Eat Your Heart Out

Surprisingly Satisfying at Bailey's Cafe

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I'm not one to be negative as I'm sure you're all aware of by now, but there's just some places I avoid at this point. After living in the area for over 18 years, I've been around the block a few times (to all the area restaurants of course) and it's become common for me to say no let's go somewhere else when approaching Bailey's. For that, I am sorry, because this last time I tried it I wasn't upset or dissatisfied. In fact, I was surprised and full of glee.
Let me set things straight for everyone. I've always thought highly of Bailey's for a number of reasons. I think the place is a hot spot in the summer with their large outdoor seating area, the live entertainment they get every week and the drinks and drink specials that are available on the regular. Even the desserts at Bailey's are talked about around town, including the fondue (love love love). So don't think I'm a total negative nancy because I have always found good things about the place, just never the food.

Until now. Jumping into things, it was the final four, I wanted beer, I wanted fries and I wanted a nice juicy sandwich. I wanted chicken but feared it would come out tasting and feeling like a plastic chew toy. I went with my gut anyway and ordered the southern chicken sandwich.

Please excuse my instagram shot, iPhone was all I had at the time.

The sandwich was phenomenal, no joke. Besides it being cooked perfectly, every other component was fantastic as well. The melted swiss cheese, the chives, the ranch dressing. Not to mention the french fries, which were crispy and greasy and delicious as well. This sandwich gets an A for awesome because it was!

I will go on the record right now by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Bailey's Cafe and would be delighted to go back again. Don't judge a book by it's cover, or in this case a restaurant by it's previous let downs several years prior.

Go out and try this place - let me know what your experience is like!

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So what can you tell us about Siro's. I haven't seen any news of their opening, Kentucky Derby party or plans for the summer. Do you have any info you can share? Thanks in advance. Rick

Thanks for commenting! Unfortunately, I've never had the chance to go to Siro's but I know it's extremely popular during the summer after the track. I will do some digging and try to find out about their Kentucky Derby party and plans for the summer and get back to you!

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Ashley Dingeman

My name is Ashley Dingeman and I am in love with food. A recent SUNY Geneseo graduate and Saratoga Springs native, it has always been a dream of mine to have the opportunity to do the two things I do best: eat & write. Just like in a Disney movie, I guess dreams really do come true.

First off, can I just say that my passion for food goes way beyond simply loving to eat. For some, eating is eating and food is food, but to me, it’s so much more. Every element of the food experience, I love.

Perhaps the profound effects of growing up in an Italian family have rubbed off on me. If there was one thing I learned in the process, it was that food brings people together, and where there’s food, there’s family. No, I didn’t grow up in The Olive Garden, but I did grow up privileged to have an incredible Grandmother, and the best cook I’ve ever known. To this day no one will ever be able to replicate her Sunday “gravy”, even though all grandchildren have come close (and some closer than others [me]). It was she who inspired me to begin cooking in the first place, and it is in her honor that I continue on in hopes of inspiring others the same way.

So I invite you now to revel in my words, devour my descriptions, fantasize over my photographs, and maybe just maybe, you’ll be move enough to go out and try something for yourself. Project “Eat Your Heart Out” starts now.