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Saratoga Restaurant Week / Travers 1864 Restaurant Week

travers 1864 restaurant weekWhether you’re a lover of the races in Saratoga or not, this is one event you’ll want to participate in. In honor of the Traver’s Stakes (the annual thoroughbred race held in Saratoga Springs), restaurants in Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Montgomery and Warren counties will be participating in the Travers 1864 Restaurant Week, held from Sunday, August 21 to Thursday, August 25, 2011. Over fifty restaurants will be serving three course meals for the low (low, low) price of $18.64, which actually reflects the year of the first Travers race.

Each restaurant has released a special menu in advance of Restaurant Week which can be viewed online. Among the most promising is the Black Watch Steakhouse in Glens Falls. The restaurant, known for its locally grown, farm-to-table ingredients and casual elegance, is offering a menu that includes a choice of butter braised haddock, roasted stuff pork loins with cranberries and walnuts or chicken sausage with house-made pasta. For dessert there is crème brulee or triple chocolate torte.

Mardis Gras themed Café Nola in Schenectady is doing something with a little twist; they’ll be offering entrees named after racing legends, including The Seabiscuit, a sixteen ounce crab cake served on a bed of lettuce and Funny Cide, a dish of red beans and sausage over rice. For the “final stretch,” there will be New Orleans styled beignets served with three homemade dipping sauces.

Fortunes at Saratoga Casino and Raceway allows diners to overlook the harness races, while they choose from a list of entrees that include grilled steak salad and caramelized onions, skewers of fresh vegetables and sea scallops, or chicken Françoise served with jasmine rice.

Also in Saratoga, the Circus Café on Broadway is a lively place to eat, especially during the racing season. They’ll be offering a Mediterranean pasta entrée with plum tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, black olives, feta and parmesan cheese. For dessert, try their Mini Blackout Sundae.

For a full list of restaurants participating in the Travers 1864/ Saratoga Restaurant Week and a link to their menus, visit

Reservations are recommended. Note that the price of $18.64 doesn’t include taxes or gratuity.

–Stacey Stump is an Assistant Editor for The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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