I had heard of Anthony’s Canalside Restaurant and seen their ads so on a recent beautiful day after I had an especially grueling workday; I decided to drive out to Rotterdam Junction to sit by the canal, enjoy watching the river and have a good meal.
Alas, I was mistaken on all points.
The front of Anthony’s faces a very short, dead end street. You enter the restaurant and have the choice of going to the left for the “take-out” section or going to the right into the dining area.
I walked into an empty dining room, was immediately greeted by two waitresses, and I asked to sit at a table overlooking the canal. The ladies looked at me as though I were crazy. There are six tables in this dining room and the ones by the window overlook the street. Why on earth would I think I would be able to see the canal?
I sat at a small table in front of an old-fashioned stove that was set in a brick fireplace. The light pine wood paneling was pretty and I peaked through a doorway to see more tables and a nice-looking bar area.
The menu consisted of pizzas, sandwiches, pasta, several kinds of parmigiana and burgers all in the under $15 price range – most under $10.
While I looked over the menu, my waitress had brought me a basket of bread. There were some interesting “bread sticks”. They were about an inch thick and four inches long and soft and garlicky. I had an idea, and my waitress confirmed, that it was the pizza dough rolled out in squares, covered with garlic and seasonings, and cut up to sop up your sauce. They were very tasty. If they had been served warm, they would have been sensational.
Since I was treating myself, I decided to have the steak pizziola. This was a 16 oz. NY strip covered with onions and peppers. At $17.95, it was the most expensive dish on the menu.
Dinners come with soup or salad and I decided to be good and have a salad. It was a cereal sized bowl of iceberg lettuce, a tiny bit of shredded carrot and red cabbage with some onion slices and black olives.
Also included was a side of pasta. Unfortunately, the rigatoni was overcooked and the sauce was tasteless.
My much anticipated steak was served with vegetables on the plate. A vegetable medley. Frozen peas, carrots, corn and green beans. Cooked so much that the peas were shriveled. I’ll give credit that someone in the kitchen had put some seasoning on them to zip it up but, frozen vegetables are frozen vegetables.
The travesty was the steak. I ordered it “medium” and what was served was very “well done”. When I told my waitress the meat was not what I ordered, her response was, “I’ll tell the chef”. Well, the chef may have been told, but absolutely nothing was done about it.
When I left, I asked if I could get a take out menu. I was told they didn’t have menus I could take out. I went next door to the take out section, waited 5 minutes at the counter while two staff people ignored me and when a lady finally appeared and I asked for a take out menu, she also looked at me like I was crazy. Why would there be a take out menu in the take out section.
As I went out the door, she called out that she might have menus in about two weeks.
Don’t worry, I won’t be back.
Anthony’s Canalside Restaurant
1 Riverside Dr., Rotterdam Junction
Fri and Sat 11-10