Driving up the west side highway out of Manhattan provides a sense of excitement to most New Yorkers. As I drove up to Saratoga this past weekend, I didn’t realize I was in for a food expedition.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Saratoga, it’s a beautiful town in upstate New York, most well known for horse racing at the Saratoga Race Course. Although I did not see many horses, I did get a tasty tour of the town starting with a famous ice cream shop settled by Lake George: Martha’s. Deciding on a flavor from their extensive list of ice cream and toppings was probably the most difficult task I had to complete the entire weekend. I defaulted to a chocolate raspberry mix in a sugar cone. Sitting on the picnic table trying to keep the ice cream from dripping down my hand took me back to my high school days, where hitting the local ice cream shop after an event was almost mandatory. If you’re ever in the area Martha’s is a must do! Even the Trip Advisor thinks so.
Day two of the trip really did some damage to my girlish figure. We ventured into downtown Saratoga, a place sprinkled with beautiful shops and restaurants that bring historical and new age architecture together. We turned a corner and headed to get my first ever doughboy.
Don’t worry, I didn’t know what a doughboy was either.
I can only explain it by bringing two of my favorite foods together: crab rangoon and pizza. A doughy piece of bread filled with chicken, creamy cheese, and scallions (otherwise known as heaven). Esperanto is the place to grab one of these bad boys and you better not skip it!
Last but not least, we headed back up to Lake George to a place called Oscar’s Smokehouse. Five packs of beef jerky later, I was almost positive I was going to have some form of heart failure. But my taste buds were just too happy that I couldn’t care what happened next.
Needless to say, it was a great weekend. If you ever make it to the wonderful town of Saratoga, be sure to hit all of these amazing restaurants… now for a week of gym time.