a simple blog of simple pleasures

Kay’s Pizza (Kay’s Burden Lake Restaurant)

type: pizza
address: 10 walsh lane averill park, new york 12018
ring-a-ding: 518-674-5413
price: $11 + pp
attire: casual – jeans & tee, baby

that’s what friends are for

Last year or so, my friend introduced me to Kay’s! I had been wanting to try it for a while, I had so many clients rave about Kay’s, and I even had a few who were regulars. After my long-awaited first bite, I was hooked! From time to time, I’ve titled myself a pizza connoisseur, so when I say this pizza isn’t only good, it’s freakin’ amazing… it’s the damn truth!


burden lake, ny

Those of us who live within the Capital Region, let’s face it- we appreciate a chance to get out every now and then. Living between Troy & Albany from the last 5+ years or so made me appreciate my hometown surroundings of the Adirondacks so much more.

From our house in Colonie to Kay’s Pizza, the drive is about a half-hour. But, the drive is fun! You pass so many farms, beautiful & endless green acres, and cozy little camps. We never take the highway. We typically first stop in East Greenbush to pick up my husband’s cousin & his girlfriend. She was the one who first introduced me to Kay’s, so now it’s pretty standard we don’t go without each other!

Burden Lake is such a beautiful view, so if you are lucky enough to get a window seat at Kay’s, you will have a beautiful view of the lake and all the homes that surround it.



a seasonal secret

Kay’s is in an old house with serious summer camp vibes. Wooden floors and walls, nostalgic & vintage ads on the wall, and classic white and red tablecloths. Kay’s is only open for part of the year. This year they opened in early April, and close on October 13th.

60 years of ooey-gooey cheesy goodness

This year is Kay’s 60th year in business! Kay’s Pizza first opened in 1958. Prior to that, it was called the Lakeview Inn & before that, it was Minko’s Inn, when it was owned by another family, prior to Kay & Vic Campagna. The owner’s Kay & Vic lived upstairs, but it has since been sold (including recipes) to another family.


first trip of the season

We headed up on a Monday evening and arrived around 6:30. Surprisingly, the restaurant wasn’t busy! And, we were able to seat ourselves. Out of all my visits, this has never happened. My husband ordered a Blue Moon, and I love there Raspberry Tea, so that’s what I got!

I love their wings. Just one regular order of mild. There mild is a little bit spicy, and I’d say it’s more like a medium. Terrance ordered coconut shrimp with Thai Chilli Dipping Sauce & Fried Scallops. Our friends ordered calamari. I’ve had the calamari before and it’s one of my favorites.



We ordered a large pizza, half pepperoni, bacon & sausage, half black olives. You gotta know I LOVE my olives. When our pizza came out, my husbands half only came out with pepperoni on it- our waitress was so kind to make him an entirely new pizza, free of charge. ♥
pizza + free = no one’s mad!


Our friends got a classic cheese pizza, and the daily feature pizza. That night, it was “Sesame Thai Chicken Pizza.” I’ve never seen a pizza like this before! It had boneless wings tossed in their Thai Chili sauce on top of the pizza, topped with sesame seeds, all on a white-garlic pizza base. I didn’t try this pizza myself, but it was given an 8/10 score.




some things to know:

  • Kay’s does not take reservations & a lot of the times you do have to wait (totally worth it, I promise!) You can sit out on their porch and have a view of the beautiful Burden Lake!
  • I’d say the best days to go are Monday through Wednesday
  • They are open 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm Mon-Sat & 3:00 to 9:00 pm Sun
  • The parking lot gets full fast, you can park on the street, you may have to walk a bit!
  • Kay’s has plenty of other choices on their menu besides pizza (see below!)




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Have you ever been to Kay’s? What is your favorite pizza topping?

Till next time, T ♥

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