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LIGHT FARE

Bailey’s

Phila and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. This is two places in one, with the full menu available at both the inside café and the outside patio bar and grill. Relax in an Adirondack chair while toasting s’mores at your table. Full bar, on-premises catering, banquet facilities and takeout available. Serving 11 AM-close daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

Betty’s Pizza Shack

26 Housatonic St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-8171. This brightly colored, high-energy restaurant serves an amazing array of pizzas, salads, burritos, quesadillas, and hot oven grinders. Buckets of beer and a nice selection of wine provide the mostly local clientele with a fun getaway right in the heart of Lenox. Beer and wine; takeout available. Serving 11:30-10 daily. Checks, cash. $$

Bread Basket

65 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4233. Great homemade breads, quiche, soups, scones, pastries, specialty cakes and other luscious treats are available at this small eatery. Enjoy sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Open 7-6 PM Mon-Fri, 7-4 PM Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $

Chez Daisie Creperie

183 Jay St., Schenectady, 344-7082, chez daisie.com. Crêpes for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, as well as wraps and unique salads. Coffee drinks, including espresso, cappuccino and lattes. Takeout available. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri, 9-2 Sat, 11-2 Sun. Serving dinner 5-7:30 Mon-Sat. MC, V. $

Crisan Bakery

197 Lark St., Albany, 445-2727, crisan bakery.com. Old-world pastries that earn the appellation of edible art, including tarts and cakes, strudel and croissant, arrayed in a toothsome display alongside a few savory items if you seek a quick lunch. Also gelato, espresso and cappuccino. Takeout available. Open 10-8 Sun, Tue-Wed; 10-9:30 Thu-Sat. Closed Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $

D’Andrea’s

33 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. Pizza, focaccia sandwiches, fried foods, “grubs” (grinder-subs), stuffed breads. Dine in, take out; free local delivery. Serving 11-11 Sun-Thu, 11 AM-4 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

Debbie’s Kitchen

456 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-3829. The downtown Albany hot spot for soups, creatively constructed sandwiches and killer desserts. Weaving a touch of color and crunch into the ordinary, as in their smoked-turkey-breast sandwich with garlic mayo, sliced pears, sunflower seeds, roasted onions, and cheddar cheese. Vegetarian combos are always available, as are fresh salads and a wide variety of ever-changing baked goods. Serving 10-7 PM Mon-Fri, 11-6 PM Sat. Closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

418 Balltown Road, Schenectady, 346-5728; 7 Southside Drive, Clifton Park, 371-2147; 241 Route 9W, Glenmont, 432-8271; 600 North Greenbush Road, Rensselaer, 285-4704; 3057 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, 583-3135; 1512 Western Ave., Albany, 452-6066. fiveguys.com. Fast food done right. Double-decker burgers with an expansive choice of toppings, hot dogs, grilled cheese. And fries. Excellent fries, in generous servings. If that’s not enough, help yourself to peanuts. Serving 11-10 daily. AE, D, MC, V. $.

Francesca’s

Broadway and 5th Avenue, Troy, 272-3726. Serving soups, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Daily specials and desserts. On/off-premises catering; takeout available. Serving 7:30-4:30 Mon-Fri. Closed Sat-Sun. D, MC, V and personal checks. $

Greenhouse

50 N. Pearl St., Albany, 514-2055, eat greenhouse.com. Downtown eatery featuring fresh salads and wraps in countless creative combinations. Catering, takeout. Serving 9 AM-4 PM Mon-Fri. AE, D, MC, V. $

Guido’s Fresh Marketplace

760 S. Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-9255; 1020 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 442-9912; guidosfreshmarketplace.com. Founded more than 30 years ago as a premium produce market, Guido’s today is a complete food market featuring fresh seafood, all-natural meats, artisan cheeses, a bakery and deli, premium packaged foods, wines, and, of course, bountiful fresh produce. Prepared foods to-go run the gamut from deli sandwiches and fish cakes to ethnic specialties, with many options for vegetarians, vegans and others with special dietary preferences. Takeout and off-premises catering. 9-7 PM Mon-Sat, 10-6 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM, debit, personal checks. $

