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Nov 10, 2007 01:39 PM

lake placid thanksgiving recommendations?

Last year we had a nice dinner at the wawbeek but its gone...I suppose there is the mirror lake inn...any other thoughts? We're not adverse to traveling a bit...


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    1. My favorite restaurant in Lake Placid. Crap I can't think of the name. It is located on the top of the hill in the Price Chopper Plaza. It is a little italian place that has great food. If I was in Lake Placid on Thanksgiving and was looking for a place to eat, I would eat there.

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      1. Our ski gang is going to the Hilton for their annual Thanksgiving Brunch.
        There is lots of the good old staples,roast turkey,along with beef,fish,and many salads,ect.
        Frankly we've found it the best eating in Placid over the last 15 years for Thanksgiving Day.
        The Mirror Lake Inn buffet is way overpriced for what you get and we don't like the "stiff" atmosphere of the place.
        Their Cottage Restaurant ,across the street from the Mirror Lake Inn,is a much better choice but I don't think they are open for dinner on Thanksgiving day.
        No one up there has anything really special for Thanksgiving Dinner we've found.
        The Hilton,as I said,is the best of the bunch imo;lots of good food and fun with your gang.

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        1. re: catnip


          thanks, I think I saw you suggest this before....we are having a hard time understanding how any hilton could have good food or provide a nice atmosphere but given the lack of choice, we may end up there.

          I hear you on the mirror lake inn...we ate there one year and I felt as you did. The wawbeek was really perfect. I guess once we get up there, we'll decide.

          thanks for the, jd

          1. re: vinouspleasure

            What I am saying is that the Hilton is the best of the bunch---for a brunch on Thanksgiving Day--- in the area for our large gang of skiiers.
            The turkey is well cooked,the salads are good,and the rest of the food is well-prepared.
            This is not a gourmet brunch in any respect but I think this is a good meal for the price with a large selection and a really nicestaff.
            You can hang around for some of the live entertainment they have in the Three Bears Lounge later that evening also.
            We usually try to reserve a table facing the downtown Main Street so we can look out onto Mirror Lake.
            You might try LaVeranda or the Interlaken Inn.
            We hang out at the Interlaken bar(the best in the area and eat off their great bar menu.
            I don't know if either of these places is open for Thanksgiving dinner at all;you'll have to call to find out.
            The Wawbeek was excellent but,alas,the Wawbeek has gone into private hands and is no longer a restaurant.
            I believe Adirondack Steak and Seafood,on Main Street across from the bandstand,is also serving a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal.
            One other possibility is to call the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce and ask them what is open and what is closed.
            They may be able to help you as well.
            See you around town!

            1. re: catnip

              Thanksgiving dinner on the road has been a huge success. Growing up I had a huge family and thanksgiving dinner was a fiasco. The best and worst times of my life were centered around that meal. My warmest memories are of my grandma's feast smelling up the house for days around that celebration. I also remember my dad missing the day as his taste for wine and woman were heightened around that holiday. As I got older and began to travel I have been eating out thanksgiving . I find if I think out of the box I can find great meals on the road. Over the past 10 years or so I have been going to Lake PLacid for outdoor adventure and quite by accident after 3 days of snowshoeing I stumbled up to the Hilton one Thanksgiving. I didn't know it back then but I was looking for my own tradition and kind of looking for a traditional meal. My Tex/Mex Thanksgiving the year prior wasn't my best To my utter amazement and delight the Hilton had what the doctor ordered. The complete and traditional offerings were delicious and plenty. Yes it is buffet and yes it's loud and somewhat crowded but again to my delight the staff was courteous and the food was hot fresh and plenty. For 24.99 a person it's a bargain. Turkey was juicy and the gravy was just like grandma. So was the mashed potatoes. The deserts were also delicious. They didn't rush us and afterwards we all sat and had a few cordials at the bar which has little living room style seatings. I can't speak to any other meal the hotel offers but if you like traditional Thanksgiving dinner and you're away from home this meal can't be beat. Remember I come from an era where all the woman in my family would cook for days every November and rarely have I even come close to that kind of cooking until now! Wowie!

