for the Road
There is probably more restaurant variety within the few square
miles of greater downtown Saratoga than you’ll find in the
rest of the Capital Region, ranging from the humblest pizza
joints on up to the top out-of-sight-fancy establishments,
and covering a wide ethnic variety. But sometimes you just
want a sandwich.
Whether you’re looking for lunch at the track or an al fresco
meal to enjoy in one of the city’s parks, access to portable
food is important. Here’s a rundown of some of the more striking
options, omitting the chains (Bruegger’s, Borders, et al.)
and pizzerias. You may spend a dollar or two more in some
of these places than at a convenience store, but you’re getting
more toothsome fare. Because we’re nearing the end of racing
season, business hours for many of these places may be changing.
It’s always a good idea to phone ahead.
Peppers Market and Deli, 173 Lake Ave., 584-3430. Culinary
Institute grad Demian Haas is the energetic chef-owner here,
and he augments fresh-baked bread loaves with veggies and
herbs from an adjacent garden. A roast beef sandwich features
his own bread, with meat he cooked to exacting specs; salads
this time of year are amazingly fresh. Look for a varied menu
of sandwiches, subs, wraps and pasta dinners.
Giacone’s Market, 223 Lake Ave., 587-2545. The double-egg
breakfast sandwich is a mainstay here; the roast beef, ham
and turkey are cooked in-house. Try Roscoe’s chili or the
soup of the day, and have a sub or wrap with your favorite
sandwich innards, such as homemade tuna or chicken salad.
Pizzas run the gamut in terms of variety: toppings of feta
cheese and olives (the Greek pizza) or pineapple and ham (the
Hawaiian) aren’t unusual.
Spring Street Pizza and Deli, 132 Spring St., 584-0994. Get
your hot heroes, or New York-style cold ones in 8- or 12-inch
lengths. Your favorite isn’t listed? They’ll make it for you.
The Man-o-War is a hot roast beef sandwich, Citation is a
grilled chicken breast. Lots of salads, appetizers, tacos
and vegetarian dishes, and of course there’s all manner of
Good Food Co. at the Saratoga Library, 49 Henry St., 584-7860.
Who would think such good stuff lurks in the library? The
Pilgrim sandwich puts turkey and cranberry sauce on a panini,
served grilled; the Caprese combines mozzarella, spinach and
roasted peppers. Also look for a thick slice of spinach pie
and a cold sandwich array, along with specialty coffee and
tea and rich desserts.
Four Seasons Natural Foods Store and Café, 33 Phila St., 584-4670.
It’s not designed as a take-out place at all, but it’s one
of the healthiest. You can put together a selection from the
vegetarian buffet, and eat on the premises or package it to
Beverly’s Specialty Foods, 47 Phila St., 583-2755. Another
sit-down restaurant that sells sandwiches, giving you the
option of having it wrapped to go. Sandwiches tend toward
the fanciful, like grilled eggplant on sourdough, and there’s
a half-sandwich-and-soup special for $8.
Esperanto, 6 1/2 Caroline St., 587-4236. Doughboys are the
signature to-go items in this tiny venue, sort of mini-calzones
with a toothsome array of fillings. Also pizza slices, burritos,
and an ever-changing menu of specials.
Pickle Barrel, 7 Caroline St., 581-3236. Here’s the late-night
mainstay, where a youthful staff puts up with cranks like
me. Cold sandwiches (the Santa Fe combines turkey, cheddar,
jalapeńos and more), grilled sandwiches, and plenty of wraps
are available. Breakfast items and lots of side salads as
D’Andrea’s Pizza, 33 Caroline St., 584-3632. It’s one of the
best pizzerias in the area, with inventive gourmet toppings
as well as the traditional pies, but for our purposes you’ll
also want to try the foccacia, breads, salads and wings.
Moe’s Deli, 170 S. Broadway, 226-0816. It’s a Long Island-style
deli, according to transplanted owners Maureen and Mike Warfield,
who offer hot and cold sandwiches, heroes, salads, breakfast
items and more, including bread shipped daily from downstate.
Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Bagels, 402 Broadway, 581-0656.
You have your choice: stay or go. The aroma of coffee may
make it tough to leave. Enjoy fresh- roasted coffee, espresso,
fine tea, Italian sodas and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Add
to that fresh-baked bagels and bagel sandwiches (peanut butter
and jelly is an option, as are hummus and a variety of meats
and salads), and a wide selection of gourmet desserts and
the nosh-ability quotient runs high.
Putnam Market, 435 Broadway, 587-3663. Here’s the mother ship
of gourmet sandwiches. And so much more. There’s a counter
for cheese alone, and an amazing display of olives. At the
deli counter, there are seven turkey or chicken sandwiches,
seven types of roast beef and corned beef, and another column
of ham and other cured meats. They’ll even put together a
complete boxed lunch. Chips, salads, sauces—it’s upscale paradise,
the Dean & Deluca of the area. And that doesn’t even take
into account the desserts.
Mrs. London’s Bakery, 464 Broadway, 581-1652. They make a
batch of sandwiches every day and sell them until they’re
gone. A croque monsieur, is one example (a fancy grilled
ham-and-cheese), or try the croissant sandwich with turkey
and gručyre. Also look for savory tarts (zucchini and tomato,
spinach and leek) and those world class, not-to-be-beaten
Roma Importing Co, 222 Washington St., 587-6004. Hundreds
of subs to choose from, and you can’t get too innovative here.
All your basics are covered, from standard cold cuts to plenty
of Italian specialty meats. And it’s a full-fledged market,
so stock up on your Italian cooking needs.
PJ’s Saratoga Style Bar-B-Q, 1 Kaydeross Ave., 583-7427. It’s
tempting to eat it right here, what with the ’50s music and
the aroma—and the occasional visits from vintage cars. However
you wrap it, it’s all based on barbecued ribs and chicken,
in varying sizes and combos with lots of side dishes and desserts.
here for a list of recently reviewed restaurants.
(Aug. 30) is milking day at the Troy Waterfront
Farmers Market, when Promised Land Farm brings
their goats to the market—which runs from 9 AM
until 1 PM on Troy’s River Street, just north
of the Green Island Bridge. Women Against War
will be under the kids’ tent from 10 until 1;
Mama Rosa’s Pasta Café makes a sauce from market
ingredients at 11. Green Mountain Energy will
be under the community tent with information on
their energy ideas, and the Tisch Family Trio
will perform. Visit www.troymar ket.org for more
information, or call 475-2909. . . .
Remember to pass your scraps to Metroland
fax info to 922-7090)