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Persian Bite offers exotic flavors in comfy setting

Persian Bite offers exotic flavors in comfy setting

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
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

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
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

Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
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

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
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

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
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

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
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

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
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

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
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

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
If you like meat, you’ll love this place.
 
Mario’s  serves generous, family-tested dinners

Mario’s serves generous, family-tested dinners

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
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

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
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

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
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

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
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

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
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

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
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.
 
 

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