Morrette’s, the home of the King –sized steak sandwich has been a Schenectady tradition since 1947. The restaurant was originally founded by Tony Morette when he fell in love with Philadelphia style steak sandwiches and thought the people of Schenectady would love them, too. Tony retired and Morrette’s has been operated by the Pasquariello family since 1973.
Upon entering you’ll first see the lunch counter and several booths. I prefer to walk further back and sit in the dining room with the wooden tables and Schenectady memorabilia on the walls. There is a picture of the last horse drawn wagon the Freihofer’s bakery had on the streets, many scenes of old Schenectady and baseball players.
On my last visit, the table was set with a vase filled with silk violets hopeful of the beautiful spring weather that the cold, wet, dreary April day had failed to materialize.
I perused the menu to choose from the comfort foods like grilled cheese sandwiches, tuna melts, chili dogs and hot roast beef sandwich or 7 different kinds of burgers and decided on- what else- the King steak sandwich.
Steak sandwiches made of 100% rib eye steak are available in the King($6.29) or Queen($4.95) size, open faced($9.49), as a plate with roll on the side for all you low carb dieters($11.98) and as a sampler platter which has equal portions of the steak, homemade sausage and meatballs($11.98).
Choose from tomato sauce, cooked onions, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, cheese-American, mozzarella or cheddar, mushrooms, fried peppers, jalapenos, raw onions, gravy or barbecue sauce to enhance your sandwich. Each topping is an additional $.50 to $1.00 depending on the size of your sandwich. No charge for tomato sauce, cooked onions or lettuce.
I chose the King steak with tomato sauce, peppers and onions. The steak was juicy and flavorful. The tomato sauce thick and full of tomato flavor. The ingredients were piled on a big soft steak roll that soaked up the juices without getting soggy.
For a side, my big treat was the hand cut French fries for which Morrette’s is famous. No frozen potatoes from the restaurant supplier here. Fresh Idaho potatoes are hand cut everyday. Crispy on the outside and smooth, creamy potato inside. I had mine with gravy – thick rich and beefy ($2.79). Yum, yum, yum. Try getting that at a fast food burger joint. No way.
Morrette’s also offers homemade soups, chili, potato and macaroni salads and vegetarian burgers and pepper and egg sandwiches.
The prices are very budget friendly – a steakburger will only set you back $4.69 and a grilled cheese is $3.60 and a hot dog with meat sauce $1.99. All come with chips & pickles.
Morrette’s is a family friendly spot with good food and a pleasant atmosphere. Stop in for lunch, dinner or a snack.
Morrette’s Restaurant – 1126 Erie Blvd.
Mon-Thurs & Sat 11 am – 9 pm, Fri 11 am-10pm
Phone (518) 370-0555 Fax (518) 370-0694