Have you ever gone to dinner and wanted something different or unique? Look no further! The capital region has dive restaurants & bars with unique dishes, flavors, and atmospheres. This region has everything from Saratoga to Troy to Cohoes to Schenectady to Albany.

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The Rusty Nail Bar & Grill – Clifton Park: This classic dive bar is known for its delicious burgers, live music, and friendly atmosphere. This spot will surely please everyone in your party with an extensive beer list and signature cocktails – like the signature Rusty Nail Margarita.

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PJ's Bar-B-Q Shack - Saratoga: If you're looking for some down-home cooking, look no further than PJ's Bar-B-Q Shack! Serving up all your favorite BBQ dishes like pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, and smoked chicken wings, this spot will have your mouth watering just thinking about it! And remember, the sides - collard greens, mac n' cheese, and cornbread are just a few of their delicious options!


The Point Cafe-Schenectady: Mexican American Cruisine you are looking for? Look no further than The Point Cafe. You will find it in this quaint environment, from Strawbanella Waffles to Huevos Rancheros to club sandwiches. One review said, 'The Point Cafe is warmly recommended for your comfort meal needs."


Jack's Oyster House - Albany: Wanting something a little more upscale? Then look no further than Jack's Oyster House in downtown Albany! This restaurant offers delicious seafood dishes perfect for any occasion, from casual dinners with friends to special date nights out on the town. Whether you're craving classic fish n' chips or something more modern, like seared scallops with lemon risotto, Jack's Oyster House won't disappoint!


 We have some great restaurants in our area. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore! Bon appetit!

5 Chain Restaurants Missing from the Capital Region

The Capital Region has more than it's fair share of chain restaurants. We have our McDonald's, Ihop, TGI Fridays, Applebees and Taco Bell. In fact there's been a steady increase of chains over the past decade or so with Sonic making its debut, a Chick-fil-A at the Albany International Airport, and the recently announced expansion of Popeyes.

If you need proof, just take a quick drive down Wolf Road in Colonie. Olive Garden, Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle, the 99 and just about everything else. Yet, there are some nationally popular chains that don't currently have a presence in the area.

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