On the Road Again – Between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, NY – Amongst the Adirondack High Peaks

A Visit to “Tail O’ The Pup”
We have passed this restaurant many times over the years and thought it about time we stopped in to see how the food was. It’s been around since 1927 so we figured it must have something pretty good going for it.

Tail O' The Pup in Ray Brook, New York
Tail O’ The Pup in Ray Brook, New York

The restaurant resembles a small theme park without the rides. It’s a cluster of small buildings surrounding an outdoor eating area with picnic tables under large red & white striped awnings. It does visually attract the curious passing by.

The Tail O' The Pup Restaurant is located in Ray Brook, New York in the Adirondack Mountains
Tail O’ The Pup a “unique” dining experience since 1927

They have their liquor license and serve beer, margaritas and other drinks. The menu includes simple fare including BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs and the usual salads and sandwiches.

The Tail O' The Pup eatery is located in Ray Brook, New York in the Adirondack Mountains
Outside dining at the Tail O’ The Pup Restaurant in the Adirondacks

The platter selections on the menu come with 2 sides. Niki had the pulled pork sandwich with potato salad. She said the sandwich was nothing really special and the potato salad was tasteless and she ask to trade it for the cole slaw. I had the foot-long hot dog platter with cole slaw and “waffle fries”. The hot dog was grilled nicely and in a short but toasted roll. Not a Michigan but quite good with onions and a little BBQ sauce.

Hot dog platter at Tail O' The Pup in Ray Brook, NY
Hot dog platter at Tail O’ The Pup in Ray Brook, NY

Overall impressions – not the best and not the worst. Perhaps the hamburgers or lobsters are to die for but not the selections we made. The tables weren’t the cleanest and you do need to avoid the bird droppings when you sit. The families around us and the motorcycle club seemed to be enjoying the outdoor setting. We didn’t visit the gift shop as we didn’t find the place memorable enough to require a souvenir. We decided to have dessert at the ice cream stand just a hundred yards down the road. A wise choice as it turned out!

Tail O' The Pup Restaurant on Rte 86 in Ray Brook, NY
Tail O’ The Pup Restaurant on Rte 86 in Ray Brook, NY

The Pine Cone Ice Cream Parlor is definitely worth a visit when you travel between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. The place is clean, bright and serves both hard ice cream and soft-serve. They did not skimp on the hot fudge on my sundae and Niki says her scoop of “White Lightning” (dark chocolate ice cream with marshmallow mint streaks) was to die for and is ready to go back anytime!

The Pine Cone Ice Cream Parlor in Ray Brook, NY
The Pine Cone Ice Cream Parlor in Ray Brook, NY

NY State’s  Meadowbrook Public Campground and Day Use Area is adjacent to both The Pup and The Pine Cone. We drove through the Campground and found it fairly empty. Meadowbrook is the best bargain in town at $18/night for NYS residents and add $5 for out-of-state visitors who come to visit the nearby Lake Placid Olympic Training venues and the Village of Lake Placid. There are 62 campsites, hot showers, flush toilets, trailer dump station, recycling center, a small day-use area, pavilion rental, firewood sales and hiking. The roads are kind of tight for RV’s but we did see a couple of pop-ups. More info on their website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24482.html.

Meadowbrook is a NYS Campground
Meadowbrook Campground in Ray Brook, NY

Tail O’ The Pup (We give it 2 stars) is located at
1152 Sara-Placid Highway (Rte 86), Ray Brook, NY

You’ll find The Pine Cone (we rate it 4 stars) at
1179 NY-86, Lake Placid, NY 12946

Disclaimer: Our reviews are strictly our own opinions and may differ greatly from your own. We invite anyone who has had a different experience to respond to any of our articles and we will gladly add your input with our own review.

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2 thoughts on “On the Road Again – Between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, NY – Amongst the Adirondack High Peaks

  1. In other words, the Tail o’ the Pup name is better than the food! It does looks like a fun place. Too bad the food does not live up to the name. Glad you had excellent ice cream, though! The most important part of the meal!

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