Mmm-mix tape

Remember making mix-tapes?  Well, here’s a dining-out-in-Albany-blog equivalent (which is nothing like a mix-tape really, but humor me): 

Track 1:  Angelo’s 677 Prime“Steak Tartare (traditional preparation, created tableside)”

The pictures don’t do it justice.

Track 2:  Angelo’s 677 Prime“Seven Hour Cherry Pepper Pork (fresh fried chips, pepper jack cheese)”

Pulled pork goodness.

Track 3:  Angelo’s 677 Prime“French Toast & Ice Cream (sweet brioche French toast, caramelized apples, cinnamon maple sugar, brandy, butter pecan ice cream and soft whipped cream topped, rosemary infused maple syrup)”

Breakfast meets dessert meets my belly.

The whole place is like “buttah.”

Track 4:  My Linh“Cary Gà (Chicken, potatoes, and onions simmered in a light coconut milk and spicy curry. Served with [a] baguette.)”

We always get this when we go.  So good.

Track 5:  My Linh“Phở Bò (for two) (Sliced sirloin beef and rice noodles in a beef broth. Served with fresh bean sprouts, basil, lime, and jalapeno peppers.)”

One bowl pho both of us.  Werd.

Track 6: Captial Q Smokehouse– BBQ Mix (1/2 chicken [ahem Jack’s, please note photo], full slab ribs, 1/4 lb S. Carolina style pulled pork, and collard greens). 

I am eager to try the N. Carolina style pulled pork.  I have not heard anyone say anything bad about the food here, and considering how fun complaining is, that’s saying a lot.

Holy mamma, this place is all about the food.  The food is ridiculously good.  I mean, when you try it, you will actually chuckle and think, “This is so good, it’s absurd.”  You will look for someone nearby, and you will point to your food and say, “Can you believe how good this is?  It’s ridiculous!”  There is no sense in trying to explain the virtues of good BBQ; one shouldn’t have to.  That’s like explaining the majesty of the Grand Canyon or why the Beatles were so great.  We all know already.  Anyway, just go to the Capital Q Smokehouse on Ontario St. and try it. 

Track 7:  McGuire’s– Fried Oysters (served with Asian dipping sauce).  They practically started a riot on Steve Barnes’s Table Hopping Blog.  Cati really liked ’em. 

Fried oysters.  I prefer ‘em raw.

Track 8:  McGuire’s– Lobster and Crab Fried Dumplings.

These were delicious.

Track 9:  McGuire’s“Grilled Ostrich (marinated grilled ostrich sliced thin, served with a Southwestern black bean ragout)”

The ostrich tasted like beef meets lamb to me- very tasty.  Just look at that presentation too.  This place is one hell of a benchmark, no?

What a beautiful view…oh, and the sunny day looks nice too.  I was talking about the Tetley’s.

Track 10:  Saso’s– Nigiri sushi, rolls, and miso soup all around (with the sushi, never before).  We also started with the striped bass tataki.  What a talented guy that Saso-san is, eh?

Almost too pretty to eat…almost.

We go to Saso’s so often that I think I’m turning Japanese.  I really think so:

10 Responses to “Mmm-mix tape”

  1. Amy says:

    That is one expensive mix tape!

  2. jess says:

    Sushi is so photogenic!

  3. Albany Jane says:

    I’m not sure if I’ve ever been left drooling after a mix tape.

    Excellent, excellent post – the pictures are great!

    I also hafta ask – what do fried oysters taste like? I’m not a fan of them raw, but really, I’m not sure I’ve ever hated anything fried.

  4. Lydia says:

    You should definitely post a warning sign: DO NOT READ WHEN HUNGRY! The pictures are beautiful. The food looks incredible.

  5. Gina says:

    Seems like you’re missing a ballad about a good pasta dish though–and you might need one of those to “carbo load” this weekend. Let us know if you find one on the west coast worthy of blogging and good luck in the marathon!

  6. jess says:

    On a completely unrelated note, I need baby shower gift ideas.

  7. Cati says:

    I would be interested in something like this:

    These diapers seem good for the baby and the environment. They have a starter kit which may be a nice present.

    Does this help?

  8. alex|dimitri says:

    nah, we dine and dash a lot.

    Innit though?

    Albany Jane,
    To me, they taste like fried. Not that interesting really. As far as batter fried foods go, they were good. Not too different from, say– a fried mushroom.

    Saso’s is my ballad– my power ballad– like “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

    Newborns love plasma screen TVs…just throwin’ it out there.

    Thanks for ruining our shot at a plasma screen TV.

  9. Stevo says:

    My Wife and I went to McGuire’s for the first time last week. It was expensive but the food was fantastic. I’m sorry it took me so long to get there.

  10. Miss Meliss says:

    “cause life ain’t nothin’ but a good groove – a good mix tape to put you in the right mood” -Beastie Boys

    Your mix tape has all the right food!