Fulton and Montgomery counties have plenty of great places to dine. Here are just a few of the best-known restaurants, by location.
Raindancer Restaurant opened in 1980. It serves a menu of more than 80 dishes, some of the favorites being filet mignon, prime rib and scallops. The upscale restaurant's cocktail lounge offers a wide selection of beers and wines.
The up-and-coming Southside Amsterdam community has several interesting spots to grab a bite. Dolci stocks cookies, cannoli, gourmet cupcakes, Italian pastries and brownies, plus gourmet coffee, cappuccino, espresso and lattes. Dolci also prepares catered trays for weddings and showers.
Another Southside favorite, Parillo's Armory Grill started as a joint effort between Ralph Parillo and his brother, Paul, who eventually became mayor of Amsterdam. When Paul left office, he started La Cucina di Parillo located nearby. Armory Grill specializes in homemade pasta, and has a full bar and wine list. La Cucina also serves Italian dishes, and has a wood-fired pizza oven for preparing true Neapolitan style pizza.
Besides having delicious food, Karen's Produce and Ice Cream has an inspirational comeback story. After incurring heavy damage from flooding in tropical storm Irene in 2011, Karen's reopened in April 2012 for customers to again enjoy its signature burgers, soft-serve ice cream and many farm stand goodies.
Johnstown restaurateur Sam Vahaviolos owns both Sam's Seafood Steakhouse and Romana's Italian Restaurant. Of course Sam's serves the dishes its name implies as well as traditional American items like burgers and fries. An excellent wine list complements Greek, Mediterranean and vegetarian dishes. Romana's offers more than 50 menu choices of mostly American Italian cuisine, large portions, a friendly staff and quick service.
Miss Johnstown Diner has been a destination on Main Street for more than 90 years. It serves traditional diner mainstays such as sandwiches and homemade fries, and such interesting selections as sausage cheeseburgers and fresh macaroni salad and gravy.
Gloversville Palace Diner has a rail-car setting along with true "loud" New York ambiance. The diner serves large portions of such favorites as homemade roast beef, meatloaf, thick-slice bacon and six kinds of pancakes.
Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market opened in August 2009 as a grocery store that supplies locally produced fruits, vegetables and dairy products, maple syrup, honey and fresh coffee selections, among many other items. The market's cafe relies on many of these local ingredients to feed loyal lunch patrons flavor-packed sandwiches, soups, pastries and more.
Wine and Roses Restaurant on West Main Street serves everything from full-course meals to short-order dishes such as burgers, sandwiches and comfort food. Everything is made with fresh ingredients, and many items are made from scratch "“ including the ketchup.
Parkside Drive-In is only open in the summertime, but it's definitely a cool choice thanks to its ice cream selections. Parkside has homemade, gourmet scoop ice cream along with creamy soft-serve. Best seller? German chocolate.
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