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Top Lake Placid Family Dining Spots With Kids


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lake placid brew pubOne 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,chili, steaks and burgers–but quite a few places rise above that and truly stand out. We have our standbys now, but we also try something new each time we visit, too. These are of our favorite Lake Placid family dining spots.

For a great beer with your meal in Lake Placid

The Big Slide Brewery in Lake PlacidThe new must-try brewpub is Big Slide, just outside of town, not far from the Ski jump. Their beer is good, their bar tender is friendly. The menu is expensive for upstate New York — $14 for sandwiches — but they are trying to provide good quality with house-made and locally sourced ingredients as much as possible. All their wines are from New York State and they have “guest” beers from other state brewers. The effort shows. Our celery root soup and ham sandwich were excellent and the kids menu is good.

We never leave town without a stop at Lake Placid Brewing. We have long loved all their beers and reliably yummy pub fare—great chili, onion soup, fish & chips and sandwiches— in reasonable portions. If you have kids under 7, the kids’ play area up on the third flood will alone give you an appreciation for this place.

For a nice dinner out in Lake Placid

cucumber cocktail at the HandleBar in Lake PlacidWe have gone twice now to the hip and impressive Liquids and Solids at the Handlebar. We go knowing they don’t have a kids’ menu and won’t tweak any of the dishes for a kid. The farm-to-fork menu is always  interesting—and Rich and I enjoy our dinners and cocktails so much—we don’t care. He’s had kidneys and cassoulet. I’ve had house-made French sausage and  pappardelle with a rich duck confit. TT generally makes do with a bowl of olives, a lot of bread and bites of our food. It’s definitely not her favorite place. But the wait staff is friendly to her and they serve Boylan’s cherry soda. So we don’t feel too bad.

Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood in the center of town is always packed and only takes reservations for large groups. I miss their lobster mac & cheese, but there is always something tempting  on the menu. The salads and house beers are good. After an active day in the outdoors the popular prime rib dinner is hard to resist.

For a Good, Casual Meal in Lake Placid

The cozy Cottage in Lake PlacidOn every visit to Lake Placid I have looked longingly at The Cottage, the Mirror Lake Inn’s cozy, lakeside casual restaurant. Because it’s cozy there is always a wait but we finally gave in and waited (we took our beeper and went to play on the frozen lake). And I was happy we did. The room is lovely, the tab is reasonable, and our warm brussel sprout salad and flat-bread pizza was a perfect winter lunch.

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 light meal of appetizers and dessert rather than a full sit-down dinner.

one of many chandeliers at the downtown diner in lake placidThe Picked Pig is another new kid in town and worth a stop. Portions are more reasonable than we expected. It’s burgers and barbecue and again it’s all house-made with a focus on quality. Ribs, a pulled-pork sandwich (top) and a steak platter were all exactly what we wanted them to be with good fries and chips. All the kids in the place were drinking pink Saranac Shirley Temple sodas; don’t miss them.  Our only complaint is that they don’t include the barbecue items on the kids’ menu so Tiny Traveler wound up with a full portion of ribs. Luckily she’d skied all day and ate more than she usually does.

The Downtown Diner, right at the beginning of town doesn’t look like much from the outside, but have breakfast there at least once. The service is friendly and everything was made in house from Tiny Traveler’s pancakes to Rich’s hash to the salsa on my omelette. And the chandeliers are fabulous!

For a quick bite in Lake Placid

wyatt's burritos in Lake Placid

We 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.

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.

I often stop into the River View Cafe at High Falls Gorge. It’s small, but they seem to offer a little more each time I visit. There is a comfy love seat if you can grab it, next to the stove with 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 we sometimes return so they can warm up by the wood stove with après-ski beer and hot cocoa.

Cake Placid donuts in Lake PlacidThe tempting desserts at Big Slide come from local bakery Cake Placid. If you skip the last course at the restaurant, be sure to stop by this bakery in a shopping plaza at the opposite end of town. You’ll find proper scones, killer cake donuts and irresistable cupcakes and cakepops.

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Lake Placid is a small town with many great things to eat, quality brewpubs, hip dining rooms, kid-friendly casual and tempting desserts.

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14 Comments

  1. March 1, 2017 at 10:36 am — Reply

    You fit in a lot!! We loved Smoke Signals! Amazing burgers and brisket tacos.

    • March 1, 2017 at 10:40 am — Reply

      we walked by there and it looked good, but didn’t get to try it. To be fair this is from a few visits!

  2. July 1, 2015 at 1:42 pm — Reply

    They were good!

  3. June 28, 2015 at 12:37 am — Reply

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

  4. June 28, 2015 at 12:37 am — Reply

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

  5. June 28, 2015 at 12:36 am — Reply

    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 — Reply

      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.

  6. June 28, 2015 at 12:04 am — Reply

    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 — Reply

      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.

  7. June 27, 2015 at 3:06 pm — Reply

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

  8. June 27, 2015 at 3:40 am — Reply

    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 — Reply

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

  9. June 26, 2015 at 11:38 pm — Reply

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

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