Liquids and Solids at the Handlebar

My friend Melissa told me about this fantastic restaurant she went to in Lake Placid, Liquids and Solids at the Handlebar. She told me it would be right up my alley, and friends, it was.

Melissa, her husband, and myself all piled into the car to make the trip to Lake Placid. When I first laid eyes on this place I knew I was going to love it. I mean, just look how inviting the place is from the outside.

When you walk in the door, you are greeted with eclectic decor  and a lot of mustaches, including a large one you can pose with, if you would like.  I took it as a good sign that the music coming over the speakers was Devotchka, a favorite of mine.

There is also an ever changing board that details what local products are used. This totally impressed me, because I try to eat local whenever I can and I always appreciate when a restaurant cares enough to do the same. I recognized a few vendors and I will be looking into some of the other sources to use in my home kitchen.

See, I had already done my recon on the menu before we went to the restaurant, so I knew what I was going to eat, but the drink menu proved to be a bit more challenging. I mean, with so many unique cocktails and delicious beers, I had a hard time picking what I wanted to drink. I also knew, I needed to drive later on in the evening, so I needed to be responsible with my choices.

(Note:  Some of the photos are dark, but I didn’t want to be intrusive to my fellow diners by using my flash.)

I was intrigued by the Cilantro Daiquiri and I was almost seduced by the Salad and Gin, but ask any of my friends, I don’t like gin. In the end, I settled on the Balsamic Fizz and I was lucky enough to take a taste of the Smoked Ale and the Creme Brulee Stout.

Clockwise from the top: Smoked Ale,Creme Brulee Stout, Balsamic Fizz

Here’s another shot of my Balsamic Fizz. Yes that is pepper sprinkled on top. Yum!:

When it came time to order, I loved that the menus were clipboards!  I also really liked that the water was poured from reused glass milk bottles.  I am not a big fan of plastic.

Apparently, they offer a different poutine every day and on this day they had a butternut squash poutine.  I am salivating a little as I write this, remembering how delicious it was.  I didn’t finish mine (the serving is generous), so I brought the rest home which made an amazing late night snack.

As for the rest of my meal, I knew that I was going to get some of selections off the sides menu, but I was debating on getting the parsnip soup, which was topped with apple and delicata  squash bruschetta and pickled ginger.  Melissa got that and let me take a bite.  I LOVE PARSNIPS! and I plan on getting this the next time I go.

Off the sides menu, I chose the   I wish I would have ordered the maple baked beans off the small menu, because I think it might be different.  Oh well, there is always next time.

(Clockwise from top:  maple baked beans, fried Brussels sprouts, and spicy pickles.)

I do need to point out though, that the Brussels sprouts are not vegetarian.  I asked the server before hand and was told they were.  Unfortunately, I found out anchovies are a part of the recipe after I inhaled my portion.  I am not angry, just sad that I won’t be able to eat these delicious fried Brussels sprouts again.  They were my favorite thing I ordered/tasted.  However, if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan, I recommend ordering the sprouts, maybe even two portions.  Yes, they are that good.  The next time I go, I am going to ask if I can get them without the anchovies in the mix.  Who knows!  It doesn’t hurt to ask.

We were asked if we wanted dessert, but honestly, I was too full to eat any.  Had I picked one, I would have had a hard time picking one, because they all sounded great.

I highly recommend you make Liquids and Solids at the Handlebar a dining destination.  It’s not that far from Plattsburgh and it is well worth it when you get there.  I already plan on coming back with my husband in November, when we celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.

Liquids and Solids at the Handlebar is amazing. You have to go there if you love good food and drinks and you like to be surprised by new and exciting flavor combinations, not to mention, it’s not that hard on the wallet either.

Have a great day friends and keep cooking!

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  1. I cannot wait to go!!! It has everything I want in a restaurant…most importantly it will an opportunity to challenge my taste buds and learn something. Excellent write up and very nice pictures.

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