Part of the experience of traveling to new places is experiencing great local cuisine. With so many of travelers to Alaska visiting Denali National Park, we get many questions about what to expect when dining at the hotels. We reached out to the Grande Denali Lodge to find out what they had on tap this summer at one of Denali’s premier restaurants, The Alpenglow. The Alpenglow sits high on Sugarloaf Mountain and has the commanding views of Denali National Park’s entrance area along the Nenana River Canyon.
Breakfast starts early at the Alpenglow Restaurant due to the early tour departures into Denali National Park at 5:00am. For breakfast, you can choose between their Plentiful Breakfast Table ($16.95 with coffee and juice included) or choose from their a’la carte choices ($4-$18) such as Alaskan Eggs Benedict prepared with delicately poached egg on top of an English muffin and reindeer sausage, highlighted by a generous serving of king crab meat adorned with our house made hollandaise sauce. For those who prefer a quick and convenient breakfast option the Grande Denali Lodge also carries an array of gourmet pastries and breakfast sandwiches available at their Peak Espresso Shop. If you enjoy a local coffee drink, check out their Kaladi Brother’s Coffee, an Alaskan favorite. The Express shop also carries Stash Organic Teas and offers plenty of other refreshing beverages at our coffee shop.
With most of the visitors exploring Denali on bus tour such as the Tundra Wilderness Tour, rafting, or on a hike, restaurants in Denali are not quite as busy at lunch time as they are for breakfast and dinner. The Alpenglow lunch service extends from 11:00am to 4:00pm and gives guests an opportunity to enjoy delicious appetizers, gourmet soups and sandwiches ranging from $8 to $16.
Dinner service at the Alpenglow is where their Chef Jacob Ebel’s imagination and skill translate into daily preparation of Fresh Alaskan Halibut and King Salmon. His ability to daily prepare these Alaskan favorites allows for use of freshest and many times locally sourced ingredients. While their fresh seafood Market Selections draw a lot of attention, the rest of their dinner menu includes exciting entrees such as all-natural rib-eye steak, fresh Alaska Pasta Co. seafood linguine, and a signature bone-in pork chop. Appetizers start at $6, and our entrees range from $22 to $36 dollars while their top of the line Market Features range from $40 to $60. If you’re still hungry after dinner, they offer house crafted desserts, artisan cheese platters and selection of port and late harvest sweet wines. Dinner hours are 5:00pm to 10:00pm in the Alpenglow; however their Peak Spirits Lounge will happily serve those who wish to dine well until late in the evening or who return late in the day from travel deep into Denali Park.