Tri-Lakes Dining is Local, Fresh & Exciting
Supporting local farmers and local food diversity has become increasingly popular and important to the Tri-Lakes' region. More and more local chefs and restaurants are turning to their local neighbors for fresh, flavorful foods. Local goods are finding their way to all kinds of different restaurants, from fine dining to casual sandwich shops. Below, are four area restaurants who are creating new and exciting dishes with local culture which appeal to locals and visitors alike.
Amado Restaurant and Cafe
Tupper Lake, NY
10 Cliff Avenue, Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Hours: Tuesday from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm & Wednesday - Saturday from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm | Closed Sunday - Monday
In the heart of the ever growing town of Tupper Lake, you'll find Amado Restaurant and Café. Just two years-old, Amado is making a "wild & traditional" impact on the food scene in the small Tri-Lakes community. Chef and Owner Cory and Lilian Rohrbach are calling this their forever home.
While Rohrbach has traveled the world over the last 30 years, he doesn't favor one cuisine style over another. He keeps his menus as eclectic as possible without limiting his styles or flavors to a single genre.
Amado, meaning "loved ones" or "family" in Portuguese, the Rohrbachs say "we exist because of the kindness and generosity of the local folks in this town." From eclectic local artwork adorning the walls and "good vibes only" signs on the wall, Amado is a home away from home place to explore food.
On the last Sunday of every month, Rohrbach creates a pairing menu where his main focus is to educate guests on food and wine while showcasing how the two blend together. With items like spinach and feta frittata, with fresh dill weed, paired with a 2016 Cinta Pinot Grigio (Italy) or a lamb chop with mint- cardamom sauve and roasted heirloom fingerling potatoes, paired with a 2015 Fontella Chianti (Italy), Rohrbach's cuisine is guaranteed to take you on a journey around the world.
This is a quant café where guests strike up conversation with long-time residents while having one-on-one time with Chef Rohrbach. It's truly unlike any other culinary experience.
Bitters & Bones
Saranac Lake, NY
65 Broadway, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Hours: Sunday - Thursday from 12:00 pm - 12:00 am & Friday - Saturday from 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
On the corner of Broadway and Bloomindale Avenue, in Saranac Lake, sits Bitters & Bones. Before this restaurant occupied the building, more than three years ago, generations of locals knew it as the home to the Back Door and Captain Cooks, places where they could find their fill of chicken wings and beer.
While chicken wings and beer can still be found, Co-Owner John Williams says his menu is more diversified and offers a little bit of everything that satisfies the "foodie" to your mainstream diner.
For years, Saranac Lake was never really been known for its downtown dining. Locals and visitors often traveled to nearby Lake Placid for lunch and dinner. But that all changed when Bitters & Bones came upon the scene, becoming the village's first "must eat at" spot. Now restaurants have followed suit, creating a unique dining atmosphere along Main Street and Broadway.
When Bitters & Bones first opened it featured what Williams referred to as "elevated soups and sandwiches." From there the restaurant emphasized vegan, vegetarian and gluten free selection, while the latest chef, Matt Cressay, has really opened the kitchen and uses everything at his disposal.
Williams and Cressay work on keeping the menu fresh and exciting, changing it at least three times a year depending upon the season and what's available locally. The fall menu, which includes many local ingredients, features some hearty soups and stews, food to keep people warm during this time of year, but also highlights favorites to include Pad Thai, soft shell crab Po Boy and what some people refer to as the best burger in town.
Williams is excited that with each passing year the restaurant continues to grow to meet the demands of the growing clientele. This past summer a brew garden was added and plans are in place for a small scale micro-brewery, the first for downtown Saranac Lake.
Salt of the Earth Bistro
Lake Placid, NY
5956 Sentinel Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946
Hours: Wednesday - Monday, 5:00 am - 9:00 pm | Closed Tuesday
Located a little bit off the beaten path, on Lake Placid's Sentinel Road, sits the Salt of the Earth Bistro, serving up "twisted food from traditional roots." Trained at Paul Smith's College, Executive Chef and Owner Andrea Lautenschuetz says her menu is inspired by what she liked as a child or what her grandmother made. She keeps those recipes on her cell phone and is always busy tweaking them to incorporate her own spin on a traditional dish.
Lautenschuetz's food isn't the only place where you'll find her family's influence. Her dog, Frankie, a pug, has his own line of mugs, while family photos also adorn the walls.
Lautenschuetz believes that her location, in an early 1990's building what was once a bed & breakfast, has a long list of advantages. She feels that being away from Main Street allows her restaurant to be a "little more approachable," while at the same time offer "good, homemade food at a decent price," something everyone can afford.
She says that the goal is to make the menu available to everyone, from the Whiteface lift attendant, who's looking for a good burger, or to someone who is visiting the area, seeking out something they may not otherwise find elsewhere, to include braised elk stew, served with beets, apricots, chard and tamarind and minted couscous, topped with toasted almonds.
The secret is out. Locals and visitors have found the Salt of the Earth Bistro, with just 30 seats, book your table now.
Top of the Park
Lake Placid, NY
2401 Main St., Lake Placid, NY 12946
Hours: Monday - Sunday, from 3:00 pm - 12:00 am
Top of the Park opened almost four years ago as a Martini Bar, before becoming Lake Placid's first restaurant serving small plate dining. The plates may be small, but the flavors are big and Executive Chef and Co-Owner Bill Bentz says that's because whatever comes in that day literally goes out the same day, so everything is as fresh as it can possibly be.
A lot of chefs would feel confined working with limited storage space and in a small kitchen, but not Bentz and his staff. He feels it's a plus, pushing him and his energized staff to be "over the top" with creatively. It shows in the food, from roasted quail, stuffed calamari to pan-seared local Feta, from North Country Creamery, served with dried fruit, bread and a pomegranate reduction.
Bentz's small plates are larger than your traditional "tapas" spot, so it's great for sharing with family and friends. With smaller portions, customers tend to order a bunch of different plates, sample them, share with the whole table, all for the same price as a larger portion.
The Top of the Park's wine, craft cocktails and spirits selection is second to none. Every drink is served with a little bit of showmanship and Bentz is quick to say that the restaurant features the most extensive selection of whiskey north of Albany.
You may not leave Top of the Park with a "doggie bag," but you'll be sure to go away with something that excited your taste buds.