My girlfriend and I both live in Guilderland, so we both spend a lot of time on Western Avenue. That being said, I pass by the Side Door Cafe on 1656 Western Avenue at least twice every day. I had often gone in for drinks on the weekend to listen to Mark the Shark host karaoke.
The Side Door Cafe is a bar first and a cafe second. The bar can seat around twenty people and on the wall there are at least five big screen tv's. It has a very comfortable atmosphere. A nice mix of middle-class people of all ages sit at the bar. Past the bar, there is a separate dining area with about ten tables. The dining area does not have a dedicated waitress -- one of the bartenders doubles as the waitress in the dining area.
My girlfriend and I decided to head over to the Side Door Cafe to try the food. The food is definitely above average, though not spectacular.
The first time we went, I wanted to eat something relatively healthy, so I had the buffalo chicken salad. I got a fairly large portion consisting of two large handfuls of romaine lettuce and a sliced fried chicken cutlet dipped in buffalo sauce. It was quite tasty. My girlfriend had the grilled chicken sandwich with pasta salad and she also enjoyed her dish.
The second time we went to the Side Door, my girlfriend had a rough day, so she wanted to get a beer and something to eat. We ended up sharing the chicken quesadilla. The chicken quesadilla was wonderful! First of all, it was huge, probably ten inches in diameter. It was wonderful, gooey deliciousness. I am not much of a cheese eater, but I definitely enjoyed this quesadilla. The quesadilla was stuffed with chicken and an assortment of cheeses. It came with a small cup of salsa and sour cream, standard fare. On a scale of 1 to 10, I rate this chicken quesadilla a '9.'
I would definitely go back to the Side Door Cafe. It is conveniently located and has a comfortable atmosphere. Next time, I would like to try the pizza.
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