Lefty’s Main Street Grille used to be a local hidden gem in a little building on South Main St Blacksburg, serving great burgers, sandwiches, salads etc. but they are hidden no longer. They have moved just down the road to a bigger better space and have added a micro brewery!
We decided to wait a week after their grand re-opening to check out the new place. Friends told us you could barely get near it opening day. After about a 10 minute wait, we were seated at a comfortable booth and our server brought us menus that listed all of our favorites from the old menu plus a few new intriguing items. There was also a brand new drink menu. Beers from their new brewery weren’t ready to pour yet but along with 9 old bottled standards there were 23 beers on tap, 6 of them brewed right here in Virginia. They also have red and white wines, some by the glass, and an organic Malbec from Argentina. I ordered an Oskar Blues Death by Coconut Irish Porter (brewed in NC). I forget what Bernie ordered.
As we waited for our beers I checked out the decor. They brought along the photos that were all over the walls at the old place and they look great here. There are also some really cool taps lined up along the top of the walls and some new works of art here and there. I took a walk into the back room and along the bar there were wooden building blocks like the ones we played with as kids spelling Right Minded Brewing Company. Very clever. The vats are behind big glass viewing walls and I look forward to trying each of their in-house crafted beers.
It has been my experience in the past that when a small restaurant moves to a bigger building the quality of the food suffers but not Lefty’s! I ordered the Main Street salad with their homemade lime cilantro dressing. It’s my all time favorite dressing and in the past I have begged to buy a pint or two. I think it was even better than the last time I had it. Bernie had a burger on sourdough bread with their homemade chips. He gave me a bite and it was juicy with just the right amount of pink. Had to snitch some of his chips too, yum.
Next time you stay at The Oaks Victorian Inn, take a short 12 minutes ride down the road to Lefty’s. We’re sure you’ll be glad you did.