Review: Great Breakfasts in Lake George, NY

One of my favorite parts of vacation is the luxury of eating breakfast at a restaurant. It's so nice to ease into the day, relaxing with a cup of coffee, and enjoying some delicious breakfast treats. It's an indulgence that I look forward to when we are away. On a recent trip to Lake George, in New York's beautiful Adirondack region, I found two fantastic locations with excellent breakfast menus and excellent food.

Tamarack Inn

Several years ago we visited the Tamarack Inn for dinner. It had been recommended to us and we were very pleased with our meals. So when we were driving by one morning and noticed the "Flapjack Pete's" sign advertising that they serve breakfast, we were eager to try it. The Tamarack Inn is decorated in classic Adirondack style: lots of rustic décor, chandeliers made from antlers, a stone fireplace, and an overall casual atmosphere. We were greeted and seated right away and almost instantly coffee was poured for us (and chocolate milks delivered to our children). The menu has a nice selection of four-egg omelets, pancakes, and breakfast platters. I chose the Western omelet and it might very well be the best omelet I've eaten. The onions and peppers were lightly sautéed, making them extra flavorful. So often when I order (or even prepare my own) Western omelets, the vegetables are thrown in raw towards the end of cooking and allowed to warm up. This extra touch of just slightly cooking them made a huge difference. There was plenty of smoky ham and I chose American cheese to round it out. The omelete was served with your choice of toast: white, wheat, or rye. It is a hearty meal, to be sure!

My husband ordered the Flapjack Pete's special breakfast which consisted of two pancakes, two eggs (he chose over easy), two sausage links (or you can choose two strips of bacon), and home fries. The eggs were cooks perfectly with just slightly runny yolks, and the sausage had a distinct maple flavor that we both enjoyed (though the children did not). The pancakes were fluffy and golden, and the home fries were seasoned just right.

My only complaint is the lack of a children's menu, though I am sure the restaurant would be accommodating because the staff was extremely helpful in all regards. We ordered bagels with cream cheese for the kids, but they also could have split an order of eggs or pancakes. We found the Tamarack in to be a great value for breakfast, and it is right on Canada Street within walking distance of many of the area motels.

Lake George Pancake House

The first time we visited the Lake George Pancake House was three or four years ago and we just fell in love with the place! You cannot miss this restaurant - it is the bright blue and pink building towards the bottom of the village. You have two choices at the Pancake House: you can opt for a full-service breakfast (sit down, with a waitress), or choose the breakfast express, which is for people who want to save time, money, and even the tip. It is not a self-serve buffet. There is an offering of dishes (some, like quiche, kielbasa, and eggs benedict, are not offered on the full service menu) and you pay per item. There is a good explantation of how it works on the restaurant's Web site.

We opted for the full service breakfast, which was delicious as usual. I ordered my all-time favorite: Rocky Road pancakes. You get two giant pancakes with granola, blueberries, nuts and raisins mixed in. It is served with Fresh Fruit & coconut on top. For my tastes, you cannot find a better pancake in the Northeast. When you top it off with butter and maple syrup, it is such a warm, yummy treat! My husband ordered the ham, cheese, and mushroom omelet, which was served with home fries and a choice of white, wheat, or rye toast. It was packed with the filling and was quite tasty.

The Pancake House caters to kids (they have crayons and coloring sheets on hand for impatient and hungry kids) and has a fun children's menu. One of our sons ordered the Teddy Bear Pancake which, as you might guess, is a pancakes shaped like a bear's head and ears and topped with fruit and bacon to make the face. Our five year old was delighted and devoured it! We ordered scrambled eggs for our two-year old and could not believe how generous the portion was! Our little guy has a big appetite and ate most of the eggs, while we finished the rest. They were fluffy and not at all chewy.

The Pancake House prides itself on using high quality, fresh ingredients. The eggs are all local eggs (and according to the Web site, you can even send an e-mail if you want to know the chickens' names). You get your money's worth and the staff is so friendly that you can't wait to return. Breakfast is served any time of the day, so even if you really sleep in late, you can still enjoy a good, hot breakfast.

Tamarack Inn

440 Canada St.

Lake George, NY 12845-1116

Phone: 518-668-5400

Lake George Pancake House

77 Canada Street

Lake George, NY 12845

Phone: (518) 668-4116

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