f you’re looking for the ultimate local breakfast spot in Lake Placid, Ashley’s Café is the place. During the high season, the initial wait can belong, but once you are seated, the food comes out fast. Diner pancakes can be hit or miss, but Ashley’s are wonderfully fluffy and the chocolate chip ones are delicious when doused in local syrup. If you prefer savory to sweet, try a classic egg dish with sausage, and their amazing rye toast. For a healthier option, go with their homemade oatmeal.
Lake Placid Pub and Brewery started off like most microbreweries do, with a homebrew kit and a love of beer. Fourteen years later, the brewery is still thriving, has won several awards, and is popular with both locals and visitors, including President Bill and Senator Hilary Clinton. The Clinton’s favorite brew is the brewery’s signature Ubu Ale—a strong English ale featuring a smooth, rich maltiness complimented by the perfect amount of English hops. Word has it the beer was named for a legendary chocolate lab with a taste for ale.
Nicola’s doesn’t look like much from the outside outside, but inside the warm décor makes you feel like you‘re in Italy. Even though the owner and manager have a reputation for being rude, the wait staff is friendly, prompt and always available. The menu can be hit or miss, but stick with the Italian classics and you won’t be disappointed. The calamari fritti is a delicious appetizer and any of the pasta dishes are worth-while.
Unique twists on pub-style favorites and a killer bar.
With unique twists on pub-style favorites and a killer bar, The Cottage is a perfect place to unwind with a drink and some good food. Make sure to sit at the outside bar or get a table overlooking the lake and mountains, which give the place a decidedly Adirondack feel. Start off by selecting something from their weekly special drink menu that runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Make sure to catch taco Tuesday where you can chow down on a great taco bar and get four-dollar pints of Cuervo Gold margaritas.