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LIGHT FARE

Adirondack Bagel Café
242 Quaker Road, Queensbury, 743-0920. Offering a selection of 16 kinds of cream cheese, as well as bagels, omelettes, soups, subs, sandwiches and salads, all made fresh daily. Full catering menu. Serving 6-5 Mon-Fri, 6-4 Sat-Sun. Personal checks, cash. $

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Ambition
154 Jay St., Schenectady, 382-9277. Offering light fare with a gourmet flair. Specialty sandwiches, cappuccino, latte, espresso, full bar, and homemade desserts. Serving 7-6 Mon-Wed, Fri; 7 AM-9 PM Thu; 10-5 Sat. Open until 8 PM on nights when there is a live performance at Proctor’s Theatre. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V. $

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Bailey’s
Phila and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. This is two places in one, with the smoke-free café inside serving soups, salads and sandwiches, and a patio bar and grill serving grilled items such as barbecue chicken, burgers, lobster rolls and now offering grilled panini sandwiches. Relax in an Adirondack chair while toasting s’mores at your table. Full bar, on-premises catering, banquet facilities and takeout available. Serving 11 AM- midnight Mon-Sat, 10-midnight Sun; closed Tue. Bar open later. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Betty’s Pizza Shack
26 Housatonic St., Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-8171. This brightly colored, high-energy restaurant serves an amazing array of pizzas, salads and hot oven grinders. Buckets of beer and a nice selection of wine provide the mostly local clientele with a fun getaway right in the heart of Lenox. Beer and wine; takeout and delivery available. Serving 11:30-11:30 daily. MC, V. $$

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Bread Basket
65 Spring St., Saratoga Springs, 587-4233. Great homemade breads, quiche, soups, scones, pastries, specialty cakes and other luscious treats are available at this small eatery. Open 6-6 Tue-Fri, 6 AM-4 PM Sat-Sun. Closed Mon. Cash and personal checks. $

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Crazy Crab
Van Schaick Island Marina, 50 Delaware Ave., Cohoes, 235-4846. Lots of good pub grub, such as burgers, wings, sandwiches and the like, in addition to daily lunch and dinner specials. Full bar, takeout available. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 11-2 AM Fri-Sat, 11-midnight Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

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D’Andrea’s
33 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. Pizza, focaccia sandwiches, fried foods, “grubs” (grinder-subs), stuffed breads. Takeout only; free local delivery. Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon, Wed-Thu, 11 AM-3 AM Fri-Sat, 11-10 Sun. Closed Tue. D, MC, V, checks. $

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Debbie’s Kitchen
456 Madison Ave., Albany, 463-3829. The downtown Albany hot spot for soups, creatively constructed sandwiches and totally killer desserts. Chef Debbie Klauber and company weave a touch of color and crunch into the ordinary, as in their smoked turkey breast sandwich with garlic mayo, sliced pears, sunflower seeds, roasted onions and cheddar cheese. Vegetarian combos are always available, as are fresh salads and a wide variety of ever-changing baked goods. Don’t leave without tasting one of Debbie’s brownies. Serving 10-9 Mon-Fri, 11-6 Sat. Closed Sun. MC, V. $

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Fo’ Castle Farm Country Store and Coffee Shop
166 Kingsley Road, Burnt Hills, 399-8322. This establishment offers gourmet grilled and cold sandwiches and salad platters along with chicken and biscuits, meat loaf and mashed potatoes, French dip and gourmet burgers. Homemade soups, pies and desserts also available. On/off-premises catering, takeout available. Open 8-4 daily. D, MC, V. $

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Francesca’s
Broadway and Fifth Street, Troy, 272-3726. Serving soups, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Daily specials and desserts. On/off-premises catering; takeout and delivery available. Serving 7:30-3 Mon-Fri. Cash only. $

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Good Food Company
Albany Public Library Food Court, 161 Washington Ave., Albany, 427-0423. The Company puts a gourmet spin on fast food with its wide array of soups and sandwiches that taste nothing like mass production. Try the Atlantic seafood, and look for tasty sandwich specials. Also featuring homemade baked goods. Serving 9:30-8 Mon-Thu, 9:30-5 Fri, 9:30-4 Sat. Closed Sunday. AE, MC, V. $

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Hungry Spot Café
Collamer Building, 480 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 584-9060. Boasting great homemade soups, fresh rotisserie turkey and daily lunch specials. Also featuring a vegetarian menu. Takeout, free delivery and off-premises catering available. Serving 7 AM-3 PM Mon-Fri. AE, DC, MC, V, personal checks. $

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Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road, Altamont, 765-2956. An apple orchard with a country store, featuring a café and bakery, located beneath the scenic limestone cliffs of the Helderberg escarpment. Cider, apples and apple products are the specialty. Lunch fare includes hearty gourmet sandwiches, soups, fresh salads and desserts from the bakery. Specials of the day range from light pasta dishes to hearty country fare. Serving 11-2 Wed-Fri, 10-3 Sat-Sun; store open 10-6 daily. D, MC, V. $

