The Bestestes – Troy Rag Edition
Roses are red, violets are blue
Today’s Valentine’s Day, yadda yadda yadda.
Champagne. Lobster. Chocolates. Indian food. Did I cover everything? Okay. Great. Let’s move on. Mostly because this parade of Best of the Capital Region ballots just never ends. And if it weren’t for Jessica R. and her keen reporting in the comments yesterday, I might have entirely missed this Troy-centric poll by the city’s namesake newspaper.
Did I mention that the last day to fill out their ballot is tomorrow?!?! We better get on that.
I was surprised to see that Jessica R. didn’t mention the Charles F. Lucas Confectionery and Wine Bar anywhere in her list of best things in Troy. Surely that was an oversight, or perhaps she just didn’t feel like typing anything that long. Anyway, I’m going to try and support her picks in this poll as much as I can, but there are some choices where I’ll have to stray. For example, I cannot in good conscience vote for Jose Malone’s as the Best Mexican.
So where did I stay with Jessica R. and where do we part ways? And whose side will you choose when it comes to casting your very own vote in this thing? There’s only one way to tell. On to the selections.
I have to say that I admire and respect the Troy Record’s stated goal to try and keep this list Troy-centric and limited to locally owned businesses. As a result, my list today is fundamentally different from the one yesterday. Wherever possible I chose a Troy business or at least one on the east side of the river.
There are a few places where I had to stray and take advantage of the “30 miles from Troy” clause from the rules. Schenectady is totally within that range.
Asterisks indicate where I’ve departed from Jessica R. and like yesterday bold faced entries are the places I feel strongly represent truly the best of the region.
Food & Beverage Retail
Bakery – Placid Bakery
Banquet Facility – Franklin Plaza
Beverage Center – Hoosick St. Beverage
Butcher Shop – Roma’s (Latham)
Farmers Market – Troy Riverfront Farmer’s Market
Farmstand – Golden Harvest
Wine & Liquor Store – Village Discount Wines & Lqrs, Wynantskill
Food & Drink
Asian – Red & Blue Asian Bistro
Barbeque – Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Beer Selection – The Ruck
Breakfast/Brunch – Illium Cafe
Burgers – The Brown Bag
Caterers – Nighthawk’s Kitchen
* Coffee Shop – The Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar
Deli/Subs – Deli & Brew
* Dessert – Sweet Sue’s
* Diner – Duncan’s Dairy Bar
* Family & Kids Dining – Gus’s
Fine Dining – Illium Cafe
Fish Fry – Gene’s
Fried Chicken – The Flying Chicken
Happy Hour – The Ruck
Hot Dogs – Famous Lunch
* Ice Cream/Gelato – The Snowman (esp. Butter Pecan)
Indian/Pakistani – Shalimar
Italian – Minnesalle’s
Margaritas – Jose Malone’s
Martinis – Daisy Bakers
Mexican – La Mexicana Restaurant & Market (Schenectady)
* Neighborhood Bar – Charles F. Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar
Patio Seating – Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Pizza – DeFazio’s
Salad – Spillin’ the Beans
Sports Bar – The Ruck
* Steaks – Lo Porto’s
Wings – The Ruck
Looking back at this list, you could really just call this “Reasons why The Ruck Rules.” As a non sports guy I can’t vouch for its bonafides as a sports bar, but I’m happy to support Jessica R. in her quixotic attempt to get The Ruck listed in as many categories as possible. It’s a great place.
Troy is great too. If only I felt better about their public schools I would love to live there. Anyway, please vote for these awesome places today and tomorrow, and help to make it even better. You can even help if you live out of the region. Really. What a country.
Hope your VD isn’t too uncomfortable. The other February events are so much better. But that’s another post for another year.