Occasionally diner food happens. You wake up, think about home fries and hotcakes, and drive to your local diner. Diner food doesn’t vary much, which is probably why they have become fairly standard across America. Eggs, bacon, toast. Mmm. Mac’s Diner is about an hour north of Albany, not far from my hometown of Greenwich, NY at 106 Broad St. in Schuylerville. It’s pretty standard diner dining; the perfect cure for the hangover or your post-Church meal (yes, I just put those in the same sentence).
Mac’s Diner doesn’t have a Web site, and I’m not sure when it opened, but it has been around for a while. It’s on the main street of Schuylerville and it’s closest competition is Eli’s Broad Street Breakfast just down the street. For the record, I prefer Eli’s. They also serve diner food, but they have some tasty, local selections to choose from. However, Eli’s is tiny and you often are waiting for a table, which is exactly why I ended up at Mac’s last weekend.
The special of the day was a “Mac Bun” with home fries. Despite what the menu says, a “Mac Bun” is a hard roll with egg, cheese, and a sausage patty (the menu calls this a “Mac Bun Meat”). Being the savvy vegetarian I am, I double-checked with my order and turns out I was seeking a “Mac Cheese.” Regardless, I got a hard roll with egg and cheese, served with home fries.
I got my order and it was as expected. Plain white plate with food and no frills. I’m a fan of presentation, and trying to make such a plain meal look a little prettier wouldn’t have been a bad idea, but…it’s still a diner. It also was an egg and cheese sandwich, something I could have easily made at home, but I ordered anyway (my own fault). All in all, it was satisfying. I do give props to the chef on the home fries, they weren’t greasy at all. I didn’t even know that was possible with home fries.
Mac’s Diner is an average diner that will satisfy your weekend breakfast cravings. I wouldn’t make a trip for it, but next time I’m in town I will swing by again (after checking Eli’s first, of course).