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The Top 10 Places to Eat in Lake Placid

Our front desk staff gets the “what’s a good place to eat” question all the time. While there’s plenty of places to eat around Lake Placid, we have our favorites that we tend to recommend over and over, because well, they’re the best! This list contains restaurants with a variety of cuisines and atmospheres, so even the pickiest of eaters should be able to settle on someplace to eat!
Here’s our top 10 places to eat in Lake Placid, in alphabetically order…

*Note: While some restaurants on this list serve breakfast, this list does not delve in to where to eat breakfast, because that clearly deserves its own post.

Big Mountain Deli

2475 Main Street | Lake Placid, NY 12946

A definite lunchtime favorite, Big Mountain is a colorful daytime counter-serve restaurant known for their 46 sandwich varieties – all named after the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks. They also offer a variety of breakfast options, salads, sweet and savory crepes, plus beer & cocktails. They use fresh ingredients, including Boar’s Heads Meats and homemade bread.

Don’t let the long line and chalkboard wall intimidate you. The line moves quickly and you can’t go wrong with any menu choice!

When you should go:
Big Mountain is open 8am – 3pm daily

Simply Gourmet

2099 Saranac Ave. | Lake Placid, NY 12946

Want to venture off Main Street? Head over to Simply Gourmet, the sister restaurant of Big Mountain. It’s a bigger location with the same sandwich options. Simply Gourmet does not offer crepes, but they have a large soup bar and selection of prepared foods.

When you should go:
Simply Gourmet is open 8am – 6pm Monday through Friday
8am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday

What you should eat:
#1 Marcy  – roast turkey, cranberry horseradish sauce, cheddar, apple & cracked pepper mayo
#19 Table Top – applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato & maple mayo
#61 S’mores – marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs & dark chocolate chips

S’mores Crepe (Photo from Big Mountain’s Instagram)

The Marcy (Photo from Big Mountain’s Instagram)

5686 Cascade Road | Lake Placid, NY 12946

The sister restaurant to the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery (mentioned later in this list), Big Slide opened in June 2016. Big Slide has a more modern, industrial feel and features 10 house brewed beers and a farm-to-table menu. Sit inside at the bar, or table seating, and watch the game, or sit outside on the patio and take in the views. The patio is also dog friendly and features lawn games for the kids and kids at heart!

When you should go:
Big Slide is open 11:30am – 10pm Monday through Saturday | 10am – 10 pm Sunday (brunch menu 10am-1pm)
Wednesdays for Sour Hour: 5pm until 10pm, BOGO on sour beers and a non-sour rotating beer, plus special sour cocktails
Sundays for brunch: from 10am until 1pm. Features bottomless mimosas.

What you should eat:
Poutine – spiced fries, Meier’s Dairy cheese curds, bourbon peppercorn sauce
Chicken Sandwich – sesame seed bun, marinated chicken breast, applewood smoked bacon, shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced tomato, crushed potato chips, chipotle aioli
Impossible Burger – MEATLESS Impossible burger patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion, sesame seed bun.
Brunch: Blueberry (on the) Pancakes – house buttermilk pancakes, lemon blueberry compote, south meadow farm maple syrup, whipped cream, lemon zest, crumbled shortbread cookies
With a side of North Country Smokehouse Bacon

What you should drink:
Big Slide always has ten beers on tap that rotate in and out of the line-up. Some favorites include:
Big Slide IPA – American-Style Pale Ale, Brewed With All American Ingredients, Features Centennial And Zythos Hops Layered Over A Distinctive Malt Backbone.  5.0% ABV, 36 IBU
Bourbon Barrel Aged Ubu Ale  – famous Ubu Ale from Lake Placid Pub &Brewery, brewed on premise, then aged in a bourbon barrel for 6 months. Subtle flavors of Bourbon, Vanilla & the natural tart flavors from the oak, blend nicely with the malt backbone & dark cherry flavors of this Strong English Ale. 10% ABV, 45 IBU

Chicken Sandwich with Fries

Blueberry Pancakes

2543 Main Street | Lake Placid, NY 12946

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Generations is a family-friendly restaurant connected to the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort. In keeping with the sustainable philosophy of Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, the menus feature many foods that are grown and raised locally. Generation’s goal is to keep it as local and fresh as possible, showcasing the many wonderful farms and products that are grown, raised, and cultivated in New York’s Adirondack region.

Generations Restaurant is also a great spot to host your business meeting, family reunion, or wedding reception. With multiple spaces available, there is an option for you, no matter how large or small your group is.

When you should go:
Generations is open 7am – 9pm daily (10pm seasonally)
Happy Hour: 3pm – 7pm at the bar (Golden Arrow guests get happy hour prices all day!)
Trivia Tuesday: 7pm start, prizes to the top three teams, + checkout Facebook for hints!
Live music Friday:  7pm – 10pm + check out Facebook for weekly updates!

