This is a review for:
The Salmon Bake
Mile 238.5 George Parks Hwy.
Denali Park, Alaska 97555
The Salmon Bake is the best kept secret of Denali, Alaska. It is one of the last Alaskan owned and operated grills in the town and is conveniently located on the main highway.
My family decided to dine there after a long second day in Denali National Park. All of us looked forward to a hot meal in a friendly atmosphere. When we made reservations the person handling the request was friendly and upbeat.
It was about 6:00 pm on a Monday evening when we arrived at the Salmon Bake. Making those reservations definitely helped with seating! Despite the dinner hour we did not have to wait for a meal. One small party of 6 was waiting to be seated when we arrived and a party of 2 walked in as we did.
The Salmon Bake has two different levels in the restaurant. On the bottom level are a few seating sections, restrooms and the entrance. The bar and pool table is on the upper level.
We were shown to a table by the front windows opposite of the bar. The pool table was on the end of the restaurant from us. Country music played in the background. The music was a little loud for quiet conversation but had a fun kick that helped set the atmosphere.
Within a minute of being seated, a friendly Annmarie was there to take our order at this Alaska Restaurant. She was friendly and knowledgeable. We appreciated her suggestions and the time she took to answer our questions. In the end, the choices proved to be excellent. The three of us each enjoyed our dinners.
My daughter was craving a taste of home and chose the chicken tender appetizer at $7.95. This was served hot and tasty. Other choices that were available included the Alaskan Elk Sliders, Baked Blonde Ale Cheddar Cheese Dip, Dungeness Alaskan Crab Cakes and Blackened King Salmon Quesadilla. It was a hard choice.
Our entrees were served just as hot as the appetizer. They were excellent.
When a restaurant claims to have the “Best Burger” I have to try it. Beef is not on every menu in Alaska. The Salmon Bake did an excellent job. The Denali Burger at $10.95 (with cheese) was full of flavor, cooked to a perfect doneness and was not dry. Toppings were served on the side and the lettuce was cool. I am a stickler for the fries being done instead of mushy. Here, The Salmon Bake did well again.
Other sandwiches included the Big Bleu Sky Ribeye, Buffalo Burger, Lolo’s Pulled Pork Sandwich and Sourdough Bob’s Classic grilled sourdough with American and Colby cheeses.
Hubby had an entrée that he has yet to stop talking about. This would be the Beer Batter Halibut and Chips at $17.95. The Alaskan halibut is battered and fried. It is served with chips and coleslaw. I’m not sure what the chef at The Salmon Bake did to the batter but Hubby says it is among the best that he has tried.
Our daughter ordered the Nachos for her entrée at $12.95. (My thought was, we traveled 5,000 miles for nachos?) According to her they were good, filled her up and helped ease her homesickness. Who can complain at that?
Other entrée items included the Grilled King Salmon, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Drunken Shrimp, NY Sirloin Steak and Salmon Bake Cedar Plank Salmon.
The server brought a tray of tempting desserts for us to choose from. The 3 of us shared a delicious concoction that was the perfect finishing touch for a great meal.
We hope to go back to Denali National Park next summer. If we do, we’re going to revisit the Alaska restaurant The Salmon Bake.
Here are a few other good reasons to try this Alaska restaurant.
For starters, there is no food available at the park. For $11.95 you can order a boxed lunch from The Salmon Bake and pick it up as you head out for your day of adventure. Choose from the Big Box Lunch or the Rise and Shine Box Breakfast.
A feature of this Alaska restaurant is their house beer. The Baked Blonde Ale is available at The Salmon Bake. Although I cannot drink for medical reasons I am told that this beer has a light flavor that is very popular.
Transportation to and from The Salmon Bake is not a problem. The restaurant runs a free shuttle to and from all area hotels. How many places can do that?
The cost of our meal was not out of line for Alaska restaurants. Dinner at The Salmon Bake for the 3 of us was $63.10.
The Salmon Bake is open 7am – 4am for the following schedule:
Breakfast hours are from 7am-11am. Lunch is served from 11am – 4pm. Dinner begins at 4pm and goes until 12 midnight. Simpler fare of burgers and tacos are available from 12 midnight to 3:45 am. Boxed meals can be ordered between the hours of 7am-4am.
The Salmon Bake is conveniently located at the traffic light at mile 238.5 on George Parks Hwy. in Denali Park, Alaska. They are next to the Denali Outlet store and near the Sled Dog Liquor and Canyon Market and Deli.
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