My Lake Placid fine dining experiences
Spent a a few days in LP last week and ate in three so called fine dining restaurants. My reviews:
Brown Dog Cafe and Wine Bar - Recently relocated to this location. Atmosphere unimpressive except for view of the lake from the window front tables. No liquor, only beer and wine. Rather ordinary menu. In fact, saw the same entrees being offered in many restaurants - salmon, halibut, chicken, steak, lamb - all different preparations of course, but rather repetitive. Why no local fish?? Anyway, I found the food here to be very uninteresting and the service just adequate. All in all a big yawn. This was my least favorite.
The View - in the Mirror Lake Inn - lovely rather formal dining room with crisp white tablecloths, candles and flowers with a lake view. Very professional and obviously well trained staff. Nice choice of delicious breads (I liked the rosemary best). Okay selection of entrees with some very creative preparations. I had a nightly special of roasted chicken on a bed of Swiss chard, with bacon and figs. It was delicious. Husband had the halibut in a light tomato broth that was beautifully seasoned. No room for dessert, but the table next to us raved about what looked like tiramisu or maybe creme brûlée. I would recommend The View if you are looking for a more formal dining experience.
The Interlaken Inn- saving the best til last, our meal here was wonderful. The Inn is charming and if you visit be sure to see the pub/bar room which was recently renovated with tin ceiling, copper top bar and exquisite hand sculpted art on the walls. We were offered a pub menu as well as a dining room menu and told we could mix and match, and we did. Seemed like a huge selection and I' sure there is something for everyone here. From appetizers through coffee, the food was outstanding. Especially considering there was a party occupying the whole dining room and we were served on the porch with one other table. Nice wine list too. The one negative was our waiter (David) who was actually downright rude at one point. Although we didn't take it personally because I saw him being rude to a co -worker earlier. I suspect he was frazzled over having a large party in the dining room and some customers on the porch as well. Really no excuse for his behavior but I didn't want him to spoil an otherwise perfect dinner. I would definitely recommend a dinner here. Try to avoid David and enjoy the ambiance and the excellent food.
Sorry so long winded, but before our trip I was unable to find much current or detailed info. Just trying to help as I have benefitted from others input many times.
Brown Dog in the old location was a long time favorite, but our visit recently was such a letdown. Completely ordinary, lacking the ambience and charm and nothing remarkable on the plate as in years past. Sad to say it, we won't be going back.
Mirror Lake has always been mediocre enough that we've never even bothered trying it, based upon years of review history.
We liked Interlaken, too, even the sligiht prickliness of our server.
I'm surprised you weren't able to find the numerous LP threads, with a lot of restaurants better than those mentioned. Chair 6, for one, Cafe Rustica, Paradox Lodge...