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Alaturco Grill tempts diners with Turkish cuisine

A bowl of marinated black olives and a basket of pita bread. At Alaturco Mediterranean Grill, your adventure in Turkish cuisine begins before you open a menu.

Persian Bite offers exotic flavors in comfy setting

Persian Bite offers exotic flavors in comfy setting

Six-month-old Persian Bite on Jay Street in Schenectady is tucked near the end of a strip of small restaurants and stores opposite City Hall.

Tugboat Tavern a comfy setting for great food

Tugboat Tavern a comfy setting for great food

When we walked into the Tugboat Tavern, a family-owned restaurant in a small brick building in a quiet neighborhood of Cohoes, the server said "Our soups are fantastic." Boy, was she right.

Simpson’s at The Desmond serves up great meal

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Simpson’s at The Desmond serves up great meal

The landmark Desmond Hotel is celebrating 40 years in the business, and it still impresses.

Next Door Kitchen offers tempting, creative menu

Next Door Kitchen offers tempting, creative menu

On a bone-chilling Sunday night, we didn’t expect much action in downtown Ballston Spa. So hubby and I were pleasantly surprised as we trundled into Next Door Kitchen & Bar.

Mill on Round Lake offers hearty fare in rustic setting

Mill on Round Lake offers hearty fare in rustic setting

The Mill on Round Lake restaurant on the east side of Route 9 is casual, with a rustic feel, a wall of members’ beer mugs and a big pool table. The bar and poolroom front the building, with a small dining room in the rear.

Don't miss today's restaurant review: Mio Posto in Saratoga Springs

Don't miss today's restaurant review: Mio Posto in Saratoga Springs

Big things come in small packages, the saying goes. Witness Mio Posto (“My Place”), the former 8 Tables on Putnam Street, Saratoga.

Whistling Kettle concentrates on tea, light fare

Whistling Kettle concentrates on tea, light fare

A rainy autumn afternoon is the perfect time for tea. That’s what dining companion Lisa and I thought as we headed down Broadway in Troy to the Whistling Kettle.

Diners get to personalize most orders at Zest

Diners get to personalize most orders at Zest

A few months ago, my Ballston Spa friend Geraldine told me that Zest, a catering and personal chef business, had opened a store in the village.

Texas de Brazil a real delight for meatlovers

Texas de Brazil a real delight for meatlovers

If you like meat, you’ll love this place.

Mario’s  serves generous, family-tested dinners

Mario’s serves generous, family-tested dinners

Dinner guest Sarah, wise beyond her 14 years, described Mario’s on River Road in Niskayuna: “It is a small place with a big taste!”

Olive Garden seen through an unlimited pasta pass

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Olive Garden seen through an unlimited pasta pass

The "Never Ending Pasta Pass" card from Olive Garden not only promised weeks of unlimited pasta, but a look into why the chain is fighting to hold onto customers.

Around the Corner Cafe menu has literary flavor

Around the Corner Cafe menu has literary flavor

The towers of books on the piano, the coffee table, and other flat surfaces in our living room have disappeared for now; husband Eric just brought home another bookcase.

Rare Earth Wine Bar serves tempting, exotic choices

Rare Earth Wine Bar serves tempting, exotic choices

Escargot and oysters. Nutmeg gnocchi. Bread and olives. A jaw-dropping wine list. Welcome to Rare Earth Wine Bar.

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Chef's Grill at Price Chopper is real restaurant

There's a wine list on the table tent; the other side features local beers. You can get carefully selected wine by the bottle or the glass. There are fresh flowers on the table, cloth napkins, and framed artsy black and white photos of food. Chef's Grill shares flooring, lighting, and music with the store; stanchions will soon be replaced by a half-wall for a more separate feel.

Villago Pizzeria offers variety of pasta, pub food

Villago Pizzeria offers variety of pasta, pub food

If you are seeking an evening of quiet dining and you’re not a racing fan, being anywhere within 40 miles of Saratoga Springs on Travers Day is probably a mistake.

Food at Yellow Rock Cafe is fresh from the farm

Food at Yellow Rock Cafe is fresh from the farm

If you build up an appetite picking apples at Indian Ladder Farms, drop in to the Yellow Rock Cafe in the Farm Market and have yourself a farm-fresh meal.

Buckley Farm Cafe serves its own meat and eggs

Buckley Farm Cafe serves its own meat and eggs

This spring, Wm. H. Buckley Farm in Ballston Lake opened a cafe that serves their own homegrown meat and eggs for breakfast and lunch.

Mexican Radio’s cuisine doesn’t quite live up to decor

Mexican Radio’s cuisine doesn’t quite live up to decor

Like Paul Revere’s message about the British, “Mexican Radio is coming,” rang out across the land. After the hype settled, friend Trish and I ventured to downtown Schenectady.

Kettle smokes its own meat, offers delicious food

Kettle smokes its own meat, offers delicious food

Any restaurant that cooks its own turkey, corned beef, pastrami and roast beef for sandwiches gets a thumbs-up from me.

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