Santo, 579 Troy-Schenectady Road (Latham Farms), Latham,
786-8272. Small plates—both traditional tapas and innovative
fare from chef Chris Sisinni—define this menu, with an excellent
wine selection to accompany your meal. Serving lunch Mon-Sat
11:30-3:30, dinner Mon-Wed: 5-11, Thu 5-midnight, Fri-Sat
5-1. AE, D, DC, MC, V.
Loco Mexican Café, 465 Madison Ave., Albany, 436-1855.
After more than 20 years serving creative Tex-Mex fare, this
place still offers a good, festive meal and makes sure you
don’t leave hungry. Good vegetarian items, too. Serving Tue
4-10, Wed-Thu 11:30-10, Fri 1:30-11, Sat noon-11, Sun 4:30-10.
AE, MC. V.
Restaurant & Pizzeria, 496 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville,
459-2121. The original and now newly rebuilt unit of this
popular Albany eatery, with excellent pizza the specialty
but also a full menu of classic Italian fare. Serving Mon-Thu
11-10, Fri-Sun 11-11. AE, MC, V.
Factory Eatery & Spirits, 20 Prospect St., Ballston
Spa, 885-0500. This neighborhood joint-cum-sports bar has
a varied, casual menu with burgers, sandwiches, salads, a
few choice entrées, and a very welcoming personality. Serving
breakfast Mon-Fri 8-11, Sat-Sun 8-1, lunch and dinner daily
11-midnight. MC, V.
Brauhaus, 200 E. High St., Ballston Spa, 885-4311. Classic
German fare, including excellent sauerbraten and a
sausage- and smoked-pork-intense schlacht platter,
at a welcoming mainstay that has thrives for over half a century.
Serving dinner 4-9 Wed-Sat, 12-8 Sun. CB, DC, MC, V.
Blues, 806 25th St., Watervliet, 273-9888. Burgers, sandwiches
and great, thin-crust pizza are served along with full dinners
at this long-lived (27 years!) neighborhood eatery. Serving
lunch and dinner Tue-Thu 11-11, Fri-Sat 11-11:30. AE, MC,
Palace, 855 Central Ave., Albany, 453-6258. A generous
selection of seafood specials and other not-so-usual Chinese
items, served at a long-lived midtown mainstay. Serving Sun-Thu
11-11, Fri-Sat 11-midnight. D, MC, V.
Grill, Parkwood Plaza, 1760 Route 9, Clifton Park, 371-5672.
Imaginative versions of Italian classics along with a menu
of steaks and seafood. Excellent veal dishes, among many others.
Serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30, dinner Mon-Thu 4-10, Fri
4-11, Sat 2-11, Sun 1-9. AE, MC, V.
Londonderry Café, Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, 489-4288.
A varied menu of inventive continental items is offered, with
sandwiches galore for lunch and dinner entrées that include
many seafood specials. Dine outside when the weather is good.
Serving lunch daily 11-4, dinner daily 4:30-9, brunch Sunday
10:30-3. AE, D, DC, MC, V.