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Oct 31, 2011 07:58 AM

Saratoga Springs November 2-5

We are going to Saratoga Springs Wednesday through Saturday afternoon for a conference. I realize this is probably off season so I do not know how this will affect restaurants being open for business.

Anyway, we are generally not looking for 5 Star formal dining. Our tastes run more toward hole in the wall ethnic joints or fun dive bars. We are into any can't miss local things (like unique sandwiches or hot dog joints like you see on the "diners and dives" TV show).

We like Thai, Vietnamese, (real) mexican, Indian, cajun etc. Basically anything that is not a chain.

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  1. Libraries rock!

    Will you have a car? Price range? There are a couple of restaurants that are only open during Track Season.

    You might want to do a search of this Board. Lots of posts re: Saratoga Springs. A long thread to get you started:

    Not a lot of hole in the wall ethnic joints/dive bars in upscale Saratoga Springs. No Vietnamese, no (real) Mexican. There is Thai and Karavelli (Indian) gets good recs on this Board. The Local might be fun:

    Happy eating!

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      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        Yes, we will have a car. We are staying fairly close to the center of town though not in the Hilton where the conference is.....we muffed it and most places were booked.


        I don't know if it's seasonal but check out PJs BBQ. It's an old fashioned drive up place. The food was fine. We thought it was fun.

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          1. re: debmom

            PJ's is closed for the season.

          2. If you have a car, Miss Albany Diner in Albany.

            S. Springs has a diner, Compton's:


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            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              Miss Albany Diner is a weird recommendation for conference-goers in Saratoga Springs, considering it's only open for breakfast and lunch and is 45 minutes away (and no lunch on Saturday, I think). Compton's is a reliable old-school spot for breakfast, although there are a number of better breakfast places, including Shirley's, Corner Cafe (back to one location, on Church St.), Virgil's, Uncommon Grounds, Mrs. London's, and probably some others. The Local, mentioned elsewhere in this thread, probably serves a good breakfast; Parting Glass has an Irish breakfast that some people like.

              Miss Albany Diner
              893 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207

              Parting Glass
              40 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

              Church St Cafe
              8 Church St, White Plains, NY 10601

              1. re: PSZaas

                PSZaas, OP wanted unique diners, dives, etc.

                Breakfast at MAD might work if conference hounds are skipping a morning session :)

                I've never attended every session at a conference . . .

                1. re: financialdistrictresident

                  I'm very fond of Miss Albany Diner, but I'd never recommend it based on the criteria in the OP.

                  Miss Albany Diner
                  893 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207

            2. Saratoga has 7 or 8 great restaurants, mostly fine dining. What we don't have is the D.D, and D sorts of places. For unique sandwiches, try Sangwych on Putnam one block from Broadway. Great Belgian frites can be had at Ravenous. Passable Korean and Vietnamese at Phila Fusion. Great fish and chips and burgers at "the local."

              1. Another librarian here, that's great. I'm going too and curious to see the responses.