Looking for great seafood in Talkeetna? Look no further than this small cafe that comes with a political pedigree: Master Chef Jerome Longo was a White House executive chef during George Bush Sr.'s presidency. His experience and classical French training show through in a simple menu that incorporates fresh, local, organic ingredients. Start with a Talkeetna favorite, the rich and creamy seafood chowder. Move on to specials like salmon braided with halibut, topped with a tangy hollandaise and a big chunk of crab leg. Fresh ginger and garlic give some zing to the Oriental Stir Fry Wrap, which comes packed with fresh vegetables and your choice of grilled sesame chicken or fresh salmon. Also recommended: halibut fish and chips, farm-to-table Angus burgers, teriyaki BBQ baby back ribs, and the crab cakes. Or try the chef's personal favorite: Beef Wellington. Sitting atop this tenderloin is a mushroom pate wrapped in a puff pastry and served with a black truffle demi glaze.
You'll find the cafe in the center of downtown, perfect for taking in views of Main Street while sitting outside on the deck. Or head to the outdoor pub at the back of the deck, where you can enjoy beer or wine while the locals play ball. And if you have a sweet tooth, don't miss the homemade rhubarb cake, made with local rhubarb and served with strawberries and whipped cream—and, sometimes, locally made ice cream. Just plan on a leisurely meal to fully enjoy the experience and to chat with the servers, many of whom are long-time locals.