just wanted to report back on my thoughts of the racoon saloon (marlboro) and china rose (kingston).
first, the good. racoon saloon is supposed to have great burgers, and they don't disappoint. i stopped in for lunch and had the "pettite" burger - at 8 oz, it's not small ($8). had mozz and bacon on it as well, for an additional 1.50. i asked how their rare was cooked, liked the choice, and got it cooked that way - a little red in the center, but mainly pink around it. delicious and flavorful.
the french fries that came with the meal were quite tasty and had good flavor as well...my thought was they might have been double fried, or the potatoes soaked in water overnight, or something, but they were good. the homemade catsup was interesting, and might appeal to others, but was more of a curiousity piece for me. they offered 'regular' catsup if i wanted, but i wasn't looking for much.
china rose - i had read reviews on here and think it was mentioned as one of the best in the dutchess/ulster area? sorry, but i was underwhelmed.
i ordered a lunch special - szechuan shrimp with fried rice ($6 or 7) and a soup or soda. the woman said the szechuan sauce was like barbecue sauce; i asked a couple questions about it before ordering, but she didn't have much idea about it.
flavor was so-so; i wouldn't have called it szechuan cooking as it lacked most of the spices and flavor which defines szechuan. the rice was a little more than bland. the best thing about it was that the food was 'clean' - not overloaded with grease or oil, so it was able to go down smoothly. so in the end, better than the normal corner greaseshop, but i had higher expectations.