Sunday, January 04, 2009

Life Is A Highway

Everyday's (photo taken against the sunlight)

A small detour along the road of everyday life can sometimes present a unique, positive experience. Such was the case Saturday for me and my posse. I needed studded snow tires for the car, which had been behaving badly on the slippery streets. I called around and found many tire stores had already sold out the size tire I needed. Eventually, Adirondack Tire professed to have "two in stock." The guy who answered their phone said he'd hold 'em for us if we could be there around 12.

When we arrived, the smiling clerk greeted us "oh. ha-ha, you're the one who called earlier! Yup, we got'cher tires, but we don't got no studs." YUP! We drove all the way out Central Avenue for nothing. Upon exiting the Adirondack Tire parking lot, we noticed a big blue building a little ways up on the other side of Central. It looked the word "tires" was on it so we headed over.

Ta-da! The fellow at JD's Tire Kingdom had the tires in stock and at a better price than his competitor down the road. Because there were many customers ahead of us, he expalined we would have anout a 90-minute wait. Hmmmmmm... it was lunchtime and we had planned to stop by Mickey D's but... the JD's clerk said there was a little diner about a 1/2 mile down the road. Since me and my people all had warm winter coats and boots, we trekked down to a wonderful little place called "Everyday's."

Think neighborhood Cheers-like bar meets 1960s style restaurant. The customers at the bar were friendly. Nice atmosphere, fireplace and comfy booths to sit in! The waitress welcomed us as though we'd been coming there for years. We ordered Pizza, Chicken wings, French Fries, Dollar hamburgers and Coffee.

While the Pizza was okay, everything else was spectacular. For those who like wings coated bot drowning in sauce, these were sweet, crisp and meaty! The Dollar hamburgers as described by the waitress before she brought them out had us thinking along the lines of White Tower / White Castle, but the actual burger and roll was much bigger, and really tasted good! The fries were cut similar to Mickey D's but had that homemade flavor so hard to duplicate in a fast food environment. Coffee was made on demand, one small pot at a time, so it was delicious! Our bill was actuially a few bucks less than what we would have spent at McDoanld's so we gave the waitress a little extra in the tip. By the time we got back to JD's the car was all done!

So, if you ever need new tires around lunchtime and you're in Colonie along Central Avenue, try the JD's / Everyday's Combo!

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