If you want a truly memorable meal, skip the lines for steak, seafood and Italian on Main St. and venture down the hill to Liquids & Solids. The vegetables, meat and dairy are all locally- or regionally-acquired, and I don't know how they did it, but they got beers no one else has in all of Lake Placid. If you like beer, you might cry with joy at seeing what's on tap. When I was there, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog and Rogue Dead Man's Ale were two of 5 stellar brews available, plus good old Guinness. (But honestly, who would get it when there are so many other drafts, bottles and cans just begging to be tried?) Southern Tier Hop Sun, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Blue Point Toasted Lager are the other 3. Cans of Porkslap Pale Ale and Mama's Little Yella Pills. Bottles of various imported and American microbrews. I wanted to taste them all but I ate too much food and was tempted away from beer by the inspired cocktail menu. In fact, I went there 4 nights in a row because...well, I just couldn't get enough the first 3 times around.
Get a bunch of small plates and eat tapas-style to take advantage of all the flavors. Over four days, I had:
*Sweet and spicy rice noodle salad with sprouts, peanuts and mango (with choice of pork or crispy seasoned tofu)
*Glazier pigs-in-a-blanket with sweet zucchini relish
*Grilled calamari with white beans, roasted tomato, summer squash and fresh herbs
*Beef stew poutine
*Double cheeseburger with L&S secret sauce
*Grilled bluefish on cornbread french toast with lemon pudding and crispy onions
*Warmed panzanella with honey horseradish vinaigrette
*Raspberry panna cotta with candied walnuts, pickled beets and crispy parsnip on a bed of greens
*Caesar salad with homemade spicy croutons
*Potato and scallop risotto
*Jerked pork with pineapple vinaigrette
For dessert, coconut cream cannoli on warm curried apple and raisin compote with maple creme anglaise, lavender creme brulee with preserved lemon, and homemade mint ice cream pie with frozen chocolate mousse.
Every dish was really good, but you absolutely should not leave without trying the coconut cannoli, jerked pork, beef stew poutine, the panna cotta salad or the grilled bluefish if they're being offered. Cocktails, go for the Lavandula. It's amazing.
All in all, the next time I'm in Lake Placid, I'll be impatiently waiting for dinnertime to try whatever new libations and food creations the proprietors at L&S have thought up. If I still lived there, be sure I'd do my best to keep this place a local secret--word needs to get out out how good this place is so they'll still be in business when I visit again. But in all seriousness, your vacation to Lake Placid will not be as good if you don't stop by Liquids and Solids at The Handlebar. Your tastebuds and your wallet will thank you.
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