Restaurant review_ willows bistro, ballston spa – times union

Restaurant news dribbles out of Ballston Spa in sporadic spurts, like slowly percolating coffee. Facebook login We’d heard about Willows Bistro, which opened last summer opposite the historic old chocolate factory in a building that protrudes from the asphalt forecourt of a gas station. Vtd softball “No parking” signs on the gas station side compel you to circle the building, admiring Dumpsters and musing over plans for a future patio. Espn fantasy football app not working At some point you’ll pootle down the road far enough to a shared lot and contemplate straying into the brightly lit Factory Eatery.

The menu is promising (my husband murmuring rare approval that it all looks good), and I dare imagine it as a quiet hit, a Spindles on Remsen or the Chez Mike of Ballston Spa.

I’ve slept several nights on this, trying to fathom the leap from a food truck menu studded with $12 gourmet grilled cheeses and creative burgers (a bacon and guacamole “bacomolé” caught my eye) to “casual fine dining.” Here, thyme “encrusted” chicken ($23) is a ghostly white, scored breast seeping sticky melba sauce and matted with dried thyme like a war wound packed with sphagnum moss. Pixel pitch calculator It’s badly in need of a sautée tan and crispy herb skin. Francesca eastwood instagram The supporting act, a mushy and granular butternut squash risotto, simultaneously crushes hope and smoothes out molar ridges. Ancestry coupon We push it around the plate.

From behind the tiled wall separating kitchen and the 15-seat dining room come the worrying beeps of microwave buttons over the tinkling soft jazz. Softball rules 2016 No doubt the hearty, scratch-made stew of apple-cider-braised beef and winter veg ($19) is warmed to order, but there are more efficient ways of reheating to avoid a tepid mess. Fantasy football team names antonio brown Twice the quick microwave zap isn’t enough: Hot, cold and lukewarm in patches, it’s poured over mash or a few tater wedges, topped for one meal with cornbread like a brick thrown in protest, another time with a bird’s nest of spiralized raw beets. Florida softball roster Perhaps the latter is to make stew look fancy, a fascinator on a farmer. Garden of the gods resort Only those with a highly evolved appreciation for beets in their raw state will enthuse over a garnish larger than the main. Usssa softball tournament schedule And, sweet Jesus, gob-loads of balsamic glaze or dried-parsley dandruff imperil every single plate.

The menu is cranked up on sucrose. Plants and flowers That cider-braised stew has — well, what, exactly? Nutmeg and sugar? Pumpkin pie spice? Sweetened tomato sauce is our jammy introduction to a spongy stuffed meatball ($12) leaking molten cheese from its cored middle like a cream-filled muffin. Football field length We repeatedly marvel at the sweetness of mushroom ravioli in some thick, syrupy brown butter ($12) — a slightly more buttery repeat of the sticky bourbon and brown sugar shrimp over cheesy polenta ($12) — as though every bite induces diabetic shock.

I stick my face into the massive glass of red wine as a boozy antidote to cumulative sweetness, but even that can’t cut the truffle-oil fumes engulfing sticky wild mushroom and truffle risotto cakes ($10). Mls softball chino During a second meal, the sweet balsamic reduction is clearly drizzled on in a frantic attempt to scribble them out. Sprinkler world Even the salty bacon and Gouda on the Willows Burger ($15), a decent meaty hangover from food-truck days, is sweetened with caramelized apple and maple aioli.

Finally, there’s the total dismantling of classic desserts. Fantasy football A viscous, unset “maple-scented creme brulée” tastes gaggingly — and inexplicably — of rendered chicken fat, and the cloyingly sweet apple crisp ($8) is gloopy enough to pour from the back of a spoon. Rock garden fort collins We get three tacky bites down, unsticking tongues from the roofs of our mouths like dogs eating peanut butter. Serious softball It seems to be pie filling thickened with grainy brown-sugar paste; there’s certainly no “crisp” in there at all. U of a softball scores Before my eyes roll into my head, I check my pulse and request the bill.

The owners — a smiling, likable couple — are the only staff, so incorrectly positioned cutlery, overfilled wine glasses and an insane decision to pile cold cappellini on a cheaply made Caesar salad only swells the sense of a misguided foray into fine dining. Fantasy football cheat sheet ppr And at $12 for an appetizer and $23 for an entrée, prices invite raised expectations, not a hall pass. Indoor plant stores near me I left both meals thinking that others had enjoyed dinner at the Next Door Kitchen & Bar on Front Street, a few blocks away. How to lay flagstone walkway I wish it had been me.

Dinner for two — including two appetizers, two entrées, one dessert and three drinks — came to $127.83 with tax and 20 percent tip. Spring training 2016 tickets A second dinner, undertaken to confirm the assessment of the first, came to $136.08.

Susie Davidson Powell is a freelance writer from East Greenbush. Sprinkler world orem Follow her on Twitter, @SusieDP. Football games online unblocked To comment on this review, visit the Table Hopping blog, blog.timesunion.com/tablehopping.