Simply Gourmet is our go-to sandwich shop, offering 46 unique sandwiches as well as soups (named after the 46 Adirondack High Peaks) all listed on a huge blackboard. They are located on Saranac Avenue in Lake Placid (easy access for take out), with a sister shop Big Mountain Deli & Creperie located right on Main St.
Simply Gourmet is open for both breakfast and lunch and offers sandwiches on a variety of hearty homemade breads and rolls. Our favorite is #1 – The Marcy (roast turkey, cranberry, horseradish sauce and cheddar with cracked pepper mayo) but there are plenty of choices to please everyone in your group, including creative meat and vegetarian options.
Big Mountain Deli:
With big windows overlooking Main, Big Mountain Deli’s location makes it ideal for eating-in while shopping on Main St. or walking around the Lake. This location also serves a variety of sweet and savory crepes alongside a full fledged coffee & espresso bar. Big Mountain also offers a variety of beer and wine.
The hardest thing is choosing just one sandwich (we’ve been known to choose two). With a casual, homey atmosphere these two spots are well suited to all visitors. Directions to Big Mountain Deli on Main and Simply Gourmet on Saranac Ave.
The sandwiches pack well for hikes, and taste even better on the summit (remember to leave no trace!).
Open for both lunch and dinner, Caffé Rustica shines with simple tasty dishes that are likely to satisfy everyone in your group. The chefs hail from the Culinary Institute of America (a good thing). Their wood-fired pizzas are our personal favorite, though we’re fans of their lunch sandwiches on Tuscan bread and more upscale dinner entrees too (think horseradish crusted salmon or cider and maple cured pork chops).
With it’s intimate six seat bar and close tables, Caffe Rustica is well suited to romantic dinners and small groups. They do not take reservations.
Caffé Rustica is tucked away in the Price Chopper Plaza. Click for directions.
Caffé Rustica’s pizza is a great take-out option too.
Lake Placid’s Olympic Speed Skating Oval was originally built for the 1932 Olympic Games. For those games, it also served as the site of the opening and closing ceremonies. During the 1980 Olympics, US speed skater Eric Heiden won all 5 races here, netting 5 gold medals, and one world record, making him the most successful Winter Olympian at one Winter Olympics.
Weather permitting, the rink typically offers outdoor skating everyday from 1-3 pm, 4-6 pm and 7-9 pm ($8 for adults and $5 for kids), along with hockey and figure skate rentals for just $3. Call 518.523.1655 for the latest schedule or click here.
Head to the rink at night for a unique experience skating under the stars (or snowflakes) and stay warm with a cup of hot cocoa.
The NY Times travel section just did a story 36 Hours: Lake Placid, NY, highlighting some of the great food and winter fun Lake Placid has to offer.
The Olympic venues are highlighted (Whiteface Mountain, Bobsled and Luge Complex, Outdoor Skating Oval, 1980 Hockey Rink and the Ski Jumping Complex) as are a few local food and drink faves (Saranac Sourdough, Zig Zags). Definitely worth a read.
We’ll be sharing our thoughts on our favorite Adirondack eateries and Winter activities over the next few months.
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