However, food isn't all doom and gloom there. There are some cool cafes, a few pubs that do great counter meals, a fantastic new Chinese cafe, some good Indian and Thai places, and if you drive to Rutherglen and Beechworth you'll find some top notch fine dining restaurants.
One of my favourite places to eat at in Albury is Baan Sabai Jai Thai restaurant. I call it the 'Thai Trolley'. I go there once or twice a trip. It's unique, fresh, cheap and tasty. I guess it's a bit of a novelty for a country town, but also a sign of the fantastic multicultural influence.
Stir fries and soupy noodles are cooked in the wok on the outdoor trolley. It's very quick.Mum's birthday a couple of weeks back. We each chose a dish and shared it. Green tea was complimentary.
Our medium serve of rice ($5.00) came in an expensive looking plastic turin. I want one!
Mum chose the basil seafood ($18) which had crunchy vegetables and plenty of seafood: squid, mussels, prawns and fish.
I returned to the Thai Trolley the next day before I saw Love and other Drugs. I didn't have much time before the movie (been shopping!) but again the service was really quick. I ordered the Pad See Ew with king prawns ($14.90) and this came from the outdoor wok in less than five minutes. It had slippery noodles, about 10 juicy prawns and beautiful honey and sesame flavours. Plus it was topped with bean shoots which I love!