The Local Pub & Tea House {Restaurant Review}

As you know, we were in Saratoga Springs, NY this past weekend. Though we camped the whole weekend and ate plenty of camping foods (burgers, dogs, chilli, fruit, s’mores, steak tips, buffalo chicken…o yes, this all happened in less than 48 hours), we did get to one local restaurant for brunch on our way home on Sunday. Frank found The Local online and was immediately intrigued by their brunch menu as well as the fact that they specialized in their own beer and organic tea, how cool is that?

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After a quick hop off of the highway, we headed towards Saratoga Springs’ Historic Art District. A quaint town right near the popular downtown strip. We took a stroll from our car to the restaurant in the beautiful sunshine and found out that there was a bit of a wait to be seated. During our 10 minute wait for a table, we walked over to a local yard sale where Frank happily purchased me a whisk to add to my kitchen collection (woohoo!).

Once our table was ready, I couldn’t help but stare at the bar which greeted us the moment we walked in the door. They had plenty of “The Local” mugs hanging from the ceiling which you could purchase and be a part of their “Member Mug Club.” What is the “Member Mug Club” you ask? If you purchase a mug, it is your mug for one year at their restaurant. Each mug hanging from the ceiling belonged to a specific member who bought it for $50!

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Once we sat down, Tara and I immediately ordered their spicy bloody mary’s which were delicious and of course, extremely spicy. For my fellow Canadian folk, a bloody mary is essentially a bloody caesar without the Clamato juice, and instead with Tomato juice. For my American friends, Clamato juice is tomato juice mixed with clam juice! Both delicious, though I will always be a bloody caesar fan first. The bloody mary came with a big olive, lime, lemon, celery stick, a peppered rim and a ton of hot sauce including sriracha sauce! I didn’t take a picture of the drink because I’m still working on my in-the-moment-food-photo-taking skills, but here is a picture that perfectly illustrates the two drinks and their only difference:

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Lastly, the menu. The delicious-sounding, perfect length (you know when you go to a restaurant and the menu is a novel? That’s always the worst) menu. Their brunch looked amazing; plenty of eggs, Irish breakfasts and even eggs served over a mound of poutine (fries, gravy, cheese)! I opted for a lunch item from their tea sandwich collection. O my goodness; smoked salmon, egg salad, capers, red onion, cucumber and cream cheese on freshly baked bread. Everything was served in small portions to make yourself and it was all so fresh! The smoked salmon platter came with a side salad made of organic greens and a balsamic glaze. It’s safe to say this is a restaurant that we will come back to the moment we return to this beautiful town.

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If you’re ever in the area, I suggest you try out this local favorite. It has a very home and rustic feel and you could tell that we were among the locals who had been there numerous times before. That is always a good sign when you walk into a restaurant. I’m so glad Frank found this gem as it was a special treat before we made the drive home. After saying our goodbyes to Tara and Ryan, we left feeling happy about the memories made over the weekend and with satisfied tummies for the trip back.

Thanks for having us Saratoga Springs!

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