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Baba Louie’s

517 Warren St., Hudson, 751-2155; 286 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-8100; 34 Depot St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 499-2400; babalouiespizza.com. Wood-fired sourdough pizza crust using organic wheat and spelt berries freshly stone-ground at Berkshire Mountain Bakery, with a wide variety of specialty toppings. Also soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches and Panini. Beer and wine at Hudson and Pittsfield locations. Eat in or take out. Banquet space available in Pittsfield. Hudson serving lunch 11:30-3, dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thurs, 5-10 Fri-Sat, closed Wednesday. Great Barrington open everyday, lunch 11:30-3, dinner 5-9:30 Sun-Thurs, 5-10 Fri-Sat. Pittsfield serving lunch 11:30-3, dinner 5-9:30, 5-10 Fri-Sat, closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $$


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 11:30-9:15 Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat. Checks, cash. $$

The 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 (closing at 5PM Jan-May), 7-4 PM Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $

Café Deli-icious

413 River St., Troy, 271-8787, cafetroy.com. Casual, colorful breakfast-and-lunch joint featuring a wide variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, pastries, homemade chocolate treats, and season specials. Full coffee bar. Takeout, delivery, off-premises catering and party platters. Gift baskets available. Serving 9 AM-3 PM Mon-Fri; catering available on weekends AE, D, MC, V. $

Crisan Bakery and Edible Art Gallery

197 Lark St., Albany, 445-2727, crisanbakery.com. Old-world pastries that earn the appellation of edible art, including tarts and cakes, strudel and croissant, arrayed in a toothsome display. Also gelato, espresso and cappuccino. Takeout available. Open 10-8 Sun, Tue-Thu; 10-9:30 Fri-Sat. Closed Monday. AE, D, MC, V. $


33 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. 2010 Saratoga Today Local’s Choice Award for Best Pizza. Pizzas, focaccia sandwiches, fried foods, “grubs” (grinder-subs), stuffed breads and more. Dine in, take out; free local delivery. Online ordering available. Serving 10 AM-12 AM Sun-Thu, 10 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, 11-4 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. $.


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


50 N. Pearl St., Albany, 514-2055, eatgreenhouse.com. Downtown eatery featuring fresh salads and wraps in countless creative combinations. Catering, takeout, online ordering. Serving 9-4 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 Mon-Sat, 10-6 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 7-3  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. Serving 7-5 Mon-Fri, Sat-Sun 9-3. $

Manhattan Bistro and Bagel

123 Saratoga Road, Scotia, 399-3887. Bagels in 22 varieties, plus soups, sandwiches and grill menu. Also serving pastries and gourmet coffee. Breakfast available all day. Serving 6-4 Mon-Fri, 6-3:30 Sat, 7-2:30 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 Saturdays and Sundays; open 10 Mon-Tue, 9 Wed-Fri, 8 Sat-Sun. Open late on Fri and Sat. AE, 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, noon-midnight Sun. Phone orders (delivery) available until 30 minutes before close. AE, D, MC, V, UAlbany and Saint Rose cards. $

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. Serving 7-6 Tue-Thu, Sun, 7 AM-9 PM Fri-Sat, closed Mon. AE, MC, V, local personal checks. $

Peaches Café

Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 482-3677. Full lunch menu, breakfast all day specializing in Belgian waffles and omelets. Dinner specials nightly, takeout available. Serving 8 AM-9 PM daily. 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. 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. $

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 open until 12 AM. 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 wraps and salads. Vegetarian specialties available, as well as chicken, beef, tuna, and pork. Dine in or take out. Off-premises catering available. Serving 8-3 Mon-Fri. AE, MC, V. $

The Tollgate Ice Cream and Coffee Shop

1569 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-9824. Famous locally 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, summer hours 11-10. 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. Café menu 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 Sat-Wed. 11-7 Thu and Fri. 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 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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