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Outdoor enthusiasts and lovers of quaint towns flock to Lake Placid, New York, for a myriad of reasons. With a rich Olympic history, enchanting boutiques, the surrounding Adirondack mountains and countless adventures, there’s plenty to keep your family busy. And when it’s time to eat, Lake Placid restaurants serve up choices that rival the grandeur of the surrounding high peaks. Here are some of Lake Placid’s best restaurants.
The writer was hosted.
Situated in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid beckons to nature lovers. There’s also plenty to entertain history buffs, shoppers and families looking for a fun lakeside getaway. To complement it all, Lake Placid’s restaurants range from grab and go to fine dining with a touch of everything in between. You won’t go hungry!
Laid-Back Casual Eats for All Ages
If your family wants good food without the frills, these Lake Placid favorites will fuel everyone up for more adventures.
An unpretentious place for a tasty breakfast or lunch, Downtown Diner comes highly recommended by the locals. Start your day with buttermilk pancakes—add chocolate chips, please. Or go for the indulgent sausage gravy with buttermilk biscuits. At lunch, soups, sandwiches, burgers and more provide fuel for the rest of the day’s activities. Be sure to check out the milkshake menu—peanut butter? Oh, yeah!
Cocoa & Dough
Located on Main Street, this whimsical shop serves up mouth-watering creative donuts, hot dogs and cocoa. Dine at the counter or takeout, but whatever you do, don’t miss out on the goodness that comes from this colorful spot. We stopped in for donuts and I couldn’t resist The Adirondacker. This decadent maple frosted chocolate wonder includes crumbled bacon and a maple syrup drizzle. Yum! My husband opted for the Boston Headlight—a Bavarian custard drenched in chocolate. With pink or blue swirl frosting, unicorn sprinkles and rainbow marshmallows, the Scuba Steve Unicorn would be perfect for my granddaughter, Katherine!
From classic hot dogs to Loco’s Hot Lava Dog with jalapenos, habaneros, hot pepper relish and spicy aioli, you’re sure to find a favorite dog for lunch. If you don’t find your favorite toppings, build your own dog.
Big Mountain Deli and Crêperie
This Main Street staple suggests you hike up an appetite then stop in to refuel. You’ll find a mind-boggling selection of sweet and savory crêpes. For sweet decadence, check out the French Toast Crêpe topped with whipped cream and Adirondack maple syrup. On the savory side, there’s even a homemade mac & cheese crêpe made from local cheeses. You’ll also find soups, salads and 46 sandwiches named for the surrounding mountain peaks. I recommend ordering online then stopping in to pick up sandwiches for a mid-hike picnic.
The Breakfast Club
Looking for a terrific brunch place? The Breakfast Club’s menu includes fluffy omelets, cinnamon nutmeg French toast and a tempting Homemade Sausage Benedict comprised of a cheddar biscuit with rosemary Dijon sausage and poached eggs. You’ll likely want to order a house-made Bloody Mary to accompany your meal and the lovely lake views.
Get Your Barbeque Fix at these Tasty Spots
As a southern-born woman, finding a good barbeque place is always a priority. Lake Placid delivered with several choices for my favorite cuisine.
The Pickled Pig
With such an irresistible name, how could you not check this place out? We ventured here for our first meal in Lake Placid. Of course, the meal had to start with fried pickles. The Pickled Pig features barbeque favorites like pulled pork, BBQ chicken and brisket as sandwiches, salads or tacos giving you plenty of options to get your BBQ fix. I recommend the brisket Sloppy Joe.
For innovated twists on classic barbeque, head to Smoke Signals in the heart of Lake Placid on Mirror Lake. You’ll find favorites like house-smoked pulled pork, brisket and baby back ribs. Or consider trying one of the delicious non-barbeque entrees like bacon glazed meatloaf or teriyaki salmon. Unlike many barbeque restaurants, Smoke Signals offers vegan and vegetarian options. The kid’s menu (ages 12 and under) includes kid’s ribs and a bacon cheeseburger.
Redneck Bistro Barbeque & Grill
Venture off Main Street to Saranac Avenue to the Redneck Bistro where the “working man’s” food and traditions are celebrated. Along with barbeque favorites, Redneck Bistro’s menu includes a wide variety of burgers, paninis and shrimp po’ boys. This family-owned Lake Placid tradition also features several fresh salads and an extensive gluten-free menu. Kids are welcome, of course, with their own menu serving hot dogs, chicken fritters, grilled cheese sandwiches and more.
Combine your barbeque with Tex Mex at Wyatt’s. Located in the Alpine Mall on Main St, you’ll find burritos, tacos and quesadillas alongside house-smoked brisket. Daily-made meats, guacamole, hot sauces and salsas make this a local favorite. The frosty Mexican beers help too!
