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- 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/
- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Brian
A good friend of mine and his wife have a rule called, "no cook Friday". In honor of this, we often meet up to go out to a new place. This week it was El Loco in Albany (on Madison near Lark). El Loco doesn't take reservations for parties less than 6, and was absolutely packed on our Friday outing. After waiting for about 45 minutes, we were seated and our dining experience began.
We all ordered a few margaritas, and browsed the 5 page menu. I settled on the Pollo Flauta - corn tortillas filled with turkey rolled into flutes and deep fried until crispy served with guacamole while Josie ordered the Chimichanga and Taco combo. (our dining companions ordered enchiladas and another combo plate, pictures below, but they are not part of this review)
The Pollo Flauta was cooked well, but very dry, the guacamole helped to offset the dryness, but didn't completely do the job. The cornbread that came with it was moist and flavorful and the rice and beans were ok, but lacked seasoning. Josie's Chimichanga and Taco were both good. The chimichanga was cooked perfect but was missing something, while the taco needed cheese instead of just meat and lettuce. The taco had shredded beef on it instead of ground, and that was a nice touch.
Service was good based on how busy they were and staff all seemed polite. Both the service and the good was good, but not amazing, so El Loco gets a 3 fork rating from me.
|Pollo Flauta||Chimichanga and Taco|