SCHENECTADY — Oh my goodness, that was fun.

Amy and I stopped for lunch at the Bellevue Cafe on Broadway and had a terrific home cooked meal in a lively, authentic, diner-like setting.

It hooked us right from the get-go: the comfy booths; walls of windows that allow the sun to shine in on two sides; counter with spinny stools; and Tiffany-style lamps. The place was abuzz with diners around noontime, but that didn’t mean we had to wait. The hostess took us past a glass case filled with delicious-looking baked goods to a booth right next to a window. The place was spotless. Every table that wasn’t occupied was bussed.

We were happy to be in the main room; the back is pleasant but not as charming.

“It feels more like a diner in here,” said Amy.

You can be sure the food is, “Hearty, Healthy and Homemade” — after all, it’s printed on the back of the servers’ black T-shirts.

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