One of my most favorite things in life is breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day, honestly. No matter what it is, I’m pretty pumped about it. Cereal? Delicious. Toast? Awesome. Eggs? Get outta town, I ❤ eggs (clearly I am not vegan material). Finding a good breakfast spot is a little slice of heaven for me, and Cafe Madison in Albany is definitely a good breakfast spot (and future dinner spot, according to their site).
For myself and many other Saint Rose/Pine Hills neighbors, Cafe Madison is in a prime location. If you’re familiar with Albany, it’s at 1108 Madison Ave, just where Western Ave. and Madison Ave. split. It’s very much within walking distance to Saint Rose and, uhhh Trustco Bank, if you bank there. Personally, what I find nice about it at this time of year is the outdoor seating. Not many/not enough Albany restaurants offer this, and I’m not sure why because I love sunshine.
Unfortunately for patrons and fortunately for Cafe Madison, it is a well known Albany place for breakfast. If you’re going, plan on a wait…that sometimes is too long and you end up at Bruegger’s a few doors down, especially on the weekends. Weekdays, if you can do it, will give you a much better chance at being seated right away.
I’ve gone twice to Cafe Madison in the past few months, and both times have been extremely satisfied both with the food and the service. I ate outside on both occasions, and the first time I enjoyed a mimosa since I had just finished my capstone presentation for grad school! (insert happy face here). I’ve also heard they serve a great Bloody Mary, but tomato juice isn’t my thing. I ordered a Mediterranean omelette, without mushrooms (check out the full menu here) for my breakfast. Don’t let the picture fool you, it looks like a plain omelette but hidden inside were delicious spinach leaves, feta and tomatoes. The home fries are very good and not greasy, which I love. All seasoned perfectly.
The second time I went was also a pleasant dining experience, aside from the part where I watched my scooter get a parking ticket. (For future reference, there
is a parking lot in the back- don’t be dumb like me, use it. Or bring plenty of quarters, unlike me.) I ordered a different style of eggs which is fast growing on me, eggs benedict. I like this style mostly because the eggs aren’t fried, they are boiled. I’ve had this style (I’m not sure if “style” is what I need here- but you get what I mean) before at Wine N Diner, although it’s served more classically at Cafe Madison. When I say that the eggs at Cafe Madison were cooked perfectly, I mean P-E-R-F-E-C-T-L-Y. They were soooo good, the cheese was melted perfectly, the eggs were runny but not too over/under done. I have been trying to mimic this at home and I just can’t pull it off. Major props to the chef.
The friend I went with on the second occasion, who brightened my scooter parking ticket experience by giving me a sweet Wheel of Fortune toy, ordered the Tuscan frittata, pictured below. I won’t speak for her, but judging from the picture I am going to say it was pretty delicious.
If it seems like I am gloating about Cafe Madison, it’s because I am. I really, really like it and look forward to my next visit. The prices are reasonable, up to $10 a plate but easily less, the staff has always been pleasant, and again- outdoor seating. I suggest going and giving it a try for yourself!