Jack's Oyster House or The Brown Derby (Albany)?
One of the best things about Jack's is that it's open 365 days a year and has a rich history. We went recently for lunch on Christmas Day.
When I think of Jack's I'm reminded of The Brown Derby . . .and the early 1900s!
I read that Chef Larry Schepici is now at The Brown Derby (owned by the Mallozzi family of Villa Italia fame). The Brown Derby menu looks like traditional American fare. Jack's looks like they are trying to reposition themselves with traditional "Jack's" dishes and newer French American cuisine (similar to what Union Square Cafe in NYC did). I'm not interested in "Albany's Greatest Restaurant Legend," just curious if Chef Luc Pasquier is creating great food today. Nice to see both are on www.opentable.com.
Has anyone been to Jack's AND The Brown Derby recently? Your thoughts? Do they have specials or dishes you would recommend beyond their traditional American menus?
I've only been to Hollywood Brown Derby once, and had an excellent meal; Jack's is a favorite, but the last couple of meals there have been more than a little disappointing--food served cold, broken cocktail glass, garlic mashed potatoes served to my allergic spouse (with the waiter insisting that the plate was garlic free). I've even complained to the management about some particular problems, never had a call back. I'm sure I'll continue to go--I love the space, but without much expectation that it will be very good.