After scouring the United States in pursuit of its finest barbecue, Memphis Smoke House's chefs embraced Tennessee's tangy and sweet flavors as their culinary medium. The barbecue aficionados eschew charcoal in favor of oak, hickory-apple, and cherry hardwoods to slow smoke their briskets, chicken, turkey legs, and ribs each day. They rub meats in specialty spices before smoking them, then douse the tenderized morsels in house-made memphis bourbon barbecue sauce. The staff serves each platter with cornbread and authentic Southern-style sides of Cajun hand-cut fries, hush puppies, or mashed-potato molds of Robert E. Lee. In their dining room, cool air wafts through the wall's colorful signs, and classic music resounds across an outdoor seating area beneath a red-and-white tent. Memphis Smoke House can also cater get-togethers ranging in size from 15 people to large events of 300.
Giavano’s sates sauce-craving tongues and cheesy appetites with a classic menu of gourmet Italian fare in a casual setting. Meaty pizzas, including the swiss and bacon ($7.95–$22.95), can be shared with a clan of finger-food fanatics or cardboard cutouts of giant mutant turtles, and the veggie pizza ($8.95–$26.95) satisfies the garden yearnings of hungry herbivores. Those who prefer their fare enclosed can opt for a calzone ($5.95) or an appetizer of stringy mozzarella sticks ($4.45–$5.95). Sink teeth into the dangerously delicious pepperoni sub ($4.95–$6.95), which longs to be launched into the depths of stomach oceans, or sit down for a classy feast with an array of Italian dinners, including the chicken and broccoli alfredo ($8.95). Giavano's also satisfies picky progeny and the young at stomach with an accomodating kids' menu.
Jitters cafe's tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings are made from scratch using as many natural and organic ingredients as possible. Start your morning with a gourmet coffee creation or a smoothie paired with a toasty Belgian waffle. Midday munchers can enjoy a variety of salads, sandwiches, and freshly prepared soups, taking breaks between bites to play checkers, scrabble, or to swallow. Jitters hosts an open mic from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and features acoustic entertainment during the same evening hours on weekends.
Kim Klopstock, the proprietor of Fifty South, creates toothsome and affordable edibles with as many local, organic, and free-trade ingredients as the chefs can gather. The delectable menu runs the gamut of morning, midday, and evening meals and caters to guests of every dietary persuasion and level of wizardry. Diners seeking an inventive plate can indulge in the maple-glazed wild Tasmanian salmon ($15) or the grilled aged Angus filet mignon ($16). Salads such as the gorgonzola- and balsamic-adorned blackened steak salad ($13) or the house maple-vinaigrette-drizzled Francine’s poached-pear salad ($9) wed verdant greens with luscious meats or fruits in a delectable ceremony sans ill-fitting cummerbunds and awkward toasts.
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.
Cuisine Type: Seasonal American
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25–50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Birch Beer Braised Beef Short Rib
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
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What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Our current location was once part of one of Saratoga's Grand Hotels, The American Hotel, then The Rip Van Dam Hotel.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer great acoustic music in our lounge Tuesday–Saturday
Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
We feature a great bar and lounge serving our complete menu and a comfortable dining room. The greatest feature of our restaurant is the raised terrace for outdoor dining. We seat 60 guests overlooking the hustle and bustle of Saratoga's main street, Broadway.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Chef-owned-and-operated, the menu is constantly changing with fresh and seasonal products. All of our food is original and made completely from scratch. From the bread to charcuterie, we make it here.