              1. re: Jmchzn

                the hilton has been replaced by the high peaks resort. The buffet has been very good, probably better than the hilton and the price this year is $24.95.

        2. This is the url from the Lake Placid News Website. Maybe this could help. It's not a complete list, but it hits the highlights. Good luck!


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          1. re: phDuh

            thanks! The interlaken was my first thought but they're closed as is the dog cafe. We've had mixed success at Steak and Seafood, but they will have a tday menu. One of our favorite places is the wilderness inn out near wilmington...I may give them a call.

            we'll be with young kids, so the Three Bears Lounge is probably not going to work...I dunno, we may very well end up at the hilton. If you see a parents chasing after three kids deconstructing the buffet, you'll know its oldest can eat a lot. Are you skiing?

            1. re: vinouspleasure

              Our gang did the Hilton Brunch although I saw in the local paper that the Crowne Plaza had a $28.95 brunch as well.
              We all enjoyed the Hilton brunch but it's too much money for two trips up to the buffet,some good coffee,and a dessert run.($27/head)
              The place seemed deserted to us(we were there around 3PMish).
              I don't think they had a real crowd all day.
              We were at the Interlaken Wed. night and the bar menu was great.
              We were also there Friday night and we were not diappointed.
              Several people told us about the Wilderness Inn but no one mentioned if they were open for Thanksgiving dinner.
              Next year we're going to try another place around Placid for Thanksgiving dinner;by then Lake Placid Lodge should be rebuilt.
              We didn't ski.
              Went to Whiteface Friday but after all the rain Tues.-Thurs. afternoon the place was awash in ice.
              We don't ski diamonds;perhaps the trails were better up high.

              1. re: catnip

                In the end we decided on the Hilton and we were glad we listened to your advice. We have three kids, so the all in cost for our family was around $80 which we thought a terrific bargain. We had a nice view of the lake, the food was much better than our expectations.

                The Wilderness Inn was open for Thanksgiving but it was booked as was the steak and stinger. My wife and the kids had breakfast at charlies, the restaurant next to the golden arrow, and said it was expensive but fantastic. We ate at the Caribbean cowboy one night which is still great and we had a lunch at the brewery, which is worth it for the beer...the food was just ok.

                Thanks again for your suggestion, it was most appreciated and helped us enjoy the day.

                1. re: vinouspleasure

                  we're in the hunt again this year. Any ideas now that the hilton has closed? We're thinking about trying the crowne plaza or maybe the wilderness inn...

                  1. re: vinouspleasure

                    I"ve only had the banquet food at the crowne plaza and found it kinda blah. However, the bar in the lounge has a gorgeous view of the mountains and wouldn't be a bad place to stop for a drink.

                    My parents had a lovely dinner at the restaurant on the grounds of the crowne plaza. I don't remember the name, but it is right there in the parking lot.

          2. Hello again this year Vinous!(LOL)
            The Hilton is gone but we called the new place;the old Hilton, now s called The High Peaks Resort and their toll-free telephone number is 1.800-755-5598 and they told me they are having the Thanksgiving brunch (for $24.95/person)from 10:30AM-2:30PM.
            From 2:30ishP.M. on it's either going to be a Prixe Fixe Dinner or order off the menu for those who don't want to brunch.
            We called the Mirror Lake Inn and they want $59.95 per person for their Thanksgiving Brunch(check out their website) and there is nothing but ham and turkey on their menu.
            No seafood for that price!---I thught they were nuts!!!!
            Our ski gang is going up again for 5 days of food-eating and fun and we'll probably wind up at the High Peaks (again) this year.
            They are under new management(Hilton sold out to this High Peaks Group) so we'll see what they have to offer.
            We're not making any reservations this year;we'll decide where to go when we get there.
            We'll buy the local paper and they'll have Thanksgiving restaurant offers in there.
            The Crowne Plaza has a brunch but I don't know the price but I haven't heard anything good about their brunch,as well as Mirror Lake's, over the years.
            If worst comes to worst we'll try an out-of-town place----we hear the Wilderness Inn,on the way to Wilmington,N.Y. is good,but without reservations we figure the High Peaks will be available as last year they weren't even 1/2 full for their good brunch.
            Good luck to you ,as always,and we'll see you up there around town.!

