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Costco coming to upstate NY

There was a discussion in the local Times Union newspaper about a Costco being proposed for property at Exit 4 of the Northway, I87, but that has been shot down by local residents' concerns for traffic, noise, etc.

Orchid's Caribbean Restaurant & Lounge has opened near Saratoga

Here's their web page
http://checkoutorchids.com/

The restaurant is located next to the Roosevelt Inn and Suites where the Silver Bullet and the Finish Line restaurants once were.

This is the same owner who previously had a Caribbean restaurant in Rotterdam in 2009 and then moved to Schenectady in 2012.

Here's a nice write-up in the Saratogian
http://www.saratogian.com/business/20...

We stopped in on Sunday and enjoyed the Curried Goat and the Jerk Chicken. They were out of a few items on the menu because they had a large crowd on their opening day, Friday, 7/31, according to our server.

Local 388 Burger (Ballston Spa)

I'm among those with the Yelp perspective. I'll simply add here that both of my visits to Local 388 have been very enjoyable with the burgers and fries. I was also pleased that they introduced me to the pies from Smith's Orchard & Bake Shop.

Breakfast in Saratoga Springs

Very good. Thank you. btw, I was just reading about S. Barnes saying another burger place coming to Latham.
http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

Where to have dinner (NOT in Toga) during Track Season?

Yes

Where to have dinner (NOT in Toga) during Track Season?

I agree with sgilliga on Morgan and Company. Actually run by husband and wife chefs. Both TV star chefs at one point.

Also had decent Mexican food at Superior Cantina. But the noise level is high.

You've already mentioned Rare Earth Wine Bar.
For just pizza and burgers and such, try the Downtown City Tavern behind Davidson's Brew Pub.

Across from Davidson's is Mean Max's Brew Works. No food, just fresh brewed beer and some wines from Amorici Vinyards. But you can bring food in or order food to be delivered there from the menus they have on hand.

All these places are within walking distance of each other.

Back to Albany, the Wine Bar & Bistro on Lark has half-priced bottles of wine through August. Ownership is changing and the wine list is being reduced.

Kinnaree will not be open for dinner on 7/30 due to a private party.

In Troy, consider Slidin' Dirty or The Shop for more comfort type food.

Anyone been to The Gingerman or Marche at 74 State (Albany) recently?

LOL! It almost sounds like what your Mother told you, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." ;>)

Albany Update

Glad to hear you had an enjoyable trip. Thanks for keeping us posted.

Saratoga Springs, June 26-28

@stuartlafonda, PJ's bbq is still the same owners, they simply changed their name and rebuilt the stand to Winterize it so they can stay open year-round now. They also have toyed with offering franchises with their new, PJ's Bar-B-QSA name. The reviews are very mixed. I personally would fall in the middle of those reviews. But I don't consider myself an expert on BBQ.

Dinner in Albany

All within your immediate neighborhood and worth checking out:

McGuires for dinner
http://www.mcguiresrestaurant.com/

The Wine Bar and Bistro for good food and wine
http://winebaronlark.com/

Kinnaree Asian Restaurant for good Thai or Korean lunch or dinner
http://www.kinnareeonlark.com/

Ethiopian food for dinner or Sunday brunch
http://www.umanarestaurant.com/

Iron Gate Café for breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch
https://www.irongatecafe.com/index.php

Rain Modern Chinese for Dim Sum
http://www.rainalbany.com/

The other three suggestions are excellent too.

Henry's (Ballston Spa) - anyone been?

FDR, I believe I've mentioned elsewhere that the Crazy Cow has been replaced by Local 388 Burger Bar. Same building, local sources as much as possible, meat from Sander's Market, turkey and chicken burgers included on the menu, bottled craft beers from many local brewers, pie from Smith's Orchard Bake Shop, and bread from Rock Hill Bakery.

I've been there twice in the past two months and am confident we'll return again. You really should check it out and let us know how the turkey burger is. We've tried beef, bison, and vegie varieties so far and been pleased. They even make their own soda and their fries are very good too.

Is there ANY good ethnic restaurant food in Albany?

Mingle on Delaware Av has just announced it is closed as of 4/26/15. The Chef will now be at the Mingle on the Avenue location in Saratoga Springs where Korean dishes will still be prepared.
http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

Mingle on the Avenue coming to Saratoga

Change in chefs announced for Mingle on the Avenue.
http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

Capital District Sandwich Guide (April 2015)

First, let me mention a sandwich that might not be on the new Spring/Summer menu that started today at T.C. Paris French bakery. The Croque Monsieur - Niman Ranch ham, on their 'Pan de Compagne' bread, with white wine dijon mustard, creamy Bechamel sauce, and imported cage-aged Gruyere. They grill it and then finish it off under the broiler. It will be worth the wait until Fall if necessary.

