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Blue Mingo

From Hot Dog Stand, Moffats Grew Blue Mingo Restaurant Into Mecca For Fine Dining

SUMMER DREAMS

From Hot Dog Stand, Moffats

Grew Blue Mingo Restaurant

Into Mecca For Fine Dining

The Moffats and Blue Mingo manager Carol Leeds sample a house favorite: S’mores! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – There are plenty of places in Otsego County to get drive-thru food.

But the Blue Mingo is the only place to get boat-thru food.

“On busy nights, we’ll come and serve you on your boat!” said owner Michael Moffat. “We have a lot of people who come and order while they’re out on the lake – we know they’ll bring the silverware back.”

Now in its 25th year, what started as a humble hot dog stand is now destination dining for baseball stars, opera fans and anyone who wants to enjoy a meal overlooking Otsego Lake.

By The Lake, By The Beautiful Lake

FINE FOOD • FUN FOOD

By The Lake, By

The Beautiful Lake

The Blue Mingo never disappoints. This was my first time there this season; now that the rain has stopped, I hope to get there a few more times before Columbus Day.

Just walking in is a delight. Smart thinking on their part – you walk through a tasteful gift shop where it seems you just need one of everything!  Then starts a delightful lunch sitting outside on the covered deck overlooking Otsego Lake.

If you have nothing else, start with the onion chips. Not rings, but chips!  Fried to perfection, these tender little onion chips get dipped in a tasty combination of Sriracha and mayo with a hint of lemon.  Not sure exactly what that sauce is but it’s really GOOD!

Matthew J. Pardy, 40; Most Recently, Chef Worked At Otesaga

IN MEMORIAM:  Matthew J. Pardy, 40;

Most Recently, Chef Worked At Otesaga

Matthew J. Pardy

COOPERSTOWN – Matthew J. Pardy, 40, of Hobart, most recently employed at The Otesaga, passed away at home on Tuesday morning, May 9, 2017, after complications from heart failure.

Born on June 12, 1976, in Stamford, Matt was the son of Margaret A. Cohn Titch and John O. Pardy.

He was a 1994 graduate of Catskill High School, where he played on the soccer team.  Following graduation, he enlisted in the Navy.

Matthew was a chef, working for numerous local restaurants including Summit Plus Pizza and the Blue Mingo on Otsego Lake before joining The Otesaga.

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