The Main Street Cafe is another of Talkeetna's numerous eateries, where the sojourner can slake his thirst on a frosty draft or eat a meal fit for a king. Some of the dining can occur on the patio, provided your behavior does not get too unruly, or you can dine and drink inside, provided you don't strip off your clothes. Even though this is rural Alaska, there are still some rules you must obey.
Located a little south of town proper, the Talkeetna Lodge offers the swankiest in formal and informal accommodations in a 100-mile radius. Whether you're here to stay the night or just to dine, the lodge offers full breakfast, Alaska lunch menus and their "formal Foraker restaurant" for full-service dinners.
We had lunch here to refuel after our glacier flight and came back to restock supplies before taking the train back to Anchorage.
A definate stop of place before taking off into the wilds.
Favorite Dish: The Cinnamon Rolls were huge and very tasty. We also went for the RLT, Reindeer, Lettuce and Tomato!
We came back to pick up two huge pieces of mixed berry and blue berry pies for our train journey back to Anchorage!
We had breakfast at the Roadhouse and enjoyed the cozy ambiance as much as the food. Portions were on the large to very large size and the staff was very hospitable. Service was excellent. The place is rustic with a rock fireplace and lots of historic memorabilia/photographs. The building was built in 1917 and it is an inn as well as a restaurant. While we did not have the opportunity to stay there, we did view some of the rooms, which were quite basic and rustic appearing. Seemed like it would be a nice place to stay with a genuine Alaska feel.
Favorite Dish: Baked goodies!
Well I happen to live in Talkeetna, and I am a year- round local who eats at Dancing Bears Salmon Bake. I think that the person who ate at Dancing Bears Salmon Bake and decided to give it that kind of poor review, obviously doesn't know what he is talking about because if he did, then he would have talked to the person in charge, and they would have accomodated him. In 3 seasons of being open, their records stands as having only 2 complaints about their food. They were voted best food/best service in Talkeetna by food critics last year, 2005. Furthermore, the owner does not allow anyone to work "stoned" or talk that way to a customer. This is a family oriented restaurant. The salmon chowder is prepared from scratch and is often sold out due to it's fresh and tasty qualities. The halibut nuggets are hand cut and seasoned with a home-made batter....not pre-processed or pre-battered like many places. I don't believe a word this person said.
Favorite Dish: The foil-baked salmon is absolutely to die for. It is the restaurants featured entree and has gotten rave reviews. It is drizzled with butter, "special" seasoning, then topped with a generous amount of parmesan cheese and grilled to order. Worth the wait of 15 minutes. Dancing Bears Salmon bake is also known for being probably the only restaurant in AK to serve fiddlehead ferns- and AK delecasy. Picked in early Spring they are sauteed then drizzled with garlic butter and taste like a mild asparagus with a little mushroomy overtone. Everything is home-made there.
We stopped at this funky little pub last summer. What a find! The Pub and the Town...Talkeetna is great. Its the 'real Alaska' and only about 100 miles north of Anchorage. An easy couple hour drive...
Named after a difficult Route up Mt. McKinley, this pub serves Alaskan brewed beers (on tap) and great seafood sandwiches, burgers and wild game specialities.
The outdoor deck is great ! Right downtown...you are in the center of everything.
The staff are mostly locals....dogmusher, past goldminer, trapper....all trying to make a few bucks during the summer tourist season...They have lots of stories. No rush here...Take your time, enjoy and be sure to try the Ice Axe Ale....9% brew. They will only serve you 2 glasses !!
Favorite Dish: Fresh Halibut Sandwich....fresh, delightful....
The oldest building in town that is still in use. A cozy atmosphere whose walls are lines with flags from Denali expeditions, in addition to numerous books and photos. Seating is family style at long tables. Grab an empty seat and ejoy the great food while talking to other travellers.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast portions come in 2 sizes- large and larger. Pancakes that are larger than the plate, fantastic bacon, cinnamon rolls are just some of the treats that you will find.
