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“Good Pastrami Flavor”

Malta Diner Incorporated
Ranked #12 of 96 Restaurants in Ballston Spa
Cuisines: Diner
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Would have been a 5 if both sandwiches had near the same amount of meat. Great tasting pastrami on rye, but one sandwich had maybe 3 pieces of pastrami, not covering the bread, while the 2nd had about 6 overflowing the bread??? Inconsistent!!

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Ate at the Malta Diner yesterday.

Hours: Open Sunday thru Tuesday 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM Wednesday thru Saturday 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Parking: There is a nice sized lot that surrounds the diner. It is a little tricky to get into because of the round-about. We entered from Rte. 9 S and had to go through the bank parking lot to get there.

Interior is very clean and modern. . .very similar to any other diner in this part of the state.

Staff: The staff was pleasant and efficient. As with most diners and restaurants they were quite good at keeping hubby’s coffee filled but much slower getting me extra boiling water to refill my tea. On the positive, the water for tea was in its own pot and had not been run through the coffee machine, so it did not have a coffee “aftertaste”

Handicap Accessibility: The restaurant is up several stairs but there is a ramp. There is plenty of room between the booths and tables for a wheelchair to fit comfortably.

Menu: is large with mostly typical upstate NY diner fare. In keeping with the tradition of 20th century diners in the upstate NY, this diner has a definite Greek cultural undertone with the presence of Greek casual food, like gyros and souvlaki, several sandwiches that offered the option of gyro meat, and a lot of feta cheese included in the offerings.

The food: Typical diner food for Upstate NY. Hubby and I split a “Greekadilla” which was a large tortilla filled with chopped grilled chicken, feta, mozzarella, sliced black olives and spinach that was folded in half and grilled to melt the cheese served with tzatziki sauce on the side. This was a good sized “dilla” though it was somewhat light on the filling with the outside 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch all around just tortilla with no stuffing. The feta cheese was not overly salty. The sparse amount of spinach was mostly tasteless.

Prices: were average for diners in this area.

An unusual note on the menu was that there was a minimum of $3 per person required so consider that if you are meeting a friend or are going with someone who for whatever reason does not feel like (or is unable to for whatever reason) eating as they will be charged $3 for sitting in the restaurant. I found this particular troubling as I support a number of physically disable individuals – such as those with ALS- who are physically unable to eat or drink (they have a feeding tube). While they enjoy the company and stimulation of being with their family and friends in places like a diner, they are physically not able to spend the requisite $3 on food or drink. I wonder what Steven Hawking would think of this?

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Thank Mrs-K-albany
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Stefanie G, Manager at Malta Diner Incorporated, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a very in-depth review! I am glad the service, cleanliness, and food were satisfactory.

I would like to note that the reason we mention a $3 minimum charge (which is really peanuts considering it hasn't increased in the 24 years we've been open) is simply to discourage people who want to take up our space and have business meetings when we need the space during high volume times like weekend mornings or weekday lunches. We hate to have a party that is going to order meals waiting for a table when we have booths and tables being taken up by parties that are only ordering beverages. The counter does not have a minimum, this only applies to the booths and tables.

It is certainly not created to be used for unique situations like you've described and would never be charged to a person who is unable to eat, especially when all the others in the party eating meals. There are places that charge plate-sharing fees which, in a similar way, are meant to discourage meal sharing (we have never charged sharing fees). I feel it is a similar charge, I do not find it unreasonable. I hope that now knowing the reasons behind the charge that you can understand what it is for, and not for as well.

Please feel free to contact us at maltadinerny@gmail.com if you have any additional questions, comments or suggestions.

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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

Convenient to exit 12 off the north way this diner is exactly what you are looking for in a diner. They have a great menu that includes breakfast,lunch,and dinner,as well as a compete bar. I have enjoyed great breakfasts and a quick bite after a movie.

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

The Malta Diner is my kind of place... old fashioned. Booths or tables, your choice. Quick friendly wait staff, the lunch was great (I had a hot turkey sandwich, made with real sliced turkey), and the prices reasonable. As diners go, this one is tops.

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

average diner fare. I had the reuben melt sandwich, wife had chicken souvlaki and said pita bread used was very hard and crunchy. She also said that after having that dish there many times in the past, that there seemed to be alot less of the filling than she was used to getting in past visits

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