This week’s review is for 69 Steakhouse, 409 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro. Scene/Community Editor Pam Sperbeck Holmes and her sons, Joey and James, ate there recently and had this to say:

ABOUT THE RESTAURANT: 69 Steakhouse has been around for quite a few years but my family has never eaten there so we thought we would give it a try. We went around 1:30 p.m. so the restaurant was pretty empty at that hour, although there were quite a few patrons at the bar. It’s a casual place with plenty of seating and a friendly staff. Our waitress was quick to get us seated and take our drink order. We were impressed by the menu, which has something for everyone, including steaks, seafood, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads. There is a large selection of gluten-free items. Hours are 3:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

WHAT WE ORDERED: For starters, we all shared the Sample Platter for $12.99; myself and James shared an order of chicken riggies for $14.99; and Joey ordered a hamburger for $8.49. For dessert, James and I shared a slice of turtle cheesecake for $4.99.

OUR REVIEW: The sample platter was a selection of chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, onion rings and toasted raviolis served with honey mustard, marinara and barbecue sauce. Although I’m not a fan of everything fried, we all loved everything — with the exception of the toasted raviolis, which seemed to be very light on the filling. The chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks and onion rings were all nice and crispy on the outside and full of flavor.

Joey’s hamburger was one half pound of ground sirloin cooked exactly how it was ordered — medium rare. He thought the fries were some of the best that he’s had.

The chicken riggies, which we ordered medium, were rigatonis tossed with chicken, hot and sweet peppers, mushrooms and olives in a chardonnay cream sauce. They were delicious, although they could have used a little more bite to them. Unlike most chicken riggies, which often seem to lack chicken, these riggies were loaded with tender, juicy pieces. Even though James and I shared this dish, we still had leftovers to take home.

To end our lunch, James and I have a hard time resisting dessert, so we ordered the gourmet turtle cheesecake, which was a generous wedge of New York-style cheesecake resting on a thick layer of fudge, covered with a caramel sauce, garnished with chopped pecans and nestled on a graham cracker crust. It was delicious and a great way to end lunch with my boys.

OUR FAVORITE PART: Along with the great service, we thought the food was the best part — as it should be! Everything was delicious and we will definitely be back.

COULD BE IMPROVED: For $14.99 for the chicken riggies, it would have been nice if bread was served with them.