The globetrotting menu at Pasta Factory takes tired taste buds on a worldwide tour of noodle nourishment. Start your journey south of the border with spinach con queso, a warm tortilla-chip jacuzzi of red peppers, onions, and spinach, mixed into melted pepper jack cheese ($4.99), or take the traditional route down the Mediterranean with a gondola full of fresh buffalo mozzarella tossed with olive oil, basil, roasted peppers, and roma tomatoes ($3.99). Tongues can keep wagging in Italy with main dishes such as tortellini alla vodka, which mingles cheese-shaped noodles with prosciutto, diced tomatoes, red onions, and a tangy sauce ($8.69). Diners also can visit a Greek salad, which mixes rotini pasta with Greek dressing, salad fixings, feta, and pepperoncini ($6.29), before returning to the United States for a classic beef stroganoff, featuring sautéed mushrooms, sirloin, and sour cream ($8.19). The restaurant also offers a variety of non-pasta items and a kids' menu, which caters to potentially picky eaters with standbys such as chicken tenders, mac 'n' cheese, and simple buttery noodles ($3.39).
Pancho's, a family owned restaurant, represents the Mexican tradition of hospitality and friendship. Here you will find a courteous and friendly staff; a pleasant, relaxed and clean atmosphere with comfortable surroundings. Our fresh homemade food is prepared daily using the finest fresh ingredients
When restaurant-industry veterans Tim and Colleen Holmes bought The Wheat Fields in 2004, they felt that there was ample room to grow the business—in more ways than one. The husband-and-wife team knew that some aspects should remain unchanged: they still wanted their chefs to handcraft the nearly 20 daily shapes and flavors of pasta that Saratoga Springs residents had come to love, including gnocchi and tagliatelle. But they also knew that the venue and menu were expansion-ready diamonds in the rough. The duo invested more than $1 million to double the space, diversify the offerings, create a huge mahogany bar and lounge area, and attract high-caliber food and wine experts.
The Holmes' vision and hard work paid off. Today, Wheatfields Restaurant and Bar is thriving, serving local, farm-to-table produce, house-aged steaks, and, of course, fresh pasta. The site's ongoing success has prompted the Holmes to open a second location in Clifton Park—Wheatfields Bistro and Wine Bar—and the accolades keep coming. OpenTable diners gave the Saratoga Springs location Hot Spot and Vibrant Bar Scene awards and voted the Clifton Park location a winner in the Italian and Good for Groups categories. Also, both sites have earned Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator thanks to an impressive international wine list and the flocks of rare wine bottles that roost outside. These flavorful sips pair with an extensive assortment of gluten-free pizzas and pastas, and a helpful food-allergen chart assists diners in avoiding such common irritants as shellfish and peanuts.
The kitchen at Salad Creations is like a symphony hall. Chefs rap their knives against their cutting boards, drawing their orchestra of fresh lettuce, vegetables, and fruits to attention. Staccato chops and legato slices pierce the air as the culinary conductors harmonize these ingredients in salads, wraps, and paninis, each arranged to be a quick, nutritious meal. They transpose any of their classic, signature, and premium combinations into different forms, be they salads or wraps. Otherwise, they welcome diners to improvise their own salad or wrap by picking a lettuce, choosing from nearly 50 toss-ins-avocado, candied pecans, hearts of palm, and wonton strips-then choosing a protein such as turkey or wild Alaskan salmon.
Salad Creation's dressing choices range from classics such as buttermilk ranch to creative blends including blueberry pomegranate and cucumber wasabi. In addition to salads and wraps, the staff also grills up paninis made with multigrain sunflower bread or italian ciabatta bread to create toasty sandwiches perfect for warming palms after being woken up from a cryogenic freeze.
Sun streams in through a wide front window at Al-Baraki, illuminating a decorative hookah and servers placing falafel, marinated meats, and flaky baklava on cloth-covered tables. A menu of simple Lebanese fare makes use of imported spices and local ingredients, infusing each dish with an assertive punch of flavor. Their moulouki, or "royal dinner," treats patrons to a traditional Lebanese meal that begins with a gaggle of appetizers, a meaty main of shawarma and lamb kebab, and goat-cheese pie. Alternatively, vegetarian dinners, such as falafel, can be ordered à la carte and washed down with traditional lemounada, a fresh-squeezed lemonade scented with water droplets handpicked off of rose petals. In Al-Baraki's feature in the Times-Union, correspondent Cheryl Clark describes the aroma of cumin in the air alongside the decorative baubles—from a fez to an inlaid chess case—chosen by Owner and Chef Paul Chedrawee and his wife, Simone.
When seated at a secluded dinner table, it’s easy to forget the skill it takes to turn disparate ingredients into a delicious meal. Sakura Japanese Restaurant’s chefs aim to remind their guests of just how incredible that feat is, abandoning the seclusion of the kitchen to prepare dishes tableside. They twirl knives, drumming them against the smooth metal surface of their grill as they use cooking oil to summon gouts of flame. From the dexterous show, they create sizzling hibachi meals of chicken, steak, lobster, and other meats for a rapt audience.
Sakura's sushi chefs specialize in a less flashy craft, drizzling eel sauce on combinations of crab, shrimp, and avocado or topping white- and yellowtail-tuna rolls with tobiko and wasabi. They also make up obento boxes, traditional packaged lunches featuring specific slots for sushi, tempura, a main course, and extra masking tape.