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Sep 23, 2011 09:56 PM

Best restaurants near Lake Placid

Hello fellow Chow Hounders,

I'm planning a trip to Lake Placid this Sunday and Monday night (25/26 sept) and am looking for suggestions on where to eat dinner. Ideally, I'd like to find a place with a farm to table approach that emphasizes local ingredients, but I'm open to pretty much anything.

Any suggestion are much appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. I would suggest the Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar. Deli by day, full restaurant by night. Very nice wine list. Usually requires reservations for dinner. Food is contemporary, entrees can be expensive ( up to $30) but worth it. If you're lucky you can get a table overlooking Mirror lake. Phone # may be difficult to find 518-523-3036.

    There are also two brew pubs in Lake Placid. Food is average at both but beers are good, especially the Ubu Ale at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery. The Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood Company has good stouts and porters.

    Hopefully, someone else can recommend some other fine dining establishments for you.

    Lake Placid Pub & Brewery
    813 Mirror Lake Dr, Lake Placid, NY 12946

    Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar
    3 Marina Way, Lake Placid, NY 12946

    Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood Company
    34 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946

    1. There are a number of threads on this topic, so be sure to take a look at the links at the bottom of this thread. Brown Dog is our favorite, year after year, hands down, have only been for dinner there. Be sure to reserve NOW, don't wait til you get there. It's very small, not many tables, only two, I think, are actually at the windows overlooking the lake and it's very nice to sit there. The Cottage is a nice casual place for lunch, too.

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      1. re: mcf

        My husband and I visited Brown Dog in mid-December and actually found the food bland and uninspired. My husband had wasabi salmon, which, contrary to what you'd expect, totally lacked flavour. I had mussels and a salad and, while my mussels were fine (really, you can only go so wrong with wine and cream...), the olives in my salad tasted canned, which I don't think is acceptable at the price point. We had a far better experience the next day over lunch at the more casual Big Mountain Deli and Creperie - simple, yet tasty food.

        Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar
        3 Marina Way, Lake Placid, NY 12946

        1. re: jovi

          My favorite place to eat in the high peaks is the eat and meet griil in Saranac lake which is about 15 minutes from Placid.

          1. re: jovi

            I ended up going to the Brown Dog and was pretty disappointed too. I started with the pan seared fois gras, which was cooked perfectly and was served with some nice garnishes and thought I was going to be in for a treat, but it just went downhill from there. I had scallops with pumpkin risotto. The scallops were good but the risotto was clumpy and dry. My girlfriend ordered the salmon with crab salad. She asked for no mayo so they just omitted the crab salad entirely and we had to ask for it after. I'm a chef and I know special orders can sometimes be a bit frustrating, but I thought that was a lazy move. The atmosphere was nice and I think the place has potential, but like you said at that price point the expectations are a bit higher.

            Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar
            3 Marina Way, Lake Placid, NY 12946

            1. re: dbocking

              :-( Haven't been back for a couple of years, but really, really loved this place. Repeated disappointments are worrying. We went back year after year and had only splendid food; I hate when a favorite takes a nosedive.

              1. re: mcf

                Just back from Lake Placid today after a week of wonderful meals in Lake Placid. We almost didn't go to the Brown Dog due to the negative experiences posted here by others. Mr. MCF loves it, never had a meal there he didn't love and really wanted to go back. Also, our server at one of our other favorites now open for dinners, too, Chair 6, recommended it as excellent.

                It was. Very. Good. Damned Good. For one thing, Mr. MCF was told they could not guarantee a lake view table request would be honored but they'd try. When we arrived for a 7:30 reservation and gave his name, Eden, a fine addition to what was often a bit of a chilly interpersonal restaurant experience, said, "we'll have your window table ready for you in a minute." Her welcoming presence and the quiet, friendly, seamlessly efficient operation of the front of the house enhanced a wonderful meal and evening.

                I had a glass of a very nice pinot noir that was hyooge. If I'd finished it, I'd never have made the walk back to our hotel on my own two feet.

                We (and every single table we could see last night) shared an app of lobster spring roll, a really good size for two, and big enough to kill dinner for one person. It was greaseless lobster roll perfection and had a peanut/sesame oil dipping sauce. Very good, beautifully plated. I didn't see a single person order it alone, only to share.

                Dinner came with soup or salad, and we each had a bistro salad with their wonderful vinaigrette, I always comment on it, forgetting how good it is til I taste it again. Eden offered and we each added grated parmesan and cracked pepper to it. Very nice starter, very good size.

