Sometimes, despite our efforts, Mondays live up to their negative stereotypes. On one recent occasion, after a long day and an equally busy evening, making dinner was a very unappetizing prospect. A far better idea? Ordering from LT’s Olde Tyme Pizza and Subs in West Seneca.
LT’s has two locations (the other is on Main Street in Clarence, in Dash’s Market). The West Seneca site has a roomy dining area with about a dozen booths and a long counter for ordering and pickup along the side wall. It’s decorated in a ’50s motif, with pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Lucille Ball and other stars of the era lining the walls. When I visited, a Beatles tune was playing over the speakers.
Anticipating pizza on Super Bowl Sunday, we decided to forgo that Buffalo staple for some other items on LT’s menu.
To start off, we chose a small order of loaded fries with cheese and bacon ($2.99 small, $4.49 large). They were tasty and the order was generous, but it would have benefited from some sort of dipping sauce – we thought sour cream or ranch would have been delicious, but we made do with the blue cheese that came with our second selection – a single order of boneless wings ($9.99 for regular, $10.99 for specialty).
There were several flavors to choose from, including the classics of hot, medium or mild, as well as char-grilled BBQ, Cajun and Chiavetta’s. We went with half garlic Parmesan, half honey mustard. The former was the star of the show – the flavors were intense, but not overpowering. The honey mustard wings seemed like they were simply drenched in mustard – still very tasty, but I was missing the honey in the mix.
David also got a 7-inch stinger sub ($7.99; $11.99 for a 14-inch sub). It was loaded with a ton of meat for the price – he only ate half it because he got full, which is really saying something.
In addition to the mild chicken finger and steak, we ordered the sub with lettuce, provolone cheese and blue cheese. It was a bit dry despite the dressing, but an additional dollop from the blue cheese that came with our wings solved that problem.
The menu also includes Mexican specialties including tacos ($1.89 to $4.49), fajitas ($2.99 to $5.99) and quesadillas ($6.49 to $7.49); panini ($6.49) and stromboli ($6.49.)
LT’s advertises that its rolls are baked fresh every day. They aren’t the average Costanzo’s style, either – they have a darker, shinier finish and are sprinkled with sesame seeds.
I’m not usually a big dessert person, but I had heard that LT’s famous Mrs. T’s Olde Tyme cookies were worth the splurge. We ordered two of the extra-large cookies – one peanut butter and one sugar – at 99 cents each. I tried both (in the name of thorough investigative journalism, of course), and oh my goodness, the rumors were true.
Soft, buttery and oh-so-sweet, those were some of the best cookies I’ve ever tasted. I understand now why the cookies can be purchased by the half dozen ($5.79) and the dozen ($10.99), as well as larger orders if you call ahead.
Overall, we really enjoyed our trip to LT’s. Everyone we interacted with was pleasant and efficient, and the food was tasty and filling. We’re looking forward to going back sometime soon to check out their pizza – and another one of those cookies, of course.
Where: 1311 Union Road, West Seneca (674-8202) Also in Dash’s Market, 8845 Main St., Clarence (650-2868)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.