Saratoga, NY 4/2-4/4/2013

A brief post on a few spots I found when I stayed in Saratoga while on one of many business trips to Glens Falls NY.

Glens Falls vs. Saratoga

Glens Falls itself is pretty limited for food, especially in the winter, and seems to shut down around 7pm – not conducive to long working days. Bistro Tallulah is pretty much your best bet for any decent food. It’s a pretty solid place – tasty food and a great beer list – and I would recommend it if you find yourself in the area. Glens Falls is more geared toward the weekend summer cabin/lake/outdoors seeking NY crowd than those seeking fine food. Saratoga is much more lively (like the 5-floor Saratoga City Tavern) and has more options for decent food. Just take care to avoid the horse race season, unless you don’t mind fighting crowds.

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Tuesday 4/2/13, Dinner at Druthers

Druther’s was by far my favorite spot. Great brewery with pretty decent beer and wide selection of higher end bar grub. I opted for the Smoked Porter (5.6%) and Simple Truth Barleywine (10%) with the Druthers Burger – Aged cheddar, bibb lettuce, pickled green tomatoes, pickled shallots, Druthers aioli. The burger was quite satisfying. They cooked it a great medium rare for me, and it was packed with flavor and saucy/juicy goodness. I was also very pleased with the beer after a long day at work.

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Wednesday 4/3/13, Dinner at Boca Bistro

Boca Bistro is the tapas spot from a small series of restaurants from the DZ Restaurants family. My selections were Farm Bread & Tomato (Grilled farm bread, pan sauce, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, marinated olives), pulled pork croquette, Meatball (Bacon wrapped meatball, romesco sauce, Manchego), and Serrano ham wrapped rainbow trout. The tomato pan sauce was pretty flavorful, but the meatball was a bit disappointing and had a strange waxy flavor that I’ve noticed in some of the more authentic salami. Some may seek that out, but it’s a bit off-putting for me. The trout was decent, but the beans that it was served over were pretty bland. Overall, not my favorite tapas experience, but not terrible either.

Thursday 4/4/13, Dinner at Maestro’s at the Van Dam

A few sites recommended Maestro’s, so off I went for dinner. The place has since closed and apparently is relocating to McGregor Links Country Club in Wilton, NY. I had the Sea Scallops (pan seared, blood orange panna, lobster risotto, asparagus), which was pretty tasty, though not the best execution on the risotto. Overall, I’d say the price was a little high for what you got, though they did try to play up their service. Not a huge loss for the area, though.

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