If you were to ask me some things I would change about the food culture in Albany, one of the first thoughts that would come to mind is the lack of a good egg sandwich. Heck, even a mediocre to adequate egg sandwich. Something with real eggs and not some sliced egg loaf or frozen pre-formed patties. Definitely something that doesn’t come out of a microwave.
The egg sandwich was a key part of breakfast in my younger days, and I know there are quite a few transplants from other regions of the State that would agree. So I have long despaired over its absence in the Capital District. Other local foodies have suggested some diners that have a great version, but that’s not quite what I’m seeking. The thing I’m really longing for is a to-go sandwich, wrapped in foil with ingredients that are best right off the griddle. Ideally the egg is a little bit runny in the middle, although I know many people who like an over-hard egg with crispy edges (and I see some merits there). It should have American cheese. It should be buttered up and crispy and unhealthy.
Perhaps you feel the same way, but have been forced to resign yourself to extremely low quality imitators. If that’s the case, I’d like to offer two places that I have found that mostly fit the bill, based on some trusted recommendations:
McCarroll’s at the Delmar Marketplace
McCarroll’s is tucked into the side of a grocery store right in the heart of Delmar’s four corners. The market itself has a cute small-town vibe (as small town as you might consider Delmar), with lots of families and locals frequenting the deli counter. On a weekend morning they were absolutely packed with patrons, almost all ordering an egg sandwich. This was my first hint that the recommendations about this place were spot on.
I ordered a classic bacon, egg, and cheese on a hard roll without any other condiments to get a feel for the sandwich.
Freshly cooked egg? Check – actually two of them for a nice filling to bread ratio. Slightly runny center? Not really – this was more of the over-hard egg style, but still delicious. Very close to having some runny yolk but not quite there. American cheese? Check. And the roll was buttered and crispy, although it was a little on the flimsy side for such a heavy sandwich. This sandwich gets extra points for some truly crisp and lovely bacon.
Also worth noting – the deli salads (things like a tuna mac salad, beet salad, and broccoli salad) looked excellent. I have a feeling that this place also knocks lunch sandwiches and sides out of the park.
Eggy’s Place is a little food truck that you will find in a Warehouse District parking lot in Albany. Is this a place that you would think of to come get breakfast before work? Probably not, but you should. Only open on weekdays for breakfast and lunch, I had always heard that this little truck with a colorful owner churns out a lot of high quality breakfast sandwiches.
Served up in only a few minutes, this sandwich was hot and delicious and on the salty side (just up to the brink of being over seasoned). Perhaps even more bacon than the first sandwich, which is the key to my heart. It was also served with two eggs cooked over hard, and the roll was beautifully crisped. But again, a little flimsy and messy.
Were either of these egg sandwiches the image of perfection that I was looking for? Not really. But they were the closest that I’ve found yet in the Capital District. The things that would put these over the edge for me is a heftier and denser roll that holds up better to the heaviness of the sandwich, and a little bit of runny yolk.
Any good places that I’m missing? Let me know in the comments below.
9 thoughts on “Searching for an Alright Egg Sandwich”
I love egg sandwiches on a hard roll, they’re one of my favorite breakfast treats. And I agree with you, they’re all standard stuff, with not a whole lot of difference from one to the next.
I haven’t been in awhile, but I used to love the egg sandwich at Yonder Farms on 155 & Albany St.
Daniel did an egg and cheese sandwich tour a few years ago and Jack’s Diner on Central won the day. https://fussylittleblog.com/2012/02/01/cracking-the-egg-and-cheese-sandwich/
I realize they will be less traditional, but what about places that do an elevated, modern take on brunch? Capital City Gastropub has an egg sandwich on their brunch menu, and there must be others that do a funky but delicious take on the classic egg and cheese sandwich.
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I am definitely interested in hearing about some creative takes on the sandwich, but I tend to skip over basic ones at diners or sit down places. Usually I’m looking for an egg sandwich when I’m on the go or traveling somewhere and need a hearty breakfast. So really the quest (at the moment anyway) is for more of a quick takeout version.
I didn’t realize that Yonder Farms would have breakfast fare – interesting. Adding this to my list of places to check out.
A few mornings ago I had an outstanding egg sandwich from Nibble in Troy. More of a non-traditional take since they don’t use a hard roll, but something closer to a knish-like bun. That said, the yolk was runny, the bacon greasy (but not too) and flavors came together nicely.
The Mess Hall in Averill Park does a pretty good egg sandwich.
I second Eggys place, H&L on the Hudson at Springers marina in Albany has good egg sandwiches other food as well. http://www.springersmarina.com/h-l-on-the-hudson.html
Daily Grind in Albany has the best I’ve had in town.
The Route 20 Café & Newsstand in Guilderland (just up the road from Crossgates Mall) makes a very good version of the form. Highly recommended.
I just tried this place over the weekend and it was excellent – thanks for the recommendation! Never would have guessed this place would have a good egg sandwich
Delmar Market Place was my favorite, until i found a better place…..right across the street at Perfect Blend. I’m a classic type of guy, hard-roll, two eggs, bacon and american cheese. and theirs is GREAT. They also have a bunch of funky/cool egg sandwiches which my wife seems to like. You should give them a try.