Being able to combine road food and football is the best of two worlds. I work in the broadcast booth for the New York Sharks, a women’s professional football team. One of the first things I think of when the season’s schedule comes out is to see what the road games are and then to start making a list of places to eat. Last Saturday the team was playing in Schenectady, New York to take on the New York Nemesis.
I went through the Road Food forums and other foodie websites for ideas. Travelling from Boston, I decided to hit Nick’s Nest in Holyoke, MA., Ted’s Fish Fry in Watervliet, NY, and Price Chopper in Slingerlands, NY.
Unfortunately it was pouring when I got to Nick’s Nest so I didn’t bother to take out my camera. Despite the weather the place was very busy. I ordered a chili dog and a cup of baked beans. The atmosphere of the place was quite interesting with a feel of something out of the 30’s. I must say that the hot dog was only OK and while the baked beans were nice and hot, they were lacking any sweetness in flavor. They tasted like they were made without any brown sugar.
By the time I got to the New York border, the skies started to clear. I originally wanted to go to Bob & Ron’s Fish Fry in Albany but they are closed on Saturday’s. Instead I headed to Ted’s Fish Fry for what I guess is a regional thing? They serve a fish sandwich which consists of a fish fillet that is cut very thin and breaded. It is fried and then served in a hot dog bun with a chili/cocktail sauce on top. It kind of looks like a strange hot dog. But it is was quite tasty and came with a side order of either french fries or onion rings for only $4.
In the past when I had travelled through Albany, one of my favorite stops was Platt’s Place, a deli across from Colonie Center. They had some really nice triple decker sandwiches and had been around for quite a few decades. But around 10 years ago they disappeared and I have been scouring the Internet to see if they were re-opening somewhere else. For quite some time I could not find anything but recently saw a few mentions of Platt’s on a web board. It seems that family members that started Price Chopper, the supermarket chain in Upstate New York (where Rachel Ray started) got some of the recipes from the Platt’s family and started a restaurant inside the supermarket in Slingerlands. The take-out restaurant is located inside the supermarket right next to the deli department.
I ordered the Vincentian, a triple decker sandwich, consisting of corned beef, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Russian dressing. The sandwich came in a red-checkered box, along with a half-sour pickle and a bag of home-made potato chips. It was a very nice little package that they gave you.
As for the sandwich itself, sometimes memories just don’t always match up. It was a good sandwich but not as good as I remember. I would go back, but maybe try something else next time. They made the sandwich with the corned beef and swiss cheese in the bottom layer and then on the top level they just had the tomato, lettuce, and dressing.
To say the least, I was pretty stuffed by game time. At least I don't have to talk, just work the sound board. That prevented our listeners from any unwanted burping... It was a good ballgame with the Sharks defeating the Nemesis 21-7. The Sharks next road game will be in Philadelphia on May 2nd
. I already have a list of places that I might hit, but if anyone has any suggestions I am willing to listen.