Where to Eat in Lake Placid

Lake Placid has so many great eating and drinking spots. The dining scene is diverse with many restaurants featuring locally sourced food.  Although 48 hours is never time to sample all of the restaurants in one region, I fit in as many as possible during a weekend visit to Lake Placid. Here is where I would recommend eating next time you are in town.


Where to eat in Lake Placid

Start off with a hearty breakfast at the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort’s Generations Tap & Grill. It is the perfect place to fuel up for the day if you plan to spend it exploring Lake Placid. We sampled their Belgium Waffles, Adirondack Buttermilk Flapjacks, Whiteface Oatmeal and a whole host of sides like home fries, bacon, and fruit. Eating on their outdoor deck where the view of Mirror Lake and the Adirondack Mountains is fantastic. This terrace also overlooks the hotel’s ‘green roof’ which produces fresh herbs for the restaurant.


Dinner choices are plentiful in Lake Placid. If you like BBQ, you will definitely want to try Smoke Signals. If possible ask for a table in the back. There are large floor to ceiling windows that open up right onto the lake. Families might appreciate sitting in the oversized booths where there is plenty of space to spread out.

Smoke Signals Lake Placid

Although I am not usually a fan of wings, the server convinced me that I should try them saying that “they are the best around”. He was right. These finger-lickin’, smoked chicken wings had the most tender meat that it practically fell off the bone. I loved their homemade BBQ sauces and the Adirondack BBQ Tacos were flavorful as well.

The Cottage at the Mirror Lake Inn and Resort is great as well for lunch and dinner along with their other restuarants The View and Taste Bistro.

Sweet Treats and Dessert

Lake Placid Creamery

Ice Cream is good anytime right? You can have it after dinner, after lunch or even for an afternoon snack. Our kids love to stop into Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery  Emma’s claims they have the best milkshakes in town. We’d have to agree. Their soft serve ice cream is pretty tasty as well. It is easy to get sidetracked when ordering here. There are specialty sundaes, tons of toppings, fantastic flavor choices that change weekly, snow cones and more. I’ll admit I wanted to try the frozen cheese cake on a stick but that would have required another visit.

On our way out of town, we drove through Keene, NY and immediately did a u-turn when we saw the sign for fresh donuts outside of the A.D.K. Market. These little fried morsels pretty much melt in your mouth. The display case is so tempting that in addition to taking a dozen donuts home, we bought an apple pie, apple dumplings, and brownies. A quick pitstop in here might cost you 5,000 calories but they are totally worth it.

More places to Eat in Lake Placid

These are a few other restaurants you might add to your list to try. We did not get to them, but have it on good authority that they are worthy of a stop.

Disclosure: While I was invited to the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort and received a complimentary meal at Generations, my review reflects the honest opinion of my experience without outside influence.

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