When the opportunity arises, I spend a lot of time in Talkeetna Alaska and enjoy visiting with friends at the local restaurants and pubs. For the size of Talkeetna they have a lot to offer a hungry appetite.
Whether you are in Talkeetna on a fishing excursion or perhaps visiting overnight at a Talkeetna lodge, a typical morning in Talkeetna should start with a trip down to the Historic Talkeetna Roadhouse on Main Street. The Roadhouse offers a standard breakfast which comes piled high with eggs, potatoes, and bacon or reindeer sausage (traditional Alaskan sausage made from caribou meat). If that’s not quite your fare they also offer biscuits and gravy, breakfast burritos, and of course blueberry pancakes. These options are quite delicious and portions are huge so come hungry. If you don’t have time to wait, they offer a large selection of delicious pastry’s to go. Everything from a selection of homemade pies to my personal favorite the raspberry cinnamon rolls. Tables are all family style so you may find yourself seated next to a fellow tourist, a long time Talkeetna local or one of the many mountain climbers. Climbers come to the small town of Talkeetna in pursuit of the highest point in North America, Mt McKinley. The Roadhouse is sure to offer an eclectic Alaska atmosphere and a hearty meal. This is sure to be a one of a kind Alaska dining experience.
If you are looking for a juicy burger and cold beer you can’t beat The West Rib Pub which is a great lunch or dinner location. The Pub offers both outdoor and indoor seating. It’s hard to beat sitting outside enjoying a pint of Alaskan Brewed Beer at 10:00pm with the sun still high in the sky. Aside from a selection of delicious burgers and Alaskan beer the Pub offers a range of seafood, salads, and of course the famous deep fried halibut nuggets. During your visit to the pub you might even have an opportunity to meet the Talkeetna Mayor “Stubs” (don’t be surprised he’s a local cat). The walls are littered with climbing memorabilia and comments from patrons from all over the world. Feel free to ask the pub tender for a marker and document your trip to Talkeetna on the wall.
One of my absolute favorite places to eat in Talkeetna is at the Wildflower Café. The Café is in a beautiful, newly built log building right on Main Street. They offer a more gourmet fare than most restaurant’s in Talkeetna including lovely fresh seafood dishes, fantastic salads and the best pizza in Talkeetna. I highly recommend the Chef Salad for lunch which comes with fresh greens, sliced ham, turkey, cheeses, and even a nice portion of fresh crab. The best part is they make all of their own salad dressings which are all delicious. The Seafood Curry for Dinner is one of the best seafood dishes available in Talkeetna. Sautéed crab, halibut, and scallops over a bed of rice noodles and vegetables with a pleasant light curry sauce. They also have a good selection of Alaskan Beers and nice wines and outdoor seating for those sunny summer evenings.
Check out my blog “Where to eat in Denali” coming soon!