Traveled back to Lake Placid again because I needed a Hojo's fix. Everything was just the same after three years, which was fine with me. Three days of breakfast and dinner was a treat. Howard Johnson's specialty was and still is their breakfast. The menu is big, with many unusual items. I had raisin bread French toast, which was fantastic. My partner had the Hojo classic; large English muffin cover with a thick layer of corned beef, a fried egg, and topped with cheese. Delicious! Your toast always comes buttered, saving what is sometimes an aggravating step. Their fresh fruit cup is one of the best that I have ever had. They still have the breakfast bar, but only on Sundays. The Food Bar is open for dinner and was fine. We both made nice salads and they have a good selection of toppings. There is also a selection of hot food on the bar. The dinner menu is also extensive. I had to have the fried clams, which were even better that I had remembered! The next dinner was Friday evening, so of course it was Fish Fry night. Yummy. There are many deserts, and I highly recommend the carrot cake. The have fresh pies and local organic ice cream, which was delicious. The service was excellent. The waitress were friendly and checked on you often. Mr. Butler is the nicest guy and certainly knows how to manage a restaurant. This restaurant is all about comfort food, and is not the place to go if you are on a diet or are a picky eater. But for the rest of us, it is just fine.
I'm laughing as I write this because, believe it or not, we had a very decent experience here. Our party of four (2 adults and 2 kids) stopped by for lunch on saturday, the day before Easter. Not much else is open in the area this time of year so.... Hojos won. We were seated fairly quickly, and the older lady waitress was very sweet and patient. The food was actually good! We didn't get anything too difficult: I got a dill chicken sandwich- the chicken had been seasoned nicely and cooked on a grill, served with lettuce, tomato and onion on a yummy bun, with pretty decent fries and a dill mayo. He got a steak and mushroom hero, which was equally yummy. The picky kid didn't get anything but the French fries were apparently up to snuff because she ate off of everyone's plate. The other kid got a cheeseburger and it was much better than the weird meat she got the previous night at the wilderness inn. So, although we didn't order anything very inventive, I would say it was good enough that we would return.
My now husband and I started going to HOJO's in Lake Placid when we were college students on a budget, we loved it then. So on a recent trip through the are we stoped as a family on a budget, its nice to know somethings stay the same.....the food was good, comfortable restaurant, very kid friendly and they still give you a pot of coffee!!!! The best part was the staff, so warm and friendly, felt more like we were at a family member's home than a restaurant! Our waitress was FANTASTIC, very upset we didn't get her name because she deserves a big shout out! The woman doing the food bar was so helpfull, and even the other waitresses were politely and accommodating! Thank you for a wonderful meal with a great experience! We will be back....hopefully it wont won't be 9 years this time!