Fit for a Lumberjack

Dining spots you don't want to miss


If you do it right, eating isn't just about taking in nourishment. Food is a celebration: it's family time, laughs with friends, trying something new with your sweetheart, and creating memories. Oh, and tasty food, of course, food so delicious you want to write a poem about it. Eating is about a community, whether you're part of a big family (hello, kids table at Thanksgiving) or a smaller, but not necessarily quieter, group. Tupper Lake, a small but mighty community, is not only a great place for a family vacation, it is also a wonderful place to enjoy a meal. From dawn to well after dusk, Tupper Lake has plenty of options for big appetites!


I'll be honest with you: breakfast is by far my favorite meal. I could eat breakfast all day and sometimes I do. Locals in Tupper Lake must agree with me, because there are several excellent spots for a tasty, home-cooked breakfast that, yes, is fit for a lumberjack. Whether a thick stack of fluffy pancakes is your thing, or you want a classic dish of eggs, toast, and home fries, we have plenty of options. And donuts, too!

Reandeau's Swiss Kitchen

For classic diner food and a relaxed atmosphere, visit Reandeau's Swiss Kitchen on Park Street. Twirl on a stool at the counter or ensconce yourself in a cushy booth surrounded by old photos and memorabilia of the area. Dig in to a stack of hot French toast, eggs and homemade hash, crispy bacon, and huge (really) blueberry pancakes. Family owned and operated, the Swiss Kitchen provides hearty portions of hot, classic dishes that will get you ready for a day of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or sightseeing. Locals love it and you will, too!

Main Street Restaurant

For more breakfast classics, visit the Main Street Restaurant, a cozy, rustic spot with plenty of great flavor. Guests with hearty appetites should tackle the steak and eggs, while others will find that the omelets and breakfast burrito are full of flavor without being too heavy. The Main Street Restaurant is very family friendly and diners of all ages will find something they love. Be sure to save room for the home fries!

Bonus quick breakfast: Washboard Donut Shop

Whether you have all day or just a few minutes, I implore you to stop at the Washboard Donut Shop for a hot, fresh, and almost supremely perfect donut: crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside. The Washboard offers classics like powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate frosted, but they are also beloved — and locally famous — for twists like the sweet and salty maple bacon frosted donut. My advice: buy one, eat it, and then buy some more. No one will blame you if you plan your vacation around these donuts. It's what people do here.


Well Dressed Food Company

So you've had breakfast, gone for a hike, or maybe visited the otters at The Wild Center. It's time for lunch, right? Park Street's Well Dressed Food is a bright, sunny restaurant, deli, and espresso bar with a variety of fresh flavors and homemade goodness. Try a panini or sandwich on freshly baked bread, a mile-high salad, or something a bit more robust, like the decadent parmesan crusted chicken panini or London broil sandwich. If you're a breakfast enthusiast like I am, you can even get breakfast sandwiches and pizzas — made on flatbread naan — all day long.



Ready for a dinner treat that you'll be talking about for days? Head to chef-owned Amado, which has quickly made a name for itself as a vibrant spot for fine dining in a cheerfully casual, unpretentious atmosphere. Monthly wine pairing dinners are a popular event that sell out regularly, but you don't have to wait for a special occasion to have a decadent meal. Chef Cory Rohrbach blends European, American, and South American flavors in dishes such as an open ratatouille sandwich, Brazilian chicken and pork entrees, and house-made bratwurst, chorizo, and andouille sausage. Amado also offers a contemporary twist on classic American comfort foods with truffle and parmesan tater tots — ideal for sharing — and the buffalo chicken sandwich, served on a jalapeno and cheddar roll.


Ohana's 1950's Diner

Whether you are 85 or 5, I defy you to not have fun at Ohana's 1950's Diner, where the walls are hot pink, the pinball machine is free, and the desserts are something special. Waitresses in retro dresses and skirts serve up tall, thick, classic milkshakes, as well as a variety of over-the-top, how-did-they-invent-that sweet treats. Ambitious dessert eaters might opt for the deep fried Twinkie, or, if you really want to be indulgent, go for the new peanut butter bomb, made of layers of chocolate brownie, peanut butter mousse, caramel, and chocolate sauce. Order one bomb, plus a few spoons, and make a family party of it!

Late Night

P2's Irish Pub

Maybe you spent all day skiing and you didn't stop to eat. Perhaps you followed along with this blog and haven't stopped eating all day. Either way, conquer your late night munchies at P-2's Irish Pub and you'll go to bed happy. Locally adored for serving up pints of Guinness, great live music, and pub food, P-2's has been around for more than 50 years, for good reason. For snacking, order the black and tan onion rings or the crisp, always good, let's-order-a-dozen-more chicken wings. You might go to bed full, but you'll go to bed happy.

Tupper Lake is full of exciting adventures, cozy spots to snuggle, fun for the whole family, and of course, awesome food. Indulge a little, enjoy a lot, and make memories over a donut or two. 


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