Well 2016 is here and it’s already off to a great start! After getting outside and enjoying all the glorious mountains, glaciers, wildlife and endless outdoor adventures that can be found on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground, you’re sure to work up quite the appetite.
But unlike the moose and the bears, who get the pleasure of finding their food sources in the great outdoors, us humans have a plethora of delicious and delectable options to choose from. From Kenai, to Soldotna, to Seward and Homer (and just about everywhere in between), we have some excellent recommendations for you to put on your “foodie bucket list” this year. This is just a short, sweet list with some new 2016 hot spots. The truth is, we could quite literally write a novel about the amazing food on The Kenai. Listed in alphabetical order with all being equally scrumptious, read on to learn more.
We will kick things off with something sweet (because dessert before dinner is always a good rule of thumb on a snowy Sunday). Gotta Have Desserts (Kenai Catering) located off of South Willow Street in Kenai, Alaska is a MUST if you are looking for delicious treats. Cake, crème brulee, muffins, cupcakes, scones, doughnuts and so much more. You are surely to be disappointed if you do not make it a point to stop in and visit when you are in Kenai.
AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse & Tavern in Homer, Alaska is a must, especially after a long day of Halibut fishing out on the salt. This steak house is the real deal. Consistently spot-on with genuine hospitality to couple the incredible food. It truly is a win-win type of situation when you visit AJ’s in Homer. Mouth is already watering and we haven’t even gotten to the part about the rockin’ live music that can often be heard on evenings throughout the walls of AJ’s. Located in the heart of Old Town & known locally for serving up amazing steaks, local seafood, specialty drinks, goodwill & hospitality for over 70 years.
Alaska Berries in Soldotna, Alaska prides itself in being the first, and currently the only winery in the State of Alaska that is certified as being 100% Alaska Grown. They grow all of their fruit and berries used in the production of their handcrafted wines and jams. “From the bush to the bottle” allows Alaska Berries complete control of the entire process which insures the highest quality fruit is picked at its peak of ripeness. When guests visit this estate winery they are able to see first hand the care and consideration that is given to the farm and to the unique wines, jams and syrups.
Alaska Seafood Grill in Seward, Alaska has gained popularity for it’s vast menu serving Alaskan seafood favorites such as halibut, rockfish, salmon, scallops and king crab. Located in the boat harbor, Alaska Seafood Grill provides a variety of fresh Alaskan seafood in a fast and casual environment. All items are offered a’la carte, giving you the freedom to choose only your favorite type of seafood, or mix and match to sample the Arctic Ocean’s bounty.
Bridge Lounge in Soldotna, Alaska is a new lounge in town located right in the middle of town by the bridge, inside Kenai River Lodge. With great food, incredible drinks, great customer service and live music, Bridge Lounge is quickly becoming a top pick for many locals and visitors alike. And with a view that is sure to take your breath away, you will find yourself having a hard time leaving this great spot!
Priding themselves in serving “the best BBQ on the Kenai Peninsula,” Firehouse BBQ offers quite the variety of favorites. Brisket, Ribs, Pulled Pork and Loaded Stuffed Baked Potato. And we can’t forget the homemade pies and cobbler (served with delicious vanilla ice cream) that is made fresh and changes regularly. Everything at Firehouse BBQ is finger-licking good and made fresh daily. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-8pm and on Sunday from 11am to 4pm (or until they sell out). This is a great place to visit if you want to go in and dine with the family or grab a quick to-go box for a day enjoying the great outdoors.
Iditarod Café located in Kenai, Alaska is owned and operated by the same owners of Gotta Have Desserts and Kenai Catering. Bobbi England and her husband Steve truly do have this culinary thing down pat! And boy oh boy is the town of Kenai lucky to reap all the delicious rewards of their incredible talents. If you are in Kenai, be sure to visit this wonderful place.
The Kasilof Mercantile & Rocky’s Café in Kasilof, Alaska offers delicious home style cooking and yummy desserts with a full ice cream bar. Rocky’s Cafe warm and cozy atmosphere offers a warm fire place, consistently excellent customer service and beautiful Alaskan art painted on the wall. In the Kasilof Mercantile find fun and unique Alaskan clothing and memorable treasures as well as standard grocery items in the grocery store.
Kassik’s Kenai Brew Stop in Nikiski, Alaska is housed in a small warehouse nestled in a clearing in the woods, adjacent to the Kassik’s (owners) home in Nikiski. The owner, Frank’s passion for brewing began when his wife Debara, bought him a home brew kit for Christmas. Frank was hooked and soon became a proficient home brewer. They built a 36 X 50 shop in hopes to someday have a brewery. In May of 2005 Kassik’s purchased a used seven barrel system, and then remodeled their building to accommodate the equipment with the help of family and friends. The brewery opened Memorial Weekend 2006 with their first brew Beaver Tail Blonde, their Moose Point Porter was on tap a few weeks later.
Mooseback Annie’s is a new restaurant located in the town of Sterling, Alaska. Savory soups, sandwiches and suppers. Dine in or take out. They also offer to-go lunches for fisherman or anyone on the go! If you are hungry and in the market for delicious, home cooked food, be sure to stop in to Mooseback Annie’s the next time you are in Sterling.
Is your mouth watering yet? We know, so is ours! Be sure to try out one of these 10 super-yummy spots the next time you visit The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground. See you soon, friends!