Dining and Nightlife
Just a 45-minute drive from Anchorage, Raven’s Perch lies within the main lodge at the cozy Knik River Lodge, with big windows and an outdoor deck looking out to a spectacular view. The focus here is on local, sustainable ingredients and products. The staff talks with local farmers and plans ahead to see what vegetables are coming into season to create their menus.
Lasagna and pizza are the specialties at this locally owned restaurant, known for its big portions. The interior is big as well, but the setting is surprisingly intimate. The other big thing here? The price tag. But come at lunch for a more affordable alternative.
The first thing you’ll notice here is the unique décor: downstairs is a European-style wine cellar with stone walls and stucco ceilings, while upstairs is a contemporary take on a 1930’s-era pioneer home. That same care extends to the food. Salads, entrees, and desserts are made with fine ingredients and creativity, and wines can be ordered by the flight. It’s best to make reservations, especially on weekends.
A bona fide small-town coffee shop on Main Street. They serve good coffee and espresso drinks and have ample seating. The atmosphere is great, with lots of locals, Alaska-made art on the walls, open mic nights and art for sale. The food is standard coffee shop stuff — soups, sandwiches, baked goods. It’s healthy and tasty, but nothing special.
Arkose Brewery is named after Arkose Ridge and Arkose Peak in the Talkeetna Mountain Range of Palmer, Alaska. You can enjoy a pint of artisan ales, take a brewery tour (every Tuesday at 6 p.m.) or attend one of our fun events such as Beer Meets Canvas and Beer Meets Chocolate. Find Arkose beer at many locations throughout the state. See our website and facebook page for more information. Cheers!