Thursday, 14 February 2019 13:59

A Chance to Dine Across Saratoga County

By Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce | Business

In my job as President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, I am not allowed to have a favorite restaurant.

With 150+ restaurant members, I have lots of options when dining out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, a beer, or just a snack. 

And since our job at the Chamber is to treat all of our members with equal support and respect, I do my best to not play favorites. 

So instead of a favorite restaurant, what I do have in most cases is a favorite dish at most of the restaurants that I visit when dining out. 

In a few cases, the restaurant owner or their employees can start preparing my order when they see me walk in the door. There is even one local coffee shop, for instance, that calls my order “The Todd.”

I think a lot of people likely have a favorite restaurant and a favorite dish at the ones they patronize the most. We know what we like, and we are after all creatures of habit. 

For me, all of this changes during our Saratoga County Restaurant Week.

That is my chance to try something new. To visit a restaurant I haven’t made it to in a little while. To try a new dish that I’ve never had before. I don’t think I’m alone.

But if you dine out at the same place at the same time on the same night regularly maybe with the same people, I want to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone. Try something new!

Make plans right now to try a new restaurant or to visit one you haven’t patronized in a while.

The 2019 Saratoga County Restaurant Week is Friday, March 22, through Thursday, March 28. The participating restaurants will be offering three-course dinners at either $20 or $30. 

The list of restaurants that have already signed up to participate includes: 2 West Bar and Grille, The Blue Hen, Boca Bistro, Bookmakers at the Holiday Inn, The Brook Tavern, BWP, Carson’s Woodside Tavern, Chez Pierre, Chianti Il Ristorante, The Diamond Club at The Embassy Suites, Dizzy Chicken Wood Fired Rotisserie, Dunning Street Station Bar & Grill, Fish at 30 Lake , Forno Bistro, Gaffney’s on Caroline Street, Hamlet and Ghost Cocktail Bar, Harvey’s Pub, Hattie’s Restaurant, Jacob and Anthony’s American Grille, Kraverie, Lake Ridge Restaurant, The Local Pub and Teahouse, Longfellows Restaurant, Motrons the Steakhouse, Olde Bryan Inn, PJ’s BAR-B-QSA, R&R Kitchen + Bar at 43 Phila, Recovery Sports Grill, Salt & Char, Saratoga Stadium, Solevo Kitchen and Social, Sperry’s, Thirsty Owl Outlet and Wine Garden, Urban Roots Juice+Smoothie+Avocado Bar, Wheatfields Bistro and Wine Bar - Clifton Park, Wheatfields Restaurant, and the Wishing Well Restaurant.

This list will expand. We’re working right now as well to collect and post the menus for each of the participating restaurants. Our goal is to have all of this online by March 1. 

You can keep up-to-date on the participating restaurants and what dinner specials they are offering during that week at I hope to see you out there!

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