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Expert Insider Moment: 5 fun foodie things to do in the 518 for under $15

The following list is proof that exploring our local food scene doesn’t need to be expensive. You just might need an expert to show you how to eat deliciously yet affordably. 

  1. As a serious tea drinker, I drink copious amounts of tea (brewed from a broad selection of loose teas.) We are lucky in the 518 area to have a number of interesting and diverse tea shops. Short and Stout Tea Lounge has just completed their renovations with expanded lounge areas. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday, starting at 11 am to sample their many, many varieties of loose tea, bubble tea (iced and cold), matcha and tasty savory or sweet pastries. Bubble tea (warm or iced) $6.79 or get a 4-cup pot of hot tea (your choice of flavor) for $6.00. Add a tea infused shortbread for $1.00 each or a scone $3.50 or a savory pastry $6.00. Still have something left for the tip!


  1. Need to eat something a bit more substantial? Get yourself over to Banh Mi 47 ,Tuesday – Friday (11:30 – 6 pm) and Saturday -Sunday (11 am – 3 pm). Grab one of their banh mi options, all served on their house baked rolls and ranging in price from $8.75 to $10.75. Then order a 10 oz. Vietnamese coffee for $1.75 or a cup of hot or cold Jasmine green tea for $1.75. Once again you have some change left in your pocket!


  1. Missing that midweek Happy Hour? Get yourself over to the bar at Cuckoo’s Nest, Tuesday – Friday from 3 pm – 5 pm. Order an interesting cocktail starting at $8 or glass of beer or wine ($4 or $5 respectively.) Then order one of their small plate options starting at $5.50 up to $14. Perfect way to wind down from your work day.


  1. Wanting that Taco Tuesday taste, even if it is a different day of the week? Might we suggest checking out La Capital Tacos 161 in Troy. Get a selection of 3 Tacos with the works (includes cheese, guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo and salsa) for $12.50. Grab a seat in one of their outdoor igloos and enjoy!


  1. Ready for Brunch? Reserve your spot at a table in the all year round outdoor beer garden of The Hill at Muza. For those who brunch sweet, order their Challah French Toast for $14 and if you brunch savory, order their Duzy Breakfast (two eggs, homestyle potato wedges, griddled kielbasa (vegetarian version an option) for $14.

If you have some extra dollars to spend and want to experience more tastes with a bit of history on the side, consider signing up for one of our weekend food tours – Historic Downtown Albany Food Tours on Fridays and Central Troy Historic District Food Tour on Saturdays.