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|Johny's (by Malozzi)|
- Created on Saturday, 03 August 2013 19:14
Inga's Diner is located on Fuller Road between Washington and Central. From the outside, it looks like it is falling apart. Missing shingles, siding in disrepair, overall not a place that you'd really want to visit for food. Inside shows recent work done to fix it up a bit, but it still needs work. But most importantly, it is clean inside.
I asked for a recommendation from our waitress, and she recommended a special they had that came with eggs, pancakes and bacon. The pancakes had a nice golden brown on them, but they were a little rubbery, I would guess they came from a store bought batter. Eggs were cooked well, but lacked any seasoning, and the bacon had a strange aftertaste to it, but was the perfect amount of crispiness (probably not a word, but it works)
We also ordered french toast with bacon. Again, the bacon had a strange taste to it. The french toast was made with standard white bread, but was thoroughly battered, so it was thin, but had a nice flavor to it.
Service was friendly and prompt, which raised Inga's Diner from a 2 Fork rating to a 3.
|Breakfast special (part 1)||Breakfast special (part 2)|
|French Toast with Bacon|
- Created on Monday, 17 June 2013 01:27
Mike's Hot Dogs is on Erie Blvd in Schenectady. We were in the area so we decided to swing by for breakfast.
I asked our server for her recommendation, and she suggested a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwhich. It was a little strange of a recommendation, but why ask if you don't plan to listen. The sandwich was perfect. Eggs were cooked perfectly, just slightly runny, but mostly completely cooked. There was a ton of bacon with a great flavor, and there was cheese in every bite. The roll was also grilled. It was perfect. The hashbrowns that came with it were not really seasoned but were cooked well.
Josie ordered the french toast with bacon. The french toast batter didn't soak completely through, so it was dry inside, and there was egg batter on the outside of the slice which is one of my pet peeves with french toast. Her bacon was also cooked well with a great flavor.
Since the place literally has the words 'hot dogs' in their name, we decided that even though it was breakfast time, we should try a hot dog. It was a good hot dog, and the sauce that makes them so popular was well seasoned. I thought the meat in the sauce was a bit on the dry side, but Josie disagreed. I forgot to take a picture of the hot dog before we ate it, so you can just appreicate the empty plate :)
|Bacon Egg and Cheese with side of Home Fries||French Toast with Bacon|
|This would be the hot dog I forgot to take a picture of|
- Created on Saturday, 03 August 2013 18:44
We have previously reviewed Nosh for their lunches and dinners, but since they recently started serving Brunch on Sundays, we decided to drop by for another visit.
Lets just jump right into this one. I ordered the steak and eggs. I have never, ever sent a dish back in a restaurant, but after a bite of the steak, I sent the dish back, saying I didn't want anything else. The steak was soaked in a horrible marinade that made every bite so bitter, it was almost impossible to swallow. Since I was forced to go through that torture, I made sure to give a piece to Josie just to be able to laugh at her as she spit it out. The steak was also overdone. The eggs were cooked fine, but not seasoned at all. The hashbrowns were cooked well, and were seasoned, making them the only thing that would have been worth eating at all on the plate (besides the fruit and the bread). Aweful.
I will say that shortly after I returned it, the owner came out and said he tried the steak and agreed it was horrible and over marinated. He brought me a replacement dish of ham and eggs, which was fine, but I didn't factor it into the review since it wasn't the dish I had ordered.
Josie ordered the stuffed French toast with strawberries and cream cheese. The french toast was good, but the cream cheese was just globbed in the middle, and it wasn't really a stuffed French toast, just French toast with stuff in the middle.
We also ordered a side of their homemade corned beef hash. It was a little on the greasy side, but had a good flavor and was cooked so that it had a light crunch to it.
Service was fine, we were greeted quickly and our server was attentive and polite, even after I sent my meal back.
I'd like to think that if I hadn't ordered the dish I did, that this would have been a mediocre to average place for breakfast on a Sunday, but serving a dish that is completely inedible earns Nosh a 2 fork rating.
|Steak and Eggs
Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
|Corned Beef Hash
Replacement Meal - Ham and Eggs
- Created on Saturday, 15 June 2013 14:18
We have been on a search for good pasta in the Capital Region lately, so naturally Canali's found it's way onto our list, as they are well known for their homemade pastas. Canali's is in Schenectady.
We went with another couple, so after the break below, you can see pictures of what they ordered, but since I didn't try them, I won't be commenting on them.
I wanted to try one of their chicken dishes that came with a side of pasta, but they refused to sub fettuccini for whatever non-homemade pasta came with the dish because 'The chef won't do that'. Maybe I've been watching too much Restaurant Stake Out where they say, "the customer is king", but I thought refusing to do a simple subsitution (I even offered to pay an upcharge) is completely unacceptable. That was the first negative on the night, but luckily, it was also the only one.
So I cancelled my chicken dish and ordered Fettuccini Alfredo with chicken ($16.99) because, after all, we were on a search for good pasta, not store bought stuff I can get at Olive Garden. The alfredo sauce was super thick and flavorful, the pasta was cooked to perfection, and the chicken had a nice crisp on it, it was an absolutely perfect dish.
Josie had a similar dish with he order of Fettuccini Carbonara ($14.99). Her pasta was really just an alfredo with some extra stuff in it, not a true cabonara, but the pasta was cooked to perfection.
Besides the great flavors in our dishes, they were also huge. I was really hungry, and I still had enough for dinner the next night, Josie, and the other two people with us got an additional two meals out of the one plate - all for a reasonable price.
Service was great, with our waitress cracking a joke or two and interacting well with our group.
So with the great service and tasty dishes Canali's gets a good review, but losses points for the fake cabonara and inflexibility to adjust to simple subsitutions. - 4 Forks.
Click 'read more' below to see pictures of their Cavatellit with a tomato basil cream sauce and their Linguini Loisa.
|Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken
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