Wise Women Charlotte appropriately called me out on my former Lake Placid blog, as the very important category of where to eat was missing. While we didn’t hit any primo romantic gourmet restaurant spots (not tolerable with a 5 and 7 year old along) we did have some nice meals. The town is full of a range of eating options – many casual burger, pizza, Italian, steakhouse type venues. The many groups of teen guys (including my son) who were in town for lacrosse were in heaven wandering the town on their own, deciding which burger haven to hit.
For those of you who may be visiting the area, here are some dining considerations for you:
Big Mountain Deli & Creperie: This is an excellent place to pick up some sandwiches for a hike or a picnic by the lake. They have close to 50 gourmet sandwich combinations, and what puts this restaurant over the top is a great selection of breads. In addition to the standard fare of wheat, hearth, or seeded rye, you can choose from Asiago Peppercorn, Caramelized Onion, Rosemary Garlic, or Basil Pesto. I had a roasted vegetable, fresh mozzarella and olive tapenade sandwich on Rosemary Garlic bread, and it more than hit the spot. In addition to the sandwiches, they do have a nice menu for dinner – many styles of crepes. They have a small dine-in area, and while I did not get there, my friends did and recommended it. Also for the late evening strollers along the main street, Big Mountain Deli & Creperie has an amazing list of dessert coffees to choose from. Unfortunately I did not make it in, but I’ve never seen such a long list of unusual combinations for coffee.
The Boat House: This was where we had our nicest dinner (pictured above). The Boat House is operated by the hotel where we stayed, the Crown Plaza, but sits on the opposite side of the lake. You can walk from the hotel, drive, or take the hotel shuttle. It sits right on Mirror Lake, and has a large deck that sits right on the lake for outdoor dining. The setting was lovely, and we were able to watch the sun set over the lake as we dined. My meal was delicious, and the food served around me also looked delicious. I had diver sea scallops, prosciutto ham, sauteed artichokes, roasted tomato and kalamata olive served with jasmine rise. Everyone left very satisfied. The added bonus was that the four children left us there, walked into town to visit Ben and Jerry’s, while we stayed for coffee and a piece of indulgent flourless chocolate cake.
The Mirror Lake Inn and Spa: If you’re traveling to Lake Placid as just a couple, this may be a place to consider for lodging. It has a beautiful facility that sits right on the lake, and many appealing dining options. One of their restaurants called The Cottage, has dining on a deck which extends over the lake (similar to The Boat House). While we didn’t dine here, it was recommended and looked lovely.
Desperados: If you have a craving for Southwestern/Mexican, this is the spot to hit. We also did not make it here, but this was recommended by my friend who lives there. It doesn’t sit in a prime location (but still very convenient to town), and its decor isn’t anything to rave about, but apparently their margaritas and food is excellent.
So hopefully that is enough to get you started on your journey. To review Things to Do in Lake Placid, click here to read the Destination Lake Placid blog.