After a solid hike there is nothing I want more than mac and cheese. It’s pure comfort, and Druthers [1053 Broadway, Albany NY] does it right.
They’re excellent with comfort food and feel in general. On an early evening weekend we were seated in the bustling brewery. I loved the wide open space and relaxed atmosphere. I had been curious about the establishment when there was only one location, in Saratoga. Now with a second in town, I had no excuses not to visit! As it is a brewing co, you should definitely sample one (some) of their beer.
Really feeling devious, we went for the pork belly banh-mi as a starter. They were perfectly fluffy with a crisp and just melt in your mouth good.
We split an order of the creamy dreamy mac and cheese for our main, with spinach and artichokes in the mix.
The shells were huge and soaked up the cheese in their ridges, they were exactly the level of al dente that I hope for. What I loved so much about this variation (you can order different things in your mac) was the spinach leaves were whole and the artichokes were clearly pealed fresh. Not that this is healthy at all! But the vegetables were real, not just an afterthought mixed it.
Everything was so ridiculously delicious, even though I was stuffed we weren’t leaving without dessert. We split a pineapple upside down cake, it was the only item on the dessert menu for the night. It kind of surprised me that a brewery would have this choice for dessert, I’ve never had a cake like this before and it totally exceeded my expectations. Extremely moist and flavorful, excellent texture, just right on!
We had a wonderfully sinful dinner right in town, I can see why people love Druthers. Everything hits the spot and you feel at home.