For the first day after their long drive from St. Louis I decided to take my niece Laura and her husband Bob to the fishing pier at Ballston Lake. Ballston Lake is south of Saratoga down highway 50 to Outlet Rd. Once you take a left onto to Outlet Rd you will pass the hiking, biking trail and shortly after that on the left is the parking lot for the fishing pier. Be careful crossing the street, there is more traffic than you would think.Once you cross the street and walk down the wooden walkway surrounded by cattails and lily pads you will see the best view of the lake. On the pier there is a rail all the way around except for on the right side where you can put in a canoe or kayak or even an inflatable boat.
When we were there, there was a family with two small girls later joined by a grandma and two small boys. The girls would squeal and the boys would holler when they would catch a little bass or sunfish. It was cute to watch.
As we were walking down the wooden walkway to leave the fishing pier we stopped at one of the cattail lined pools. There we saw two turtles sunning themselves on a log.
We walked down the street (again watching for traffic) to a small bridge. There we stood and watched more turtles and fish jumping in the water. There were small boats with fishermen and kayaks on the lake. It was such a pretty sight, since the weather was clear and warm that day.
After our walk we decided it was time for lunch. We chose to take them to The Good Times Lakeview Restaurant. My husband Mark and I have been there before and really liked it and thought it would be the kind of place that Laura and Bob would like too. Good Times is a non pretentious restaurant, warm and inviting, with a large fireplace and cozy seating. But the best thing about the interior is the view. If you go ask for a seat by the window-- there you will have a great view of the lake, but not only that the windows are lined with a huge bird feeder. While you are waiting for your food you can watch goldfinches, red winged black birds and the more comical squirrels and chipmunks
The menu at Good Times in huge. We ordered Saratoga Chips to start with (we always do whenever we see them on the menu), and the waitress commented on how they are a house specialty. The chips were served hot and crisp with a cheese sauce. I have to say they were some of the best chips I've ever had.
I ordered something I thought was an unusual combination a turkey sandwich with blue cheese. It also had caramelized red onions and spinach on it. And the turkey--real roasted turkey, one of my weaknesses! The sandwich was huge and delicious! Mark ordered the bruschetta, which we had before as an appetizer. It's tomatoes and herbs with mozzarella cheese all on fresh Italian bread. Very good--I think it's the balsamic vinegar that makes the difference. Bob ordered a burger and fries--he raved about the fries being so good I had to order a half order just to try them--and he was right!
Laura got the chicken quesadilla that came with a salad, both a substantial portion. She ordered her salad with the house dressing and liked it so much she bought a bottle to take home! We thought about dessert but lunch was way too filling.
After lunch it was back home, warm from the sun, feeling good from our walk and our bellies full of good food from Good Times!
If you visit Good Time Lakeview Restaurant remember:
The portions are large
They offer mystery dinner theater, details at the restaurant
There are no free refills on soda but there is on tea
If you like the salad dressing, buy a bottle. The bottle itself is unique and reusable.
If you visit the fishing pier at Ballston Lake remember:
Its free!! But you must have a license to fish
Please don't litter. There is a garbage can for bait containers, soda cans etc. Please use it.
But most importantly: Enjoy it! Its a beautiful place to spend an afternoon