At the Table: Friendly Flight Line Pub serves good burgers, entrees

The Little League World Series was playing on the big screen TVs at TJ’s Flight Line Pub and of cour
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TJ’s Flight Line Pub

WHERE: 20 Saratoga Road, Glenville. Telephone 399-8401

WHEN: 11:30 a.m.-closing Monday-Friday; noon to closing Saturday; 1 p.m.-closing Sunday.

OTHER INFO: tjsflightline.com/ Handicapped accessible. Visa and MasterCard.

COST: $40

The Little League World Series was playing on the big screen TVs at TJ’s Flight Line Pub and of course we got absorbed in the game as we waited for our appetizer. Not so absorbed, mind you, that we didn’t turn away from the screen as soon as Tamara, our server, delivered a big plate of deep-fried cheese ravioli in marinara sauce.

The Flight Line, so named because of its proximity to the Schenectady County Airport, offers the usual amenities of a pub — there’s a pool table, a high-tech jukebox and the big screen TVs for sports fans. It also serves up good food for those looking for lunch or dinner. And if you go on the right night and early enough, you don’t have to dine to karaoke. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

We stopped by the Flight Line for an early dinner the other evening and found the menu offered a good selection of pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and full entrees to select from. There are also nightly specials and a soup du jour — it was minestrone on the evening we visited.

The patrons this evening were a mixture of families and young singles, including some members of a men’s softball team who had just finished a game.

Choice appetizer

The fried ravioli ($6.99) from the appetizer section of the menu turned out to be a good choice. They were a textural treat, warm and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, and the marinara sauce that accompanied them was particularly good.

I was in the mood for a burger and ordered one topped with mushrooms and cheese with a Russian dressing-style sauce. (It also comes with onions, but I asked that they skip those). It was a big, 8-oz. Black Angus burger — too large to be contained by the outsized roll that flanked it — and it was cooked to a perfect medium rare, making it juicy and flavorful.

It came with a choice of a side and I opted for a garden salad, which was a mixture of fresh greens, along with tomatoes, carrots and black olives with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette, which is made in house, as is the pub’s blue cheese dressing, its marinara sauce, and its breads, including what they use to make a variety of panini.

Another biggie

My dinner partner’s choice was a chicken parm sandwich, along with waffle french fries. The sandwich was a big one — like the burger — and he ate only half of it, declaring the other half would be lunch the next day. I sampled a couple of his waffle fries and found them to be nicely done — crispy and well seasoned. It was hard to resist going back for more.

You can also get a steak dinner at the Flight Line, pizzas of various sizes and with a variety of toppings, sandwiches, panini, wings and other kinds of finger foods, and chicken Parmesan with spaghetti, among other possibilities.

Our server — who was also tending bar — was clearly good at multitasking; our entrees arrived soon after we’d finished the ravioli, and she refilled our sodas twice on the fly.

T.J.’s Flight Line Pub has been operated by T.J. Ruggiero since last November. Ruggiero speaks proudly of the pub’s 8-oz. Black Angus burgers, its pizzas and its sauces and breads. He also plugs their “After-Burner Wings,” which are chicken wings that are deep-fried, then bathed in sauce, then quick-roasted in a hot oven.

Our tab, for an appetizer we shared, burger, salad, sandwich and fries came to $40 with tax and tip.

NAPKIN NOTES

Pubs are among my favorite places to eat. The atmosphere is usually friendly and, if you pick the right one, you’ll find good food there as well as something cold to slake your thirst on these dog days. These are the places you’ll find a great Reuben or shepherd’s pie and, in cooler weather, great chowders and chilis. You also can go solo and in your everyday duds and not feel a bit out of place.

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