Review: The Log Jam Restaurant, Lake George, NY
My husband and I have been vacationing in the Adirondacks since before we were even married. Now that we have two small children we still enjoy heading up to Lake George, NY every summer. Even though we can't exactly browse through all of our favorite antique stores, there is still a lot to do up there; and of course, seeking out great food is one of them!
We just returned from this year's trip and had some great (and some not-so-great) meals. One of our favorite places is The Log Jam Restaurant. We discovered this place on our first trip and every summer we look forward to going back to enjoy a wonderful meal there. One complaint I have heard is that it is pricey. And I will admit that I think the dinner prices are a bit on the high side (though certainly worth it for the quality of food), but for a nice lunch in a cozy, casual atmosphere, you just can't beat it. The restaurant is located in a log cabin with plank floors, dim lighting, and lots of rustic charm. You'll find large fieldstone fireplaces in the back dining room, and the front dining room (where lunch is often served) has a greenhouse window full of lush plants.
The Log Jam is famous for its amazing salad bar, which is included with every entrée (or you can skip the entrée and just enjoy the salad bar on its own). You can pile your plate with salad fixings, pasta salads, potato salads, and fantastic freshly baked bread. All of the salad dressings are made in-house and everything is fresh as can be. This time around I chose to order the soup and sandwich combination. The soup was a red pepper and chicken soup that was out of this world. I've often had red pepper soups that are on the spicy side, and this one wasn't. It was mild, creamy, and flavorful. My sandwich was the English Turkey melt: roasted turkey breast sliced and served open faced on a grilled English muffin and topped with Parmesan Peppercorn dressing, bacon, and sharp cheddar cheese. This is a sandwich you need to eat with a knife and fork! The turkey was piled high and even just the half-sandwich was filling.
My husband ordered one of his favorite dishes, the crab cakes. The Log Jam's crab cakes have a very unique taste to them, and it's one that so far I have been unsuccessful in recreating at home. I want to say that they use rye crackers in the crab cakes because there is a slight flavor of caraway. Whatever the secret ingredient is, it makes the dish extra special. The crab cakes are served on a bed of seasoned rice with a dill mayonnaise on the side.
The children's menu also offers items that are sure to please the younger set, and these all include the salad bar as well, so even if your child opts for a cheeseburger or chicken fingers, you can make sure they get some fruit and veggies in as well.
For dinner, popular favorites are the prime rib, steaks, and seafood. I have always found the staff to be friendly, courteous, and helpful. It can be difficult to get seating for dinner, so if you don't want to wait, be sure to call ahead for reservations. You will not be disappointed!
The Log Jam Restaurant
Routes 9 & 149, Lake George, NY
I-87 (Northway) Left at Exit 20, 1/2 mi. North on Rte 9
Reservations: (518) 798-1155
1484 State Rte. 9,
Lake George, NY 12845