So Sunday, without much hope, went looking for a meal in Tivoli, which has a couple of new and untried places. Tossed a coin and went for lunch at Milagros.
Not only was all the food excellent and priced well, the service was friendly, and there was a fully decent jazz trio (bass, keyboard, drums) soothing the savage beasts. Because we had no idea whether the food would pan out, we stuck to basic stuff--chicken wraps (a cut above standard), okay dolmades with salad that had something like shaved, roasted carrots as a topping and was way good, and a potato soup that probably would have been better with a real chicken stock, but was a pretty good vegetarian version.
Having found all that to be much better than expected, I noticed that the cook and a few waitresses are Spanish and they had a special of the day empanada. Took one of those babies home and it was very fine. N.B: the jazz was not a "quiet room" event (which means you don't have to feel bad ordering, eating, getting the check, etc.)--the drummer was talking to people as they played. All in all, a go-back. Hear they have jazz at night, too.
In other N. Dutchess news, got some spinach and cheese boureks from the new Kosovo-Albanian deli in Pine Plains, and they are a worthy contender for a quick lunch. The dough is real, flakier than pizza dough, but not as dry or light as filo. Only gripe is that the cheese had no feta-ish tang (should I say fetish?). I suspect they are not getting the right (Albanian) cheese in this remote locale.
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