The Capital District is home to some incredible places to eat, drink, and relax. In our local spotlight series, we focus on the very best in local gems around our communities. This week, we’re looking at Griffin’s Ridge in Round Lake.
2 Saratoga Ave, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
They just don’t make them like J.J.’s anymore. This classic, old school, burger and soft serve spot has some of the best food and ice cream around, but where they really stand out is with their fun, new and creative creations. Kids love the “Trash Can Sundaes”, served in a take home toy trash can, while parents can try out limited time specialties like the “American Sundae”, with two deep fried twinkies, or one of their signature “Lava Shot” cones.
J.J.’s is cash only, though they do have an ATM on site. Their “official” hours claim they’re only open till 9:00, but they’ll often stay open later, depending on demand. Learn more here.
23 Wood Rd #100, Round Lake, NY 12151
Death Wish Coffee was only started back in 2012, but has quickly become one of the Capital Districts most famous and celebrated exports. They make “the world’s strongest coffee”, with almost 5x as much caffeine per ounce as a typical cup. They’ve had Super Bowl Ads, sponsored Comic Cons and Nascar drivers, and have even sent their coffee to the International Space Station. Needless to say, this isn’t your typical cup of joe.
You can find Death Wish in most of the area’s grocery stores, but if you want an inside look at their production process, or to pick up some super fresh beans right from the source, their corporate offices are just down the road. Learn more here.
2121 U.S. 9, Round Lake, NY 12151
Top notch pub fare, an excellent tap selection, and an awesome outdoor patio are what really make the Mill on Round Lake standout. The house made beer cheese is a “must try”, while the outdoor bar makes for a terrific summer time hangout. The indoor bar with their local tap selection fills up quick, so get there early if you want to lock down a seat.
The patio is definitely a big part of the appeal here, which makes it a hot spot in the summer. As the weather cools off though, there are plenty of outdoor fire pits to keep you warm well into the fall. Learn more here.
35 Burlington Ave, Round Lake, NY 12151
If you’re looking for something a little more formal and refined for dinner, the Lake Ridge Restaurant provides a high-end dining experiences, with modern takes on classic American entrees. While their lunch options are great for a quick, but elegant bite, their dinner menu is really something special. Whether you’re looking for a traditional entree, or a multicourse small plate dinner, they can accommodate. Their upstanding menu pairs seamlessly with their great bar program of specialty cocktails, and over 50 unique whiskies.
Though there is often bar seating available for an impromptu drop by, Lake Ridge is best enjoyed with time to slow down and enjoy the meal. Reservations are recommended. Learn more here.