Fit for a Lumberjack Kid

Dining spots your kids won'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!

Main Street Restaurant

For 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.


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!


Skyline Ice Cream

For a summer sweet treat, you can't go wrong with a stop at Skyline Ice Cream stand! All the classics, from soft serve to hot fudge sundaes, will keep the whole family happy. With a full menu of roadside fare such as Michigans, burgers, and poutine, Skyline is the perfect way to end the day!

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.