Takeout in Lake George area: 10 places for great grub on the go

From classic American fast food to Asian cuisine, there's something for everyone
Interior view of Caffe Vero on Canada Street in Lake George on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
Interior view of Caffe Vero on Canada Street in Lake George on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

LAKE GEORGE — Dining out is a critical part of the vacation experience. But sometimes it’s easier to forgo the lines and crowds and hunker down at your hotel or campsite with delicious takeout grub. 

Here are 10 Lake George-area restaurants offering takeout. From classic American fast food to Asian cuisine, there should be something for everyone.

Ryan Wade, general manager of Pizza Jerks on Iroquois Street in Lake George Village, prepares a pie for takeout.
Ryan Wade, general manager of Pizza Jerks on Iroquois Street in Lake George Village, prepares a pie for takeout.

Pizza Jerks

Pizza venue keeps customers coming back with specialty pies and modern trends.

59 Iroquois St.
Lake George, New York 12845

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ambiance: Small and intimate
Style: Specialty pizzas and wraps

Try this: The Tree Hugger is a perennial favorite, containing fresh spinach, basil pesto, tomatoes, garlic and onions nestled in mozzarella. The menu also has gluten-free options, including cauliflower pizza crust.

Customer feedback: “This is an accommodating and refreshing place to be,” said Bill Bakui, a regular visitor from the Hudson Valley. “They grow with the culture, and it is a beautiful thing — it’s not just another pizza place.”

Takeout note: Online delivery is available at pizzajerks.com

The Breakfast Spot

Breakfast venue aims for quick, rewarding experience for vacationers on the go.

42 Amherst St.
Lake George, New York 12845

Hours: 8 a.m. to noon
Ambiance: Cozy, with vintage theme and antique kitchen appliances
Style: American diner serving breakfast only

Try this: French toast with garlic Parmesan sauce and custard batter. 

Customer feedback: Rachel Blake, of Beacon, New York, ordered a Monte Cristo, which she said was unique in that it contained eggs: “Usually they’re open-faced — it was really good.”

Takeout notes: The Breakfast Spot is the process of introducing an express takeout line in the kitchen to expedite orders for guests on the go. “We focus on productivity and getting people in and out as fast as possible,” said president Gregory Dyer.

Biscotti Brothers Cafe

Newcomer on Lake George dining scene aims to blend quality diverse menu with a comfortable setting.

One Canada St.
Lake George, New York 12845

Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ambiance: High ceilings and open spaces
Style: Breakfast/lunch cafe 

Try this: Crab-cakes and Egg Florentine are popular, said owner Jimmy Hartwyk, as is corned beef hash: “People rave about that,” he said. 

Customer feedback: “This is one of my favorite breakfast spots,” said Ed Boyle of Queensbury, hailing the pancakes and omelets.

Takeout notes: Breakfast and lunch are available all day.

Sushi Yoshi

Long-time staple brings East Asian cuisine to Adirondacks with a comprehensive menu.

1818 State Route 9
Lake George, New York 12845

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ambiance: Traditional Japanese-style with recessed corners, dim lighting and wood-inlaid walls
Style: Sushi/Chinese Restaurant

Try this: Fried-rice and PuPu Platter — a two-person meal containing egg rolls, crab rangoons, beef teriyaki, BBQ ribs, chicken wings and fingers — are popular, said assistant manager Nikki C. The latter can be scaled depending on the number of people in the party. 

Customer feedback: “This place is awesome — I’ve been coming here for years,” said Nina Welsh of Willsboro, NY. “The food is so fresh.” 

Takeout notes: All items are available for take-out and delivery except hibachi. Hot and cold items are packed separately. Delivery is also available beginning at 5 p.m.

Duffy’s Corner Deli & Grocery Store

Downtown mainstay a centerpiece of Lake George.

320 Canada St
Lake George, New York 12845

Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday to Sunday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ambiance: Simple and unpretentious, with outdoor picnic table seating available
Style: Deli

Must-have: Omelets, Taylor Pork Rolls and Philly cheesesteaks are popular sellers, according to staff. All sandwiches use bread from the Lake George Baking Company. 