Second, and more likely to be a surprise because of the location, Lucky Joe's Build Your Own Deli Sandwich, specifically, the Turkey, Habanero Jack, on Wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, & mayonnaise. You'll find Lucky Joe's in the Saratoga Racino.

Capital Region Mexican

Great to hear, AmyH. They are my sole source of La Escondida tortillas.

Mama Mia's taking over Jack Dillon's Farm to Fork Cuisine [Saratoga Springs]

The Times Union is reporting that the owner of Mama Mia's Pizza & Cafe is taking over the South Broadway restaurant, Jack Dillon's Farm to Fork Cuisine, and turning it into an American steak and seafood restaurant to be called Bravo. An early to mid-May opening is planned.

http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehoppi...

Capital Region Mexican

Thanks for that update, AmyH, I'll see if I can get there to check it out again.

Capital Region Mexican

I'll agree with La Mexicana in Schenectady, https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-Mex...
and also suggest the Mexican Market at 654 Central Av in Albany which looks like a "dive" but has good food and the small family run experience similar to La Mexicana.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvvX5...

Breakfast in Saratoga Springs

The Crazy Cow has been replaced by the Local 388 Burger Bar.http://www.dishrestaurants.com/Bar-an...
and Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/local388/tim...

Their commitment on Facebook to serve "grass fed USDA Prime Angus beef burgers. We use locally sourced produce, cheeses and bakeries for our delicious burgers, hand cut french fries, cool & crunchy salads...even our house ketchup" sounds promising.

I think they've only been open about a month.

Saratoga Springs; Off-Season Visit; 4.2015 Need Recommendations

I agree with Elisa515 and especially jaylhorner! But you also may want to consider Sweet Mimi's Cafe and Bakery (Phila St) for breakfast and Mingle on the Avenue (Lake Av) for dinner. Mingle is also open for breakfast, but I can't speak from experience about it.

Lake Placid

Not having been to many of those listed, I would try to include:
1. Chair 6 (you have)
2. Liquids & Solids (been there)
3. Artisans (recommended by a chef-friend I respect)
#?. LP Pub & Brewery (just another nice pub with good brew that I have to always visit, but keep it in mind if you just want a drink and enjoy craft beer)

Lake Placid

There is a discussion here that is a few years old, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8088...

But more recently Chair 6 is still getting excellent comments and not mentioned in that discussion is Liquids and Solids. Also, Artisans at the Lake Placid Lodge. For pub food, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery. Hopefully, others will jump in here to confirm and add to these suggestions.

Is Gus' Hot Dogs Still Around? [Watervliet, NY]

While I can't say for sure, I'd be willing to bet the farm that they are not related. Looking at the Facebook page for the Plattsburgh location would lead me to believe that "Gus's Red Hots Inc" is in a totally different league!!! https://www.facebook.com/GusRedHots

Just look at the photos for the Watervliet location as posted on Urbanspoon. http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/79/795621... Is this what you remember, MisterMike?

Is Gus' Hot Dogs Still Around? [Watervliet, NY]

Yes, Gus's Hot Dogs is still around and a favorite of many. Its address is still:
212 25th St
Watervliet, NY 12189
(518) 273-8743

Sri Siam – Albany area

BKK was very good also. They had some early kinks that they were working out, but again, the place was large so they needed to draw a larger clientele in order to stay in business.

Sri Siam – Albany area

The relative ease of parking for Sri Siam or Sadudee is a significant factor, however another small comfortable Thai place that otherwise fits the bill with very enjoyable Thai food and warm, welcoming service is Kinnaree on Lark Street in Albany. I've written about all three of them on Yelp.

Jack Dillon's Farm to Fork cuisine (Saratoga)

Thank you jaylhorner for the additional details.

Jack Dillon's Farm to Fork cuisine (Saratoga)

For those who may not be aware, Jack Dillon's has closed for the 2015 Winter season. They have posted on their web site that they will be back in the Spring. http://www.jackdillons.com/

Javier's (nuevo Latin in Saratoga Springs)

I agree with your comments, davmar77. I can't help but believe that the total size of the venue, both inside and outside, the lack of nearby parking, and the distance from the main drag, were all contributing factors.

Finally! Korean BBQ in Colonie/Albany!

I concur with AmyH about the level of spiciness that they provided. The hot sauce that came with my Bibim Bop, when tasted by itself, seemed like it might be OK if I added all of it to the dish. But it was like I didn't add any spice after mixing everything together.

We're likely to visit again in the future, but I think the novelty of having staff BBQ for you at your table will wear off faster than the teppanyaki chefs at the Japanese restaurants.

My more detailed comments are available on the Yelp perspective.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/namu-albany