Hungry Spot Café

Collamer Building, 480 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-9060. Boasting great homemade soups, fresh rotisserie turkey and daily lunch specials. Also featuring a vegetarian menu. Takeout, free delivery and off-premises catering available. Serving 7 AM-3 PM Mon-Fri. AE, MC, V. $

Iron Gate Cafe

182 Washington Ave., Albany, 445-3555, irongatecafe.com. Serving homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Emphasis on local produce. Catering. Beer and wine. Outdoor dining on garden patio. Newly remodeled back rooms. Serving 7 AM-2 PM Mon-Wed, 7 AM-10 PM Thu-Fri, 9 AM-10 PM Sat, and 9-3 Sunday brunch. $

Java Jazz Café

Main Square Shoppes, 318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-1727, javajazz delmar.com. Unique assortment of pita wraps and sub sandwiches, soups and salads as well as baked-daily muffins and pastries, gourmet coffees, espresso and teas. Local, organic and seasonal choices, including local organic eggs. Catering for all occasions is available. Serving 7-7 Mon-Fri except for special events, 9 AM-3 PM Sat-Sun. D, MC, V. $

Lauren’s House of Dogs

370 Delaware Ave., Albany, 396-3647. Hot dogs with flair. Serving more than 20 different types of dogs, plus sides and salads. Takeout available. Open 11-7 Sun-Thu, 11-9 Fri-Sat. D, MC, V, ATM/debit. $

Manhattan Bistro and Bagel

123 Saratoga Road, Scotia, 399-3887. Twenty-two varieties of bagels, plus soups, sandwiches and a grill menu. Also serving pastries and gourmet coffee. Breakfast available all day. Serving 6 AM-4 PM Mon-Fri, 6-3:30 PM Sat, 7 AM-2:30 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Martel’s at the Capital Hills Golf Course

65 O’Neil Road, Albany, 489-0466. Nightly specials and pizzas augment a light dinner menu featuring burgers, finger foods, salads and sandwiches. Also try the Italian specialties. Full bar, catering, takeout available. Lunch and dinner daily, with breakfast on Sundays; open 10 AM Mon-Tue, 9 AM Wed-Fri, 8 AM Sat-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Mezzaluna Café & Bistro

1 4th St., Troy, 687-0006. Serves Starbucks coffee, plus espresso, cappuccino and blended drinks. Baked goods, soups, sandwiches (breakfast and lunch). Located inside Franklin Square Inn and Suites. Beer and wine, Wi-Fi. Takeout available. 6 AM-9 PM Mon-Sat, 6 AM-1 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Mild Wally’s

189A Quail St., Albany, 433-1898. mildwallys.com. A wide array of appetizers, hot and cold subs, wings, pizza, pasta dinners and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Wally’s has pickup or delivery into the wee hours. Catering available. Serving 4-10 Mon, 11-10 Tue-Wed, 11 AM-1 AM Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat, 11 AM-midnight Sun. Phone orders (delivery) available until 30 minutes before close. AE, D, MC, V, UAlbany and Saint Rose cards. $

MOD Gourmet Café

395 Main St., Catskill, 943-0420. When you want your breakfast a little fancier, your lunch a little healthier, enjoy a menu of capacious salads, creative sandwiches and the best buttermilk pancakes you could hope to douse with real maple syrup. Serving breakfast Mon-Fri 8-10:45, lunch Mon-Fri 10:45-3. AE, MC, V. $.