What you should eat:
Wolfjaw Burger – 8oz farm burger, Sawtooth BBQ, Whiteface cheddar, uncured bacon & crispy Tobacco onions
Pork Belly Poutine – A North Country favorite, seasoned fries topped with crispy pork belly, local cheddar curds &  stout gravy in a cast iron skillet
Das Boot & Pretzel a giant pretzel served with your choice of draft beer in a 64oz.  boot!

What you should drink:
BitBurger Premium Pilsner
Huckleberry Lemonade – 44 North Huckleberry vodka & pink lemonade served in a rocks glass & garnished with blueberries

Wolfjaw burger

Das Boot & Pretzel

2425 Main Street | Lake Placid, NY 12946

Family owned and operated for over 26 years, Jimmy’s 21 offers intimate lakeside fine-dining on beautiful Mirror Lake. With four dining rooms that overlook the lake, plus two decks outside, it’s one of the best places to enjoy delicious Italian-American cuisine while taking in breathtaking views of the Adirondack Mountains.

When you should go:
Jimmy’s 21 is open 11am – 10pm daily

What you should eat:
Fresh Mozzarella Salad – fresh mozzarella, fresh tomato, and basil with a balsamic vinaigrette
Bolognese – linguini with homemade Bolognese sauce
Chicken Parmigiana – gently fried chicken served with homemade marinara and mozzarella over linguini


813 Mirror Lake Drive | Lake Placid, NY 12946

A favorite hot spot for locals and visitors alike, the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, has been brewing award-winning ales and lagers for more than 21 years. Over those 20 plus years, The Pub has brewed almost 150 different styles of beer. Their Flagship beer, Ubu Ale, can be found in multiple states and is even a favorite of former President Bill Clinton!

The Lake Placid Pub has a fun atmosphere with multiple floors for dinning and drinking. The first floor, P.J. O’Neill’s, has a large bar, booth seating, bar games, and TVs for watching the game. The gift shop is also located on the first floor which features select merchandise and beer for purchase. Bring your drink outside and hang out with your friends in the classic Adirondack chairs. There’s also fun games like Cornhole and Giant Jenga!

The second and third floors offer more seating options and smaller bars. Both floors also have outdoor seating with views of Mirror Lake. The third floor, known as The Hop Loft, is also available for private parties, events, and group functions.

When you should go:
The Pub’s kitchen is open 11:30am – 10pm Monday through Saturday | 12pm – 10pm Sunday | P.J. O’Neil’s is open until 2am every day
Tuesdays for Two-fers: two-for-one house pints and house liquor drinks from 6:30pm – 2am
Saturdays for Brewery tours: third floor at 4:30pm. Tours are also given upon request.
The Lake Placid Pub also hosts many fun events throughout the year, which can be found on their Facebook page.

What you should eat:
Veggie Nachos – house queso, scallions, sliced jalapeños, pico de gallo, olives, sides of salsa & sour cream
Maple Melt – grilled chicken breast, NY maple cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, apple, cranberry aioli, soft roll
Josh’s Fire Fish – Josh’s twist on fish & chips. Traditional haddock tossed in hot sauce, with fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, ‘beer blue cheese’
Shepherd’s Pie – savory ground beef, corn, Yukon gold mash potatoes, cheese, Scott’s Ubu gravy

What you should drink:
The Pub always has six beers on tap that rotate in and out of the line-up. Some favorites include:
Ubu – the famous flagship that’s always on tap.
English-style Strong Ale with a deep garnet red color | features dark fruit and roasted malt flavors, with a slightly bitter finish
High Peaks Hefewiezen – currently on tap throughout the summer until roughly mid-September
German Style Wheat Beer with a yellow/pale orange color | unique beer that is fermented with an ale yeast from Weihenstephan, Germany. It has a very spicy aroma with hints of banana and clove in the aroma as well

Shepherd’s Pie

Beer Sampler (Photo from user TedandSarah on Trip Advisor)

6125 Sentinel Road | Lake Placid, NY 12946

Features comfort foods with a modern twist. With a large menu to choose from, couples, families and larger groups will all find something to enjoy. Choices range from the best burger in the Adirondacks (they have proof!) to daily specials that rival any fine dining eatery in town.

Lisa G’s has a quirky and relaxed atmosphere and features indoor seating and a large bar. There is also outdoor seating which is dog friendly and overlooks the Chubb River.

When you should go:
Lisa G’s is open 11:30am – 10pm Monday through Saturday | 11:30am – 9pm Sunday | Closed Tuesday
Mondays for wing night: mix & match flavors all night plus, special nightly flavor

What you should eat:
Wings – maple bourbon or medium buffalo with creamy feta dip
Cheese Treat – feta with spicy marinade, broiled, topped with jalapenos and served with grilled bread
Shrimp Tacos – baby shrimp floured and fried, tossed in a sweet and spicy Thai sauce, and served in flour tortillas with sriracha mayo, lettuce, and pineapple salsa

What you should drink:
Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade – Town Branch Bourbon, strawberry puree, lemonade
Mango Margarita Tequila Triple Sec, mango puree, sour mix, cinnamon sugar rim
Dirtbag Tea – Citron Vodka, simple syrup, lemon, iced tea, lemonade

Medium wings from Lisa G's

Medium Buffalo Wings

Cheese Treat

6115 Sentinel Road | Lake Placid, NY 12946

Located off the main drag, heading towards the Ski Jumps, is the snug New American eatery Liquids & Solids. L&S features an innovative, sophisticated, and unique menu, plus creative cocktails. They have indoor seating, as well as a fun patio with picnic tables, blankets, and pillows.