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            1. re: catnip

              Hi Catnip, good to hear from you again, the high peaks sounds like its worth a try. We've eaten and stayed at the wilderness inn and its pretty good and well priced. We had thanksgiving at the mirror lake inn one year. the food was delicious if a little fussy but, as you point out, overpriced.

              I judged a bbq contest in lake placid and received these recommendations from someone that lives there:

              Interlaken Milano, Jimmy's as local favorites (in that order)
              Carribean Cowboy is good, but inconsistent.
              Noon Mark diner
              Player's for great burgers.
              Lisa G' for a great lunch

              we've liked the interlaken, carb cowboy and the noon mark is always our last stop on the way home for a couple of pies. we're going to try a couple of the others on the list this time up.

              Also, not sure if you attend the ice show but its become a family tradition for us. 50% discount with AAA makes it affordable.

              if you see a family being dragged around town by a big Australian shepherd, that would be us, hope you'll say hello.


              1. re: vinouspleasure

                The food at Jimmy's is okay, but when we visited, the place was filthy, grimy, sticky, just disgusting, everything from the salt shakers, menus, floors, tables, bathrooms, etc. No exaggeration, I've never encountered such sticky, grimy filth anywhere before. Service was bad, too. We've always had good meals at Caribbean Cowboy, and our best meals are always at the Brown Dog Cafe and Wine Bar for dinner. Interlaken is good, and the cottage across from the Mirror Lake in has good food in a casual atmosphere.

                1. re: vinouspleasure

                  Hi Vinous!
                  Wilderness is very good but I heard they are booked well in advance for Thanksgiving dinner.
                  We'll probably wind up at High Peaks also but when you get there buy a local paper and see if anything else strikes your fancy for Thanksgiving Dinner.
                  I suspect the place will be fairly vacant over the holiday as the economy is so bad.
                  Many friends of ours who own restaurants up there report business is way down.
                  We ate at the Hungry Trout in Wllmington the last time up there.
                  Really good trout served many different ways.
                  We'll be up at the Interlaken bar on 11/28 when they open;if they are even open .
                  I know they close for a week or so around that time.
                  They usually close Thanksgiving Day but their bar menu is very good and about 1/2 the price of their excellent dining room.
                  Eating at their bar is our favorite place to eat.
                  Their small bar overlooks their gardens and is really upscale and mostly for adults.
                  We usually do drinks at Jimmy's and at the Adirondack Steak and Seafood.
                  Adk. Steak and Seafood has great lunches and specials as well.
                  We've done Caribbean a couple of times and we've never been disappointed.
                  We did Noon Mark years ago but we don't get down to Keene often unless we're hiking in that direction.
                  Lisa G's does have grat lunches and we managed a stop there the last time up for a late dinner.
                  They serve dinner late and they are usually very crowded.
                  Little Italy in Saranc Lake is excellent for Italian.
                  They just moved and redid the old Burger King up there so we may try that as well next time up.
                  We've done ice shows up there for years but I hate to say it but once we've seen one triple-axle you've seen them all;at least for us.
                  We'd rather bar hop at night over to Adirondack Brewery and eat their outstanding burgers and drink their awesome Ubu Ale or sit over the Cottage across from the Mirror Lake Inn and watch the fire and look out onto the lake.
                  If you see a bearded guy wearing a CornellFootball hat that would be me!