A couple of weeks ago, I found myself looking for an easy oven baked lamb rack recipe. I saw racks of lamb were “on-sale” at our local grocery store. They said they were on sale, and I believed them. Were they really? Who knows.
A few weeks ago, legs of lamb were on sale at the grocery store, so naturally, I wanted an easy leg of lamb recipe. I’ve cooked lamb chops but never leg of lamb. I didn’t *really* even know what to expect when the leg of lamb arrived. There was an actual leg in it. Now before you say “duh,” a lot of time, the actual leg bone is removed. Mine was not.
So looking for an easy leg of lamb recipe became challenging. The easiest would be the instapot like this recipe, but mine didn’t fit. So I opted for the second easiest leg of lamb recipe: roasting.
Halfmoon Diner (Clifton Park, NY)
While in New York, I wanted to go to a new diner. New York State, has plenty of diners throughout the state and I’ve been to a fair share from Long Island to the City, Albany, Syracuse, the North Country, and Buffalo. It’s funny; when I went to college in Upstate NY, I spent the least amount of time in Albany. Since moving away, I’ve spent more time in Albany than the rest of the area.
When we arrived at the Halfmoon Diner, it wasn’t crowded, but when we left, it was clear it was the place to be.
The inside of the Halfmoon Diner has plenty of booths, tables, a full-length bar, and a good looking dessert case.
Halfmoon Diner Coffee (and Wine!):
The coffee at the Halfmoon Diner was brewed hot and fresh. The waitress brought plenty of refills.
My meal at the Halfmoon Diner came with a small glass of wine. I choose red, and it was delicious. It was the first diner meal I’ve had that has come with wine, so that was fun.
Halfmoon Diner Food: C
The Halfmoon Diner menu has plenty of specials. From breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there is everything you want in a diner and with plenty of specials. I decided to order the “leg of lamb” special. It came with A LOT of food. Soup, salad, wine, and two sides. On paper, that sounds awesome.
I decided to order the beet salad which was an extra $3 but was worth it. The beets on top were great, but the lettuce was watery and had no green to it.
For my soup at the Halfmoon Diner, I chose the Manhatten clam chowder. This was one of my more favorite parts of the meal. There was plenty of clams and the red sauce was good.
My roast leg of lamb was drowning in brown gravy. It was dry and didn’t taste fresh. To me, it felt as though the meal was taken from a bunch of frozen food, reheated and brought out. I expected a leg of lamb; it was a few slices of lamb underneath brown gravy.
My two sides, broccoli and french fries were both frozen and reheated. The broccoli was good, but the crinkle fries at the Halfmoon Diner were bland, and I was too full to finish them.
In all, the food at the Halfmoon Diner was decent and right down the middle. It was nothing interesting or fancy but edible.
Halfmoon Diner Service: A
The waitress at the Halfmoon Diner was one of the best waitresses I’ve had at a diner. Our food came out fast, she gave recommendations for good options, and she was friendly. She made the visit worth it.
Halfmoon Diner Cost: $
For all of my food, plus the extra $3 for the salad, it was only $18.
Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back of the Halfmoon Diner?
The Halfmoon Diner was good. The food was boring, but there was plenty of food. It’s a stereotypical diner and a decent stop in the greater Albany area.
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Questions for you:
What is your favorite type of wine?
Do you like lamb?
George’s Place (Cape May)
George’s Place falls into the gray areas of dines. Is it a diner? A restaurant? There are many conflicting opinions about it. A couple of weeks ago my husband and I flew down to Cape May. While walking around in Cape May, we realized we were hungry. George’s Place has been on my to-do list for a while. Guy from Food Network recently and loved it. Spoiler: it’s worth going too.
George’s Place Atmosphere: B
Georges Place is located on the corner in Cape May. Cape Mat downtown is cute with plenty of local shops and restaurants. To be honest, there is not a lot to indicate the restaurant is there. In fact, we walked right by twice before realizing it was there.
The inside of George’s Place is clean, and there are about ten seats. I like it because despite George’s Place being small, you aren’t sitting on top of anyone. In some diners and restaurants, you feel as though you are dining with ten strangers.
George’s Place Service: A
The waitress at George’s Place was extremely friendly. After ordering, I decided I wanted extra pita bread, and she was more than accommodating.
George’s Place Food: A
George’s Place menu has breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, they close from 3-5. They are well known for their breakfast specialties like their waffles, hash browns, and french toast. I want to go back sometime for breakfast.
Their menu is strictly Greek Specialties. Greek food is one of my favorite choices at a diner so I was excited to try it out.
We chose the “hummos sampler” It came with four types of hummus. I’m not typically a hummus fan, but each flavor was delicious. Since the pita bread was so good, I decided to order more with my meal.
George’s place specializes in Greek Food, and that’s all they have. I ordered the lamb chops which came with orzo and a side Greek salad. The lamb chops were cooked to perfection. The Orzo was cooked in a thick Greek flavored sauce which was tasty. The side salad was bigger than the size of many entree salads I’ve ordered. Very few meals have left me as full as this one.
George’s Place Price: $$
For the appetizer and lamb chops, the price was $30. The meal was well worth it, and the quality of food is the best I’ve had for a while. It’s important to note, George’s Place is a cash-only restaurant. There are several ATMs in Cape May located nearby.
Would I come back/Summary of George’s Place (Cape May):
Georges Place is one of my top five diners, and I’ll be back next time in Cape May. If you are ever in Cape May or take the Lewes Ferry, I suggest making the stop.
ETA: I’ve been back to George’s Place several times and always had a pleasant meal.
Coffee: N/A (I know shocking I did not get any)
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Questions for you:
Have you ever been to a restaurant on the food network?
Do you like lamb chops?