Monday, August 30, 2010

western diner

M and I were in search of a quick diner breakfast close to our apartment, but it couldn't be at our old standby Metro 20. Unfortunately, the last time we ate at our formerly beloved Metro, there were flies buzzing around our table throughout the whole meal. Probably one of M's biggest pet peeves. So he declared that our last meal at the Metro. Which left us scrambling for some good, quick breakfast. We decided to try the Western Diner which is a few miles further  up the road.

I thought their coffee cups were cute, and since I usually drink my coffee black with 2 sugars, I dove right in. It wasn't as good as Metro's coffee, but it was acceptable.

M, on the other hand, takes his coffee with creamers. Unfortunately the creamers presented to him hadn't been kept refrigerated as the labels directed and when he mixed them into his coffee curdles rose to the top. M was disgusted. He tried fishing the curdles out, but ended up sending the entire cup back. And our waiter never brought him a new one...

And the water is served in mini glasses...another pet peeve of ours.

The counter was empty because there were only 2 or 3 other customers there. All older. I have a feeling their core demographic is geriatric.

Our meals arrived. You can't tell from this photo, but my French Toast was pretty much neon yellow. I have NEVER seen French Toast that looked like this. And they presented my plate like this....with dirty butter and syrup packets LAYING ON TOP OF MY FOOD. No. Unacceptable. Disgusting. The French Toast had no seasoning, no powdered sugar, nothing. I guess if your main clientele is the elderly you don't have to be too concerned over giving your food any flavor?

This was M's breakfast. He was already stewing over the coffee incident, and wasn't impressed with his breakfast to say the least. His homefries were burnt and crusty, he described the bacon as "weak ass," his sausages were "crappy pre-frozen Jimmy Dean," and he said his eggs were slimy. 

M summed up our experience with this zinger: "But only ONE fly in the place...guess they don't like the food either."

The search continues...


  1. Ewwe! Total breakfast fail! I wouldn't have paid. I would have just gotten up and walked out.

  2. Try the Alexis Diner at 294 North Greenbush Road,
    Troy or Gateway Diner at 899 Central Avenue.

  3. Thank you for taking the bullet on the Western diner. I've been meaning to go and try it myself, but now I can skip it with a clean conscience.

    I love Dewey's Diner, which is on Fuller and only a bit further from Metro than Western. Sadly they are not open on Sunday, and Inga's which is next door isn't nearly as good.

    Dewey's is a bit divey, but there are no flies.

    In the other direction, a bit farther afield is Mike's Diner in Guilderland. It's fine, but I much prefer the vibe at Dewey's

  4. Ah, huge bummer about the bad breakfast. I HATE it when I get a glass of water in a tiny glass! Especially when the only drink I ask for is water! Haha. Do they want to keep coming back and re-filling it for me? Just give me a huge glass, please. Hahaha. I love my water.

    Come to Canada, there's a great breakfast place in my city! Hahaha.

  5. Total bummer. I moved to Albany within the past 2 years, and have still been unable to find a decent diner breakfast. Although, I'm excited now to try a couple mentioned above, particularly Dewey's, which I've never heard of... *fingers crossed*


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