Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Grog Shoppe for Burgers in Schenectady NY

We recently took a three-day getaway to Schenectady New York to visit our niece Nicole at Union College. We couldn't have picked a better time to go! The Union College Men's Hockey team was competing that weekend for the Frozen Four NCAA Championship in Pittsburgh PA, and the entire campus was in a festive and celebratory mood to commemorate the occasion! And THEY WON!!

One place we always go when visiting is the Grog Shoppe on the corner of Erie Boulevard and State Street in downtown Schenectady.

The Grog Shoppe in Schenectady New York

A typical college town restaurant, the Grog Shoppe is known for their hearty food and appetizers at affordable prices. We've never been disappointed with the food there and always order one of their creative burgers.

A little known fact about the restaurant location and Erie Boulevard in general, is that it was once a section of the Erie Canal System. In 1925 it was filled in and renamed "Erie Boulevard" and is now a major thoroughfare in the downtown district.

On this visit we skipped the appetizers and ordered a couple of the Grog's famous hand pampered (hand formed) half pound freshly ground beef burgers.  Burgers come with chips and a pickle and you can request fries for an additional $.95. That's right! Only 95 cents! (prices April 2014)

Nicole and I both ordered the Grog Burgers with sweet potato fries. The Grog Burger is made with Bacon, Melted Swiss Cheese, a slice of Grilled Pineapple, exotic spices, and their own special sauce, served on a grilled roll. Crazy as a pineapple sounds on a burger it really tastes wonderful adding a subtle sweetness to the dish.

The Grog Burger
Yes, it's as good as it looks!

The Cowboy kept it simple and ordered the New Yorker Burger, made with melted cheese and bacon, with a side of fries.

The New Yorker

The Grog Shoppe serves everything from appetizers to dinners and burgers and deli-sandwiches. It's really got something for everything you're hankering for. Check our their menu HERE.

If you're in Schenectady - be sure to stop in!. It's a kitchy little place and a fun place to visit. Prices are great with burgers around $6.95 and dinners from $11.00 to $19.95.

The Grog Shoppe Dining Room

Off street parking is available next door and they're right across from the Schenectady train station.

The Grog Shoppe
277 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
(518) 374-199

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