Lake Placid is a resort town nestled in New York's massive Adirondack Park, and it is a fun year-round destination for families. In the winter, this two-time Olympic host city is a great place to find world-class skiing and other winter sports. In the summer, those mountains turn a rich green and welcome hikers, bikers and nature lovers. The area is filled with historic sites, family-friendly museums and other fun activities.
Lake Placid has lots of unique local restaurants that welcome families, and that's a big plus for me. Here are our favorite restaurants in Lake Placid, New York.
2543 Main Street, Lake Placid
Generations is the on-site restaurant for the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, which is where we stayed in Lake Placid. Generations serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, made from the top quality, locally sourced ingredients. We found a menu filled with delicious comfort foods, complemented by fresh and colorful vegetables and fruit on the side, and a casual, family-friendly atmosphere. Our children were happy to find all their favorites – burgers, chicken fingers and even steak! For breakfast, I recommend the Cinnamon Brioche French Toast. It's so good!
Disclosure: We received complimentary meals at Generations Restaurant.
2536 Main Street, Lake Placid
Bazzi's Pizzeria serves New York style pizza, calzones and pasta on Lake Placid's charming Main Street. It is located across the street from the Golden Arrow, and we found it to be low-key and budget-friendly – just what we needed at the end of a busy day. A large pepperoni pizza and sodas from the cooler were just right for our family of four, and we still had a couple of slices left over for late night snacking back in the room.
6125 Sentinel Road, Lake Placid
My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in Lake Placid. We picked Lisa G's for our anniversary dinner with the kids because of its fun foodieness. Expect to find creative twists on casual entrees, though you can also get basic burgers, wings, pizza, sandwiches and salads if that's what you prefer. The kids menu is fairly straightforward, but you can feel good that everything on it is homemade. If you're visiting during the summer, request an outdoor table for a waterfall view!
Big Mountain Deli and Creperie
2175 Main Street, Lake Placid
Lake Placid is full of opportunities for outdoor adventure, and packing a picnic is often your best bet. We picked up sandwiches just a few doors down from the Golden Arrow at Big Mountain Deli and Creperie. Big Mountain has 46 different sandwiches on the menu – each one named for an Adirondack mountain peak. These are hearty sandwiches! Kids and light eaters may want to share. Find many of the same menu items at Big Mountain Deli's sister restaurant, Simply Gourmet on 1983 Saranac Avenue in Lake Placid.
Noon Mark Diner
Route 73, Keene Valley
Noon Mark Diner is located a few miles outside of Lake Placid in a town so small that the only address you need to find it is “Route 73.” We stopped there for breakfast on our way to Fort Ticonderoga and found an unpretentious diner where locals gather along the counter. We enjoyed classic breakfast favorites like buttermilk pancakes, crisp bacon and eggs made to order. Homemade bread, pies and other baked goods are specialties of the Noon Mark Diner, and we made sure to pick up some fresh cookies for the road.
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