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LIGHT FARE

Bailey’s

Phila and Putnam streets, Saratoga Springs, 583-6060. This is two places in one, with the full menu available at both the inside café and the outside patio bar and grill. 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-close daily. AE, D, DC, MC, V. $

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, burritos, quesadillas, 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 available. Serving 11:30-9:30 Sun-Thu, 11:30-10 Fri-Sat. Checks, cash. $$

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. Enjoy sandwiches for lunch. Open 7-6 Tue-Fri, 7-4 Sat-Sun. Closed Mon. AE, D, MC, V, personal checks. $

D’Andrea’s

33 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 584-3632. Pizza, focaccia sandwiches, fried foods, “grubs” (grinder-subs), stuffed breads. Dine in, take out; free local delivery. Serving 11-11 Sun-Wed, 11 AM-4 AM Fri-Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $

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 10-8 Mon-Fri, 11-6 Sat. Closed Sun. MC, V. $

Francesca’s

Broadway and Fifth Avenue, Troy, 272-3726. Serving soups, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Daily specials and desserts. On/off-premises catering; takeout available. Serving 7:30-4:30 Mon-Fri, 8-3 Sat. Closed Sunday. D, MC, V and personal checks. $

Greenhouse

50 N. Pearl St., Albany, 514-2055, eat greenhouse.com. Downtown eatery featuring fresh salads and wraps in countless creative combinations. Catering, takeout. Serving Mon-Fri 9-4. AE, D, MC, V. $

Guido’s Fresh Marketplace

760 S. Main St., Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 528-9255; 1020 South St., Pittsfield, Mass., (413) 442-9912; guidos freshmarketplace.com. Founded more than 25 years ago as a premium produce market, Guido’s today is a complete food market featuring fresh seafood, all-natural meats, artisan cheeses, a bakery and deli, premium packaged foods, and, of course, bountiful fresh produce. Prepared foods to go run the gamut from deli sandwices and fish cakes to ethnic specialties, with many options for vegetarians, vegans and others with special dietary preferences. Takeout and off-premises catering. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit, personal checks. $$

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 7-3 Mon-Fri. AE, MC, V. $

It’s a Wrap

242 Quaker Road, Queensbury, 743-0920. Offering a selection of bagels, cream cheese and coffee, as well as homemade fresh wraps, subs, soups, and salads. Light catering available. Serving 7-6 Mon-Fri, 8-4 Sat-Sun. AE, D, MC, V, Personal checks. $

Java Jazz Café

Main Square Shoppes, 318 Delaware Ave., Delmar, 439-1727, fax: 439-4456, javajazzdelmar.com. Unique assortment of pita wraps and sub sandwiches, soups and salads as well as baked-daily muffins and pastries, gourmet coffees, espressos and teas. Local, organic and seasonal choices including our local organic ice cream. Catering for all occasions is available. Serving 7 AM-9 PM Mon-Fri, 8 AM-3 PM Sat. Closed Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Manhattan Bistro and Bagel

123 Saratoga Road, Scotia, 399-3887. Twenty-two varieties of bagels, plus soups, sandwiches and a grill menu. Also serving pastries and gourmet coffee. Serving 6-4 Mon-Sat, 7-2:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Martel’s at the Capital Hills Golf Course

65 O’Neil Road, Albany, 489-0466. Nightly specials and pizzas augment a light dinner menu featuring burgers, finger foods, salads and sandwiches. Also try the Italian specialties. Full bar, catering, takeout available. Lunch and dinner daily, with breakfast on Sundays; serving 11-9 Mon-Sat, 8-8 Sun. Closed Mondays from November until April. AE, MC, V. $$

Mild Wally’s

189A Quail St., Albany, 433-1898. mildwallys.net. A wide array of appetizers, hot and cold subs, wings, pizza, pasta dinners and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Wally’s has pickup or delivery into the wee hours. Catering available. Serving 4-10 Mon, 11-10 Tue-Wed, 11 AM-1 AM Thu, 11 AM-2 AM Fri-Sat, 11 AM-midnight Sun. Phone orders (delivery) available until 30 minutes before close. AE, D, MC, V, UAlbany and Saint Rose cards. $

