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“In the summertime when the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky . . .
“When the weather’s fine . . . have a drive, go out and see what you can find.”
On a Saturday afternoon, the eve of the summer solstice, we were in a Mungo Jerry mood.
But instead of looking for women, as the 1970 song suggests, Hubby and I were searching for a casual restaurant with outdoor dining after spending a few pleasant hours canoeing on Canada Lake.
I-GO-INN Restaurant and Bar
WHERE: Sacandaga Lake, 241 South Shore Road, Edinburg. www.igoinn.com, 883-8900, Facebook
WHEN: 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day
HOW MUCH: $28.98, not including alcohol, tax and tip
MORE INFO: Children’s menu available
“What about that funky place on the Sacandaga? I’ve always wanted to go there,” I suggested.
From Caroga, we buzzed through Northville, over the new Batchellerville Bridge and turned right on County Route 4.
The I-Go-Inn has a laid-back, tropical vibe. About 200 feet from the Great Sacandaga, it has an enormous elevated deck topped with a cheerful yellow-and-white awning and ringed with tiki torches.
I counted more than 25 tables, and a few of them, near the music stage, were palm-leaf palapas, those tables with thatched tops that are native to Florida but quite rare in the Capital Region.
Because I-Go has its own dock, diners motor up in casual play clothes. We snagged a table with unobstructed views of the water, sky, clouds and sailboats (there’s a great photo on Facebook) and, at the next table, a woman in a pink bikini.
A bubbly flotilla of young women in Hawaiian shirts wait on the tables, and one of them swiftly brought us the menu, which is packed with the usual wings, burgers, nachos, salads and fried appetizers.
But I-Go also offers fresh oysters, barbecued ribs served in a yellow plastic pail and a Polish platter.
Looking for a light meal, we both went for fish tacos.
Hubby was pleased with his Ahi Tuna Tacos, $15.99, nodding in approval at the seared, sesame-encrusted fish slices, which were cradled in three corn tortillas sprinkled with shreds of red cabbage. Sour cream and salsa were on the side, in plastic containers.
“What’s that?” I asked, pointing to a third plastic container filled with a lime green substance.
“Wasabi sauce,” he said.
My Tilapia Tacos, $12.99, missed the boat. The fried fish was fine but the tortillas were cold and dressed with shredded iceberg, orange-colored cheddar shreds and dribbles of an unpleasant-looking brown sauce.
Both dishes came with a ho-hum rice and cried out for some kind of colorful, fresh garnish.
Frozen tropical drinks are the house speciality, and there are 10 to choose from.
Feeling good about our paddle and summer days ahead, we ordered two frozen margaritas.
Holy tequila! This 27-ounce cocktail is a brain-freezing, super-sized sorbet, rising six inches above an extra-large stemmed glass. Like flags on Mount Everest, a straw and a colorful parasol were planted near the peak, and it came with extra napkins and a spoon.
“It’s HUGE,” said Hubby, channeling a certain car salesman, “like three margaritas in one.”
The monster margs were fun but sweeter than we like them, and at $12.50 each, may be more of a special occasion drink. For us, they were definitely a splurge, as The Gazette does not reimburse its reviewers for alcohol.
When the weather is fine and one can gaze on a lake, it’s easy to overlook restaurant troubles.
Our drinks didn’t arrive until we were halfway through our tacos and the bartender forgot to salt the rims.
Our servers were attentive and kind (they apologized for the drink errors) but didn’t know much about the menu or the drinks.
Would we stop here again just for the food? Probably not.
Would we visit again for the view and the atmosphere?
Reach Gazette reporter Karen Bjornland at 395-3197 or firstname.lastname@example.org.