                Mains were crispy duck breast for me, with a sweet potato hash; perfectly rosey duck, beautifully crisped skin in a cherry sauce that was not cloying or overly sweet at all, or I would've been a very unhappy camper. DH had a nut crusted halibut entree, I want to say pistachio... it was excellent and arrived atop a pea risotto...

                We don't usually eat desserts, and when we do, we split them. Eden had our dessert plated as two separate ones upon request despite our having ordering only one, and it was a really good choice... a very dark, rich brownie (Valhrona chocolate ) with a carmelized, chewy top, ganache, warm and with vanilla ice cream and plated atop swirls of white chocolate and dark. I don't usually swoon over desserts, but it makes me want to go back very, very soon.

                I don't usually comment on servers unless they're especially awful or wonderful and I'm pretty sure I've never mentioned one by name anywhere at any time, but Eden makes a huge contribution to the much warmer and welcoming vibe at the BD. Throughout our meal she was cheerful and attentive but not in an unnatural, pretentious way, just in a very professional and easy going way and she kicks up the quality of the experience at the Brown Dog a LOT. In the past, the chilliness and seeming boredom of the service staff have been something one endured in order to have the wonderful meal. The one time the meal wasn't all that and the server was still icy, I kind of hesitated to go back, though I still recommended the BD and the food as very good because it was.

                This is an unqualified and very enthusiastic recommendation of the Brown Dog Cafe and Wine Bar. I'm really glad that Mr. MCF insisted on tradition and having at least one of our dinners there this year.

                I don't doubt the less than great meals that others have had, but things really seem to be looking up here; the place was filled to capacity almost the whole time we dined, much busier than last visit. Even if you've had one disappointment there, it might be worth giving it another chance.

          1. re: vinouspleasure

            Ditto Liquids and Solids and Eat and Meet. Also, Caribbean Cowboy and Left Bank Cafe in Saranac Lake.

            1. re: hockeynewf

              So, Caribbean Cowboy is no more, now it's moved into what used to be Cameron's and is just the Cowboy, with no Caribbean theme in sight and very little effort made to evoke Cowboy, either. It was a bore even with good food. The funkiness of CC had a lot to do with enjoyment there, and it fit the style of their food. They've made almost no effort to change the surroundings which feel like generic small town, steak and burger brown table top restaurant...

              The food was good, but too much reliance on sweetness at dinner time for moi, though Mr. MCF liked it more than I did. We had greaseless crispy calamari for a starter. DH had jerk chicken, perfectly cooked, and after a week of other memorable meals, I can't recall what I had, so there you have it.

              Nothing was less than good, and nothing was worth sacrificing a night at one of the more interesting restaurants for. Our server told us the restaurant has the same owners and menu, just a different venue. It's not working for us, nothing distinguishes it. It has always been a must visit place for us in the past.

              1. re: mcf

                That was exactly my thought after the last time we ate there. Without the funky vibe, and some of the more interesting specials they used to offer, it was just another restaurant. We skipped it the last time we were in town.

          2. For the record--2012. We love Chair 6.


            Chair 6
            46 Sentinel Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946

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            1. re: shuyser

              Chair 6 wasn't open for dinners our previous trips, though we loved breakfasts there. Gotta agree, a must visit addition for dinners on our list. Very lovely service, food, cozy room, loved all of our meals there.

              1. re: shuyser

                we went to chair 6 this past weekend after seeing tons of good reviews. we really enjoyed it. for starters my wife had carrot and ginger soup topped with some roasted pumpkin seeds if my memory serves. i had an arugula salad with tomato and roasted beets with a filo wrapped gorgonzola packet. great idea and very tasty. for our mains she had a beautifully prepared halibut with fennel slaw and another veg side i can't recall. i had seared diver scallops with a mustard seed crusting with sweet potato hash and asparagus. to close i had to try the pumkpin chocolate bread pudding. everything was very good and prepared just right. the only thing that seemed odd was the iced teas they offered. as i don't drink i usually order iced tea and all they had was bottled. for a place doing upper class food that seemed off since most better places will brew their own. all in all, we'd go back for sure.

                1. re: davmar77

                  I have to call Chair 6 our new favorite, at least tied with Brown Dog. We loved our server there, too. She was there for breakfast, too. She showed such self control and restraint while serving the tasting menu. She'd asked of him (and everyone ordering the tasting menu) if there were any foods the man ordering would not eat and he said only "horseradish and beets" or something like that. When she brought out the serving of lobster risotto with big pieces of lobster on top he refused it and said "NO LOBSTER." I would have place it over his head.

              2. Cafe Rustica was the best dinner I had up there. It is a little off the beaten path, but it was so good!

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                1. re: adventuresinbaking

                  Our server at Chair 6 also recommended it, but we never made it there.