Friday, September 12, 2014

Multi-price point Troy Restaurant Week begins Sunday

TROY -- The city's annual Troy Restaurant Week begins Sunday, and it offers a bit more than many similar events.

Rather than all participants offering prix fixe three-course menus at one set price, here there is a variety of promotional prices -- $5, $10, $20 and $30 -- for the event that will run through September 21. That means more opportunities for people who can't afford, or don't want to spend, a higher set amount.

Here's the rundown with participating establishments, according to the sponsoring Downtown Business Improvement District (BID):

$5 Lunch Price Point

The Ale House -- Guinness Float: A pint glass with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and a 10-ounce Guinness poured over it.

Famous Lunch -- Four loaded hot dogs and a soda, $4.50.

The Flying Chicken -- Sandwich or salad option.

The Grocery -- Speck & pesto sandwich or hummus and roasted piquillo peppers with a choice of San Pellegrino or a small bag of chips.

Illium Cafe -- Grilled chicken Caesar wrap with Parmesean, tomatoes, romaine and creamy Caesar dressing.

Muddaddy Flats -- Eggplant Parmesan quesadilla or black bean burger quesadilla.

$10 Price Point

The Ale House -- Double Play Slider: One-house smoked pulled pork with cole slaw, one grass-fed Angus with sharp Vermont cheddar on a toasted brioche bun; Daley Dogs: 2 Helbmold hot dogs topped with creamy mac & cheese, crumbled bacon and tequila chipotle sauce; Caprese Salad: fresh mozzarella marinated in extra virgin olove oil, garlic and herbs with ripe tomato and sweet balsamic reduction over baby arugula.

Beirut Restaurant -- Large mezza platter, includes all of its veggie appetizers.

B-Rads Bistro & Catering -- New England-style lobster roll on a toasted New England roll with kettle chips and a pickle.

The Broadway Cafe -- Lunch Combo Pack: sandwich of the day, chips, cookies and a beverage.

The Flying Chicken -- Fried chicken plate with a side of cinnamon biscuit balls.

Illium Cafe -- Crab cake melt on grilled italian bread, avocado, arugula, tomato, chipolte aioli.

LoPorto's Ristorante Caffe -- Choice of one appetizer and one house red or white wine.

Lucas Confectionery Wine Bar -- Ham or tomato  tartaine plus choice of red, white or sparkling wine.

Muddaddy Flats -- Any quesadilla, chips, cheese, drink and a brookie.

O'Brien's Public House -- Two small plates.

Spill'n the Beans -- Tuscan chicken panini with garlic mayo, fresh mozzarella, roasted red pepper, sauteed arugula on focaccia with a soda; Salad: spring mix, spinach, smoked turkey, cheddar, honey pecan, apples, tomato, cucumber, red onion, croutons; Caprese Burger: fresh handpacked burger, mozzarella cheese, tomato, basil.

$20 Price Point

The Ale House -- Rib & Wing combo: quarter-rack of applewood smoked ribs and six wings served with celery, carrots, blue cheese and cole slaw; Beef Osso Bucco: Shank of grass-feed angus beef slow braised in Guinness Stout with parsnips, turnips and fresh rosemary, atop roasted garlic mashed potatoes with crispy carrot ribbons. Homeade Butternut Squash Ravioli: roasted butternut squash-filled whole wheat ravioli over wilted Swiss chard in a creamy sage butter sauce. All include choice of soup (Manhattan clam chowder or Caribbean black bean chili) or small tossed salad and dessert (chocolate fudge macadamia cake, carrot cake, Guiness float, draft root beer float, chipwich or peach cobbler).

The Greek House -- 3 courses of authentic Greek cuisine.

Infinity Cafe -- Rattlesnake chicken, homeade alfredo sauce with fresh diced jalepeƱos tossed in penne. or a house-smoked sirloin with bacon and smoked bleu cheese; Each meal comes with small tossed salad and dessert.

Jose Malone's -- Choice of soup: chicken white chili, charred tomato, or black bean, all made with local ingredients. Choice of entrees: grilled chicken torta, chicken posole, or sweet potato enchilada. Choice of desserts: apple crisp or jorchata flourless chocolate cake.

$30 Price Point

The Ale House --Lobster Carbonara: Maine lobster, caramelized cauliflower, crisp pancetta, peas, lobster cream, egg and Parmesan tossed with housemade pappardelle; Stuffed Pork Chop Cubano: pan-roasted double thick bone-in-pork loin chop stuffed with smoked ham, dill pickle and gruyere cheese with a chipotle-spiked whole grain mustard cream sauce and roasted garlic mashed potatoes.  All include choice of soup (Manhattan clam chowder or Caribbean black bean chili) or small tossed salad and dessert (Chocolate fudge macadamia cake, carrot cake, Guiness float, draft root beer float, chipwich or peach cobbler).

Bootlegger's on Broadway -- Choose one appetizer from among potato skins, mozzarella sticks or beer fries with queso and cheese. Choose one dinner option from among veal Parmesan, surf-and-turf, bourbon half-chicken. Dessert choice from among Bootlegger's Bananas, strawberry pound cake, or brownie sundae.

Illium Cafe -- 1st course: sliced pear salad on artisan lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, candied macadamia nuts, balsamic vinagrette or soup du Jour. 2nd course: stuffed chicken bruscetta, ricotta- and spinach-stuffed chicken topped with tomato, mashed potato bruschetta, pesto alfredo , or seared salmon over jasmine rice with orange beurre blanc or veggie lasagna. 3rd course: choose from among daily dessert specials.

LoPorto's Ristorante Caffe -- 1st course: tomato and basil bruschetta, imported and domestic cheese plate served with NYC gourmet crackers, New England clam chowder, spinach- and cheese-stuffed ravioli topped with leek cream sauce, or rice flour-breaded shrimp finished with sweet chili dipping sauce; 2nd course: eggplant rollatini, shrimp Gorgonzola, braised bone-in prime pork chop; chicken spinaci; herb-crusted salmon, broccolini and sausage-stuffed ravioli topped with pesto cream sauce, or coulotte steak. 3rd course: Key lime pie, mini chocolate chip canoli, spumoni, peanut butter bistro pie, mini chocolate bundt cake.

FOOTNOTE: As a reader service, I've corrected as many spellings and other errors as I could spot on the original list. However, if you're one of those who appreciate the humor of a  truly poorly-written menu, go here for a fun read.

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