20,320 Alaskan Grill
Named for the elevation of nearby Denali, this casual restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner across from the main lodge building. The restaurant was designed to feed lodge guests, and most enjoy at least one meal inside this large, standalone structure of steel and wood. The food is vintage Princess, including fresh seafood and pub fare with house-made sauces and fresh sides. And the atmosphere is laid-back, with nice touches like acid-etched metal tables and exposed timbers.
While you’ll get a peek at Denali from the restaurant, this is a good place to learn about the mountain. The walls are covered with Denali trivia, along with classic mountaineering equipment used on early descents—ice picks, snowshoes, and old crampons. There’s even a scale-model plane hanging in the restaurant, like that used to drop off climbers. Even the wait staff fits the theme, with khaki, ranger-like uniforms.
And so does the menu, with breakfasts called the “Mountaineer,” “Park Ranger,” and “Backpacker”—skillets of potatoes, eggs, cheese, veggies, and meats. They’re served up fast and hot, alongside steaming cups of coffee from Anchorage’s Kaladi Brothers. If you’re looking for something sweet, try the cinnamon french toast served with blueberry butter.
Lunch—featuring pub-style food and Alaska seafood—starts at 11 a.m. You’ll find burgers and buffalo wings, along with hand-dipped beer battered fish and chips and two seafood chowders.
At 5 p.m. you can order off the dinner menu. If you’ve worked up an appetite, try the reindeer meatloaf or the blueberry-glazed Alaska salmon. There’s a bar featuring flat-screen TVs, as well as signature cocktails and drinks that go great with the restaurant’s house-made desserts, like the s’mores chocolate mousse or blueberry pie.