Customer feedback: “The breakfast is delicious, reasonable and the staff is always super nice. The egg sandwiches are one of the best my family and I have gotten,” said JodyGirlNewYork via TripAdvisor. “We all loved it. Definitely a great spot!”

Matt Oswald, of Lake George, enjoys his breakfast sandwich at Caffe Vero on Canada Street in Lake George on Thursday, June 20, 2019.ERICA MILLER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER
Matt Oswald, of Lake George, enjoys his breakfast sandwich at Caffe Vero on Canada Street in Lake George on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Caffe Vero

Downtown cafe draws devoted following with cozy atmosphere, homemade goods and freshly-roasted coffee.

253 Canada St.
Lake George, New York 12845-1401

Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ambiance: Bistro-style 
Style: Cafe 

Try this: Baked goods, fresh roasted coffee and Eggs Benedict: two poached eggs with jalapeno and hollandaise sauce. All items are made from scratch, said owner Maria Congel.

Customer feedback: Outgoing Lake George High School seniors Cooper Collins, Joy Greene and Nicole Kingsley called the downtown venue an “iconic” gathering place for students. “It’s a Sunday ritual place,” said Greene.

Takeout notes: All menu items are available for takeout.

The Garrison

American pub-style destination offers something for everyone.

220 Beach Rd.
Lake George, New York 12845

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ambiance: Adirondack rustic 
Style: American style pub-grub

Try this: Burgers and pork wings are popular, said manager Ken Wilhelm. Custom wing orders are also available. 

Customer feedback: “This burger is probably the best I’ve had in a long time,” said Colt Roper of Brigham, Utah.

Takeout notes: All items are available, but expect a lighter menu after 10 p.m. Visit thegarrisonlakegeorge.com for daily specials.

The Grill at Martha’s

Spinoff of iconic ice cream destination Martha’s Dandee Creme offers classic American comfort food in vintage setting.

1133 State Route 9
Queensbury, New York 12804

Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ambiance: Classic Americana drive-in
Style: Fast food

Try this: Hand-cut fries, Philly cheesesteak, sausage and peppers and hamburgers. “The best part is you can walk next door and get ice cream,” said Matthew Brown, director of grill operations. 

Customer feedback: “The ice cream is great. The food is really high quality — it’s top of the line,” said Dennis Gumuka of Lake George. 

Takeout notes: Customers can download “The Grill at Martha’s” app to their smartphones to place orders with the option of including a designated pick-up time. Food will be prepared 10 minutes beforehand. Orders can also be placed by phone.

Lake George A&W

Classic American chain continues to thrive after reaching 100-year milestone.

2208 Route 9
Lake George, New York 12845

Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ambiance: Classic drive-in
Style: American food.

Try this: Bacon cheeseburger, which the chain invented in 1963. “Our speciality is extremely good food. We’ve got everything you can imagine,” said owner Dave Madden.

Customer feedback: “The service is good, the food is good,” said Bill Solek of Ballston Lake. “Classic burgers, a glass of root beer — old-school.”

Takeout notes: While more known as dine-in destination — visitors to Lake George can enjoy the unique ambiance, which includes a DeLorean identical to the model popularized by “Back to the Future” — takeout is available. 

Barnslider Smokehouse BBQ

Homemade sauces center of attention at popular mainstay.

2112 State Route 9
Lake George, New York 12845

Hours: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ambiance: Traditional Adirondack lodge-style
Style: Barbecue, steakhouse and pub

Try this: Ribs, pulled pork and barbecue platters are top-sellers. “Our sauce is homemade and we smoke everything here,” said front-end staff member Kristine Lufkin.

Customer feedback: “Visited the Barnsider tonight and was rewarded with a great meal that stuffed us. We had BBQ pork on a pretzel roll and catfish filets with a side of BBQ brisket. Sweet potato fries were excellent. The food was plentiful and the price was good. Will definitely come back,” said Bob06201128 via TripAdvisor.

Takeout notes: Diners can order online through the ChowNow app. For quick in-and-out vehicle access, Barnsliders also has a dedicated pick-up lane in front of the building.

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