Grabbed lunch at Francesca's today.
Parking is on the street which is a Pay Park area. Credit card and coins are taken at the kiosk. Be sure to put the ticket on your dashboard to avoid a ticket.
Accessibility: there are no stairs going into the restaurant. The space is somewhat tight so it may be difficult for someone with a large walker or a power chair to navigate.
Menu: This is strictly a breakfast and lunch spot (open M-F 7:30AM to 4:30 PM).The breakfast menu features various bagels with assorted toppings (butter, PB, Cream cheese, tomatoes) croissants, muffins, ciabatta with the afore mentioned toppings, hot oatmeal, various breakfast sandwicjes and two breakfast wraps. There is a large assortment of coffees that are listed on the blackboard behind he counter. The lunch menu features 5 salads, 6 gourmet sandwiches, all the usual types of deli sandwiches, and an array of grilled sandwiches, as well as soup of the day. Prices range from $1.35 to $6.95 fir breakfast with the average around $3, and lunch menu prices range from $4.25 to $9.95 with the average around $6. If you friend them on Facebook you will get a posting about what the soup and the daily specials are each day.
I ordered the Murano (the daily special: a grilled sandwich with salami, ham, provolone, roasted red peppers, red onion, tomatoes and field green) and the Julius Ceasar sandwich (also available as a wrap) that consisted of chicken, field greens, roasted red peppers, smoked mozzarella, red onions and Caesar dressing on a roll. Sandwiches are served with a bag of chips and a pickle. Be forewarned that the sandwiches are HUGE! Both my better half and I could only finish half of our respective sandwich. There was a good half pound of grilled chicken on the Caesar Sandwich. It was so large I had to half it and eat it as open faced sandwich because I could not get it in my mouth. While hubby managed to eat his as a sandwich, it was a stretch, with a huge mound of salami and ham on nicely grilled bread. The ingredients are very fresh, and the sandwiches are made fresh to order.
The staff is very friendly, and the owner Francesca chats with customers while waiting for their sandwiches to grill. It is obvious that there are many regulars, as the staff cheerfully greeted each by name as they came in, and they knew the "regular" order for a number of them.
Seating is limited and in nice weather there are tables outside to accommodate more guests.
If you are in Troy during the week, and are looking for a ridiculously large, yummy sandwich or salad, you definitely need to give Francesca's a try.
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