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TOP:
Warm colors and
cool decor complete
Bernard's intimate
upscale dining
experience.
AT RIGHT:
Bernard's puts as
much effort into
its sandwiches and
burgers as it does
entrees.

Location and Contact
303 S Jefferson Street
Roanoke , VA 24011
540-206-2656
Bernardsrestaurant@gmail.com

Hours

Monday - Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am to 11pm
For reservations visit online:
bernardsroanoke.com
(Reservations highly recommended on weekends)

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MARCH/APRIL 2020

This is unusual for me on two fronts: I don't
often order sandwiches, and I especially don't order
sandwiches considered "heavy" (read: high-calorie
and over-filling). But, because I had a hankering
for comfort food and I'd had enough experiences at
Bernard's to trust I wouldn't be disappointed, I went
for the Irishman. Score!
Since that time, I've gone on to order more of
Bernard's sandwiches: the Cuban, the Hirshman and
the Sailor. All wholesome, tasty food experiences.
I've also enjoyed several of Bernard's appetizers.
My favorite-strange as this may sound-is their
fried pickles called "frickles." Bernard's frickles are this
perfect combination of crunchy, juicy, crisp, sweet and
sour. When I told Jon his frickles were my favorite, he
chuckled and told me they went through 10 different
pickle chips before finding the right one.
My favorite salad at Bernard's is their poached pear
with salmon. The salad itself is chock-full of fresh
ingredients with a healthy-sized, thick cut, beautifully
seasoned, pan-seared salmon filet sitting atop it.
Jon says they use the same seasoning mix on all their
proteins, which makes me excited to try their other
meat entrees. Bernard's warm spinach salad is also
delicious. I would never consider spinach a comfort
food, but under Jon's chef expertise, it certainly is!
Jon and Lindsay say their Steakhouse Burger is
one of their most popular menu items. Its secret is the
brown sugar candied bacon they basket weave into its
own patty-like shape. It's one of those unique twists
that makes a burger at Bernard's more than a great
burger. It makes it a Bernard's burger.
"We've poured everything into this place," says Jon.
"We want people to be comfortable here. Everything
has to be top-notch, excellent. We want people to
leave Bernard's thinking, 'this isn't just an average
restaurant.'" I

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