I recently sat down with three seasoned Hokies for the inside scoop on where to go for Blacksburg eats. One of them was myself. Here are their award-winning reviews.

By Virginia Tech student Kyle Turnage        "For Hokies, by Hokies" Summer Academy Blog        2/13/2017

Kyle Turnage's Picks

(Senior—Mathematics)

Kyle Turnage

Off-campus picks

Cafe Mekong

The only place I know of in Blacksburg where you can get Pho: some of my favorite international cuisine. I’ve brought many of my friends here and they have ALL loved it.

Cafe Mekong Blacksburg
Photo by Peter Means

India Garden

A bit on the fancier side for dinner, this is another unique place since I don’t know of any other Indian restaurants in Blacksburg. They also have a fantastic all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.

India Garden Blacksburg
Photo by Peter Means

El Rodeo

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve eaten here. When you’re living on a college student budget and want some great Mexican food, this is the place.

El Rodeo Blacksburg
Photo by Peter Means

 

On-campus picks

Periodic Table Food Truck

The food trucks were all the rage when they were first introduced, and rightfully so. The Periodic Table has all kinds of Asian fusion food. From chicken and noodles to fried cheesecake, this is my number one choice for on-campus food.

There is also a second food truck, The Grillfield, specializing in Latino-fusion food, including smoked pulled pork tortas and beef barbacoa tortialls. Both trucks feature chef specials to diversify the menu.

Check twitter @hokiedining for the truck’s daily locations. The food trucks accept flex plans, dining dollars, hokie passport account, debit/credit, and cash. Visit the food truck web page for more information.

Periodic Table Virginia Tech Food Truck
Photo by Peter Means

Bruegger’s Bagels

Without a doubt the best bagels on campus and possibly in all of Blacksburg. This is one of those rare places that never gets old, no matter how much you eat it… probably explains why it’s constantly one of the busiest places on campus.

Bruegger’s Bagels Virginia Tech
Photo by Jim Stroup

Philly City

Located in Owens. Only two things on the menu: steak and cheese or chicken and cheese. These sandwiches have melted cheese pouring out of the sides. Complete with fries for an incredible meal. It takes every bit of resistance I have to prevent myself from eating here every single day (probably wouldn’t be the healthiest choice).

Philly City Virginia Tech
Photo by Peter Means

Ashleigh Walker's Picks

(Senior—Animal and Poultry Sciences)

Ashleigh Walker

Off-campus picks

Gillie’s

First off, Gillie's has amazing food. Secondly, it's pescatarian- which means anyone with dietary restrictions (vegetarian or vegan) has plenty of options. Even if you eat meat, it's still an awesome place to eat!

Gillie's Blacksburg
Photo by Peter Means

Sakura (not pictured)

If you love Japanese food, then this is a great place to go. It's a little farther than most, located in Christiansburg, but its affordable prices make it totally worth it.

Green's

Green's has some of the best sushi around. Plus, it's right next to campus so it's easy to find.

Green's Blacksburg
Photo by Peter Means

On-campus picks

Farms & Fields: Farms and Fields is located in Owens Food Court, and it serves food completely made with local produce grown from Kentland, as well as meat from Virginia Tech Meat Science Center.

Farms & Fields Virginia Tech
Photo by Peter Means

Bruegger's Bagels

Bagels and bagel sandwiches, what more could you want? Bruegger's, located in Turner Place, has awesome food and coffee.

Bruegger’s Bagels Virginia Tech
Photo by Jim Stroup

Leaf & Ladle

Located in West End, it has salads and really good soup. Like, really good soup.

Leaf & Ladle Virginia Tech
Photo by Peter Means

 

Jacob Sitnik's Picks

(Junior—Chemical Engineering)

jacob Sitnik

Off-campus picks

Cabo Fish Taco

You won't find fresher tacos anywhere else on this planet. The best place to eat off campus.

Cabo Fish Taco
Photo by Peter Means

Happy Wok

Fun loving ("Happy") employees who make killer Chinese food.

Happy Wok Blacksburg
Photo by Peter Means

Sakura (not pictured)

Located in Christiansburg, great tasting fast food hibachi, what's better than that? Answer: nothing.

On-campus picks

Fighting Gobbler

There is nothing on their menu I don’t like. Classic burgers and fries place.

Fighting Gobbler Virginia Tech
Photo by Peter Means

Frank’s Deli

The Fantastic Frank (named after the former VT head football coach), ‘nuff said. Well, only that is is located in Owens Food Court.

Frank's Deli Virginia Tech
Photo by Peter Means

Philly City

Nothing beats their fully loaded philly cheese steak sandwiches, also housed in Owen Food Court.

Philly City Virginia Tech
Photo by Peter Means

All of these food choices can be overwhelming at first, but a great way to start getting aquainted with a few of them is to come to Tech before the fall semester starts. "But, how can I do that?" you may now be asking yourself. Well I'm here to point you in the right direction. There's this great program that I highly recommend called summer academy which you can find more information about by visiting the Summer Academy Website.

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Kyle Turnage

Kyle Turnage, a contributor to the For Hokies, by Hokies Summer Academy blog, is a senior majoring in mathematics with a minor in physics and serves as an intern in the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions.

The views expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Virginia Tech or The Office of Summer and Winter Sessions.