Uh, the above site links to a certain entertainment event, not a restaurant. Did the site move?
Best Pizza in Lake George is Capri, very kid-friendly. Take the first Lake George exit off of 87 and continue north to the village. About halfway through the village, Capri will be on your left (parking could be difficult). Afterwards you can keep heaing north and re-connect with Interstate 87.
I just re-read the original post and saw that there are very young children involved, so obviously some of my recommendations won’t be appropriate for the O.P. but are still valid nonetheless.
Great call. My sister-in-law lives a couple miles from Oscar’s and we usually have the homemade sausage for breakfast and the homemade kielbasa for snacks.
She’s also a waitress at Sutton’s in Queensbury, a great place for a nice breakfast and for shopping. Take Exit 19 off the Northway (I-87). Turn right at the end of the ramp and then turn left on Rte. 9, which is the first major intersection. Sutton’s will be on the right a couple miles up. That entire stretch of Rte. 9 from Queensbury to Lake George is chock full of eateries & the outlet shopping area.
Another great place is "Mario’s" in Lake George Village. It is on the southbound side (on your left as you head north, for the directionally-challenged). Go past "The Georgian" on the right and then look for Mario’s on the left. Great Italian food.
For a more elegant dinner, seek out "The Owl At Twilight" in Olmsteadville:
Owl at Twilight
Olmstedville, NY 12857
Telephone: (518) 251-4696
Or, stay in Warrensburg and go to the Grist Mill:
Menu Mart looks like a pretty good listing of restaurants:
I spend many weekends up in the Glens Falls/Lake George/Warrensburg area as my in-laws are all up there. I wish I had more Roadfood-type places to recommend, but I’m usually eating at someone’s house. [:(]
I know there are a bunch of Hot Dog joints in the area. One is Zack’s in Hudson Falls, which doesn’t open until 4pm and probably worth calling ahead:
Zack’s Drive Inn
152 River St
Hudson Falls, New York 12839-1329
Another spot for a hot dog or an "Italian Mix" sub on delicious bread baked on-premises is Mandy’s, also in Hudson Falls:
Mandy’s Pizza & Subs
1229 Burgoyne Avenue, Hudson Falls, NY 12839
Thanks for the lowdown on Smokey Bear…it had been about 3 years since I was there.
I also went to PJ’s. I believe it was the rustic looking place with lots of table outside, as well as inside. (of course, I opted for the picnic type tables outside) (love fresh air) It was a madhouse, which is a good thing..
Just so whoever will be navigating on your trip doesn’t get confused – the references to the Thruway north of Albany (Queensbury, Lake George, Bolton Landing) should say the Northway or Interstate 87. The Thruway heads west when you get to Albany.
I’m pretty sure the Smokey Bear BBQ has shut down and is now a mens clothing shop. Don’t go north on 9 through Lake George unless you want to spend an extra 1/2 hour in traffic. Instead, get off on exit 13N and stop at PJ’s BBQ. It’s about a mile north on Rt. 9. Same rule applies, do not go north on Rt. 9 unless you want to waste a 1/2 hour in traffic in downtown Saratoga. I have yet to be disappointed with PJ’s.
I recommend that you get off the NY State Thruway at the Queensbury (one town south of Lake George) exit. Then you can head north on Rt 9 thru Queensbury, (should be exit #20) where I enjoyed some bbq at the Smokey Bear restaurant. And very pretty scenery, plus lots of ma-pa motels with cute little pools and slides to look at.
And you will pass right by the six flags great escape amusement park.
Then you will go through Lake George. You will also find lots of choices for meals, including a slice of pizza for your 5 year old. As an added bonus, you will get breathtaking views of the lake.
This is all basically right off the thruway, so you will NOT be going out of your way…
after you finish all of Lake George, you can also drive north to Bolton Landing, then get right back on the thruway.
Unfortunately, Lake Placid is about an extra 1/2 hour or so west of the thruway, and Saranac Lake is even further west from Lake Placid. So just go there if you want to take an extra side trip, cause it IS out of your way…
Like the above post said, Saratoga is also very nice to explore. It’s jam packed this time of year, cause of the horse racing season. Very nice crowd there. Big downtown village …
personally I like Lake George even better, cause of the beautiful lake , and the slightly tackiness of it all! Lots of down -to- earth (and kid friendly) places to stop for bites to eat!
welcome to roadfood.com, and please give us a report on your trip!!
ellen in AC area
just as you enter Saratoga on rt 50,there’s an original A&W rootbeer stand. Last I knew, they still had rollerskating carhops, I would think a 5 yr old would be fascinated. Also there’s a forum in ‘where should I eat" nyc to saratoga, you might want to look at it.
The Log Jam off the Northway in the Lake George area.
A helpful read from "Boston’s Hidden Restaurants" about Adirondack ice cream stands:
260 Lake Flower Avenue, Saranac Lake, NY
"One of the best things about Mountain Mist is its location on beautiful Lake Flower, just outside of Saranac Lake. For anyone who has been to the Adirondacks, you know the allure of a custard stand on a pristine mountain lake. Mountain Mist is quite simply a place that will bring you back to a more innocent age. There is also a second Mountain Mist in the place of the old Custard, Mustard ‘N Brew in Lake Placid."
Northern Lights Ice Cream
Route 28, Inlet, NY
"One of several great ice cream places in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Northern Lights Ice Cream is a simple, old-fashioned ice cream stand in the little village of Inlet. During the summer, people can be seen getting ice cream cones at Northern Lights and bringing them over to the beautiful waterfront park in the center of town."
Hi! We’re traveling with a 5-yr old and an infant up Rt. 87 the entire length of New York state from the NJ border to the Canadian border. Any tips on places to eat? Now we’re thinking of stops in Newburgh, Albany, and someplace in Adirondack Park, but are open to anything on our way.
Adirondack/Capital Area, Rt. 87
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