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How's The Weathervane in Saratoga Springs?

EllieLA Apr 5, 2008 08:45 PM

Hi all,

Passed by this place today. Looked cute and made me wanna go have some great seafood.

Is this the place to go for that?


  1. PSZaas Apr 6, 2008 05:24 AM

    Not terrible for fried seafood, little steamed lobsters, stuff like that. Prices are reasonable. It's a small chain, out of Gloucester, Mass., I think.

    Weathervane Seafood Restaurant
    3866 S Broadway St, Saratoga Springs, NY

    1. jaylhorner Apr 6, 2008 07:14 AM


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        gerchak Apr 7, 2008 07:02 AM

        The Weathervane is a chain out of southern Maine. It is mediocre at best. Worst salad bar I've seen anywhere. Good fried fish.

        1. jspear Apr 7, 2008 07:09 AM

          Yuck, worse than Dead Lobster. I would avoid it at all costs.

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          1. re: jspear
            jaylhorner Apr 7, 2008 07:30 AM


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            Professor Saratoga Apr 8, 2008 11:02 AM

            Weathervane: Plastic forks a nice touch for an "eat-in" restaurant.

            Best seafood around Saratoga area (excluding fine dining places) is KDs FishFry on Geyser Road - the road that ends/begins on Route 50 at the back entrance of the Spa Park (State Park) ...about 5 minutes away in a not-exciting shopping center. Ambiance inside is nicer than strip mall look (next to Puppy Love - my dog prefers KD's fish to the grooming at Puppy Love, which is always voted #1 in Saratogian). A few booths with fish-shanty deco...but we 90% takeout or summer outside at the one wooden picnic table

            Very fresh, fast fried - scallops are sensational, fish fry (I get without buns) big, tasty, terrific......prefer the chili sauce on the side.

            Have not found a reason to go beyond the scallops and the fish..quality fish, carefully prepared by owner - even though it is a "fish fry" place. Kids might like mini-hot dogs...dog just loves the milk shakes...so does my partner.

            Homemade desserts might attract others ...I just focus on the fish.

            Fast service, small lines - in the summer others prefer the dreadful fish at the Miniature Golf and awful fast food place maybe 2 minutes further on the road.

            Also a center for gluten-free food information (not my concern, but it reflects a real interest in food, eating, enjoying)

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            1. re: Professor Saratoga
              jspear Apr 9, 2008 09:41 AM

              Do they have a gluten free menu? I have a friend doing GF and would love to surprise him.....

              1. re: jspear
                Professor Saratoga Apr 15, 2008 02:29 PM

                You saw the note from EllieLA ..

                KDs also has peanut-free breadings for the fish - if requested.

                I did not know they had a website - Ellie - thanks

              2. re: Professor Saratoga
                EllieLA Apr 9, 2008 11:33 AM

                Thanks everyone!

                Weathervane, no.
                KD's FishFry, yes!

                Sounds great Prof S. I'll let you know what I think when I go.

                Yes, JSpear. The main page on the website says they use no trans fat oil and have gluten free breading available, too. I have a friend here with celiac who will love knowing this too.

                1. re: EllieLA
                  EllieLA Oct 2, 2008 06:22 AM

                  I did go to KD's a while back. It was fabulous. No frills and excellent fresh fish.

                  Also wanted to add that The Weathervane just closed.
                  Here's why: http://blogs.timesunion.com/saratogas...

              3. jaylhorner Oct 3, 2008 05:02 AM


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                  trakman Oct 5, 2008 07:35 PM

                  Closed as of two days ago. Weathervane decided to bag the two restaurants in our area: Saratoga, and Rutland, VT. They were the farthest delivery points for their seafood deliveries from Maine, and the business didnt warrant the cost of trucking the stuff from Maine.

                  Still open in New England.

                  1. jspear Oct 7, 2008 08:04 AM


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