Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012
The Local Pub and Teahouse is the local pub for the lucky people on the west side of Saratoga. Like its cousins in England and Ireland, “the local” bears the affectionate name for a nearby pub, a place to gather, meet friends and drink beer.
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012
The operators of Wheatfields restaurants in Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park will open a restaurant this winter in downtown Malta.
Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012
Everything that comes out of his kitchen is fantastic, made of locally procured ingredients when available, with a menu that changes seasonally. The food is outrageously, seriously top-notch. Surprise! You’re in East Greenbush.
Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012
I first ate Jamaican food made by “Orchid” — a childhood nickname of owner Rosemarie Coleman — when her place was in a strip mall on Altamont Avenue in Rotterdam. She has moved her operation to much grander quarters. The menu hasn’t changed much, and that’s a good thing.
Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012
Dining at the Hall of Springs at Saratoga Spa State Park is becoming a seasonal ritual for us, a pleasurable prelude to the ballet or orchestra at the adjoining Saratoga Performing Arts Center. There are three venues for food — the casual Jazz Bar or the more formal pre-theater prix-fixe dining or, if you’re a member or the guest of a member, the Patrons Club.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Remember Mama’s Family Restaurant? It was a longtime presence here, ending a nearly quarter-century run in 2005. When the Arizona Pizza property became available, Mama came back with a new name, Brick House Pizza & Grille. We loved the old Mama’s, so it’s good to see them again.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
“A good meal and a good train ride. What could be better?” mused husband Eric, who had just finished dessert somewhere around Hadley. We were in a vintage rail car on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, heading home from a day trip to North Creek.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
If you haven’t sampled the food of Morocco, Tara Kitchen is a great place for an introduction. Its dishes are authentic but they’re not intimidating — unless you find chicken and potatoes with chickpeas a scary combo.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Downtown Albany at midday Sunday is a ghost town compared to the bustling weekday center of commerce and state government, so we had no problem finding a nearby parking spot when we arrived for brunch at the Iron Gate Cafe, just outside the historic Center Square neighborhood.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The Park Pub is at the municipal golf course in Frear Park in Troy. The place is comfortable and very casual, as you would expect, and you’ll rub elbows with tanned women in skorts and jovial groups of men hoisting glasses of beer. My friends and I have no interest in golf whatsoever, but you’ll find people like us there, too.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Mom and I dined at Fabio’s recently, where some things were very good and some things were not as much so, and we enjoyed our experience.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
One gets the sense that not much has changed at Saltsman’s Hotel in its 199 years of existence. It was a warm Saturday evening when we hopped on the Thruway and drove to Ephratah where we met friends, one of whom had been going to Saltsman’s since she was a child and encouraged us to make the trip. She promised us an interesting time, and we weren’t disappointed.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Fountain Restaurant, an institution on New Scotland Avenue dating to 1962, is like a comfortable old friend who immediately puts you at ease, even though it’s been years since you last saw each other. There’s an expansive bar with friendly barkeeps and a long aisle flanked by tables for those looking for more than a beer.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
A recent survey about choice showed that people were happier with their selection if they chose from fewer options. The range of dining options at a traditional diner always leaves me, as someone who has trouble making decisions, anxious. Should it be a salad? Just a plate of fries? A multi-course meal? Or — and this one always tempts me — breakfast, any time of day? Happily, they were only serving breakfast when we visited Capital City, so the choices were already narrowed down.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
“Bring it on,” said the girl meeting The Ugly Rooster Cafe pancake challenge. Mom and I hit The Ugly Rooster in the middle of a rush to find the plastic-covered wood tables pushed together for oversized groups and a waiting list. It took about 20 minutes to get a table, but the wait was entertaining