BALLSTON SPA — Need some TLC and something good to eat? You’ll find it in the compact, tidy white building that is home to Mom’s & Pop’s Cafe on Route 67. It’s friendly and welcoming, and they’ll give you something good to eat.
Service is speedy. If you’re pressed for time, Mike and Donna Venturiello will give you a good breakfast or lunch and get you on your way.
The one big dining room is painted a cheerful red and white, to match the striped awnings outside. There are wooden tables and chairs, and a small counter, perfect for lunch when you’re by yourself. It’s bright, friendly and welcoming.
Soft music was playing in the kitchen on a rainy day when husband Eric and I stopped in for a late lunch. Almost every table was filled and there were folks picking up takeout. Three servers had everything all under control.
They’ve got a diner menu with eggs any style, pancakes, frittatas, sausage, gravy and biscuits. At lunch you can get hot and cold sandwiches or subs, salads, wraps, pizza, burgers and fantastic-looking french fries. The prices are friendly, too; I like that you can get two eggs on a roll with cheese for $2.95. You can’t beat that.
Coffee cups were steaming in the air conditioning on a chilly, rainy day. I ordered a mug of hot chocolate ($1.79), that came topped with a generous mound of whipped cream and drizzles of chocolate syrup that made an ordinary cup into something special.
Eric enjoyed the Buffalo chicken wrap ($7.45), filled with chunks of breaded chicken, lettuce, tomato and blue cheese dressing.
He thought the wing sauce was just right, and said it was, “not too spicy.” You can get chips on the side, or homemade potato or macaroni salad. Eric had no trouble finishing the generous bowl of mac salad.
My sandwich was good, but the house-made potato chips were the star. They cook thick slices of Russet potatoes until golden brown and delicious. I added extra salt, but they were otherwise perfect. I had a generous pile, and finished them all.
I had Papa’s favorite sandwich ($7.45), a heavenly Italian mix of prosciutto, salami and Capicola accompanied by roasted red peppers and grilled onions under a layer of melted Provolone cheese. It was heavenly, and quite filling, and they get points for their excellent hard rolls that actually have some flavor. The sandwich was heated and the exterior of the roll toasted up a bit, adding a crunchy contrast to the meaty filling. Delicious.
They’ve brought in some fancy prepackaged desserts, but the rack of cookies and muffins by the register caught my eye.
They’re baked in the store by Donna, and as we were too full to eat anymore, I purchased a pack of two chocolate chip cookies to eat later at home ($1). They were extra tasty, soft and very nice.
The tab came to a modest $25.95 with tax and tip. Bring your bill to the counter to pay.
Mom & Pop’s is locally owned and charming, inexpensive and friendly. I’ll be stopping by soon for that egg on an excellent roll. You should, too.
Mom & Pop’s Cafe
WHERE: 885 Route 67, Ballston Spa, 885-1549, mompopscafe.com
WHEN: 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday.
HOW MUCH: $25.95 with tax and tip and two drinks.
MORE INFO: Credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover. Children’s menu. ADA compliant