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Find these "Hidden" places in Albany area

bex719 | Apr 7, 200809:53 AM

Amazing--two terrific restaurants owned by the same family in the most unlikely places---random, generic strip malls.

Just went to the "Garlic Lovers Corner" restaurant in (of all places) North Greenbush. This will go down in history as one of the best places of deliciousness with not only the worst all-time restaurant name, but the worst location. If you're in search of highly seasoned tasty Mediterranean food with fresh, quality ingredients, come here. They start with (homemade?) warm thin pita with some garlic infused oil. Such simple peasant food but done just right. Seasoned lamb kabobs with seasonal vegetables (who, just who, serves a vegetable medley with Swiss chard? terrific!) and basmati rice...lamb and apricot stew..just like my Armenian grandma used to make...brewed iced tea (ok, a little early for that but I couldn't resist) etc etc. Another admirable note: kids menu is NOT chicken nuggets, but simply smaller portions of the "adult" food...Location: north on route 4 some place in North Greenbush. never been around there before...never will be again except to go to (ulp--change the name please!) Garlic Lover's Corner...

The related location lives up to it's name--the Hidden Cafe. Outstanding. Same Mediterranean flavors done light, fresh, delicious. This place is in the far right corner of the Delaware Plaza in Delmar....I know, I know...it is truly a testament to the food that this location has not only stay solvent, but thrived. Try getting in on a Saturday w/out reservations...this location has a nice wine list and is a great place to take out-of-towners--if your guests don't look at you like you're crazy when you drive by the Hannaford Supermarket and Brueggers Bagels to get there....

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