This past weekend, I packed my bags and headed up to Lake Placid, NY for (believe it or not) my FIRST TIME!
Yes, less than two hours away and yet I’ve never been to one of the biggest tourist destinations in New York.
It wasn’t hard to find an awesome place to stay – I booked The Lake House at High Peaks Resort, a more private, lodge-like hotel in the heart of Lake Placid.
How beautiful does that look? There was a whole lounge area with a big fireplace, extremely helpful for the -10 degree temperatures we were dealing with this past weekend.
It even had a little bar where I got to meet up with local mommy blogger Mamatoga Jenny!
The view from my room was pretty stellar too -
Also, they had these delish little cookies in the room with a carafe of milk that hit the spot.
Aside from the beautiful hotel we stayed at, we found some great restaurants with the help of my wonderful fans/readers!
For starters, our first stop was Smoke Signals for a beer and some wings, as recommended to me by several Facebook fans.
Not only did we get wings done two ways (with maple bbq sauce and dry rub), but we also got an order of their special fries, which were soaked in pork fat and then tossed in rosemary, served with some parmesan cheese.
It was after the first fry that I realized my diet was going to be sacrificed the entire weekend. I also realized that from then on, no fry would ever taste the same to me.
The fries were salty and savory, with that lemony, earthy notes from the rosemary, these fries were stellar.
But the wings… those wings were truly the best I’ve had. Anywhere.
First smoked and then deep fried, the texture was perfect. Super crispy on the outside, and so juicy on the inside that the meat fell off the bone with one bite. No joke!
I wish that I had taken a video, because it was pretty epic. I’m also an atrocious wing eater, so to be able to get the meat in one bite gave me hope for the future.
Also, their sauces were all made from scratch, and we ended up bringing home some of the habanero house bbq sauce because I couldn’t even consider never having it again until I went back to Lake Placid. Worth every penny.
Not only did they have great food at Smoke Signals, but how about this view?
Winner winner chicken wing dinner.
Moving right along, after Smoke Signals, we headed to ZigZags, which was an experience that can be summed up by this picture:
After my stomach was ready for more, we headed to Liquids and Solids for dinner.
A 30 minute wait didn’t bother us, because every time we saw or smelled food passing by, we knew we had made the right choice.
Once we sat, we got after it and ordered the brussels sprouts and beet salad to start.
Listen, I know these pictures aren’t great, but it was dark and I had no lighting to help me out.
The brussels sprouts had a great crunch to them, almost like baked kale chips. But the fried brussels sprouts were marinated in a balsamic vinaigrette and finished with a little sprinkle of parmesan.
And the beets? They basically tasted like candy, but the horseradish cream underneath the beets balanced it all out, even adding a bit of heat to the whole dish. Amazeballs.
For my entree, I ordered the Beefcon, which was basically a beef patty with crumbled bacon molded into it, on focaccia.
Gotta be honest, wasn’t a huge fan of the focaccia, but the burger itself was great. Tons of flavor, and I don’t know what their secret sauce consists of, but it was something I’d like to acquire. Like, immediately.
Tim got the confit chicken and potato scotch egg with cabbage puree and hazelnuts.
When he cut into that puppy, guess what I saw? Runny yolk is the correct answer, and guess what it was? Glorious. So so glorious.
Everything on the menu was really interesting, all very unique to this restaurant – which I loved! It’s always my goal to find foods that I wouldn’t necessarily be able to find back home, and I feel like my mission was accomplished here. At least with Tim’s meal it was.
Next morning, we made our way to the coveted Chair 6 for breakfast.
Tiny place, but really cute and cozy. Great coffee too!
I was immediately intrigued by the sweet potato hash, as well as the cinnamon roll pancakes.
Yes, I overate, and yes, I enjoyed every second of it.
The sweet potato hash was prepared with curry powder which made it really flavorful, and the two eggs on top were over medium and just perfect.
I seriously am going to have to start making this hash at home, because that curry added something totally special to those potatoes.
The cinnamon roll pancakes were fluffy and sweet. Just the perfect indulgent pancake!
After such a big breakfast, it was prime drinking time in Lake Placid. I mean, I guess we did do some sight seeing, including visiting the Olympic skating rink where Miracle on Ice took place.
After that, we headed over to The Lake Placid Brewery for a sampler of their draught beers.
I did take a video of myself reviewing one of them, but the fact that I used the word “linger” twice speaks for itself. Not going up.
The weekend was anything but boring, and I really loved exploring the downtown area of Lake Placid. When I go back (which I totally am), I can’t wait to revisit Smoke Signals, because it was absolutely my favorite part of Lake Placid!
Have you been to LP recently? What’s your favorite thing to do there and favorite places to eat!? Comment below!