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.
Pasta hits the spot after a cold day on the hill. Warm up at cozy Coco Pazzo.
For tasty Italian cuisine, head to Coco Pazzo on Rue des Ramparts. Made with local ingredients, the menu consists of homemade pastas, risottos, seafood and meat. Enjoy your meal in the warm, friendly restaurant or take it back to your hotel. CocoPazzo.com.
After skiing at Northstar-at-Tahoe or Alpine Meadows save your appetite for sushi at Dragonfly, where the menu blends Japanese, Thai and Indian influences. This is Asian fusion at its best. Try the plantain-and-panko-encrusted basa fish with a little sake.
This brewpub crafts their own beers and serves tasty pub fare.
This local brewpub cranks out delicious burgers and bubbly pints. It has a decidedly American feel, although it’s smack-dab in the middle of French-Canada. Try the german sausage, or wrap your hands around a giant burger. MicroDiable.com
Kids and adults will enjoy this signature Canadian treat.
For a quick snack après ski, head to Beaver Tails, located right on Rue des Remparts (Look for the big beaver sign.) Ask for the maple flavor, and you’ll get a flat flakey pastry topped with gooey maple sugar.
A-Basin’s nearly-year-round season makes for plenty of warm weather outdoor après time. A bacon Bloody Mary on the 6th Alley’s wrap-around deck tastes delicious October through June. (970)468-0718; arapahoebasin.com
Chef Chris Rybak, who used to work at the hoity-toity Alpenglow Stube down the road at Keystone now oversees the barbecue and burgers operation at the Black Mountain Lodge, and it’s obvious he still pays the same attention to every detail. Stop by on a sunny day, when they set up an ice cream bar outside. (970) 468-0718; arapahoebasin.com