoke – Salem Region, combined with the high-quality water, fertile soil, and mild weather of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is ideal for craft beer and growing grapes. Not to mention the area’s rich liquor production history makes a stop at a local distillery a must.

Delicious Dining in the Roanoke – Salem Region at Friendship

At Friendship Retirement Community, we empower retirees to advance their own health and well-being by creating vibrant lifestyles that inspire creativity, support choice, protect dignity, and celebrate experience. Our team members are dedicated to creating an environment that empowers each resident to live their very best life, including delicious chef-inspired menus prepared in collaboration with a nutritionist or dietician in a choice of dining settings such as:

  • Bistro ‘66 is our newest dining venue serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner as you enjoy gorgeous mountain views.
To learn more, download our
A Guide to Living Well During Retirement in Roanoke and Salem, VA

A Guide to Living Well During Retirement in Roanoke and Salem, VA


Friendship North Campus

367 Hershberger Road, Roanoke, VA 24012


Friendship South Campus

5647 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA 24018


Friendship Salem Terrace

1851 Harrogate Dr, Salem, VA 24153