When you should go:
Liquids & Solids is open  4pm – 10pm Tuesday – Saturday | 5pm – 9pm Sunday | Closed Monday
Friday Night: 4 course food & beer pairing menu

What you should eat:
Fried Brussels Sprouts
Charcuterie board – your choice of meats and local cheeses, served with accompaniments
Bolognese – bucatini, guanciale, wild mushroom medley, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella

What you should drink:
Balsamic Fizz – vodka, strawberry juice, basil, balsamic vinegar, soda water, pineapple juice
Maple & Spice – bourbon, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, apple juice

Balsamic Fizz (Photo from user Annarose F. on Yelp)

2489 Main Street | Lake Placid, NY 12946

Centrally located on Main Street, you can smell the BBQ before you step foot inside Smoke Signals. A popular location for locals and tourists alike, Smoke Signals offers great BBQ flavors with amazing views.

Looking for someplace to host your event? Whether you’re looking for a small intimate space or want to rent out the whole restaurant, Smoke Signals has an option for you!

When you should go:
Smoke Signals is open 4pm – 9pm Monday – Thursday | 3pm – 10pm Friday | 12pm – 10pm Saturday & Sunday
Live Music nights: check their Facebook page for updates.

What you should eat:
Southwest Salad – choice of grilled chicken, pulled pork, or smoked tofu, romaine, corn, black beans, onions, cherry tomatoes, jack cheese, tortilla strips, ranch and house BBQ
ADK BBQ Tacos – 3 tortillas with choice of pulled pork, grilled chicken, sliced brisket, burnt ends, or smoked tofu, topped with lettuce, jack cheese, and salsa
Sample for Two – ribs, brisket, and pulled pork, choice of two sides, and two pieces of cornbread

What you should drink:
New York Sour – Basil Hayden Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, Malbec floater
Blackberry Margarita – blackberry moonshine, tequila, triple sec, house-made sour mix

Sampler for Two (Photo from user Takemetoalaska on Trip Advisor)

ADK Tacos (Photo from user SethP from Yelp)

77 Mirror Lake Drive | Lake Placid, NY 12946

Situated directly on Mirror Lake, The Cottage offers spectacular views of the Adirondack High Peaks. The Cottage is a fun place to hang out both in the summer and winter months. In the summer you can paddle right up to the deck and stop for a drink. The Cottage also offers wood-burning fireplaces inside and out, plus heaters and comfy seating on the outdoor deck, which is great for the winter months.

When you should go:
The Cottage is open  11:30am – 10pm Monday through Saturday | 10:30am – 10pm Sunday

What you should eat:
Baked Brie – melted double cream brie, sweet and spicy almonds, fresh apples, and a raspberry coulis.  Served with toasted French baguette.
The Cobble Hill – deli sliced turkey, sliced apple, and New York sharp cheddar cheese.  Served on hearty grain bread with cranberry mayonnaise.
House Smoked BBQ Pulled Pork – BBQ pulled pork, smoked Gouda cheese, crispy fried onions on a toasted pretzel roll

What to drink:
Build your own Bloody Mary! Choose your alcohol (Ketel One, Belvedere, Titos, Grey Goose, Stoli Cucumber, Bulleit Bourbon, Deleon Platinum Tequila, Ardbeg Ten Years Old) and garnishes (traditional celery, pickle, Spanish olives, spicy olives, spicy pickles)

Baked Brie (Photo from user the_mace on Trip Advisor)

2407 Main Street | Lake Placid, NY 12946

If you’re looking for someplace to go for a craft cocktail with stunning views, Top if the Park is worth checking out. They specializes in unique spirits and a selection of gourmet small plates. Top of the Park has a comfortable atmosphere with stunning views of the Adirondack Mountains. Their large deck overlooking Mirror Lake is the perfect date-night spot.

When you should go:
Top of the Park is open 3pm – 12am daily

What you should eat:
Confit Chicken Wings – marinated in a brine 24 hours, then slowly poached in duck fat served with chipotle aioli
Selection of Cheese – artisan cheese, house candy nuts, poached pear, dried fruit, toasted baguette
Charcuterie – cured wild boar, prosciutto, venison, duck, Irish cheddar, shallot marmalade, grain mustard, toasted baguette

What you should drink:
ADK Margarita – silver whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice
Bruised 46’r – Bulleit Bourbon, black and blueberry juice, agave, lemon juice, simple syrup

Wings (Photo from user tristateplate on Instagram)

Cheese board (Photo from Christine Demichele on Facebook)

Did we miss your favorite restaurant? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Check back soon for the best places to get pizza! 

2018-08-22T22:20:02+00:00August 22nd, 2018|

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