Mom ordered the chicken chorizo ($18), which was a hefty portion of angel hair pasta under chicken breast, artichokes and tomatoes. Though the chorizo in the dish was sparse, it worked well with the garlic and wine sauce, and overall it was a hit. Dad chose the “branch cut” prime rib ($23) which was prepared just as ordered and came with a side of horseradish that gave it just the right amount of flavor. His only criticism was that it came out lukewarm, but other than that, it was just what the doctor ordered. Everyone saved just enough room to share a couple of desserts – the deep dish Tollhouse pie and the apple crisp ($5.75, each). The pie was huge, with an Oreo crust and cookie center topped with vanilla ice cream. While the girls made light work of the pie, Son, Mom and Dad fought over the warm crisp (also topped with ice cream), which was a perfect mix of contrasting textures and temperatures.
We got the impression that the Log Jam cares a lot about its customers. From the comfortable decor and friendly staff to the many thoughtful touches such as offering mix-and-match and light-sized entrees, as well as gluten free options, their spirit of hospitality won us over. If we had a complaint, it would be that our final bill was a bit high for what we usually spend for a casual meal, though we are not usually treated to such a bountiful salad bar, which was included with our meals. Overall, we give the Log Jam Restaurant 4.5 C’s for service, 4 C’s for family friendliness and 4 C’s for food.
The Family Chow hails from the Capital District and will be contributing regular reviews of area restaurants based on service, food and family friendliness.