For Bites and Brews
Brewpubs typically provide a fun atmosphere for adults and children. That’s exactly the case in Lake Placid. Check out these choices for bites and brews.
Lake Placid Pub and Brewery
Born from a microbrewery that started with a homebrew kit, Lake Placid Pub and Brewery provides good times, good food and really good beer. The flagship brew, Ubu Ale made its way all the way to the White House for a party during the Clinton era. Situated on Mirror Lake Dr. with three lakeside decks and a family dining area with a kid’s playroom, there’s plenty of fun to accompany the food and drinks.
Big Slide Brewery & Public House
Located about a mile outside the Village of Lake Placid near several Olympic sites, the Big Slide Brewery & Public House boasts farm-to-table dining for brunch, lunch or dinner. Choose from small plates to pizzas or tasty brunch plates like The Hangover Helper if you happen to overindulge on your night out without the kids. Of course, craft brews reign supreme.
Great Adirondack Brewing Company
For steak, seafood or a tasty plate of BBQ baby back ribs, this is the place to go. Of course, as a brewery, you’ll find plenty of options for a cold beer. It was voted one of the top 10 resort breweries by USA Today. After ordering a John Brown IPA, my husband discovered Lake Placid’s ties to the devoted abolitionist. That discovery led us to his farm just outside downtown Lake Placid.
More Sit-Down Dining Choices
Whether you’re seeking a romantic dinner or some time around the dining table with the family, you’ll find it all in Lake Placid. From Italian to elevated American comfort food to cuisine with an international flair, these Lake Placid restaurants provide plenty of delicious options.
Owned and operated by the Cecunjanin Family since 1990, Lake Placid’s oldest restaurant features expertly prepared Italian favorites. Indulge in homemade pasta, lasagna, meatballs, bread and soup. Finish off the night with the tempting tiramisu. With a lake-side deck, the view complements the meal perfectly.
Located at Lake Placid Lodge, Artisans is a personal favorite of TravelingMom Sherry Wernicke. “It is in a simply gorgeous location and venue and is the place to go to for a really nice dinner, featuring fresh, seasonal cuisine. You’ll get to dine with a view of the Whiteface Mountains and Lake Placid.”
Looking for an authentic Lake Placid restaurant the locals enjoy? Check out Lisa G’s. Boasting “casual dining with a twist,” Lisa G’s serves American comfort food stepped up a notch. A nice outdoor seating area lets you breathe in the fresh air. Chicken tenders and pita pizza should keep the kiddos happy.
Mirror Lake Inn
Located at 77 Mirror Lake Dr., the Mirror Lake Inn houses three terrific Lake Placid restaurants: The View, Taste Bistro & Bar and The Cottage. Each has its own vibe. Upscale and romantic, The View features a seasonal menu. With a prime lakeside location, The Cottage is a great place for lunch or a light dinner. Try Taste Bistro for drinks and casual dining.
Salt of the Earth Bistro
Cleverly billed as “twisted food from traditional roots,” the Salt of the Earth Bistro spans the globe in its varietal menu offerings. Craving fish? Try the grilled Faroe Island salmon served with warm spinach, leek and feta cornbread and tomato jus. Or, for a hearty meat choice, consider the Persian lamb stew: lamb stewed with pears, prunes, and chickpeas in bzar seasoning served over rosewater scented basmati, pistachio rice pilaf. Reservations are required.
Notable Lake Placid Restaurants
As if all of the above eateries weren’t enough, here’s a few more to whet your appetite!
Black Bear Restaurant
A Main Street staple, Black Bear serves a wide array of cuisine making it a great choice for families with diverse tastes. Choose from traditional steaks, seafood, pasta or burgers. If someone in your family wants it, Black Bear likely has it.
Generations at Golden Arrow
Generations at Golden Arrow in the heart of Lake Placid prepares locally sourced cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The breakfast burrito is among the favorites at this lakeside venue.
Kanu at the Whiteface Lodge
Situated in the idyllic setting of Whiteface Lodge with mountain views, Kanu offers Adirondack-inspired cuisine for fine dining. An elevated children’s menu includes mocktails and smaller portions of steak, salmon and seafood.
Don’t Forget the Ice Cream!
No matter what season you visit Lake Placid, you’ll find a line waiting for a scoop of creamy goodness outside Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery. With decadent flavors like Chocolate Moose Tracks, maple creme soft serve and to-die-for milkshakes, this 50s-style shop provides the perfect ending to any Lake Placid meal. Like I said before, you won’t go hungry!