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- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Josie
Sally's Streetside Cafe is located in a small strip mall, 158 Sacandaga Road, in Schenectady. Depending on when you arrive, don't be surprised if you pass by Sally herself taking a small break outside. When you walk in be prepared for a very eclectic decor. Everything below the waist is decorated in wood, while everything above is painted maroon, and the juke box against the wall cranks out everything from pop music to soft rock.
What makes the biggest impression, more than anything else, is the warmth, friendlyness, and attentiveness of the staff. You really feel as if you've stepped into the warm, inviting kitchen of a close friend who was just waiting for you to stop by like you always do.
Brian and I went for breakfast (which they serve all day). We were greeted immediately, which is huge for us, and told to sit anywhere we wanted. Seconds later coffee was served and we were briefed on specials. Our waitress was a little shy in answering the age old question "what's good here," but she quickly warmed up and told us of their huge portions and homemade hash.
Brian ordered the Homemade Corned Beef Hash & Eggs. I ordered the Short Stack of Italian French Toast with a side of Bacon. I was asked if I wanted my bacon "limpy or crisp." No one, ever, in any breakfast dining experience we've had, has asked that question. We give two thumbs up for that alone. I ordered my bacon "limpy."
Food was fast. Brian's hash had a great crisp to it, was a huge portion, and had great texture. Our one critique was that it needed seasoning. Salt & pepper did the trick, and took the dish to the territory of amazing. My Italian french toast was also a huge portion (especially for being a short stack) but the batter lacked flavor. I loved that it was soaked all the way through, but it needed cinnamon and vanilla. All I could taste was the egg. The bacon wasn't limpy, which was a disappointment. However, I was able to look past that given the flavor.
Brian and I would definitely return to Sally's. Friendly service, and scratch made food goodness makes tthis place worth going to.
|Short Stack of Italian French Toast w/ Bacon
Hash & Eggs
- Category: News
- Written by Brian
Today was the 10th annual Wing Wars in Troy. All three foodies went to this event, and as usual, we all had our own top favorites. There was a good crowd attending again this year and 15 participating restaurants.
Wing Wars is a fun event that lets you try all sorts of wacky wing variations (some of the stranger ones this year were a pepperoni pizza wing and a raspberry wing with Thai peanut sauce -PB&J - wing). As with all events like this, there are some long lines and the very important cash bar.
Our own Foodie Josie was selected to be an official judge of the blind taste test.
At $20 / per person, it is a bargain for all the samples you get, and you get to help support a local school.
Brian: Forty One Sports Bar & Grill (Habenero wing)
Josie: Recovery Room (Blue Cheese Buffalo wing)
Kent: Black Bear (Bourbon wing)
UPDATE: Winners Announced:
Blind taste test (judges randomly selected from among attendees):
- Winner: Terry’s Kitchen Deli and Catering, Troy
- First runner-up: The Black Bear Inn, Watervliet
- Second runners-up (tie): The Recovery Sports Grill, Troy, and Villa Valenti Pub, Troy
- Winner: The Town Tavern, Averill Park
- First runner-up: Villa Valenti Pub, Troy
- Second runner-up: The Sports Grill, Rensselaer
- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Kent
After several recommendations from friends and co-workers, I finally had the opportunity to dine at Caffe Italia. In short, it was quite possibly the best Italian meal I've ever had and certainly the best in Albany and without a doubt in my top 3 in the Capital District.
Service was top notch and nearly flawless and very accommodating, as they were willing to modify two of our entree orders, to our liking.
I ordered the special of the night Asparagus Appetizer, which was roasted asparagus wrapped with prosciutto, and finished with a butter garlic wine sauce. Very flavorful and cooked perfectly with the proper portion size. A dining companion of mine ordered the special-of-the-night soup, which was roasted red pepper puree with croutons and allowed me to taste. I wish I had ordered it as it was one of the best soups I've had this wintertime. I failed to get pictures for either of the starters, but would personally order both again when I return.
Each entree comes with a house salad which was served on a chilled plate. A nice touch and the salad was very fresh and dressed well, with the choice of gorgonzola dressing with gorgonzola shavings for an additional charge.
The entrees got smiles and thumbs up from all four of us. One ordered the Mussels special which came with an unbeatable pile of mussels, served prepared with your choice of red or white sauce. Another ordered the Veal Rollatini which was executed perfectly and tasted heavenly. Still another ordered the Chicken Sorrento, which had a portion size so big it was 3 meals and tasted great and cooked just right. Lastly, I opted for Veal Mateo. This isn't on the menu, but the Chicken Mateo was the special of the night, so I asked if I could have them make the switch. A "certainly and a smile" was the answer for that request. Our server also let me know that meal could always be ordered.
Parking is a breeze and free. The atmosphere is a small dining room size, making the meal and atmosphere feel cozy, along with nice table linens. However, due to the number of tables in the dining room and the popularity, I recommend reservations, as all tables were filled the night I dined there.
Caffe Italia is located at 662 Central Ave, Albany, NY and their phone number is (518) 459-8029, for reservations.
Menu Here: http://www.allmenus.com/ny/albany/29986-caffe-italia/menu/ See you there!
|Veal Rollatini||Chicken Sorrento|
- Category: Restaurant Reviews
- Written by Josie
Tailored Tea is located at 1010 Troy-Schenectady Road. It's a teahouse/cafe with a B&B feel. Very unique for the area, but I think it works for them.
We went for breakfast, and upon entering we were greeted and seated promptly. Our server was friendly and attentive, and walked us through some of their teas.
We ordered two half pots; one of Chai and one of Peach Rooibos. The half pots were more than enough tea for us. It felt like the tea would never end! It was a great value. My one critique would be that when the honey was delivered, it was almost empty. I had to do the "wait and pour" in order to get honey into my tea.
The food was a different story. I ordered the Eggs Benedict on their Savory Scone of the Day. Brian ordered their Pancakes. Brian's pancakes were passable in flavor but had a rubbery texture. My eggs were not only dead overcooked (no poached runny-ness to be seen) but they would have been better served without the scone. The scone was so rock hard, I could've broken a window with it. It was inedible, and it boggled my mind that it left the kitchen in such a fashion in clear view of the chef and the waitress. There was no excuse.
If you're looking for a teahouse (sans food), then Tailored Tea does tea exceptionally well. If you want food, go elsewhere.
|Half Pot of Tea|