I get to visit the Glens Falls region once a year, and I always make sure I stop here for lunch. The food is always good, and the service has continuously been top-notch. This needs to be on your “must go to” list when visiting the area, and it’s worth the drive from farther distances.
This was originally an empty warehouse next to a set of railroad tracks which went through the city. The railroad tracks were removed and then paved to make a hike & bike trail. The warehouse first was just a brewery were you could get beer and soda samples, and bring some home in your own “growler” bottles. Soon a window facing the trail opened, and ice cream was severed from there.
Cooper’s Cave continued to grow and expand their operations as the years went on. Eventually a full restaurant was added, and then a patio facing the trail to accommodate more patrons. The patio is designed with roll-down plastic sheeting and heat lamps to allow dining in the cooler months. The restaurant entrance is designed to look like the cave the establishment is named after.
The menu has an extensive selection of lunch and dinner items, as well as a selection of their home-brewed beverages to go along with your meal. Many tempting desserts are available, or you can step over to the trail area and get ice cream directly from the window. Parking is extremely limited next to Cooper’s Cave, so you might have to walk a few blocks to get there. It is worth it.
I had the buffalo chicken wrap for lunch, and a glass of the amber ale. It was delivered promptly, hot and fresh, and the server was very friendly. My meal was delicious, and reminded me why this is the tasty treat I look forward to on my yearly visit. While my server did tempt with the dessert menu, I had my mind set on getting a milkshake and sitting in the lounge chairs next to the trail in order to enjoy the cool afternoon.
The brewery section has a small gift shop where hats, shirts, and glassware can be purchased. These make great souvenirs to bring back, or to add to your collection. If you’re a local resident, not only should you frequent the restaurant and ice cream window, but get a growler (or two) so you can enjoy these delicious beverages at home.
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