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Remember when we rounded up  our top picks of dishes to kick off patio season in Saratoga? Well, it is time once more to lay out some of our favorite spots to grab a bite to eat during track season. Whether you want to be right in the heart of the hustle and bustle or would rather kick back and enjoy a relaxing evening in Saratoga's Beekman Street Art District, we have you covered. 

The beautiful, Georgian-style mansion sitting between Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa that once housed Villa Balsamo, is ready to open its doors once more. The Balsamos will reopen their family-style Italian restaurant that has been closed since 2013. 

It's hard to believe we're already three weeks into the 2015 meet at Saratoga Race Course! Check out what's happening this week at the track:

Orchid's Caribbean Restaurant and Lounge opened last week next to the Roosevelt Inn on Route 9. The restaurant first opened back in 2009 on Altamont Avenue in Rotterdam and has received multiple awards for best local Caribbean food. 

Photo Courtesy of Orchid's Restaurant and Lounge's Facebook
Editor's Note 8/6/2015: To make a reservation at Lake Local, please call 518-886-1373.

Editor's Note 8/3/2015: We have updated the location of the Lake Local. It is located on the north end of Saratoga Lake where Bay Shore Tropic Hut was once located. 

Have you ever been to The Local on Beekman in Saratoga's art district? If you haven't, I suggest you go immediately and if you have, it's hard to imagine if it could get any better. Well, my friends, I bear pretty exciting news regarding Saratoga Springs' beloved Local. Check it out:

Who can say no to steamy ramen, succulent burgers and homemade barbecue? I know I can't! Spa City Trifecta, a new restaurant in Saratoga Springs, has brought together all three delicacies under one roof!

As with most things in Saratoga during the summer, the world of food is no different... there is a lot going on! From new franchises planning to set up shop to seasonal menus on Broadway to dining for a good cause, we've rounded up some businesses happenings in Saratoga's food and restaurant scene for you to catch up on.


Saratoga Race Course has three main "premium" restaurants where seats must be reserved and dress code policies are enforced. Some seats at these restaurants offer excellent views of the track. This year, seats at The Turf Terrace, The Club Terrace and The Porch not only cost more, but reservations must also be paid in advance.

Saratoga Race Course

The Top Notch Tavern in West Galway reopened last fall at the site of what was originally (decades past) the West Galway Hotel. Current owner, James Palmateer, is the grandson of Doreen and David Palmateer, the original owners of the Top Notch Tavern who started it all, back in the 1960's.

After being sold, redefined and now restored to its original glory, remnants of the Top Notch Tavern's rich history are finally whispering from the walls.


Dating back to the Civil War Era, this venue was built as a stagecoach stop and hotel in the 1860's. Civil War cavalry would often stop for a rest there!

It became The Top Notch Tavern after Doreen purchased it with her husband David in 1968, making their home there and running a small bar and grill operation that quickly grew in popularity.

You may remember starting back in February when Mingle offered their "Attitude of Gratitude" promotion where 15% of breakfast, lunch and dinner proceeds were offered to a different local organization every Monday. This past Thursday, Mingle invited the 12 organization beneficiaries to take part in the "Giving Back Event" and the results were outstanding


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