Monday, December 7, 2015

Scallions: a Nice Substitute for Mingle in Saratoga Springs

We've been saying for months that we want to check out Saratoga restaurants and food scene, but we've been doing a pitiful job of it.  So we screwed up our determination and  and headed up the Northway. We went expecting to go to Mingle but it was closed for a private party. Surprise surprise. So much for relying on restaurants to be open during their normal business hours. I'm getting the point of calling ahead to places that don't have a very convenient place near by in case they're not open.

A note on the web page would have been nice.

Zena, Goddess of Fire and I chose Scallions as our brunch place in Saratoga that day. It's right across from The Parting Glass, at the corner of Henry and Lake.  I have had many a pleasant meal there, including their spot on Broadway, where I recall being very pleasantly startled by their innovative and well-executed dishes years and years ago.  Its very existence as a possibility placed it head and shoulders above Mingle on that pleasant afternoon.

We were greeted by a helpful and knowlegable staff person who let us know that we were right between breakfast and lunch menus and what was and wasn't available.  You can see all the menus here.

I like hole-in-the-wall dives and ethnic restaurants as much as anyone if they have good food, but I really appreciate a nicely appointed dining room.  The huge windows and wittily painted tables makes the dining room a delight.  It's spacious, so even the afternoon I spent with a table of ten a while back was comfortable.

Once we settled in and looked around we studied the menu, which is electic and casual. Zena, GOF claimed her reuben sandwich was the best reuben sandwich of a fire goddess's lifetime - nothing to sneeze at unless you're wearing your asbestos panties. It was well-balanced and yet sufficient to address the appetite of a goddess who has to exert super powers and save the world from the forces of evil.
I had the souvlaki salad on flat bread with unusually delicious tender juicy chicken. We thought it was somewhat remarkable.  I mean really tender, juicy chicken that had not been sitting in the fridge since the night before.  It took on the sauce and made what could have been a mediocre salad something special. The tzatziki sauce was poured over the salad and was soaked up by the flat bread  on the bottom so that the lovely lemon and garlic flavors didn't end up in a puddle that one is tempted to drink by upending the plate. They were there until the last creamy lemony garlicky bite.

Although this isn't flashy food, it's well-crafted and delicious, and as far as I can tell, it has been ever thus at Scallions.  The service was attentive and helpful, but not smothering.  My salad was $13 and Zena's sandwich was $12, so the prices are moderate.

LorreBob sez:  go when you want something that is really good in a colorful and pleasant ambiance.

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