Revisited: The Standard – Albany, NY

Sometimes my memory stinks.

The Standard

We went to back to The Standard for the first time in over 2 years, and upon looking at the menu, I got a little excited that they had a Cobb salad. I had totally forgotten that I had that the first time I went.

Cobb salad

As an appetizer, I ordered their monstrous Cobb Salad.

Cobb Salad from The Standard

Cobb Salad from The Standard

I don’t really have a lot to say that I didn’t already. On this visit, the avocado was sad and droopy, and the chicken was very dry. I have to remind myself not to order this any more; there are much better ways to spend $13 plus tip.

I wanted something relatively small for dinner, so I went with the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich (Crispy Coated Chicken Breast Covered with Melted Mozzarella Cheese and Our Spicy Buffalo Sauce, Served on a Brioche Bun with Lettuce, Tomatoes and Fries – $9.45).

Buffalo chicken sandwich

Buffalo chicken sandwich with fries

I felt like something was a little weird about the way the sandwich looked. The cheese was melted completely covering the chicken. I moved the slightly stale bun from the top, and flipped the soggy “crispy chicken breast” to find this:


Most of the breading was gone, and what was left was completely soaked in a tasteless Buffalo sauce. I ate as much as I could.

I don’t have a lot of great things to say about this visit. Cassie’s food was a little better. She ordered the double-stuffed potato spring rolls, and once those came to the table (the first batch that was delivered were their buffalo chicken spring rolls — side note: with three types of identical-appearing spring rolls on the menu, this could be a common error), they were alright. She ordered a different salad than I, and her’s looked much better.

Honestly though, I’m troubled by the Buffalo chicken sandwich. It’s not a terribly difficult thing to execute. I’m sure I could even take an escalator up to the Food Court, make a quick left, order a superior spicy chicken sandwich and fries at Wendy’s, spend less money, and have a better experience.


One thought on “Revisited: The Standard – Albany, NY

  • MetalFrog

    I fucking love Wendy’s spicy chicken sandwich. Had a nearly identical experience with my buffalo sandwich from The Standard too. part of the breading was sheared off and it was soggy from the sauce. Maybe it’s how they turn a normal patty into a spicy one?

    It was highly disappointing, but I enjoyed the mac and cheese that I got instead of the fries.


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