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I have heard a ton of positive feedback about The Brown Bag in Troy, so it was time to take a look at it myself. The Brown Bag is well known for it's unusual hours (5PM - 6AM) and it's limited, but creative menu that works well for late night/early morning patrons.
I ordered the hotdog grilled cheese ($3.75). It was amazing. They used a high quality hot dog (sounds like an oxymoron, but trust me, there is a difference) and it was cooked perfectly (crunchy but not overcooked). Normally, grilled cheese with a meat in it is overloaded with cheese, but it was a perfect balance. For the price, it might be the best food I have had in a restaurant in the area.
Josie ordered a cheeseburger with bacon, sauteed onions and mushrooms, and a fried egg ($4.75 for the burger, her customization made it $8.25). The burger was fresh (not frozen) and cooked nicely (maybe slightly more than she would have ordered, but still good). It had a lot of different flavors, but she mentioned that the mayo didn't seem evenly spread out.
We also ordered a side of the American Fries (french fries with a spicy kick - $2.25). They were from potatoes that they cut themselves. The seasoning was good, and there were a ton of fries.
We were there early in the night, and the owner, Terry was prepping for the night as well as training a newer cook. It was neat watching him. The new cook put an egg on the grill and broke the yoke with his finger. Terry made him stop everything and change gloves (then later threw that egg out and start a new one since the grill wasn't greased properly, and the egg was sticking). The only reason I share this story is because I was impressed that even with a newer cook making the meal under his guidance, it still came out as good as it did.
Edited: I had an incorrect price on the burger, and removed a guess I had as to the owner (it was confirmed Terry is the owner)
|Hot Dog Grilled Cheese||Bacon Cheeseburger (with an egg)|