Monday, April 16, 2012

No More Waiting

I always make sure to hit up PJ's Bar-B-Q during its open seasonal months, but now the wait to enjoy it the whole year round is almost over. Construction is almost wrapped up in preparation for the new, improved and insulated PJ's Bar-B-QSA. We will soon be able to enjoy it all year. As you can see from my June post I've been waiting for this. For more details check out this article in The Troy Record.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Location Means Nothing When There's Good Food

I remember a few years back when I heard a restaurant had opened in a small strip mall in North Greenbush right on Route 4.  I thought that's a tough place for a restaurant.  Luckily, a friend insisted that I go try it out and I'm still grateful for that advice.  Garlic Lovers Corner is a quaint Mediterranean restaurant with amazing food.  It used to be a best kept secret, but that secret is out of the bag.
If you go there on a Friday or Saturday night, you had better make a reservation because it gets packed.  Garlic Lovers has a fierce following and has created some truly unique dishes, I used to get the flat-iron steak with blue cheese and was sad when they moved it off the menu.  Recently I have found a new favorite, the seafood fri-diablo.  We stopped in recently and I wanted to try something new, with memories of my former favorite, I almost went with the ribeye but then the chicken dijon caught my eye.  Fried chicken layered with mozzarella cheese, spinach, tomatoes and a dijon sauce over garlic mashed potatoes.   I was very happy that I decided to try something new.  It was an amazing dish and, as always, Garlic Lovers is not skimpy on their portions so I decided to not over do it and I saved some for lunch the next day.   

Average Joe learned an important lesson years ago, in the restaurant business location means very little when the food is so good that it will keep you coming back and back and back.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Ultimate Meat Lover's Pizza

Hot dogs, pizza, I love both. But, do I love them together? Thanks (or possibly no thanks) to Pizza Hut, I will soon be able to find out. Unfortunately I will have to pack my suitcase and hop on a flight to Great Britain to try the newest invention by Pizza Hut: Hot Dog Stuffed Crust. I would be lying if I didn’t admit my hesitation, but keep in mind I am the same guy who recently tried a Doritos shell taco at Taco Bell. 

What unique food combination do you want to see next? 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Getting My Ducks in a Row

Earlier this week I decided to go duck hunting, and this is what I came back with. A nice crispy duck breast from the Albany Pump Station. Normally I go for the sirloin, but for some reason I decided to be the odd duck, and it definitely was worth it. This was only the second time I've encountered the web footed friend on a plate, he was delicious. I accompanied my duck with the award winning Pump Station Pale Ale.

In the spirit of Easter, if you're looking for something to do after you're done egg hunting, the Albany Pump Station is having an Easter Dinner Buffet. The buffet is $18 for adults and $10 for kids aged 10 and under.