Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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


• LIke virtually all burger chains, Burger King began by slinging hamburgers, then over the years began adding fish and chicken items. But, for some reason, not hot dogs, that iconically American treat. Beginning this week, Burger King is remedying that oversight. It is offering all-beef Grilled Dogs at its more than 7,000 domestic locations, with a nationwide rollout expected to be completed by February 23. Nothing exotic about the new offering -- the classic version will be topped with ketchup, mustard, chopped onions, and relish, served in a bun; the chili cheese version will be topped with chili and shredded Cheddar cheese, served on a bun. Prices will vary by location, but the recommended price is $1.99 for the classic and $2.29 for the chilidog. In a weird bit of hyperbole about finally selling something that has been part of the basic American eating scene for generations, BK North America President Alex Macedo, said in a press release. “We’re applying over 60 years of flame-grilling expertise with the Whopper sandwich to make Grilled Dogs the next great American icon.”


• John and Katrina Isopo on Tuesday opened their third restaurant, Anna's Wood Fired Pizza Co., at the Galleria 7 Market on Route 7 in Latham. It is the latest food spot to open in the former bowling center. In the early 1060s, Katrina founded the bake shop Villa Italia in Rotterdam, later sold to the Mallozzi family. She and her family also founded Home Style Pizza on Van Antwerp Road, then sold that and opened a Home Style on Schenectady's Upper Union Street. John and Katrina also own own Mario's Restaurant in Niakayina and Prima Pizza in Schenectady. Mario's presently is closed for renovations.

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