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Kelsey’s
State and Lodge streets (at the Crowne Plaza), Albany, 462-6611. The light fare/pub menu features sandwiches, burgers, chicken tenders and other munchies in a comfortable atmosphere. Full bar. Serving 11:30 AM-1 AM Mon-Fri, noon-1 AM Sat-Sun. Bar open till 2 AM every night. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

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Manhattan Bagel Co.
121 Old Route 146, Clifton Park, 371-6444. Twenty-two varieties of bagels, plus soups, sandwiches and a grill menu. Also serving gourmet coffee. Serving 6 AM-5 PM Mon-Fri, 6-4 Sat, 6-2 Sun. AE, MC, V. $

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Martel’s at the New Course at Albany
65 O’Neill Road, Albany, 489-0466. Nightly specials and pizzas augment a light dinner menu featuring burgers, finger foods, salads and sandwiches. Full bar, catering. Takeout available. Serving 11-9 Mon-Thu, 11-11 Fri, 8 AM-10 PM Sat, 8 AM-9 PM Sun. AE, MC, V. $

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Mild Wally’s
189A Quail St., Albany, 433-1898. A wide array of appetizers, hot and cold subs, wings, pizza, pasta dinners and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Wally’s has party food for pickup or delivery into the wee hours. Serving 4-midnight Mon, 11 AM-1 AM Tue-Wed, 11 AM-2 AM Thu, 11 AM-3 AM Fri-Sat, noon-1 AM Sun. Phone orders (delivery) available until half-hour before close. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Mrs. London’s
464 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 581-1834. Featuring exquisite homemade pastries, desserts, sandwiches, soups and salads, espresso and other hot drinks. Takeout available. Serving 7-6 Tue-Sun, closed Mon. AE, MC, V, personal checks. $

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Panera Bread Co.
Crossgates Commons, 161 Washington Ave, Albany, 862-9281. Grab a quick lunch or a breakfast muffin or take advantage of the comfortable surroundings and dally for a snack or extended meal. Just-baked bread and pastries and free refills on iced tea. Serving Mon-Thu 6:30 AM-9 PM, Fri-Sat 6:30-10, Sun 7:30-7:30. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

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The Pantry
577 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 438-7073. Deli sandwiches with fresh pasta specials; homemade soups and some Mexican items. Takeout, delivery and catering available. Serving 7 AM-3 PM Mon-Fri. Closed Sat-Sun. Cash and checks only. $

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Peaches Café
Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 482-3677. Full lunch and dinner menu includes new appetizers and pastas. Breakfast all day, every day, with fare such as Belgian waffles and specialty omelettes. Takeout available. Serving 8 AM-9:30 PM Mon-Thu, 8 AM-9 PM; dessert until 11 PM Fri-Sat, 8-7:30 Sun. AE, CB, D, DC, MC, V. $

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Pie in the Sky
314 Central Ave., Albany, 463-7355. Enjoy deli sandwiches, daily lunch specials, homemade soups and baked goods. Salad bar and breakfast. Cakes made to order. On/off-premises catering. Takeout available. Serving 7:30 AM-3 PM Mon-Fri. Cash and checks only. $

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Pizza Baron
315 Central Ave., Albany, 462-2222. Pizzas any way you like, but if you’re into something different, try the Baron Babies, soft garlic-butter breadsticks, or the jumbo baked (not deep-fried) wings. Eat in or take out; free delivery available ($6 minimum). Serving 11 AM-midnight Mon-Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat, noon-midnight Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

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Pizza Baron
Delaware Plaza, Delmar, 439-2222. Same food as other location, with the exception of their traditional buffalo-style, deep-fried wings (the wings are baked at the other locations). Serving 11-10 Mon-Tue, 11-11 Wed-Thu, 11 AM-midnight Fri-Sat, noon-10 Sun. Cash or checks only. $

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Putnam Market
435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-FOOD (3663). A gourmet marketplace with a deli and bakery, serving sandwiches, prepared foods, soups and salads to eat in or take out. Some of the sandwich specials include the High Rock (roast turkey with cheddar and cranberry mayo), the Putnam Street (smoked turkey with Brie and honey mustard) and the Karista (fresh mozzarella with roasted red peppers and pesto mayo). Off-premises catering. Serving 9 AM-7 PM Mon-Sat, 10-6 Sun. AE, MC, V. $

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Slick’s Restaurant
127 S. Ferry St., Schenectady, 370-0026. Roast beef, turkey, corned beef, tuna, and ham and cheese sandwiches are featured, along with a soup of the day. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11-11 daily. MC, V. $

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Smith’s Tavern
112 Maple Ave. (Route 85A), Voorheesville, 765-4163. Open since 1945. Serving sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and award-winning pizza with homemade dough and sauce. More than 40 types of beer and microbrews. Serving 3-9 Sun, Tue, 11-10 Wed-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. Closed Mon. Cash and checks only. $

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The Toll Gate
1569 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands, 439-9824. Locally famous for the wide selection of homemade ice creams, they also serve up burgers, sandwiches, onion rings and the like, as well as daily lunch and dinner specials. No alcohol or smoking. Takeout available. Serving 11-9 Sun-Thu, 11-10 Fri-Sat. Cash only. $

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