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Favorite Fall Comfort Foods in the Capital Region

Gone are the warm, breezy days of patio dining in Albany, and in comes the brisk autumn air. Fall equals cider doughnuts, hot coffee, and pumpkin flavored everything! No one does fall comfort foods better than Albany - here's where you can find all the great autumn treats in the area.

Cider Doughnuts

a gloved hand reaching for cider doughnuts lined up on a sort of wooden tray

Cider doughnuts are the perfect indulgence after a day of apple picking. Pair them with coffee, hot chocolate, or apple cider. Most orchards around the region offer cider doughnuts. Discover why people are willing to stand in long lines for cider doughnuts by checking them out at one of the following orchards and farms:

  • Bowman Orchards in Rexford
  • Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont
  • Lansing Farm Market in Schenectady

See a full list of orchards here >>

Macaroni and Cheese

a dish of macaroni and cheese topped with green onions, newspaper underneath plateBuffalo mac and cheese at Pearl Street Pub, photo credit: Alan Nudi

Mac and cheese - it's the ultimate comfort food! Warm cheese, soft noodles, and even more cheese. Whether you prefer a classic macaroni and cheese, or you like to get a bit more creative with the addition of bacon or other add-ons, the Albany area has some great choices:

  • Albany Pump Station in Albany offers a hearty bacon mac and cheese and a decadent lobster mac and cheese
  • Pearl Street Pub in Albany has a buffalo chicken mac and cheese with seven different cheeses
  • Druthers Brewing Company in Albany and Saratoga has an award-winning mac and cheese

Soup & Chili

close up of squash soup with a dollup of bacon

Doesn't a steaming bowl or cup of soup really hit the spot on a crisp fall day? Nothing beats homemade soup if you end up making your own at home - the slow cooker is your friend! - but if you'd like to skip the work and head to a restaurant here's where you can find excellent soup:

  • The Century House in Latham offers a decadent lobster chowder and three onion soup
  • The Hollow Bar + Kitchen in Albany has a to-die-for three-bean ale chili and French onion soup
  • Iron Gate Cafe in Albany offers chicken florentine soup and black bean and ham


a cup of coffee with coffee beans spillin goff the saucer, what looks like scones to the left, and a small white candle in a red container on the right

Coffee is fantastic all year, but particularly in the fall! Albany is full of great coffee shops and cafes - many of which serve pumpkin spice lattes, exactly what most of us are craving come September and October.

Even if you're not a coffee person, there's often a variety of other beverages available, and there are certainly baked goods and pastries as well at these excellent coffee shops:

  • The Daily Grind, with locations in Albany and Troy, offers excellent coffee and sells coffee beans
  • Perfect Blend Cafe in Delmar has the ultimate atmosphere for getting your caffeine fix, with a fire place and window seats
  • Professor Java's in Albany roasts their coffee on site, switches up flavors often, and has a wide assortment of teas

Looking for more fall foods? Check out some great recipes for autumn >>

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