All-American Diner Tour: Prospect Mountain Diner in Lake George, New York
Located along US Route 9 just west of Lake George Battleground State Campground, Prospect Mountain Diner is a typical 1950s or rock ‘n’ roll-themed diner in Lake George, New York, complete with tableside jukeboxes.
There is so much to see and do in Lake George, and the Prospect Mountain Diner is at the heart of it all. After a bad experience at a different local restaurant the previous morning, I welcomed Prospect Mountain’s casual atmosphere and reasonable prices. Unlike the other place, which charged $2.50 for every soda refill (more than a gallon of gas!), refills here were free. I ordered a Belgian waffle topped with apples and whipped cream.
The original Prospect Mountain, called Point Diner and located at the junction of Routes 9 and 9L, was a classic Silk City Diner. The Paterson Wagon Company produced approximately 1,500 Silk City Diners from 1926 to 1966 in Paterson, New Jersey. In 1967, the Point Diner’s owner, Phillip Patenaude, moved it to its current location and renamed it the Prospect Mountain Diner. It burnt down in 2007 and a replica was built in its place.
Breakfast–served all day–dominates Prospect Mountain Diner’s menu. Aside from the usual eggs and pancakes, they also offer Belgian waffles and a Prospect Mtn Special, a New York Choice Sirloin Steak topped with grilled onions with two eggs any style, homefries, and toast, for $13.95. For dinner, they serve Eddie’s Famous Meatloaf (also available in a sandwich). For fans of eating locally, Prospect Mountain buys its eggs from Thomas Poultry in Greenwich, New York, and they also have a Roast Native Turkey for $13.95.
Prospect Mountain Diner has a 3.8/5 average out of 33 Google reviews. Customers generally praise their breakfast menu for having a wide variety of options. In a typical review, Yelp user Jenna L. writes, “Coffee was good and hot. My friends ordered an omelet and the French toast, both inhaled their meals as well and they said their food was great. My breakfast came to $12.”
A disgruntled waitress seems to be the cause of a great many negative reviews. One customer complained of being eyed suspiciously. Google user Tetya Fira wrote, “What made it horrible was the service. One older waitress with a ***t sandwich for an attitude. I was not the only patron who noticed. Very unhappy individual who should never be working in the service industry. She literally rolled her eyes after an extra request.” Others complain they are stingy with coffee refills.
Prospect Mountain Diner is located at 2205 US Route 9 in Lake George, New York. Phone number: (518) 668-3147. They are open at irregular times, on Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, 6 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday, 6 a.m. through 7 p.m., and Tuesday through Thursday, 6 a.m. through 3 p.m.