Best Gluten Free Eats in Lake Placid & Beyond

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by Eileen Mowrey

Best Gluten Free Eats in Lake Placid & Beyond

While finding gluten free options has gotten easier in recent years, that whole “will I be able to find anything to eat?” question is still one many of us with Celiac or gluten intolerance ask ourselves when planning a trip. And let’s be honest, though we say we’re fine with a salad and reassure our family and friends that we can always find something, we want to eat like kings when on vacation too!

Nowadays, cities are ripe with options, offering up everything from dedicated gf bakeries to breweries (thank you hipsters). Quaint mountain towns, on the other hand, can be a bit more challenging. Luckily, Lake Placid has kept up with the times. Plan your trip to the Adirondacks with confidence my gluten free comrades – we can feed you, too!




Angler on GF Bread and Big Game Bloody Mary

The Breakfast Club, Etc. – One of the staples of Lake Placid’s main street, The Breakfast Club, Etc., brings more to the table than 80’s movie nostalgia. Whether it’s a takeaway bagel from their coffee counter, a gourmet breakfast sandwich, or one of their famously delicious röstis (skillet-fried potatoes piled high with cheese and toppings), you will leave full and happy. Looking to get your brunch on? Their Bloody Mary and Mimosa menus are second to none!

Noon Mark Diner – In neighboring Keene, this mom-and-pop stop is popular with hikers and has built up a cult following. They’re also one of the only places in the area where you can get gluten free pancakes! Throw in some blueberries or some chocolate chips (we’re not here to judge) and make sure you take some gf pie to go!

Base Camp Café – What Base Camp Café lacks in size, it more than makes up for in quality and style. Its stunning red interior and rustic décor perfectly suits the Adirondack-inspired dishes. Typically served on bagels, their breakfast sandwiches are just as good on their gluten free bread, and their uniquely flavored cream cheeses provide a definite “wow” factor. Try the Angler for a unique blend of smoked salmon and chorizo cream cheese, and don’t forget to pair it with a custom Bloody Mary or mimosa!



Big Mountain Deli & Creperie – Talk about options! This deli is a local legend, serving up 46 different sandwiches – one for each of the Adirondack High Peaks. The best part? They have gluten free bread, too! Take your time deciding, this may be more choices than you’re used to having!

The Good Bite Kitchen – Big flavor comes in a tiny package at The Good Bite Kitchen. Nestled into a tiny galley restaurant, they offer fresh and creative vegetarian lunches. They always have a variety of gluten free options, and have homemade seed toast on hand as a sandwich substitute.

‘Dack Shack – If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, this is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. Less than a mile from Main Street, ‘Dack Shack serves American fare with an upscale twist in a hip, cozy Adirondack setting. Burgers and sandwiches are available on gf bread, and this is one place where ordering a salad won’t feel like a compromise!



Noodle Bowl at Bitters and Bones

Bitters and Bones – Head over to neighboring Saranac Lake for a night at Bitters and Bones. In addition to a fun and friendly atmosphere, their kitchen serves up an innovative menu full of fresh, local ingredients. They are very mindful of gluten intolerance and cross-contamination, and offer great vegetarian and vegan options as well! Fan favorites include the Noodle and Korean Beef Bowls.

Smoke Signals – Smoke Signals is the source of that amazing barbecue smell wafting through the air as you stroll through Lake Placid. Everything they serve is made from scratch, and their meats are all smoked in house, so the staff is very knowledgeable when it comes to what you can and cannot eat. The majority of their meats and sauces are gluten free. Too good to choose just one? Go all in and try the Signals Sampler!

Lisa G’s – Lisa G’s provides an eclectic array of cuisine, and explicitly labels gluten free options on their menu. They also have an excellent variety of cocktails and often have gf desserts, too! If you’re lucky, you may even run into Lisa herself.


Sweet Treats

Purple Saige Temptations – I’m a total sucker for a good French Macaron, and Purple Saige Temptations does not disappoint. With classic and inventive flavors, these delicious, brightly-colored cookies come in both miniature and full sizes. Choose a selection of your favorites and then stroll the streets of Lake Placid feeling like a sophisticated Parisian. Bon appetite!

Green Goddess Natural Market – Green Goddess now has two great locations at which to satisfy your sweet tooth. Visit their original location in the Placid Pond Plaza or drop into their new Main Street location and enjoy a tasty selection of freshly made gluten free baked goods.

Nori’s Village Market – Tucked away on a back street of Saranac Lake is a little natural foods store with big offerings. Try one of their delicious, made-to-order smoothies or grab a gluten free treat from their Grab & Go Deli. Offerings vary daily, but brownies are always available. Stop by before noon on Sunday and enjoy a free coffee with any purchase!

When it comes to eating Gluten Free in Lake Placid, your only issue will be choosing which amazing restaurant to try. You may just need to plan your next Adirondack vacation around your meals!