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Chocolate Mill is filled with variety of delectable choices

Chocolate Mill is filled with variety of delectable choices

Sunday, April 21, 2013
The shop is long and handsome, with wood paneling and copper-tinged painted walls, a black painted tin ceiling, and high and low granite-topped tables, but what draws your attention are the light-filled refrigerated display cases and then, their magnificent contents. Here reside picture-perfect delicate pastries, each one a work of art.
 

Home Front Cafe serves comfort food, evokes era of WWII

Sunday, April 14, 2013
The Home Front Cafe is history lesson as well as restaurant. Take your time over the much-loved memorabilia to get a feel for what is was really like to live in the 1940s, and remember to leave room for dessert
 
Justine’s serves meals from scratch, made with care

Justine’s serves meals from scratch, made with care

Sunday, April 7, 2013
A culinary adventure was in order, and so my husband and I ventured far from home one recent night in search of dinner. But what we found at Justine’s in Cobleskill wasn’t far from home at all — in fact, it felt like we’d stepped into a neighbor’s home.
 
Merry Monk provides unique taste of Belgian cuisine

Merry Monk provides unique taste of Belgian cuisine

Sunday, March 31, 2013
Recently, the Spa City dining scene gained a new feather in its cap with the addition of The Merry Monk, a Belgian restaurant that’s an offshoot of the eatery of the same name in downtown Albany
 

Smith’s of Cohoes serves comfort food in evocative setting

Sunday, March 24, 2013
We had a wonderful meal for a reasonable price with good service in a historic setting. Smith’s serves standards like seafood fra diavolo and chicken cordon bleu, and home cooked meals like slow-roasted turkey, pot roast, meatloaf, and calf’s liver.
 

Grecian Gardens Greek specialties are winning choice

Sunday, March 17, 2013
Grecian Gardens is a family-friendly restaurant that serves crowd-pleasing cuisine at reasonable prices. It wasn’t all Greek, as we expected, but we found that’s what they’re best at.
 
Taiwan Noodle offers authentic, superior Chinese dishes

Taiwan Noodle offers authentic, superior Chinese dishes

Sunday, March 10, 2013
With this in mind, I was drawn to Taiwan Noodle on a recent blustery evening, where I found warm comfort, delicious food and a great deal, too.
 

Route 67 Store and Cafe a homey spot for breakfast, lunch

Sunday, March 3, 2013
It looks like just a gas station if you’re whizzing down Route 67 at 55 miles per hour, but if you slow down you’ll see it’s a small country cafe and specialty goods shop. It’s the Route 67 Country Store and Cafe, and it’s worth a look.
 
Druthers gives unexpected touches to familiar fare

Druthers gives unexpected touches to familiar fare

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013
The menu isn’t tremendously long, but it’s innovative for sure. This isn’t just your typical burgers-and-beer place, though they do have a selection of burgers as well as a list of house-brewed beers.
 

TJ’s Cafe lives up to expectations ... and then some

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013
I’m glad TJ’s came to my attention so I could tell you how nice it is. When you’re thinking of Applebee’s or those similar places, do yourself a favor and go to TJ’s instead for homemade food.
 
HALFMOON

Halfmoon Sandwich shop great for homesick downstaters

Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013
Over the drink coolers in the bright and brand-new, expanded Halfmoon Sandwich & Salad Shoppe hang two small signs. One says “Clifton Park,” the other, “Long Island.” They bring lots of good things to the Capital Region from the Island.
 
Shirley’s comes up short
JONESVILLE

Shirley’s comes up short

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013
When a new eatery opens in a small town or hamlet, you’re always rooting for it to do well, to become a beloved local fixture. But eating at the new Shirley’s Café felt like rooting for the New York Islanders: We wanted so badly for them to do well, but on this occasion, at least, they came up short.
 
The trivia was fun, but food, service need work at the Factory Eatery
BALLSTON SPA

The trivia was fun, but food, service need work at the Factory Eatery

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013
My husband and I decided to check out The Factory for dinner recently, both because we’d been meaning to try the place for ages and because we’d heard that they now have Memorama trivia on Wednesday nights. The trivia game was great fun; our dinner experience, however, was a bit less so.
 
ROTTERDAM

Johnny C’s more than pizza

Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013
Johnny C’s is an example of what Schenectady does so well: small, family-owned Italian restaurants with good, inexpensive food, and bakeries that supply excellent Italian bread.
 
LATHAM

Crab Shack more about speed than food

Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013
I like dining, even casual dining, to be the event that caps the day, not a just pause between activities. Joe’s Crab Shack jumps in to fill that pause, which for busy folks offers an entertaining but not entirely culinary respite
 
 

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