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. Open 7 AM-6 PM Sun, Tue-Thu; 7 AM-9 PM Fri-Sat. AE, MC, V, local personal checks. $

Park 19 Cookies

75 N. Main St., Mechanicville, 664-4300, www.park19cookies.com. Park 19 Cookies is a bakery specializing in unique gourmet cookies. Everything is made from scratch using premium natural ingredients such as Madagascar vanilla beans and European chocolate. Some flavors include Cinnamon Bun Cookie and Crème Brule Cookie. Offering gift boxes, cookie platters, and favors for special events. Open 3-7 Mon-Thu, 11-6 Fri, 11-5 Sat. Closed Sunday. AE, D, MC, V. $

Peaches Café

Stuyvesant Plaza, Guilderland, 482-3677. Full lunch menu, breakfast all day with fare such as Belgian waffles and specialty omelets, and two dinner specials nightly (one on Sunday). Takeout available. Serving 8 AM-9:30 PM Mon-Thu, 8 AM-10 PM, Fri-Sat, 8-7:30 Sun. AE, D, MC, V. $

Peter Pause

535 Nott St., Schenectady, 382-9278, peterpause.com. The Mon-Fri specials, in order, are spaghetti with mushrooms, ravioli with meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, chicken parmigiana and linguini with clam sauce. Get there early to get a table, and earlier still to start your day with one of the breakfast specials, including French toast with homemade bread. Catering available. Serving 6-2 Mon-Fri. Cash only. $

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 7:30-3 Mon-Fri. Cash, personal checks. $

Putnam Market

435 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 587-3663. 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 (in-house roasted turkey with cheddar and cranberry mayo), the Putnam Street (smoked turkey with Brie and honey mustard) and the Karista (homemade fresh mozzarella with roasted red peppers and pesto mayo). Catering available. Open 9-7 Mon-Sat, 10-5 Sun. AE, MC, V, local checks. $

Scratch Bakery Cafe

452 Madison Ave., Albany, 465-CAFÉ (2233), scratchbakerycafe.com. Enjoy freshly made sandwiches, paninis and creative baked goods in this cozy café a stone’s throw from Washington Park. Takeout available. Off-premises catering. Serving 7-5 daily. AE, D, MC, V, ATM/debit, personal checks. $

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 Mon-Sat, 12-11 Sun. MC, V. $

The Tollgate

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. Takeout available. Serving 11-9 daily. D, MC, V. $

Via Fresca

1666 Western Ave., Guilderland, 452-1179, viafresca.net. Gourmet deli featuring panini sandwiches and Italian specialties. Try the pastries and canoli. Inside seating, takeout and off-premises catering. Open 10-7 Mon-Fri, 9-5 Sat. AE, D, MC, V. $$

The Whistling Kettle

24 Front St., Ballston Spa, 884-2664, thewhistlingkettle.com. Upscale tea lounge with more than nine types of coffee and 85 varieties of premium loose-leaf tea. Light fare including cakes, scones, panini and tea sandwiches, crepes, soups and salads. Also offering beer and wine, fireplace and a comfortable atmosphere. Bulk teas available. Serving 11-6 daily. Open until 9 PM every First Friday. AE, D, MC, V. $$.

Yellow Rock Café at Indian Ladder Farms

342 Altamont Road, Altamont, 765-2956, indianladderfarms.com. Featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees made with fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and cheeses produced on local farms, plus locally raised all-natural meats. For dessert, try the mixed-berry shortcake, homemade pies or the cider-doughnut sundae topped with homemade whipped cream. Indian Ladder’s own apple cider and hot mulled cider, and chai lattes complete the menu. On-premises catering. Reservations recommended. Serving lunch 11-2 Mon-Fri, brunch and lunch 9-3 Sat-Sun. D, MC, V, personal checks. $

 

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