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Morton’s The Steakhouse is outstanding

Morton’s The Steakhouse is outstanding

The Capital Region has finally scored its first upmarket chain steakhouse.

Hot Spot serves up sweet and savory Jamaican cuisine

Hot Spot serves up sweet and savory Jamaican cuisine

Hot Spot, the new Jamaican restaurant, located next to Proctors on Broadway, has an assortment of tables, both regular and high-top, and a small counter with two stools.

Bayou Café offers Cajun cuisine in down-home style

Bayou Café offers Cajun cuisine in down-home style

Our amiable and helpful server at Bayou Café told us everything on the menu was “fantastic,” and she was right. Our food was outstanding, and the Cajun cuisine was a nice change from the usual fare.

Tropics Restaurant has Caribbean cuisine well in hand

Tropics Restaurant has Caribbean cuisine well in hand

The food is terrific and the service is caring at Tropics Restaurant & Bar.

At Brick House, take the good with the bad

At Brick House, take the good with the bad

Brick House replaces Joe’s Crab Shack, another restaurant brand owned by Ignite Restaurant Group. This one feels like a gastropub, a bar and restaurant that serves high-end food, but also like a chain.

Aunt Ronnie’s gets back to the basics

Aunt Ronnie’s gets back to the basics

I remember the Brandywine Diner as my stop for the guilty pleasure of a grilled cinnamon horn on my way to lunch at Petta’s on Duane Avenue. Superfluous, delicious, unnecessary—and heavenly.

2 West features unique combinations expertly cooked

2 West is as well-thought out and well-run as its sibling, Wheatfield's Bistro & Wine Bar.

2 West Bar & Grille features unique combinations expertly cooked

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2 West Bar & Grille features unique combinations expertly cooked

Gastropubs, or bar-restaurant combos serving high-end beer and food, started in the Capital Region with Brown & Moran’s in Troy in 1993. This latest and polished example also features a New Urbanism setting, mixing business and living in compact spaces in a luxury apartment complex on the west side of Saratoga Springs.

Kraverie’s fusion: crepes, Korean BBQ

Kraverie’s fusion: crepes, Korean BBQ

What do you get when you fuse two New Jersey food trucks featuring Korean food and crepes, and then combine names?

Blaze fires up fast, filling personal pizzas

Blaze fires up fast, filling personal pizzas

The Blaze Pizza website asserts its product is artisanal, connoting hand-crafted products made in small batches.

Otis and Oliver’s: Flavorful food for varied tastes

Otis and Oliver’s: Flavorful food for varied tastes

The evening was still in the 90s on the stifling holiday Saturday — too hot to cook and even too hot to grill outside. A friend at The Gazette had recommended Otis and Oliver’s Restaurant, so Lois and I decided to give it a whirl.

13 North: Casual American fare  in large portions

13 North: Casual American fare in large portions

13 North is the latest restaurant to occupy the building facing Route 9 at the Roosevelt Inn. It serves casual, American-style food and by that I mean tasty stuff and big, big portions.

Capital Region's 13 best places for outdoor dining

Capital Region's 13 best places for outdoor dining

Capital Region residents don't engage in fresh-air dining in winter, so we have to make the most of the short season we have.

Tops American Grill goes beyond typical diner

Tops American Grill goes beyond typical diner

Predictably decent food and service at reasonable prices are all part of a diner’s character. But Tops American Grill in Rotterdam brings the customer beyond the standard diner experience.

Down to earth Compton’s has good food, friendly service

Down to earth Compton’s has good food, friendly service

Compton’s on Broadway is probably not the first place that comes to mind when you’re thinking about Saratoga Springs restaurants. Someplace swanky or an upscale coffee joint, with sidewalk seating perhaps, but not this small diner.

Napoli Don is dedicated to authentic flavor

Napoli Don is dedicated to authentic flavor

You might think it’s a part of a chain, but it’s not. Napoli Don is polished in concept, service and design, but that’s due to hard work and good preparation, not because it’s part of some carefully cultivated corporate plan.

Cousin’s offers Dominican flavors

Cousin’s offers Dominican flavors

It is hard to miss. The outside of the building at 1549 Carrie St. in Schenectady is painted sky blue. The walls inside the restaurant are phosphorescent lime green.

Villa Tuscan Grille offers excellent food at reasonable prices

Villa Tuscan Grille offers excellent food at reasonable prices

The familiar face of Joanne Cornell Aragosa greeted us at the door with a big smile and open arms.

Seven offers variety of comfort food

Seven offers variety of comfort food

Seven An American Bistro, the restaurant in the Park Manor Hotel, really wants you to notice them. And some of what they offer is worth noticing.

Wolff’s Biergarten: Lots of sausages, friendly setting

Wolff’s Biergarten: Lots of sausages, friendly setting

Wolff’s Biergarten in Schenectady is more of an outpost of the European-style biergarten, and I’m glad they’re here.

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