This is a great little restaurant located just off Main Street, behind the General Store. Its a great pub, serving 11 draught beers, mostly Alaskan. Don't forget to try the Ice Axe Ale...9% alcohol !! They'll only serve you two pint glasses.
Our favorite food during our three day stay were the fresh Halibut and Salmon sandwiches as-well-as the Caribou Chili....The portions are large and the service excellent. Our appetizer of choice was the fresh made Ceviche, made with halibut, salmon, rock snapper and shrimp...hmmm good !!
On a sunny day be sure to sit on the outdoor deck. You can watch small planes takeoff and land at the small downtown airport !! Thats right, a small gravel runway in the center of town.
This picture was taken in January 1998. I haven't eaten there in awhile, so my impressions are based on the past. Historically, when I was growing up they did the family restaurant deal where everyone sat down and at the same thing for dinner. Part of the charm of this place is still that it's a historic building, that and from time to time the locals gather and make wonderful music (some of which you can download for free on the Internet).
Favorite Dish: My favorite thing to eat at the Roadhouse was always cinnamon rolls. I belive they still make those there.
We stayed in town recently on a grand tour of Alaska. Tried several restaurants that line the 200 yard long Main Street. By far we found it to be the highest quality with reasonably good prices. Their burgers (1/2lb) with fries were outstanding; but the most outstanding meal was the fresh grilled Halibut Sandwich.
The Pub is filled with photos of McKinley and stories of the Mountaineers, who decend on the town during the summer season. It's very casual in true Alaska fashion.
Favorite Dish: Fresh Halibut !! and giant Burgers
This was an outside little cafe.. It had great Salmon and Halibut, My daughter had a reindeer hot dog.. Very popular here in Alaska.. my son had a hamburger. Great atmosphere, Great lunch. The owner waits on you and has you sign her visitor's book.. I think she said she was from Chicago.. Don't know why she has chosen Talkeetna but you have to hand it to her for that. Talkeetna and Chicago are 100% opposite.. I hope I remember the name so I can give this restaurant the recommendation it deserves...
One of the best meals I've had in Alaska!!!! Everything was fresh, the food presentation was beautiful, and the service was attentive but relaxed!
Favorite Dish: The oriental glazed Salmon was fantastic. For dessert, try the carrot cake!!!
This place almost reminds you of 'grandma's house'. The food is just quality home cooked and the prices are good.
Favorite Dish: We both had sandwiches (which are huge, a 1/2 could satisfy your average hunger). The homeade lemonade and cookies are just awesome.
Joke! I got ripped off by this place! I order the salmon chowder and the stoned "waiter" told me "sorry dude, like were all out". So I settled on the fish and chips and my wife ordered a "sirloin burger". The fish and chips was actually supposed to be halibut and what I got were 5 tiny little, lightly breaded fish chunks (each one about the size of a "almond joy" candy) My wifes "sirloin burger" was a pre cooked patty, the bun was soggy and there were no toppings on the burger (lettuce, onion or tomatoe). each meal was 9 to 12 bucks. after 2 five dollar beers i was into this place for 30 bucks. Don't eat here! It sucks~~~~~~~~!!!
Favorite Dish: None!
Joke! I got ripped off by this place! I ordered the salmon chowder and the stoned "waiter" told me "sorry dude, like were all out". So I settled on the fish and chips and my wife ordered a "sirloin burger". The fish and chips was actually supposed to be halibut and what I got were 5 tiny little, lightly breaded fish chunks (each one about the size of a "almond joy" candy) My wife's "sirloin burger" was a pre cooked patty, the bun was soggy and there were no toppings on the burger (lettuce, onion or tomatoe). each meal was 9 to 12 bucks. after 2 five dollar beers i was into this place for 30 bucks. Don't eat here! It sucks~~~~~~~~!!!
Favorite Dish: None!