Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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


• Here's the latest entry in the "value wars" in the fast-food universe: Burger King today announced its latest promotion effort: "5 for $4" that will enable customers to purchase five items -- a bacon cheeseburger, small French fries, four-piece chicken nuggets, a small drink, and a chocolate chip cookie -- for $4. That comes on the heels of similar promotions by its main competition. A few recent examples: McDonald’s came up with the "McPick" 2 for $2 menu; Pizza Hut added a "$5 Flavor Menu";  Wendy’s offered a "4-for-$4" deal. Burger King's new offering lowers the $1 average price for those other deals by 20 cents per item.


• A local Moe's Southwest Grill venue has come up with quite an offer. The first 50 people through the door beginning at 11 a.m. this Thursday will get free burritos -- for a year! The offer is to publicize the new location in the Glenmont Plaza on Feura Bush Road. The franchise owner is Jonathan Trager who now has 13 Moe's locations in the state.


• The state Office of General Services is making an effort to come up with more food options in the bleak area of the Concourse at the Empire State Plaza where food service is offered. Although no specific date has been released, OGS says a Mazzone Pbd Kitchen (the initials stand for Mazzone Hospitality's Prime Business Dining division) soon will open in the Concourse, which currently is dotted with vacant spaces. OGS says it will put out requests for other potential eateries to go with the two Au Bon Pain and two McDonald's spots already on the main court. There also is Pho Yum Vietnamese and an Honest Weight counter in the cafeteria area, along with stacks of cardboard boxes and other detritus.


• Brothers Ayhan and Tony Celik didn't go far to establish their second restaurant. They recently opened the doors to Extra Napkin Burger-Grill-Salad at 159 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, next to their Tony's Mercato's Pizzeria. Their new venture is located in  the former Lou-Bea’s pizzeria space. The menu includes build-your-own salads and burgers, sandwiches and wraps, kebabs, Mexican soft drinks, and a juice bar. Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Phone: 475-7575.


• The Kabab Masala restaurant in Clifton Park has greatly expanded its buffet service. What had been available only on weekends now is being offered every day. Prices vary depending in the day and time. The lunch buffet Tuesday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. is $8.99, on Saturday is $10.99, and on Sunday from noon to 2:30 is $12.99. The dinner buffet Tuesday-Friday is $10,00, and on Sunday is $12.99. The a la carte menu also is available every day. The Indian-Pakistani restaurant, opened in 2014 by Sarwat Siddiqui, is located at 1683 Route 9. Phone: 280-3024.

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