Mrs. London’s

464 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-1652 ext. 303, mrslondons.com. Featuring exquisite homemade pastries, desserts, sandwiches, soups and salads, espresso and other hot drinks. Takeout available. Open 7 AM-6 PM Tue-Sun. AE, MC, V, local personal checks. $

Park 19 Cookies

PO Box 5343, Clifton Park, 542-2477, park19cookies.com. Park 19 Cookies is a bakery specializing in unique gourmet cookies. Everything is made from scratch using premium natural ingredients such as Madagascar vanilla beans and European chocolate. Some flavors include Cinnamon Bun Cookie and Red Velvet Cookie. Offering gift boxes, cookie platters, and favors for special events. AE, D, MC, V. $$$

Peaches Café

Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 482-3677. Full lunch menu, breakfast all day with fare such as Belgian waffles and specialty omelets, and dinner specials nightly. Takeout available. Serving 8 AM-9:30 PM Mon-Thu, 8 AM-10 PM, Fri-Sat, 8 AM-7:30 PM Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Peter Pause

535 Nott St., Schenectady, 382-9278, peterpause.com. The Monday through Friday specials, in order, are spaghetti with mushrooms, ravioli with meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana and baked fish and linguini with clam sauce. Get there early to get a table, and earlier still to start your day with one of the breakfast specials, including French toast with homemade bread. Catering available. Serving 6 AM-2 PM Mon-Fri. Cash only, ATM available. $

Putnam Market

435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-3663, putnammarket.com. A gourmet marketplace with a deli and bakery, serving sandwiches, prepared foods, soups and salads to eat in or take out. Some of the sandwich specials include the High Rock (in-house roasted turkey with cheddar and cranberry mayo), the Putnam Street (smoked turkey with Brie and honey mustard) and the Karista (fresh mozzarella with roasted red peppers and pesto mayo). Catering available. Open 9-7 Mon-Sat, 10-5 Sun. AE, MC, V, local checks. $

Scratch Bakery Cafe

452 Madison Ave., Albany, 465-CAFE (2233), scratchbakerycafe.com. Enjoy freshly made sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads and creative baked goods as well as gluten-free and vegan options in this cozy café a stone’s throw from Washington Park. Coffee and espresso drinks also available. Takeout available. Off-premises catering. Serving 7-7 Mon-Fri, 7-5 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, ATM, debit, personal checks. $

Slick’s Restaurant

127 S. Ferry St., Schenectady, 370-0026. Roast beef, turkey, corned beef, tuna, and ham-and-cheese sandwiches are featured, along with a soup of the day. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 Mon-Sat, noon-11 Sun. MC, V. $

Soho Wraps and Salads

11 S. Pearl St., Albany, 689-0785, sohowraps.com. Made-to-order subs, wraps, and salads. Vegetarian specialties available, as well as chicken, beef, tuna, and pork. Dine in or take out. Off-premises catering available. Serving 8-2:30 Mon-Fri. AE, MC, V. $

The Tollgate

1569 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-9824. Locally famous for the wide selection of homemade ice creams, they also serve up burgers, sandwiches, onion rings and the like, as well as daily lunch and dinner specials. No alcohol. Takeout available. Serving 11-9 daily, call for summer hours. AE, D, MC, V. $

The Whistling Kettle

24 Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664, thewhistlingkettle.com. Upscale tea lounge with more than nine types of coffee and 100 varieties of premium loose-leaf tea. Light fare including cakes, scones, panini and tea sandwiches, crepes, soups and salads. Also offering beer and wine, fireplace and a comfortable atmosphere. Bulk teas available. Serving 11-6 daily. Open until 8 PM every Friday, until 9 PM for every 1st Friday event. AE, D, MC, V. $$.

Yellow Rock Café at Indian Ladder Farms

342 Altamont-Voorheesville Road, Altamont, 765-2956, indianladderfarms.com. Featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees made with fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and cheeses produced on local farms, plus locally raised all-natural meats. For dessert, try the mixed-berry shortcake, homemade pies or the cider-doughnut sundae topped with homemade whipped cream. Indian Ladder’s own apple cider and hot mulled cider, and chai lattes complete the menu. On-premises catering. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri, brunch and lunch 9-3 Sat-Sun. D, MC, V, personal checks. $

 

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