Thursday, February 4, 2016

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


• There's a new Sunday brunch possibility in Albany. But, it comes at the cost of a dinner service that same day. The Capital City Gastropub is dropping its Sunday dinner service in favor of offering brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday. A few menu items: eggs Benedict; a smoked trout board with dressed greens, black pepper creme fraiche, caperberries, lemon, and grilled bread, and several burgers including a smoked mushroom and bean burger and a gastroburger with cheddar, crisp BBQ pork belly, fried egg, house pickles, lettuce, roasted garlic aioli, and a side of fries. The pub is located at 261 New Scotland Avenue. Phone: 360-2073.


• Another year, another dollar. In 2008, the Subway chain introduced its occasional "$5 Footlong" offer that helped it sell a whole lotta sandwiches. The offer resumed today, but now it's a $6 Footlong." The offer will run through the end of this month. The chain’s classic varieties, including the Italian B.M.T., the Subway Club, the Steak & Cheese, and the Chicken & Bacon Ranch Melt all be priced at $6 -- unless you happen to be at a Subway in Hawaii or Alaska. If you are, the offer is not in effect.


Menu additions at chain restaurants operating in the greater Capital Region.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro -- Long Life Noodles & Prawns, pictured (fried garlic prawns with egg noodles and roasted chiles wok-tossed with preserved black beans and scallions, $14.95), Butternut Squash Dumplings (dumplings filled with butternut squash and butter sauce, $7.50), Hong Kong Style Sea Bass (Chilean sea bass steamed and seasoned with ginger, served over an Asian mushroom medley, asparagus and grape tomatoes with ginger-coriander broth, $26.95), Sichuan Chili-Garlic Chicken (lightly fried and thinly sliced chicken breast seasoned in a chile-garlic glaze and topped with red chile peppers, scallions and bean sprouts, $16.50), Mandarin Cake (light orange sponge cake infused with creamy vanilla sauce and topped with mint and orange slices, $6.50), Monkey Mule (celebrating the Year of the Monkey with Monkey Shoulder Whisky mixed with housemade ginger beer and peach syrup, garnished with an orange twist, $10). All items available through February.

Baskin-Robbins -- Flavor of the month: Chocolate Hazelnut ice cream (chocolate ice cream swirled with hazelnuts and covered with chocolate-flavored coating and a hazelnut-cookie fudge ribbon; price varies by size and location).
Go here for the Capital Region Food & Drink Events Calendar.

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