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Talkeetna Eats: Part Two

With so much to experience in Alaska, it’s easy to forget about the food that fuels your travels. Talkeetna puts great eats right alongside the fun of a train ride [1] and thrill of glimpsing big wildlife. It is one our favorite food towns in the state, so much so that we couldn’t limit our recommendations to a single article. So, without further ado, it’s part two of our top Talkeetna eats.

Mountain High Pizza Pie Talkeetna Alaska [2]Family recipes rule the menu at Mountain High Pizza Pie. Sauce, dough for subs and crusts, and soups pull from these treasured heirlooms, so it’s no exaggeration to say that everything they offer is yum. If you have time to enjoy a meal out on their covered patio after flightseeing around Denali or ziplining through boreal forests [3], you can’t beat a Papa Georgio pizza or Ravioli Dinner. If you’re hurrying on to your next excursion, try one of their hot Italian Flatbread Sandwiches to go.

On the same block as Mountain High and just across the street from the Wildflower Café [4] sits Denali Brewpub, the restaurant extension of the popular Denali Brewing Company. The Brewpub serves dependably tasty dishes that pair perfectly with their beers. Throw in a sunny day and a table on their large deck and you’ve got an ideal setting, too. The Ribeye Pretzel Dip is a favorite, as is the pretzel appetizer. Both feature freshly baked soft pretzels made with spent grain from the brewery. Diners of the vegetarian persuasion have their choice of several non-meat dishes. I can’t resist their signature chickpea and tahini veggie burger with Twisted Ranch sauce.

Concious Coffee Talkeetna Alaska [5]For something a bit removed from the buzz around Denali Brewpub and Mountain High, look for Conscious Coffee in a little wooden hut on the way toward the Susitna River. The café blends fresh smoothies and brews a nice cup of coffee, but their menu of sweet and savory crepes keeps me coming by whenever I’m in town. The Traveler makes for a particularly delicious midday meal, with spinach, walnuts, kalamata olives, and white cheddar enfolded together in a huge crepe. Ask for yours to go and they’ll wrap it up in a parchment pouch that makes it easier to eat as you stroll Talkeetna’s quaint streets. Be sure to try a black bean brownie before you head out, it’s a culinary leap of faith that pays off every time.

Spinach Bread Talkeetna Alaska

Part of what makes Talkeetna such a fun place to eat are the eclectic food trucks that pop up each summer. Spinach Bread is the OG Talkeetna food truck. Food Airstream, to be exact. You’ll find this silver trailer parked somewhere along Main Street, serving up their famous Spinach Bread and Brazilian Limeade. The bread is just what it sounds like, a hearty slice of freshly baked spent grain bread topped with spinach, garlic, and cheese and toasted under a broiler till it’s oh-so melty and oh-so irresistible. The creative Spinach Bread cooks usually offer one or two specials of the day based on what’s fresh from local gardens. If you’re in Talkeetna [6] for more than one night, check back to see what new delicious dish they’ve devised.


Have you had the chance to enjoy a meal in Talkeetna? Let us know your favorite bites to eat!