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Vegetarian Options at a Local Restaurant?

November 12, 2009

I just got a message from a friend:

My husband, needs to make a restaurant recommendation to a friend who is coming in from out of town with family. They want to go somewhere nice but not necessarily fancy. Here’s the hitch, a couple of them are vegetarians and one has some health complication that means they need vegetarian choices (no onions, can you imagine?). Me, I’m a meat eater. Heck, I’m an everything eater. So I came up almost blank. Being the foodie you are I thought you might have a suggestion. Any ideas?

I’m drawing a blank as well…does anyone have any suggestions?  I’m assuming that the restaurant would preferably within easy driving distance from Schenectady.

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  1. November 12, 2009 12:57 pm

    I’d recommend Antipasto’s in Clifton Park!

    http://www.antipastos.com/

    Delicious, Italian-style Vegetarian joint with a decent to awesome wine list to boot!

    We’ve eaten there plenty of times and are always pleased.

    Note: I’d say 95% of the menu IS vegetarian — probably the only “real” meat I’ve seen there are the (optional) “real” meatballs.

    Good luck!

    • wendalicious permalink
      November 13, 2009 9:40 am

      A couple more responses, which came through my Facebook page:

      From Martin: Indian restaurants have tons of vegetarian options, so do most Thai places.

      From Andrea: I’ve always found options at Apertivo and I’m vegan. Antipastos in Clifton Park is a veg restaurant but my meat eater husband and friends have always found good things to eat. Bombers is okay too – even though I found a chunk of pork mixed in my tofu burrito.

  2. November 12, 2009 1:05 pm

    I don’t know what variety upstate NY has, but I’d suggest any Indian or Middle Eastern restaurant, since they traditionally have veg only options. If there aren’t any easy options like that, I would advise the friends in question to check restaurant menus online for vegetarian-friendly foods. It’s nice to bring veg friends to a place where they have at least 3 options for what to eat. (Speaking from experience, nothing’s quite as sucky as going to a restaurant and only being able to get the nachos, for instance). If menus aren’t available, call the restaurant and ask. I’ve discovered vegetarian burgers on request that way many times.

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