Impeccable Lakeside Eats at Kay’s

Written by Amanda Clark

At Kay’s the recipe is simple. A handful of good people mixed with endless pizza makes one irresistible dinner spot.

Kay and Vic of Kay’s Pizza, located on Burden Lake in Averill Park, have crafted a menu that reflects a home cooked meal with the guidance of their own family’s recipes. Being the previous location for Minko’s Inn and the Lakeview Inn, the building now not only serves great meals to its customers and the fine residents of Burden Lake, but also serves as the home for Kay and Vic who reside upstairs. As explained by a local resident, Kay’s Pizza is a, “lakeside oasis that draws patrons to the quiet Rensselaer County hamlet.”

Situated directly along the shoreline of Burden Lake, Kay’s appears to be like any other lakeside home, but on summer weekends the line is out the door and the smell of pizza fills the air. Never mind the wait though, bring your fishing pole and cast a line from shore while you wait.

Voted “Best Pizza in the Capital Region,” Kay’s is a can’t miss summer hot spot. With everything from salads, sandwiches, wraps, and of course pizza Kay’s has something for everyone in the family. Even the little ones can head to the kids corner to find the traditional beloved favorites including chicken tender and fries, spaghetti and meatballs, and deep fried mac & cheese.

As the old screen porch door slams shut behind you after entering you are immediately faced with a bustling room. Children running about at your feet, waitresses rushing with loaded trays, and checkered patterned tablecloths as far as the eye can see. Guests are taken back in time with a selection of old-fashioned arcade games in the back room and a coin-operated pony for the children to try out. The outside of the home-turned-restaurant is enclosed by a wood paneled porch with a two-seater swing to make you feel right at home. The possibly long wait for a table feels timeless when waiting in such a comfortable setting.

When it comes to the food the calories are worth it. Design your own pizza that uses Kay’s homemade dough and sauce that has been passed down in the family for generations. Choose from a wide array of toppings from bacon to barbecue chicken or for the more adventurous try the meatballs. The Baja Chicken pizza with chicken strips, bacon, onion, jalapeños, black olives and tomato is a can’t miss favorite. The deep dish style is sure to be loved and the crust is cooked to perfection. “This is pan-baked pizza in its finest form,” according to the locals.

Not in the mood for pizza? At Kay’s that is not a problem with the wide variety of other menu options to choose from. The hot stuff sandwiches are not to be overlooked. Your mouth will water at the sight of the massive stuffed roast beef sandwich loaded with onions and mozzarella cheese buried in their homemade pizza dough and baked to a crisp. The sandwich is then filled with lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo that will have you savoring every last bite.

Feeling fishy by the water? Try the traditional fish fry with breaded and fried Haddock served an a roll with coleslaw and a choice of cocktail or tartar sauce. You will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of food placed in front of you for such a low price. You will feel like you are oceanside with the crab cake sandwich and don’t worry there is more than enough to share.

Visit Kay’s Pizza this summer for an experience that will make you feel right at home. Bring the kids, dock your boat and enjoy the live music on select weekends. You can relax and eat right on the lake with Kay’s take out service or choose land for a bit and have an ice cold beer. Be sure not to miss them as the restaurant is only open for the season and closes in mid October.

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