Troy Lobster: Our No. 1 spot goes to Troy Lobster. Save a trip to Maine and get yourself to Troy. The seafood here is as fresh as it gets from the coast and flavors are on point. The chowder and lobster rolls are good but it's The Kracken that lures us to this side of the river. Look how drool-worthy that sandwich is! It's everything you ever wanted: lobster, applewood smoked bacon, guacamole, and egg with chipotle cream. It's a magical moment when the egg yolk breaks and coats everything.
Allie B's Cozy Kitchen: It was love at first, crispy bite. Allie B's fried chicken belongs in the the Capital Region's top picks. It's seasoned just right and fried to perfection. Plus what's better than a classic chicken and waffle combo? One with sweet potato waffles, it's a game changer.
La Petite Crepe: It's a taste of Paris in Troy! For authentic French crepes and savory galettes, say oui to La Petite Crepe. We've yet to taste the savory side of the menu but the sweet crepes are heavenly. The batter is slightly sweet lending a beautiful canvas to fresh fruit filings like nectarines with berry coulis, apples with housemade caramel, and my favorite to date, The Suzette with oranges and a buttery sauce. All topped with homemade whipped cream of course.
Magdalena's: A Troy Farmer's Market staple is now an outpost at Troy Kitchen. Tacos are a simple fare here but for quick bite, it does the trick. I found the meat to be a bit dry but the guacamole was delicious. We'll have to give the rest of the menu another try.
The Garden Jar: Troy Kitchen has healthy choices too. Garden Jar wins points for presentation with beautifully layered salads in you guessed it, a Ball jar. We tried the mango jerk chicken which had a lovely, spicy kick plus the ingredients were fresh and crisp. It's a solid salad and you get to keep the jar. Bring the jar back and you get a discount for the next round. Bespoki Bowl: The Capital Region has finally jumped on the poke bowl wagon. It's an as-you-like affair with your pick of fish, toppings, and dressing. Ingredients were fresh but not all the toppings worked well together. We kind of went overboard and got every topping so we probably would leave out the edamame and cilantro next time. Our only wishes are for the red onions to be finely sliced and for the rice not to be piping hot. K-Plate: For a taste of Korea, K-Plate's got you covered with rice plates of bulgogi and kalbi. It's heavy on the sauces and sweetness but a good intro to Korean flavors. For a mere $6 for its namesake plate, it's a steal.Butter & Sugar Co.: In case you have room for dessert (of course you do), treat yourself to something sweet from Butter & Sugar Co. The cake pops are the perfect bite-sized sweet ending to a food tour at Troy Kitchen but we won't judge you for adding a cupcake too.