Taste food of the far north at Alaska Eatery

mary musilek

With log siding, a large fireplace, mounted animals, and lots of photographs, the Alaska Eatery and Glacier Bar captures the feel of an Alaskan hunting lodge.

Located off of Wayzata Boulevard in St. Louis Park, Alaska Eatery, opened on October 16 2007 and serves a variety of seafood, steaks, and chops that are all top quality and never frozen, making for the freshest dishes.

“We cook everything over a wood fire grill,” said Manager Bob Johnson, “It makes for really good flavor.” The grill isn’t the only thing giving the fish and meat flavor; it also has to do with the quality of the ingredients. “The salmon is from Alaska and is only fished eight days out of a month,” said sou-chef Phil Byrd, “Also, the 16 ounce bison is from Alaska, and it’s real lean and juicy, probably the best you can get in the U.S.”

With ingredients like these, it is no surprise that the restaurant has already won an award. “Our king crab legs are incredible, and they won the Best Seafood Entree award by City Pages,” said Johnson.

Alaska Eatery doesn’t just serve the normal fish and chips, though. Dishes range from yellowfin tuna to wild boar to even lobster and truffle mac n’cheese . Unfortunately, you do pay for the quality you get. A specialty entree cost between $19 and $34, and most of the fish, steaks, and chops range from $22 to $36.

When I ordered the Alaska chuck burger , I got exactly what the description said, “100% ground chuck burger with ridgeline butter.” The meat was cooked over the wood fire grill, and so the burger had a blackened outside and a smoky flavor. The dish was served with parmesan truffle fries which accompany all of their sandwiches. The portions were large and each entree could have easily been shared by two.

Also, the decor goes well with the overall theme of the restaurant. The bar area is more casual with T.V.s on either end and high-top tables made out of logs covered in tree bark. The restaurant has dim lighting, but still feels cheery. The main room looks like an Alaskan hunting lodge with mounted animals on the walls and a large fireplace in the center of the back wall. “The owner actually shot everything in the room,” said Johnson, “He’s a big game hunter.”