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LAKE PLACID N.Y. Any good restaurants????

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We are in Lake Placid for a week-end near the end of January. Any good noteworthy chowhownd restaurants? Thanks for any help you can give me.

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  1. I have been wanting to try the Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar for the longest time but I just haven't made it back to Lake Placid in years. We were planning on going a couple of years ago and I did research on restaurants at that time. This was the place that I was really looking forward to trying. Our trip ended up getting cancelled so I can't personally recommend them but if you search around here and elsewhere you should find some reviews from people who have.

    1. Definitely, the Brown Dog Cafe and Wine Bar is hands down our favorite for dinner. Haven't tried the lunches there. Be sure to reserve ahead of time. Our second favorite for dinner would have to be Carribbean Cowboy, but having eaten almost everywhere worth while up there (the pickings are slim and there's a LOT of bad food to be found), I'd be just as happy to eat at the Brown Dog every night, never disappoints. We had a very nice meal at Interlaken, which is more formal/fussier than Brown Dog, but cozy, too.

      For a really expensive splurge, the Whiteface Lodge dining room is gorgeous, very indulgent and with very good food, at least it was two years ago.

      We had a great breakfast at a new, local diner in town whose name escapes me, but it was a bargain.

      1. Absolutely the Brown Dog; great lunch, great location, great wine by the glass, great ambience, great dinner, great dog chachkas. Also had unimaginative but tasty food served competently at Jack's Steakhouse and Dancing Bear (how can you go wrong with restaurant named after an animal). We always stop for homemade diner food and baked goods at the Noon Mark Diner in Keene Valley on the way home.

        1. Cafe Rustica in the Price Chopper Plaza. It is a little off the beaten path, but worth the trip.

          1. I like Jimmy's on Main St. Not much for atmosphere but I had some amazing shrimp there a couple of years ago. And the Brewery is good for beer and wings..

            And does anyone know if the Tail O' The Pup stays open in the winter?

            1. Tail of the Pup is definitely closed in the winter. I'm going to LP this weekend, and will post an update on our food choices.

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              1. re: phDuh

                Have you checked the Tristate archive for the discussions of LP restaurants over the past year? Lots of info there.

              2. Just returned from a great weekend in Placid. Dinner at Cafe Rustica (recommended), but my favorite place for breakfast and lunch is Saranac Sourdough. A variety of homemade breads, interesting sandwich choices, freshly made side salads. Doesn't re-invent the wheel, but if you're looking for fast food, you won't get it here. Service can be slow. But hey, I'm on vacation, why do I need to rush?

                1. Our stay in Lake Placid with our child included:

                  Chair 6 - great breakfast (very small casual place but pricey)
                  Adirondak Brewing Company - great dinner (casual but also pricey). Had breakfast there also which I would not recommend
                  Ashley's Cafe - great breakfast/lattes
                  Dancing Bear - good apres ski
                  Lake Placid Brewing Co - good apres ski