Two lunch excursions this week offered up the best and not so best of what Downtown Troy has to offer the lunchtime crowd.
First the Good: B-Rad’s Bistro and Catering, at 1809 5th Street in Troy is great food at a great price. Tasty, innovative entrees and sandwiches, daily specials, interesting and definitely-not-from-a-can soups provide a range of options to meet any level of hunger and bankroll. Take out or eat in. The service is fast, efficient and best of all, personal and friendly. Check them out. Tell them Average Joe sent you.
No such referral for Bruegger’s Bagels at 55 Congress Street, across from Sage Colleges…more like a warning. I have nothing against chains, and at lunchtime, Bruegger’s fare is ok in a pinch. But the staff…well, they make me wanna heave and leave. It’s not just that they come off as uninterested in what they do, or that they seem incapable of making eye contact, or that they often shove your change at you like they are practiced with a shiv. It is that they seem to actively dislike you for making them work. Whatever the case, I shall refrain from doing so from now on.