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El Loco an institution for Southwest, Mexican cuisine

Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013
Has it really been 30 years? My recent visit to an old college haunt confirmed that El Loco hasn’t changed a bit. I liked it then, and I like it now.
 

At the Table: La Serre lives up to reputation, is close to ‘extra-special’

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013
La Serre has gravitas. After 35 years, it is established, dignified, and has acquired a genteel patina. Now it just needs to tweak a few things.
 
Bistro meal so good it seems fitting for a celebration
SHARON SPRINGS

Bistro meal so good it seems fitting for a celebration

Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
My husband and I set out recently on a long-delayed road trip to explore Sharon Springs. After exploring, we headed to 204 Main Bar & Bistro for dinner.
 

The Frugal Forager: Juice bar gives Saratogians chance to drink to their health

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013
Saratoga Springs is a tipsy town, with craft beer and martinis on every corner, but it’s also the place to go for mineral baths, massage and yoga. Now there’s the Saratoga Juice Bar, the city’s first cold-pressed juice establishment.
 
At the Table: Hong Kong Bakery & Bistro too hurried for dim sum
COLONIE

At the Table: Hong Kong Bakery & Bistro too hurried for dim sum

Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
What this area needs is one place where you can get great Cantonese-style dim sum.
 
SCHENECTADY

Ambition a bohemian cafe with food that hits the spot

Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013
Ambition Cafe defies description, but I’ll try. The decor is an amalgam of zebra prints, feather boas, slightly worn vinyl booths thoughtfully patched with like-color duct tape, original concert posters from the ’60s and ’70s, album covers and beer caps.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Coffee shop hits the Spot as ‘third space’ with great pizza

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013
Pizza at Spot Coffee. I was expecting a sandwich, maybe a salad in a plastic clamshell. But the coffee shop impressed me with its lively space, thoughtful menu and good food.
 
Park Side Eatery offers variety of tasty house-made fare
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Park Side Eatery offers variety of tasty house-made fare

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013
For a while, it seemed as if there weren’t very many good takeout places in Saratoga Springs. But that seems to have turned around, and the latest good grab-and-go spot is the Park Side Eatery.
 
Wagon Train BBQ serves good food in abundance

Wagon Train BBQ serves good food in abundance

Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013
No matter what looks good to you on the menu at Wagon Train BBQ, it might be too much food.
 
TROY

Red & Blue Asian Grill offers some unique choices

Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013
Although Troy has its fair share of Asian take-out places, the number of full-service, sit-down restaurants in the city has remained stubbornly at two. They are now joined by Red & Blue on 15th Street.
 
ALBANY

Carmine’s latest incarnation does Italian cuisine right

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013
Carmine Sprio's latest restaurant, Carmine's Italian Restaurant, is pleasant, well-run and gives good value for the money.
 
The Frugal Forager: First-rate meal at Saratoga’s Comfort Kitchen is a steal
SARATOGA SPRINGS

The Frugal Forager: First-rate meal at Saratoga’s Comfort Kitchen is a steal

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Sometimes, you want a fancy meal. Sometimes, you want something quick and dirt cheap. And sometimes, you just want really good, unpretentious, delicious food. For those times, there’s Comfort Kitchen.
 
At the Table: Wine and Roses of Broadalbin
BROADALBIN

At the Table: Wine and Roses of Broadalbin

Sunday, July 21, 2013
A lot of places serve the same old dishes, done the same old ways. But sometimes, if you’re willing to go a little out of your way, you’ll find a place that’s not afraid to put a new spin on things, with a result that’s worth the trip.
 

Neon Sushi serves some winners and some losers

Sunday, July 7, 2013
Neon Sushi, at the former Friendly's in Glenville, greets its guests with an entrance lined by plastic bamboo and bottles that glow in the dark. But don’t be deceived — the menu prices are higher than many upscale restaurants. Sadly, the food doesn’t live up to the price.
 
QUEENSBURY

The Frugal Forager: Sutton’s delivers on promise of hearty breakfast

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Sutton’s Marketplace & Country Cafe is a small, country-style empire on Route 9, selling handsome furniture, stylish clothing and gifts, baked goods and probably more, but I couldn’t take it all in at once.
 
 

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