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Best Breakfast in a College Town

Best Breakfast in a College Town

Throughout my time at SUNY Albany, one place we always visited for breakfast was Cafe Madison. Once you step in, you’ll know why they have some of the best breakfast in the Capital Region. The decor is cute, the place is cozy and the lines are always long. Prior to the pandemic, you used to be able to get on the waitlist using the Yelp app — but it looks like they weren’t doing that this time around.

My guest and I arrived around 9:30am. We had the option to sit outside on their extended large patio in the front, or inside. It was a bit chilly so we chose inside. There was only about a 15 minute wait, which is usually unheard of for Cafe Madison on a Saturday morning. We were seated promptly and our waitress came over for our drink orders right away.

We both started with the pumpkin chai (pumpkin pie liquer, spiced rum, captain morgan, chai) which was warm, perfectly sweet, and definitely boozy. It was fabulous. After a long, invested, and thoughtful look over the menu, after debating with ourselves for a while, we FINALLY chose what to order. Although their mac daddy french toast (APPLE CIDER DONUTS, woah) did sound incredibly intriguing, we both ordered omelets since we were heading to Darling Doughnuts in Saratoga afterwards. Our choice was the Farmers Omelet. Pro Tip: Add cream cheese to your omelet. 

The omelet was perfectly cooked and loaded with cheese, potatoes, Canadian bacon, onion and tomato. It was filling but also light at the same time. Let’s talk about their bread… oh my gosh. The dill onion has always been my favorite. It’s always so perfect and it’s made in house. The potatoes are also made in house and loaded with an herb and garlic seasoning. They’ve always been a hit for us.

Our second cocktail, yes let us live our lives, was the hot spiked apple cider. Need I say more? It was the perfect sip of fall in a cup.

Overall, our experience was perfect. Our waitress was attentive, the environment was warm and inviting, and the food was nothing less but perfect.