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Mama Mia’s lives up to welcoming atmosphere

Mama Mia’s lives up to welcoming atmosphere

My friend Leslie had an errand to run in Saratoga, which was enough of an excuse for us to check out Mama Mia’s. “It’s the place the locals in Saratoga go for Italian food,” Leslie had told me.

Tandoori Grill serving Indian comfort food

Tandoori Grill serving Indian comfort food

Sometimes I crave good food at reasonable prices, near home and without frills. Enter the Union Tandoori Grill on upper Union Street in Schenectady.

Prospector’s offers pleasant meal with country ambiance

Prospector’s offers pleasant meal with country ambiance

Fun, folksy and family-friendly describes Prospector’s Restaurant aptly.

Black & Blue offers dining at its best

Black & Blue offers dining at its best

The elegant contemporary building looked misplaced on Western Avenue/Route 20 — as if plucked from mid-city Dallas and placed it in the space where Coco’s used to be.

Crisp offers fresh, healthful, satisfying choices

Crisp offers fresh, healthful, satisfying choices

Crisp, a locally owned fast-casual restaurant in Newton Plaza in Latham, gives you a lot of choices if you’re looking for healthful food.

Everything's homemade, and good, at Hildreth’s

Everything's homemade, and good, at Hildreth’s

Homemade food is good food. Fancy or humble, it’s miles better than anything that ever came frozen. At Hildreth’s on North Main Street in Mechanicville they have that figured out. Homemade is what they’ve been doing for 53 years.

Ya Ya's House a celebration of Southern cuisine

SCHENECTADY

Ya Ya's House a celebration of Southern cuisine

Sweet potato pie, fried chicken. Its not Weight Watchers, it's good, sustaining Southern food.

Chez Nous: Elegant space, fabulous food

Chez Nous: Elegant space, fabulous food

Schenectady has a new French restaurant to rival any in the Capital Region.

Reincarnated Persian Bite offers Grand Opening delights

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Reincarnated Persian Bite offers Grand Opening delights

After the original Persian Bite was damaged in a fire, the restaurant opened for a second time in a new spot on lower Union Street.

Wellington’s is lively restaurant with a sophisticated menu

Wellington’s is lively restaurant with a sophisticated menu

Wellington’s restaurant in the gloriously restored DeWitt Clinton, now Renaissance Albany Hotel, at the top of State Street, is as handsome and stylish as its patrons, who all look like they just came from the Capitol across the street.

Bustling Schenectady deli serves authenic fare

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Bustling Schenectady deli serves authenic fare

Gershon’s iconic delicatessen on Upper Union Street has all your authentic delicatessen needs.

Mr Wasabi offers tantalizing array of flavors and textures

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Mr Wasabi offers tantalizing array of flavors and textures

The atmosphere in Mr Wasabi was serene, the menu extensive.

Innovo Kitchen’s dinners are well beyond ordinary

Innovo Kitchen’s dinners are well beyond ordinary

At Innovo Kitchen on Troy-Schenectady Road, Chef John LaPosta and partner Tina Kruger have created something first-rate and out of the ordinary. Their long history of hospitality is evident in the creation of this unassuming, stylish new restaurant.

Reopened Bel Cibo Bistro off to great start

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Reopened Bel Cibo Bistro off to great start

A recent lunch at Bel Cibo Bistro on Jay Street in downtown Schenectady evolved into a cross between a grand opening, a college reunion and a birthday party with choruses of congratulations and rounds of hugs. The Bistro had recently reopened after a nine-month hiatus caused by smoke and water damage.

Jimmy John’s offers quick, friendly service, good sandwiches

Jimmy John’s offers quick, friendly service, good sandwiches

I had a very good sandwich at Jimmy John’s sandwich shop, on upper Union Street at Keyes Avenue. The service was quick and the staff well-informed and friendly, making my lunch with Lisa a most pleasant experience.

Smashburger uses fresh beef to make juicy namesake

NISKAYUNA

Smashburger uses fresh beef to make juicy namesake

The name “Smashburger” intrigued me, so my colleague Gail and I decided to stop for a light meal at the Smashburger in Niskayuna.

Best of 2015: Restaurants

Best of 2015: Restaurants

Karen Bjornland, Beverly Elander and Caroline Lee ate their way through the year, sampling fare from fine restaurants and cozy diners. Each chose their top dining spots.

Panda Express, new to the region, can’t top local Chinese eateries

Panda Express, new to the region, can’t top local Chinese eateries

The chain restaurant Panda Express, which offers online ordering and a drive-through window, has moved into the region. Should small, family-owned Chinese restaurants be worried? I don’t think so.

Firestone 151 offers concise menu of pub fare

Firestone 151 offers concise menu of pub fare

Tim Trier is no stranger to repurposing. Several years ago he converted an old firehouse on South College Street in Schenectady to what is now Clinton’s Ditch. This year he converted the Firestone Tire Sales warehouse in downtown Schenectady to Firestone 151 Bar and Restaurant.

Marcella's: Nothing fancy, everything good

GLENVILLE

Marcella's: Nothing fancy, everything good

There aren’t many places around like Marcella’s on Saratoga Road in Glenville anymore: Italian-style, family-owned and genuine. The engaging small restaurant that’s open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner offers nothing fancy but everything good.

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