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- Category: Events
- Written by Kent
Back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual Saratoga Sip & Stroll is happening on Wednesday, May 14. Pick up your ticket and nab a wristband for an evening of sampling and sipping throughout Saratoga. The night begins at 6 p.m. and includes free samples of beer, wine, and food as well as specials from more than 20 restaurants and giveaways to remember the flavorful experience. Discounted (1/2 price) tickets may be purchased on LivingSocial for a limited Time. Original Ticket Price: $20 Websites Here:
- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Courtney
While in Saratoga Springs over the weekend, my sister and I decided to try Comfort Kitchen, in the Saratoga Marketplace at 454 Broadway. The online reviews were very good, and most of them raved about the Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese and the homemade Tater Tots in particular. When we arrived at our hotel, I made a point of asking the front desk about it and they hadn’t heard of it. But we stuck to our plans and walked down to check it out. The Saratoga Marketplace is a small indoor mall, and the Comfort Kitchen is one floor down from the Broadway entrance, in the back of the building. There are tables set up both in the restaurant and just outside it. You first order and pay for your selections up at the counter, and then your food is delivered to you at your table. I chose a Chicken Taco, a Carnita, and a side Caesar Salad to start. My sister ordered the Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese and also got a side salad. We decided to split an order of the Tater Tots and get some hard cider, which was on special, to wash it all down.
The Caesar salads arrived first and we could tell right away that the dressing was homemade. Garlicky and lemony with crisp greens, it was really refreshing. It set the stage for the rest of our order, which did not disappoint. The Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese was fantastic. Sharp cheese flavor and perfectly cooked pasta mingled with bites of pulled pork and a tangy barbeque sauce. And the portion was so large, my sister had to take half of hers to go. My Carnita had pulled pork, red cabbage, pickled jalepenos, and cilantro on a corn tortilla. The Chicken Taco was made up of shredded chicken, avocado crema, pickled red onion and fresh cilantro on a corn tortilla and was my favorite of the two. But the real star of the night was the homemade Tater Tots. Crispy and crunchy on the outside with soft flavorful potato on the inside. If we weren’t so full, we would have ordered more. They are worth stopping for on every future trip I make to Saratoga.
I would absolutely return to Comfort Kitchen. The staff was friendly, the hard cider was crisp and refreshing and, most importantly, the food was nothing short of amazing. I am thrilled to give them my very first Five-Fork rating. The entire bill including tax and tip was $40, which makes it an economical choice as well. You don’t always get what you pay for. At the Comfort Kitchen, you get a lot more.
Side Caesar Salad Carnita and Chicken Taco
Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese Tater Tots
- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Brian
Hilltop Restaurant is located in Watervliet in a little strip mall. It was recommended to us for their pancakes. When we wandered in late morning on a Saturday, there was only one customer there. We were immediately greeted and told we could sit wherever.
Since we were directed to Hilltop because of their pancakes, I ordered those with a side of bacon. Josie ordered her usual French Toast with a side of hash. When I ordered the bacon the waitress asked how I would like it (soft, crisp or in the middle), I ordered it in the middle. Sure enough, the bacon came out and it was just that - in the middle. Often places will ask how you want it and then just ignore it and make it however they like. It was a nice touch. The pancakes were heavy. Very heavy. I think I was able to eat just about one of them (maybe not even that). But they were cooked really well, with a slight crisp on it and a golden brown. I would order them again, but probably get a short stack. Josie's food on the other hand was not nearly as good. Her French toast dish was incredibly small - just two pieces of thin white bread. The bread was dipped so fast that nothing soaked in, and they even missed major portions of the bread so it was incredibly dry. The hash was ok, but lacked seasoning. I think she ate it primarily because her French Toast was so difficult to digest.
I felt the service was quite good, and the staff was very friiendly, even as we were leaving the Chef was outside having a smoke break, she said, "thanks for coming, have a great day". The friendliness of the staff and the pancake were the only things keeping Hilltop from getting 1 or 2 forks. So, 3 forks for them and probably no return trip for us.
|Pancakes with side of bacon||French Toast|
|Corned Beef hash|
- Category: Events
- Written by Kent
The 2nd Annual Wine and Food Festival will feature the five beverage trail members plus other regional wineries, distilleries, cideries and craft breweries. Sat. May 24, 11am-6pm / Sun May 25, 11am-5pm.
There will also be delicious foods for sale and sampling including gourmet cheeses and creameries, baked goods, grass fed meat producers and more! Throughout the weekend there will be special guest appearances and book signings, seminars of wine and food pairings, home brewing, and cheese making by some of the region’s foremost experts.
Tasting Ticket: Includes admission, souvenir tasting glass and all the wine, beer and spirits you care to taste for one price. One Day Tasting – $25.00
The Hudson-Berkshire Beverage Trail is the premiere beverage trail in New York State and the Hudson Valley. The trail extends from Southeast of Albany down to Hudson, New York and features handcrafted, award-winning and celebrated wines, beers, and spirits.
Website & more info here: http://www.hudsonberkshirewinefestival.com/