Ben & Jerry’s Saratoga Springs Scoop Shop, part of a nationwide franchise boasting more than 30 years of socially conscious sweets-making, gratifies the senses with a vast menu of frosty desserts. More than 25 flavors of ice cream, including classics such as the cherry- and chocolate-filled Cherry Garcia, bulge from freshly baked waffle cones or adorn freshly washed chins. Fill a chocolate-dipped cone with one scoop ($3.25) of chocolate low-fat frozen yogurt and thick fudge brownies, or fuel a late night with two scoops ($4) of Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz—coffee ice cream mingled with chunks of fair-trade-certified espresso-bean chocolate. Sweets-seekers can partake in an indulgent meal of sundaes and shakes ($5.14 each), watch waists with a sugar-free ice cream or fruity sorbet, or inquire about the store’s selection of ice-cream cakes, coolers, and sentient spoons.
Founded and run by childhood BFFs LJ Goldstock and Tom Coppola, LT's Grill sates Albany-area appetites by dishing out a hearty menu of family favorites. Sink incisors into a savory dinner entree such as a full rack of dry-rubbed or Kansas City–style wet, slow-cooked ribs ($19.95), or the grilled 12-ounce pork sirloin slathered in homemade Jack Daniels barbecue sauce ($16.95)., A fresh 12-ounce potato-encrusted haddock fillet topped with sour cream and dill, then finished with a crisp potato crust ($15.95), cures spud shortages like a self-cloning Mr. Potato Head.
For almost 40 years, family-owned Siver Hills has produced superior food amid the scenic fairways of Pinehaven Country Club. The dinner menu trots around the globe collecting piquant preparations including a selection of soups, salads, sushi, and hearty entrees listed with their proper wine pairings. Appetizers such as the imported prosciutto-wrapped butternut squash bask in the Mediterranean sun ($7) and the spicy lobster-tempura sushi roll practices sumo with truculent taste buds ($13).
Lodged in a centuries-old Albany edifice abutting the Poestenkill Canal, The Irish Mist serves up hearty Celtic-inspired dishes in a restaurant stocked with bar and banquet facilities. House specialties such as duck, lamb, crab cakes, and sea scallops incorporate creamy sauces to showcase the kitchen’s range, and hefty of pub fare such as burgers, fish 'n' chips, thick irish stews, and meaty pies vanquish hunger with more finality than a meatball cannon. The Sunday sunrise brings with it the alluring aromas of made-to-order eggs and candied ham that waft from an all-you-can eat breakfast buffet.
For more than 18 years, Classé Catering's chefs have prepared impressive spreads of hors d'oeuvres and multi-course meals for all sorts of events. Norwegian smoked salmon with rye chips or platters of prosciutto and cheese are just a few of their specialty finger foods, while entrees like herb-encrusted pork loin or shrimp and crab-stuffed sole conquer more substantial appetites. In addition to catering, the company's event specialists can help event hosts to decorate or even find a venue.
After a change of ownership in January 2011, David’s Fine Foods expanded its repertoire of delicacies to include a heartier new menu of sandwiches and breakfasts served until 1:00 p.m. Start the day with a fluffy three-egg omelette ($4), or indulge in brunch-time decadence with a tri-layered stack of strawberry, blueberry, or chocolate-chip pancakes ($4). Diners can crunch into a crusty, freshly baked french roll stuffed with maple-roasted turkey breast and crisp lettuce ($4.95), or quietly sink teeth into lean Angus pastrami cloaked in a soft wrap that cushions cacophonous munching and provides an ideal meal to prevent librarian shushing or to pack for covert Bigfoot stake-outs ($5.95).