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Our Favorite Lake Placid Family Dining Spots


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bread from the Saranac SourdoughOne of the things that brings us back to Lake Placid year after year is that the town has a lot of dining for its small size and much of it is very enjoyable. There is plenty of standard ski-town fare–pizza, pasta, steaks and burgers–but quite a few places rise above that and truly stand out. We have our standbys by now, but we also try one or two new things each time we visit, too. These are of our favorite Lake Placid family dining spots.

For a quick bite

Saranac Sourdough just outside of town toward Saranac is our go-to place for breakfast sandwiches served on the store’s own breads. We haven’t ventured here for lunch but have faith their salads and lunch sandwiches would be just as good.

wyatt's burritos in Lake PlacidWe were pleasantly impressed by Wyatt’s BBQ in the Alpine Mall on Main Street. Everything in this burrito joint was fresh and felt house-made. The beans and meat that were supposed to have a kick had a nice one. They gave us a side of beans and corn bread for TT, who is not a burrito fan. And the price was right.

I always stop into the River View Cafe at High Falls Gorge. It’s small, but there is a comfy love seat if you can grab it, and a view of the gorge. It’s where I sit with a mug of tea and my tablet while Tiny Traveler and her dad are skiing just up the road. After I collect them I sometimes return so they can warm up by the wood stove with an après ski beer and hot cocoa. Meanwhile, Miracle On Icing is a donut shop that has recently set up shop near the ice arena. It’s hard to resist donuts that resemble hockey pucks and shirts, even if you aren’t a fan of the sport. TT would have been happy to stop by daily.

lake placid brew pubFor a great beer with your meal

We never leave town without a stop at Lake Placid Brewing. We have long loved their beer and reliably yummy pub fare. But the kids play area up on the third flood gives us a new appreciation for this place. Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood in the center of town is always packed on a Friday night. There are usually a few tempting items on the menu but after an active day in the outdoors the prime rib dinner is hard to resist.

cucumber cocktail at the HandleBar in Lake PlacidFor a nice dinner out

We went in to the new and impressive Liquids and Solids at the Handlebar knowing they don’t have a kids’ menu and wouldn’t tweak any of the dishes for a kid. The farm-to-fork menu was so interesting—and ultimately Rich and I enjoyed our dinners and cocktails so much—we didn’t care. He ate kidneys, which he loves and we don’t cook at home. I had a rich pappardelle with duck confit and we shared fried Brussels sprouts with homemade mayo for dipping. The cocktails, various are mash-ups of liquor, fruit and herbs, were funky and fun. TT made do with a sausage appetizer, some olives and a lot of bread. It definitely wasn’t her favorite meal. But the wait staff was friendly to her and they serve yummy Boylan’s cherry soda. So we don’t feel too bad.

lake side dining at the brown dog cafeAt the other end of town is the lakeside Brown Dog Café, which we have seen grow from a 5-table start-up to a perennial hotspot. We like it for the balance it strikes between sophisticated food and wine, down-to-earth ambience and friendly service. Generations belongs the lakeside Golden Arrow hotel, but faces the street and draws in plenty of diners who aren’t guests. Their entrees are fine and their kids menu has some better-than-usual choices. But for us their starters and endings stood out. The fried calamari comes with a well-spiced marinara, the spinach salad and onion soup are great. And we stopped in a few times for dessert– great cheesecake and tiramisu–even on nights when we dined elsewhere. It’s a good place to settle in at a table in the bar area on that night when you want a casual meal of appetizers and dessert rather than a full sit-down dinner.

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14 Comments

  1. June 29, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Miracle On Icing sounds like my kind of place. I don’t care much for sports but the donuts look delicious.

  2. June 28, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Also, thanks for inviting me to join Weekend Travel Inspiration as a co-host.

  3. June 28, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Places with ton of eating options are the best. Are those donuts in your first picture? They are really cute.

    • June 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      They are the donuts from Miracle on Icing.

  4. June 28, 2015 at 12:36 am

    That opening photo from Miracle on Icing certainly caught my eye. I’m not much into hockey, but I’m REALLY into donuts. Having a kids room in a brew pub is genius. It’s seems like a place that the whole family would enjoy. I like that you adults decided to eat at the farm-to-fork restaurant, even if it wasn’t exactly what your TT may have preferred. Sounds delicious.

    • June 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      I think every so often you have to do something on vacation that’s for you. It’s good for you and it’s good for your kids as well, even if they don’t see it that way.

  5. June 28, 2015 at 12:04 am

    I always feel like there’s something massive we have missed when we go to the USA, and this is no exception. We’re looking to plan our trip for September/October and hadn’t even considered a place like this. We didn’t want to go somewhere overly touristy and it seems like all the places that made the list are exactly that. Is there a “perfect” time of year to go here?

    • June 28, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      You can see many of the Olympic sites all year round, though not all. The Adirondacks are most popular in the summer for people who like the outdoors — hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming in the chilly lakes. The fall is nice for hiking and foliage, though it is more Alpine (more evergreens and fewer deciduous trees) than New England. if you like winter sports it’s a GREAT place to visit in Winter. It’s also very close to the Canadian border and so a good trip to pair with Montreal/Quebec.

  6. June 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I love the picture of the donuts – those look delicious! I think I gained 5 lbs just looking at it 🙂

    • June 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      They were worth the calories.

  7. June 27, 2015 at 3:40 am

    I love a good list of eats! I would love some sourdough bread. Even though the bread is amazing in Germany, no sourdough.

    Yay! #wkendtravelinspiration

    • Eileen G
      June 27, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Germany has amazing baked goods! There is nothing like a good sourdough though, or NYC rye.

  8. June 26, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Lake Placid and food seem a very good mix to me.