Friday, January 29, 2016

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


• Dinner and a movie at one venue are coming back to Glens Falls. Heather and Nancy O’Neill, who operate food trucks and a deli at the French Mountain Commons outlet shops, have opened 190 Grille & Cinema in the street level of the historic B.B. Fowler Building at 190 Glen Street. That's where Aimie’s Dinner & Movie operated until it closed last August. The new venture offers pub and comfort foods for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. daily. Its two theaters, with table and booth seating for dining, are due to open in the coming weeks. The O’Neill family just closed its Old Post Grille.


• Rob Lagonia, town supervisor of Austerlitz, Columbia County, is branching out. The owner of Lagonia's Pizza & Cafe plans to open a second location, taking over a former Papa John's venue at Albany Shaker and Everett roads in Colonie. The spot has been vacant since 2013 when a half-dozen Papa John's franchises in the area abruptly went out of business. The original Lagonia's is located at 2 Dardess Drive in Chatham. Hours: noon to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Phone: 392-7744.


• Quick, where is the best Mexican restaurant in the United States? A hint: It is not in Texas, California, New Mexico, or Arizona. Just head due south from the Capital Region and you'll find it -- in Manhattan. For the second consecutive year, The Daily Meal has named Cosme No. 1 on its list of "America's 50 Best Mexican Restaurants."? Cosme, located at 35 East 21st Street in the Flatiron District, was opened late in 2014 by Mexico City chef-restaurateur Enrique Olvera. Says The Daily Meal, a company that deals with all things food and drink, "This warm but sparsely furnished hotspot is nobody's idea of a 'Mexican restaurant.' There are no concessions to Yankee expectations. Words like tostada, aguachile, and barbacoa do appear on the menu, but they don't connect with food that looks like what they suggest." You can see the full list of 50, complete with descriptions and website links, by clicking here.


The McGriddle
• McDonald's, encouraged by the success of its recently-introduced breakfast-all-day concept, is planning to test an expanded menu in the Tulsa, OK, market. The new additions, taken from its regular menu but now available all day, are biscuit sandwiches and the McGriddle sandwich. While simply making some current menu items available all day rather than just in the afternoon and evening sounds like a simple move, it isn't. A CNBC report explains it this way: "The addition of McGriddles and biscuits in the afternoon could prove to be too much of a strain, especially at a time when McDonald's has said it's trying to simplify operations to improve order accuracy and speed. The syrupy pancake buns for McGriddles and biscuits would need to be warmed up in ovens, which are also used to heat up apple pies, cookies and mozzarella sticks during lunch hours, said LeAnn Richards, a McDonald's franchisee who led a task force on all-day breakfast. McGriddles and biscuit sandwiches are also made with a frozen egg patty, instead of the cracked egg used in McMuffins. That means franchisees -- who already had to buy new equipment to offer all-day breakfast -- would need to further juggle grill and oven space for an expanded menu." Thus, the testing period of several months to ascertain whether it is a good idea.

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