As a child, my husband’s family spent a considerable amount of time boating at Buckeye Lake. Surrounded by summer cottages, the lake has a small town appeal.
So when we recently found ourselves in the area, we decided we’d try dinner at the lake and immediately settled on one of his family’s old favorites. It was a great place for burgers, situated right on the water with dock access. And sadly, when we pulled up it looked to have recently closed. Perhaps it was a casualty of the coronavirus. Hence it was time for us to find someplace new.
We had heard of Papa Boo’s, which was also on the lake, but had never visited. I was a little reluctant to head there due to COVID because the bar/restaurant is known for hosting a crowd. Despite the concern, we decided to give it a go anyway.
Immediately I could see I had no need to worry. It was early in the evening and, though it was busy, the crowd was certainly manageable. All of the staff were wearing masks, the tables were all outside along the lake, and they were spaced out.
The weather was warm and there was a slight breeze from the lake. I immediately relaxed.
Dinner at the Lake
We started out with some zucchini fries served with “Boo sauce,” which had a horseradish component to it. We really enjoyed the fries and the sauce was delicious. As a matter of fact, this may be my new favorite way to eat zucchini.
While my husband had pop with his dinner, I decided on a strawberry daiquiri, after all I wasn’t driving.
The menu was extensive and there were several items I’d like to try on another visit. But for today, I settled on an Italian sub. It just sounded good to me. I wasn’t disappointed. Though it was just a simple sub, they did a good job with it. The bread was toasted and it was loaded down with meat and veggies.
Lakeside or Dockside Service
After dinner we poked around a bit and asked a few questions. In the summer they often have live music on the stage. No word if they were continuing that during COVID restrictions, but it was a Friday evening and the stage was empty.
And yes, they do have dockside service. As you know from our boat rental adventure, we don’t own a boat but enjoy the water. I didn’t tell hubby, but I thought it would be so cool to pull up to the dock and have someone take my order and serve me my food right there on the boat. I definitely didn’t tell him. That would’ve provided him the wiggle room he needed to revisit the great boat debate.
If you’re in the area I highly recommend Papa Boo’s. There’s a large variety of food available, so your whole party can find something. Additionally, they offer Cristy’s pizza, which is one of my favorite local chains.
The food was served quickly, was plentiful and tasty. Our waiter and the other employees we spoke with were very friendly and welcoming. Beyond all that, it’s just a nice environment to experience dinner at the lake.
If you’re in the area and would love to have dinner at the lake, give Papa Boo’s a try. We did and we will definitely be back! I’m not sure why we didn’t try it sooner.
And if you have a boat? Do dockside service and send me a picture! I can live out my boat dreams through you.
Looking for further food adventures in the Buckeye State? Check out our restaurant reviews.