Lake-goers and other tourists at Virginia 24 have a new restaurant stop off on the edge of Vinton.
Last Stop Lounge, which operation owner Bonnie Blake says is named after its location on the way out of town, opened in December.
It’s a good choice for travelers looking to eat but prefer home-cooked meals over fast food, he says, or families looking to buy a pint of chicken salad or cheese lettuce for the weekend at Smith Mountain Lake.
Blake says his specialty is comfort food, and the menu includes hamburgers, sandwiches, fried pickles, onion straws and beer-fried fries. The Lucky Charms – fried white cheddar cheese – is also a favorite.
But Blake also likes to mix it up with his specialties, offering dishes like coq au vin and beef bourguignon. The ribeye sandwich was so popular that he started offering a special menu once a month.
“I’m getting back to what I always wanted for comfort food,” he said.
He draws inspiration from a variety of sources, such as Julia Child and “The Galloping Gourmet”, which Blake watched as a child. Although he has always had a passion for cooking, Blake has never worked in a restaurant before. But he does some catering on the side and is growing a following through the business.
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