Peaches Cafe – Albany, NY
It had actually been two years since my last visit to this place for breakfast, so I suggested it for a quick stop on the way out on a road trip on a Saturday.
The menu is really no more elaborate than that of a great diner. Eggs have really become a staple in most of my breakfasts, so I focused on finding something interesting on the egg and omelets menu. That morning, I was having trouble deciding between the Texas eggs (Eggs Scrambled with Salsa, Roasted Corn, Pepper, Onion, Cheddar Cheese and Tortilla Chips Over Home Fries – $8.95), the breakfast burrito (Scrambled Eggs, Pepper, Onion, Roasted Corn and Pepperjack Cheese wrapped in a Warm Tortilla, Served with Salsa and Sour Cream. Sorry No Toast. Add $1.75 for Ham or Sausage Mixed in. $8.95), and the southwest potato frittata (Potato, Roasted Corn, Pepper & Onion Cooked into an Open Omelet with Pepperjack Cheese on Top, served with a Side of Salsa. Sorry the Potatoes are in the Omelet. $8.50).
I guess there was a theme to my desires based on the menu. I finally settled on the breakfast burrito with sausage added; it’s a bit of a deviation from the scrambled eggs or omelets that I’m keen of, but it’s always fun to try something different.
I was somewhat disappointed with the size of the portion for the price. From the half of the burrito on the left, you can kind of tell that there’s a significant amount of overhang from the tortilla. In fact, the flour tortilla was doubled around the whole burrito for most of the circumference of it. The flavors inside were quite good. I didn’t find any peppers inside, but the corn and onions were sweet and slightly crunchy. The eggs were soft and slightly on the overcooked side. The sausage was very good, but I don’t think there was anywhere near $1.75 worth inside of the burrito.
The accompaniments were rather disappointing, The salsa looked like it was probably out of a jar or bottle, and the sour cream, served in a container which listed the ingredients, was a prepackaged, formulated product with way more ingredients than what needs to be in sour cream. The fried potatoes were pretty bad. They were unseasoned and simply fried once in a deep fryer. They had a deep color, but became extremely soggy by the time the plate got to the table. Use of the condiments brought to the table was essential.
I can’t say it was a completely horrible meal, but this experience doesn’t leave me very high on the place. Then again, it had been two years since I had been back, so I didn’t exactly expect to be wowed.