The best places to eat

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
― Virginia Woolf

Here are our top picks for where to grab a bite in Lake Placid.

The most asked question we get at the Golden Arrow is probably, “where should we eat?” Luckily for our guests, Lake Placid, New York is not short on great places to eat. Even better, most are within walking distance from the hotel! So, whether you want barbeque, burgers, pizza, pasta, or pub fare, one of the many local and family-owned restaurants is sure to please your taste buds.

That being said, we wanted to narrow down the list, just a bit. Here are some of our top recommendations.

Please note that even though we love them, our top menu picks might not always be available, or may change.
Check the individual restaurant’s website and social media pages for the most up-to date menus, hours, and policies.

If you're looking for locally sourced food...

Check out Generations Tap & Grill

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.

What we love: 

Camp Rueben: House roasted corned beef, apple-bacon sauerkraut, Swiss cheese & thousand island dressing all on grilled marble rye

Wolfjaw Burger: 8oz farm burger grilled with our house dry rub & topped with Sawtooth BBQ,  caramelized onion cheddar, uncured bacon & crispy tobacco onions. Served on a burger bun

Camp Reuben Sandwich

If you're looking for a great sandwich...

Check out Big Mountain Deli or Simply Gourmet

With the same owners, and similar menus, either option is a great choice for a delicious lunch time staple.

Big Mountain Deli & Creperie is located on Main Street and convenient if you’re waking around town. 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 smoothies and beer. 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!

Simply Gourmet is just a short drive up Saranac Ave (only 1 mile from the Golden Arrow) and offers the same sandwich menu, plus a soup bar and selection of prepared foods and baked goods. You can also order online from Simply Gourmet, which is a great option if you’re in a hurry!

What we love:

#3 Haystack: roast turkey, smoked cheddar, roasted red peppers & maple mayo

#19 Table Top: applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato & maple mayo

smores crepe from big mountain deli

If you're looking for a good burger

Check out the ‘Dack Shack

The ‘Dack Shack is the sister business to Big Mountain Deli and Simply Gourmet. They specialize in classic lunch fare including hot soups, fresh sandwiches and salads, as well as a more unique nightly fare with Gastro-Pub, Asian, Caribbean, and American influences! 

What we love:

‘Dack Burger: smoked bacon, sautéed onions, field greens, tomato & secret shack sauce. Add a side of fries with maple mayo!

Dack Shack Burger

If you're looking for the best wings

Check out Lisa G’s

Lisa G’s features comfort foods with a modern twist. They have a great selection of wing flavors + a variety of dips to go with them. If you’re having a hard time choosing what to get, stop by on Monday night for Wing Night. If you sit on the bar side you can choose how many of each flavor you want for a discounted price. Plus, they have a special flavor of the night!

What we love:

Cheese Treat: broiled feta, spicy brown sugar marinade, arugula, jalapenos, grilled bread

Wings: medium with creamy feta is delicious, but you really can’t pick a wrong flavor here. 

close up of wings from lisa g's

If you're looking for a good beer & atmosphere

Check out Lake Placid Pub or Big Slide Brewery

A favorite hot spot for Lake Placid 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 Pub is currently undergoing renovations and we can’t wait to see what they’ve done! 

What we love:

The Schulzy Burger: their signature burger. A potato roll with a half pound Angus burger topped with bacon, American & Vermont cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, ketchup, lettuce & tomato – served with fries

Josh’s Fire Fish: beer battered haddock covered in your choice of wing sauce, served with house blue cheese dressing, lemon & fries

Burger from the pub

Open since June 2016, Big Slide Brewery 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!

Stop by Sunday for brunch!

What we love:

Pretzel Bites: locally made, served warm with their own cheddar cheese sauce or maple mustard

The Maloney and Cheese: Donahue’s Livestock Farms burger patty, Meier’s Artisan Dairy gruyere, bacon & onion jam, the most special of the sauces, shredded iceberg lettuce, slices tomato

The Hangover Helper: (Sunday Brunch) locally made everything spice bagel, fried eggs, thick bacon, American Cheese, harissa mayo, spicy tot has

Pretzel Nuggets from Big Slide

If you're looking for good BBQ

Check out Smoke Signals

Centrally located on Main Street in Lake Placid, 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!

What we love:

The Southwest Salad: Choice of grilled chicken, pulled pork or smoked tofu; romaine, corn black beans, onions, cherry tomatoes, jack cheese, tortilla strips, ranch and BBQ

Cheddar Bacon Mac n’ Cheese: it explains itself!

Smoke Signals Meal - cornbread, ribs, salad

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