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Firestone 151 offers concise menu of pub fare

Firestone 151 offers concise menu of pub fare

Tim Trier is no stranger to repurposing. Several years ago he converted an old firehouse on South College Street in Schenectady to what is now Clinton’s Ditch. This year he converted the Firestone Tire Sales warehouse in downtown Schenectady to Firestone 151 Bar and Restaurant.

Marcella's: Nothing fancy, everything good

GLENVILLE

Marcella's: Nothing fancy, everything good

There aren’t many places around like Marcella’s on Saratoga Road in Glenville anymore: Italian-style, family-owned and genuine. The engaging small restaurant that’s open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner offers nothing fancy but everything good.

Elegant Cobleskill restaurant offers Taste of Europe

COBLESKILL

Elegant Cobleskill restaurant offers Taste of Europe

Sometimes a dining experience exceeds expectations, as ours did on a visit to A Taste of Europe on Route 145 in Cobleskill one recent fall evening.

Morrette’s King Steak House lives up to legacy

Morrette’s King Steak House lives up to legacy

The new incarnation of Morrette’s doesn’t disappoint.

Top Notch Tavern in Galway offers hearty comfort food

Top Notch Tavern in Galway offers hearty comfort food

A lovingly restored 19th-century hotel and stagecoach stop is home to Doreen and James Palmateer’s Top Notch Tavern, a 2.0 version of the original, which was opened there in 1968 by his grandparents.

Puzzles Cafe has solution for casual, cozy dining

SCHENECTADY

Puzzles Cafe has solution for casual, cozy dining

Besides baked goods, Puzzles offers breakfast, beverages, half and half meal deals, sides, hot and cold sandwiches, soups and signature salads.

Bravo! earns its name with steak, seafood and Italian cuisine

Bravo! earns its name with steak, seafood and Italian cuisine

We pay a visit to Bravo!, a place that can’t help attracting attention because its owners are Lauren and Guiseppe Grisio, the same folks who run Mama Mia’s, one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Saratoga Springs.

Campagna serves outstanding food, elegantly styled

MALTA

Campagna serves outstanding food, elegantly styled

Campagna’s simply prepared, glorious rustic-style food is worth the trip from anywhere.

Charming Burger Bar varies the standard fare

BALLSTON SPA

Charming Burger Bar varies the standard fare

Local 388 goes the better burger route in a tidy, charming camplike wood-frame building just off Route 50 in Ballston Spa.

Homey Steininger's has standout soups, sandwiches

Salem

Homey Steininger's has standout soups, sandwiches

Steininger's features mainly luncheon items, a few offerings like two eggs, bacon and cheddar on a croissant would be suitable for breakfast, and several entrées like chicken curry over rice and the wurst sampler would satisfy early supper appetites.

Gennaro’s generously topped pizza a real treat

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Gennaro’s generously topped pizza a real treat

I first heard about Gennaro's in Saratoga Springs a few months ago when a Gazette reader fired off an email praising their pies.

At Lombardo's, winning Italian fare served in a family setting

At Lombardo's, winning Italian fare served in a family setting

Lombardo’s has been serving old-school Italian food in its historic charming restaurant on Madison Avenue since 1919. In 1991, it was sold to the Mancinos, who have kept the tradition of serving fine Italian-American food with a family atmosphere.

BurgerFi slows down fast food

LATHAM

BurgerFi slows down fast food

If you wanted to remake fast food into real food, you’d end up with something like BurgerFi.

Nanola brings Cajun charm, tasty food to Malta

MALTA

Nanola brings Cajun charm, tasty food to Malta

Shane Spillenger opened Nanola CAjun American Restaurant nearly two years ago after renovating the former Malta Home Design Center.

Hometown crowd savors Clark’s flavor, ambiance

GREENWICH

Hometown crowd savors Clark’s flavor, ambiance

Clark’s is serious about its steak, and since Schuylerville native Jason Young opened it as “a hometown restaurant for the whole family” in April 2014, the place has been packed.

Beer, comfort food a delicious duo at Druthers

Beer, comfort food a delicious duo at Druthers

Druthers Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs has opened a brewery/restaurant in Albany’s South End, where it joins Nine Pin Cider Works and Wolff’s Biergarten in a creative and very cool re-use of old buildings.

Grilled cheese hits new highs at Capitol Melts

ALBANY

Grilled cheese hits new highs at Capitol Melts

Grilled cheese is simple, inexpensive comfort food, improved only by proximity to a cup of tomato soup. Capitol Melts has them both, and awesome desserts as well.

Hollow Bar + Kitchen a hit for food, ambiance

ALBANY

Hollow Bar + Kitchen a hit for food, ambiance

The Hollow offers an upscale pub menu and more in a pleasant, brick-walled setting.

Imaginative cuisine, patio dining at 62 Beekman

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Imaginative cuisine, patio dining at 62 Beekman

We’ve all heard of farm-to-table cuisine. But how about a restaurant where veggies grow inches away from where you sit and dine?

Barcelona raises the bar for Mediterranean fare

ALBANY

Barcelona raises the bar for Mediterranean fare

Mediterranean cuisine is a melting pot of cultures from Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Barcelona takes the best and adds an American twist, resulting in spirited and enduring flavors.

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