“As long as there’s pasta and Chinese food in the world, I’m okay”

Michael Chang

I live in the Schenectady/Niskayuna area and pass by LT’s Grill (2305 Nott Street, Niskayuna) all the time and finally one day, curiosity got the best of me and I checked it out. I love the feel of the restaurant. I could see it having a great bar business and it being a great place to watch sports on top of serving food. LTsGrillThe servers were great, very attentive and knowledgeable of  the restaurant. The first thing I spotted when we sat down was the salad bar and I knew I was going to have to get that with my meal. The salad bar was great, it not only offered iceberg but I could get mesclun which is a huge plus in my opinion. I got to add mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, sunflower seeds & oil and vinegar. Everything looked fresh, was crispy and tasted great. I was disappointed that it was the best part of my meal.

For dinner I ordered the Tuscan Sunset, which was a combination of bacon, spinach, roasted garlic and sun dried tomatoes, sauteed with chicken and tossed with pasta for 14.95. The pasta was cooked well but was a little salty. Overall the pasta dish just didn’t have that much flavor. It said on the menu that there was garlic and I hardly tasted any, the sun dried tomatoes had a good texture but they, too, were lacking in flavor. The only thing I actually could taste was the bacon and because everything else was lacking, the bacon flavor took over everything, especially the chicken.

For a meal that cost about $15, I expected a little more in terms of flavor. LTsGrill2My Mom ordered the ribs and those too were a little disappointing. Most of the ribs had barely any meat on it and aside from being overly drenched in BBQ sauce, they could almost have been called jerky. I have a good feeling though that their burgers probably would’ve been good since I think they identify themselves more as a BBQ place than an Italian restaurant. Granted, the ribs were a little rough but with the feel of the place I feel it’s safe to assume that if I had a burger, this post would have gone in a completely different direction. Of course, there’s only one way to find out! If you were given just a bowl of plain pasta, what local ingredients would you cook with it?

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