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Lake Placid - need one restaurant choice and brew pub advice

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A friend of mine is competing in the ironman in Lake Placid next weekend and I will be escaping from the city to watch him. I am trying to plan one great meal while I am there. I have read some of the other Lake Placid posts, but still do not feel like I am ready to commit to any one restaurant. Is there any restaurant in particular that I cannot miss?

On a separate note, I am a homebrewer and love craft beer. Is the Lake Placid brew pub worth a lunch visit?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Have no recommendation abut food in Lake Placid. Maybe other posters can help you on that one. However, since In Saratoga Springs, NY, we do get some of the offerings of the Lake Placid brew pub, I would heartily recommend a trip to them. If you are into dark, malty beer, try the UBU. And, certainly try the IPA they make. And, if the brewmaster is on site, they will certainly guide you along the trail.

    I also had a friend who said that one of the best Mexican restaurants in the North Country (that's what we call it up here) is on the road between Placid and Saranac Lake. Couldnt find it on a Google search, but perhaps somebody in Lake Placid can point you in the direction, assuming it is still in existence.

    1. Lake Placid Brewpub has good beer, outdoor deck and decent bar food. I've eaten at Desparado's and Caribbean Cowboy and have enjoyed both. The other Mexican place I think is Casa del Sol ? Eaten there too several years ago and enjoyed it as well. Brown Dog looks interesting and will likely stop by in a few weeks. The menu at Nicola's over Main looked good too.

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      Caribbean Cowboy
      89 Saranac Ln, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

      Brown Dog Cafe
      3495 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14217

      1. If you're only planning on one splurge meal, for my money, it has to be Brown Dog Cafe and Wine Bar. I always regret eating anywhere else for special meals. We used to love Caribbean Cowboy til our last trip. Just not as good an experience, not the same quality of food, and I've noted some similar comments from others. For a very high cost special meal, the restaurant at the Whiteface Lodge was very good when we ate there, and very beautiful.

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        1. re: mcf

          It was probably three years ago when I was at CC so duly noted. Wanted to at least have a drink in the bar at Lake Placid Lodge (the rest of it is way out of my league) until it burned to the ground. Now brand newly rebuilt looks amazing and wonder how the food is.

          1. re: RC51Mike

            I don't know about LP lodge, but the WF lodge is pretty spectacular. Three years ago, we still liked CC a lot, second on our list. Now, not dying to go back.

        2. We're up for the Ironman as well and there are two really good micro- brewpubs in town.
          One is the Lake Placid Brewery whose main beer,Ubu Ale,is a rich malty dark beer.
          It's excellent.
          This is more of a burger and fries pub atmosphere with bar food and great beer.
          The other micro you should not miss is the Great Adirondack Brewery right next to the theatre on Main Street.
          I love their Abbey Ale and their Blond Ale.
          Both of these have won many awards for excellence and they are constantly adding new mocro brewed beers as well.
          Their Smoked Porter is also one of my favorites there.
          The food is better and more diverse at the Great Adirondack Brewery but if it's just regular pub fare then Lake Placid Brewery is a place to consider.
          I don't know your 'style" for great meals but we usually eat at the bar at the Interlaken Inn.
          Gourmet food in a pub atmosphere by their also award-winnging chef with great service.
          Usually this is where our gang goes after the competitions.
          Quiet,upscale,adult,and very good!
          Other numerous restaurants in town as well.
          Casa Del Sol is a really fun and excellent mexican resstaurant on the road to Saranac Lake.
          The best german food is at Hohmeyer's Lake Clear Lodge out near Lake Clear.
          Ask at your motel for direcctions.
          It's a bit of a ride but if german food is your "thing" you will not be disappointed.
          If you are asking about that "special"place that youcannot miss then II can tell you form 30+ yr.s of going to Lake Placid 6 or 7 times each yr. that there is no one outstanding place that you should miss.
          There are many really good restaurants and two really good brewpubs
          JMO----
          See you at the events Catnip

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          Casa Del Sol
          104 Main St, Nyack, NY 10960

          1. When we were in LP in May, we ate at Lisa G's (on Sentinel Rd/Main St). I overheard an employee at the hotel making a reservation for her and her out of town family, so I figured it must be good! It was very good, friendly, not fancy but certainly no dive. Granted, we were starving after a long day of hiking, but it was definitely good food.

            For sandwiches and the like, Big Mountain Deli & Creperie was fantastic. Grab yourself a sandwich (if you can choose from the 46 that they offer), and go watch the racers! We will be there as well, cheering on my sister-in-law.

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            1. re: njkori

              Yes,Oscar's is back smoking meat sagain.
              They re-opened,in Warrensburg, in the Spring.
              I agree 100% that Saranac Sourdough is an excellent choice for breakfast.
              Their breads are great!