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Otis and Oliver’s: Flavorful food for varied tastes

Otis and Oliver’s: Flavorful food for varied tastes

The evening was still in the 90s on the stifling holiday Saturday — too hot to cook and even too hot to grill outside. A friend at The Gazette had recommended Otis and Oliver’s Restaurant, so Lois and I decided to give it a whirl.

13 North: Casual American fare  in large portions

13 North: Casual American fare in large portions

13 North is the latest restaurant to occupy the building facing Route 9 at the Roosevelt Inn. It serves casual, American-style food and by that I mean tasty stuff and big, big portions.

Capital Region's 13 best places for outdoor dining

Capital Region's 13 best places for outdoor dining

Capital Region residents don't engage in fresh-air dining in winter, so we have to make the most of the short season we have.

Tops American Grill goes beyond typical diner

Tops American Grill goes beyond typical diner

Predictably decent food and service at reasonable prices are all part of a diner’s character. But Tops American Grill in Rotterdam brings the customer beyond the standard diner experience.

Down to earth Compton’s has good food, friendly service

Down to earth Compton’s has good food, friendly service

Compton’s on Broadway is probably not the first place that comes to mind when you’re thinking about Saratoga Springs restaurants. Someplace swanky or an upscale coffee joint, with sidewalk seating perhaps, but not this small diner.

Napoli Don is dedicated to authentic flavor

Napoli Don is dedicated to authentic flavor

You might think it’s a part of a chain, but it’s not. Napoli Don is polished in concept, service and design, but that’s due to hard work and good preparation, not because it’s part of some carefully cultivated corporate plan.

Cousin’s offers Dominican flavors

Cousin’s offers Dominican flavors

It is hard to miss. The outside of the building at 1549 Carrie St. in Schenectady is painted sky blue. The walls inside the restaurant are phosphorescent lime green.

Villa Tuscan Grille offers excellent food at reasonable prices

Villa Tuscan Grille offers excellent food at reasonable prices

The familiar face of Joanne Cornell Aragosa greeted us at the door with a big smile and open arms.

Seven offers variety of comfort food

Seven offers variety of comfort food

Seven An American Bistro, the restaurant in the Park Manor Hotel, really wants you to notice them. And some of what they offer is worth noticing.

Wolff’s Biergarten: Lots of sausages, friendly setting

Wolff’s Biergarten: Lots of sausages, friendly setting

Wolff’s Biergarten in Schenectady is more of an outpost of the European-style biergarten, and I’m glad they’re here.

The Brick: Burgers, pizza in pleasant new setting

The Brick: Burgers, pizza in pleasant new setting

Just so there’s no confusion, the locally owned Clifton Park restaurant formerly known as the Brick House Pizza & Grill is now called The Brick.

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

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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.

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