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“Lite Fare menu has good ideas, some need better execution”
Review of The Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar - CLOSED

The Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar
Price range: $8 - $34
Cuisines: American, French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: In our 16th year as Lake Placid's premiere wine bar with award winning wines paired with an eclectic French American fare in a quaint, romantic and Art Gallery setting over looking Mirror Lake or have a bite and a glass of wine in our Bar and lounge- serving both Lunch and in between cafe menu and Dinner everyday.
Reviewed June 18, 2013

When arriving, you are asked to choose between the Lite Fare menu -- and sit in a dark booth or at the bar up front -- or the regular, more expensive dinner menu avallable with seating at the back where there are large windows looking out onto Mirror Lake. Since the regular menu prices are $25-$39, and we weren't very hungry, we chose the Lite Fare.

The service was very good: attentive, warm and efficient. Crusty warm bread and olive oil with balsamic are brought to the table. Lite Fare entrees are smaller than regular ones, hence the name. Some might consider them as appetizers, but each entree includes a salad or soup, so it might be enough of a meal for others.

The Frisee Salad ordered as one entree was flawless and delicious. The dinner salad that preceeded the Pulled Pork Spring Rolls had a wonderful drizzle of a thick, sweet balsamic vinegar. Spring rolls are usually the Vietnamese style wrapped in unfried rice paper shells, but these rolls are more like Chinese egg rolls: deep fried without the traditional spring roll filling. It's OK if they aren't traditional, but the unfried kind would have been more refreshing. It also would have been better if the shell wasn't overcooked. The pork and the little bit of vegetables in the roll were a bit flavorless, so it was a good thing there was a spicy dipping sauce. The rolls were dripping with excess oil, too, so they should have been drained a little better.

If I lived in the area or was staying longer, I would give the restaurant another try, but there are so many other places to dine.

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Thank bsfog
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

We love to go to Brown Dog Cafe!!! Lunch, Dinner or just Wine and Cheese!!! Always friendly Staff and great wine List

Thank Krissa B
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

We had a superb meal. I had salmon my 2 dates had the diver scallops. Both meals were excellent I added the Caesar Salad ...yum. My dates added the soup of the day...1 loved it the other not so much! Would absolutely go back!

Thank IamMeltingGlass
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

As of January, the Brown Dog moved to a new location, but still on Main St. So much better than the old, the size of the facility is bigger, the food is great, and the views are super. Hard to beet combination. The wine list, while not extensive, is a good solid menu of drinkable wines.
We have visited it a couple of times all ready and will probably dine there again. The staff are great and accommodating. Our waiter, Jimmy, did a great job and is one of a group of well trained, attentive, young men and women. All in, we had a lovely time and will probably return a number of times this summer. Good place, give it a go.

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Thank Flagler13
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Seems like they try hard, but the food was pretty ordinary. Didn't particularly seem like a wine bar, but I'm probably unrealistically comparing them to wine bars in NYC.

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