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Big John’s Restaurant

See listing under “Soul Food.”

Buckshots Country Kitchen Bar-B-Q

979 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham, 785-9291. Grilled, fried, boiled, barbecued or baked, the meats here are deftly prepared. Full bar. Takeout available. Serving 11:30-8:30 Sun-Tue, 11-10 Wed-Thu, 11:30-11 Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V, D, DC. $$

Everglades BBQ and Seafood

Saratoga Road, Wilton, 580-9631. Casual, fun atmosphere, serving Florida-style barbecue and seafood. Baby-back ribs, smoked chicken and spare ribs slowly cooked over an open pit. Fresh selections of seafood including salmon and haddock, as well as daily specials. Appetizers include coconut shrimp, fried gator and conch, wings, and homemade key lime pie for dessert. Beer and wine available. Takeout and off-premises catering available with portable smoker-grill wagon. Serving 4-9 PM Wed-Sun. AE, MC, V. $$

Giffy’s Bar-B-Q

1739 Route 9, Clifton Park, 373-9800. Chicken and ribs are the core items here, but you also can get sirloin, swordfish and salads. Lighter fare includes chicken wings and burgers, including a vegetarian bean burger, all served in a bright new building. Eat in or take out. Beer and wine. Serving 11-9 Tue-Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Jr.’s Barbeque

658 Saratoga Road, Burnt Hills, 691-0054. A family-friendly restaurant featuring tender ribs, moist chicken, flavorful catfish, hearty sandwiches, salads and homemade desserts. Beer and wine. On/off-premises catering. Picnic area. Takeout available. Serving 11-10 Sun-Thu, 11-11 Fri-Sat. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $$

PJ’s BAR-B-Q and Catering

Route 9 (South Broadway), Saratoga Springs, 583-CHIK (2445) or 583-RIBS (7427). You smell it before you see it. The huge pits behind the little restaurant are a-smokin’ with racks of chicken and ribs, available in various combos with barbecue beef brisket and pulled pork. Sides include homemade cole slaw, macaroni and potato salad, barbecue beans and corn on the cob. Also serving unique “wick” sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers and old-fashioned custard ice cream. Home of Sarasoda’s PJ’s Loganberry fruit beverages. Free office delivery in the Saratoga Springs area. Serving 11:30 AM-close daily. Cash only. $

Smokey Bones BBQ & Sports Bar

1557 Central Ave., Colonie, 464-9971. This sports bar has tons of TVs, and serves barbecued ribs and standard barbecue fare, such as pulled pork, chicken, beef brisket and sausage, as well as bar-food favorites like wings, nachos and skins. Full bar. Serving 11-11 Sun-Thu, 11-midnight Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

Zeeko’s Charbroil Restaurant

Van Schaick Country Club, 201 Continental Ave., Cohoes, 235-3940. Charbroiled specialties, sirloin tips, chicken, BBQ ribs, pasta, seafood, sandwiches and tossed salad with homemade honey-basil dressing are some of the favorites. Full bar, on/off-premises catering and takeout. Serving 11-9 Tue-Sat, 11-7 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $$


Metroland's Spring/Summer Dining Guide 2003
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