For the past two years the Food Dudes visited Lake George and made a long weekend out of Damion’s marathon running obsession. Sadly, Lake George is kind of dead in the offseason. Actually it is a ghost town in the offseason. Even though we missed the start of the busy season by a few weeks, a few shops were open to satisfy our foodie needs. This time we decided to make the 30 minute drive to nearby Saratoga Springs and were delighted we did so.
For you rookies out there (we consider ourselves veterans after one visit) downtown Saratoga Springs has a lot to offer. We noticed many crowded restaurants, don’t worry, we will try a bunch next year or later this year if possible, plus coffee shops, ice cream parlors, bars, and clubs. We actually started to wonder if we should have stayed here…
Anyway, this is not the Food Dudes Travel Guide.
The first of two places in Toga to get a shout out is Eugenio’s Café Gelato. A few random facts about me:
- I love ice cream
- I love gelato more
- I do not get brain freezes
That last one makes people envy my uncanny ability to shovel cold food things down and they cannot. Ha!
When we walked into Eugenio’s our sweet tooth meter was going crazy. After wings and pizza earlier we needed something and this did the trick. We just went up to the counter and froze up, not knowing what to order. As if we needed to stand out any more as out-of-towners this really made it obvious. Eventually I decided on a large with three different flavors, vanilla bean, salted caramel, and creamsicle because that surely goes with the first two choices.
|Some of the vibrant colors of the fruit-based gelatos.
|My creation. Sorry about the hand.
|You know you want some gelato now.
We chatted up the nice counter lady with the Australian accent? At least I think that’s right. She told us the owner makes the gelato himself with local and organic ingredients whenever possible and you could really tell. Every flavor was creamy and dense like gelato should be and I did in fact taste the salt in the salted caramel, my favorite of the three.
I could try to name all the flavors but I won’t. They just had so many, not a complaint by the way. Rounding out Eugenio’s menu are gelato in a cone, sundaes, shakes, a variety of coffees and teas, homemade lemonade, a gelato float, and something to try on a return trip, gelato lemonade which is their lemonade with two scoops of a fruit based gelato.
Even though Saratoga Springs had seemingly good restaurants, getting dessert at Eugenio’s would be difficult not to do. Be sure to stop in this quaint gelato shop if you’re in the area. We know this will be one of our first stops on our next visit.
Eugenio’s Café Gelato
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866