Monday, January 18, 2016

Today's ride on the Capital Region Foodie-Go-Round


• In Japanese, "ichiban" means No. 1. In the case of local dining spots, it more properly means three. The restaurants by that name in Albany (338 Central Avenue) and Guilderland (1652 Western Avenue) will be joined by a third location for the owners, in the former Arlington House building in West Sand Lake. The difference is that it will be called The Sushi House: Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar. The 3532 Route 43 venue has been vacant since the Arlington House ended a lengthy run a little over a year ago.


• The Schenectady restaurant Marotta’s Bar-Risto closed after service on Sunday for what owner Chris Marotta says is a renovation/relaunching project expected to last four to six weeks. Although Marotta has made no mention of the move on either the business's Facebook page or website, he apparently "passed a message along to me through a staff member," writes Times Union blogger Steve Barnes. The four-year-old restaurant is located at 611 Union Street. Phone: 377-5150.


Menu additions at chains operating in the greater Capital Region.

• KFC -- The chain today rolled out at all 4,300 restaurants its Nashville Hot Chicken (chicken marinated in pickle juice, breaded, and deep fried, glazed with sauce spiked with cayenne and paprika, served with the traditional pickles, cole slaw, and a biscuit and coleslaw; available as a bone-in breast basket or three-piece tenders basket, $5.49).

• Red Robin Gourmet Burgers -- The Wedgie Burger (a beef patty topped with bacon, guacamole, tomato and red onion, served inside a lettuce wedge instead of a bun, $10.49). Available through February 7.

• Burger King -- Flame Grilled Chicken Burger (grilled chicken burger patty topped with tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles and white onion slices on a toasted brioche-style bun, suggested $3.79).

P.F. Chang's China Bistro -- (All on the "Delightful Dishes" menu; prices may vary by location). Hong Kong Style Sea Bass (wild-caught 8-ounce Chilean sea bass steamed and seasoned with ginger and served over Asian mushroom medley, asparagus and grape tomatoes with ginger-coriander broth, under 600 calories, $26.95), Vegetable Lo Mein, pictured (stir-fried egg noodles tossed with soy sauce, julienne carrots, mushrooms, snow peas and cabbage, under 600 calories, $10.50), Ginger Chicken with Broccoli (sliced chicken breast wok-tossed with ginger and green onion, served with steamed broccoli, under 600 calories, $14.95), Shrimp with Lobster Sauce (shrimp tossed with lobster sauce, chopped black beans, peas, scallions, mushrooms, water chestnuts and egg, under 600 calories, $16.95).

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