AB Chinese Restaraunt: BEST-AB Chinese restaraunt (skip China Buffet)
AB Chinese Restaraunt is the place to go for fresh, inexpensive chinese food. The portions are huge, the food is great (did I mention fresh?), and the staff is small (it seems to be run by a family). When my family and I went to the Chinese Buffet (up the street), we had a terrible experience. It was around 10 dollars for all we could eat, which is fine, but we refused to eat anything after eating a few bites. Since we are from a big city, and used to very good Chinese food, we were in withdrawal until finding this place. The Lo Mein and Orange Chicken are both excellent, although we never tried anything else, as we were happy with our original choices. This is a well-kept secret in Albany.
The Depot Restaurant: Popular Location with Good Fish and Chips
Inside this little restaurant, which is not easy to get to but well worth the time taken to get here, you are first greeted with an antique teller window and mail slot from an early post office. The walls and ceilings are decorated with great gobs of other paraphernalia, many of which are quite large model airplanes - as one of the previous owners of the restaurant was heavily interested in model aircraft. You can go anywhere and find a sea food restaurant covered with boat and ship parts and pieces, but it takes real effort to find one with gobs of airplane parts! Several fish tanks exist with brightly colored fish swimming about, though signs warn people not to touch the fish tank.
The restaurant has both a lunch counter type seating for those eating alone, or booths. Due to the popularity of the restaurant, single customers are now required to eat at the lunch counter, and not in a booth - there are simply too many larger groups that need the space provided by a booth.
How to Get Here:
The restaurant is easy to find, but somewhat harder to get to. From Interstate 5, you enter downtown Albany on highway 99E. Follow the signs to downtown Albany, and in so doing you drop down onto surface streets on an overpass near the train station. As you come down the ramp, the restaurant is directly in front of you, and it is pretty obvious. However, you can only turn right on this off ramp. You need to get in the far left lane and turn left on the next block and turn left on the next street (a one way street coming back the other direction to highway 99E). As you approach highway 99E, you will want to be in the far left lane as the road makes a 90 degree left turn. You then must make another 90 degree left turn to get into the same road that you were just on coming from highway 99E, but this time in the far left lane. The first place you can make a left turn is into the restaurant parking lot, which is located between a bakery and coffee shop and the Depot Restaurant.
If you arrive in Albany by train, the depot cafe is across the street the station sits on, directly under the overpass and across the next street. These are busy roads and not easy to cross on foot.
Favorite Dish: The attraction here is really the sea food, and you will find an assortment of plates as well as smaller appetizers and cups and bowls of several types of chowder. Dinner plates come with a salad mixed into the center of the plate if it is one of the smaller dinner plates. A larger dinner plate, if it includes enough other material, will usually have the salad on the side.
I found the small dinner plates (most are $11.95) to be quite satisfying in size. The larger dinner plates are in the $17 to $18 range. While it does not say so on the menu, I have seen seniors who do not want a huge plate of food offered the option of a child's plate, which is a small dinner without a salad and is $7.95.
I really like the oyster dinner; though they are deep fried they are wonderful. I have also had their chowder, and found it to be wonderful as well.
Lemonade is $1.75 and comes with one free refill. They also have an assortment of beers and other drinks, but I usually get the lemonade.
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Pizza King: More Than Just the Pizza
As the name implies, the primary purpose for eating here is the pizza. As with most pizza parlors in the USA, there is an assortment of sizes available, and you can order a fair number of different toppings.
Sadly, there are few windows to the outside world here, but then the restaurant is surrounded by busy streets so there really isn't that much to look at even if the windows were there.
The restaurant has a number of coin operated games, including a favorite by a number of children that allows them to try to get a prize by operating a claw to move the prize packages around inside the game. Naturally, time runs out before most get what they are after.
The real specialty here is the Italian Dinner which happens on Friday nights, and is a particularly special dinner with four courses of Italian cooking that go way beyond pizza. Each Friday night is slightly different food, emphasizing a particular region in Italy. See the "Taste of Italy" section of their web site under "Services" for a calendar of what is being cooked up.
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House of Noodle Thai Cuisine: Far Better Restaurant than You Might Think
Albany doesn't have a huge assortment of restaurants, and the area isn't exceptionally prosperous to really support that many good places to eat. My first thought was that House of Noodle would be just a road side teriyaki place that was borderline fast food.
This was far from the case! In fact, House of Noodle is a full service restaurant, and a reasonably good one at that.
(And, despite the name, they also have the typical rice recipes as well).
My one hesitation about recommending this restaurant to vegetarians: they can make anything vegetarian but do not specifically have much on the menu listed as vegetarian.
The Pineapple and Shrimp in Curry Sauce ($12.95) that I had was an interesting assortment of flavors in a single dish, and I probably will not order this again but that is only my particular taste.
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Boccherini's Coffee and Tea House!: Quaint and Relaxing Coffee shop
This is a very Quaint little coffee shop , that also serves wonderful food.
They owners are wonderful and the workers are great.
This is my favorite coffee place of all in Albany , I love the People, The food , and the Coffee of course~ The place is done up so cute , you almost feel like you are in a little place in Italy ..It is truly wonderful..
If you like cold Coffee go for the "BUZZ BOMB" It is yummy......
Favorite Dish: I love everything, I can't pick just on thing..Go and visit you will see what I mean....
And say Hi to Gordon , you will know Gordon when you see him "funny man" tall grey hair..(owner)
Allann Brothers I-5 Beanery: Coffee and Sandwiches For Your I-5 Trip
This is a restaurant that is hidden away on the side of Interstate 5 on the South side of Albany. Allann Brothers distributes coffee and coffee products throughout the Willamette Valley. This is their headquarters and they have established a nice restaurant that serves breakfast, sandwiches, and desserts with their coffee. The atmosphere is pleasant, the help is most gracious, and the choices of food are many.
You can also purchase art objects, coffee paraphenalia, and bulk coffee and tea.
Favorite Dish: If you are lucky you will come by on a day they have made some Terminator wraps. These are wraps that are just full of all kinds of fillings, vegies and sauces. MMMM good!! But if you aren't up to the Terminator, you can choose from quiches, sandwiches, soups, chili, wraps of all varieties and for dessert, pies, cookies, cakes and scones.
This place is an undiscovered gem. Don't hesitate to stop as you go by.
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AB Chinese: Nice Chinese Lunch Spot
You can get a nice platter of Chinese food for about $5, plus your choice of hot and sour or egg drop soup. This is one of the places I regularly went to with a few other guys during lunch break.
Favorite Dish: I probably liked the sweet and sour chicken the best.
Los Dos Amigos: Muy Bien!
Another of my lunch hangouts. Los Dos also has a nice lunch menu. Dishes are around $6. Food is very good!
You get complimentary nacho chips and sauce also. A warning: the hot sauce is quite hot, and I usually found that by the time my meal came, my tongue was kind of fried!
Favorite Dish: Probably the burrito is my favorite. If you want to try a dinner item, the price is more, but the enchaladas mole' are delicious!
Red Robin: Big Expensive Hamburgers
Red Robin is one of those places where you can buy a good 'ol American hamburger, but for something like $8! You pay for the ambiance. It's a family restaurant with TV screens all over (even on the floor), coloring for the kids, and other forms of entertainment. Most dishes are $8 and up.
Sidekicks: Nice Coffee Shop
Sidekicks is a nice little coffee shop near downtown Albany. I like the cozy feel of the place, and the coffee is good. They also have deli food and yummy desserts. In the summer, you can also eat outside on the patio area.
Favorite Dish: I usually got a latte with hazelnut flavoring. Yummm!!!
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