The kennicot copper mine is about as remote as it gets in alaska, yet after decades of mining for copper, a flawless diamond stands as look-out over its historic past.
That diamond is the KGL ! I had lunch there as part of my fly in tour from chitina.
Soup, cabbage with reindeer: This was a lovely vegetable broth, both sweet and savory from properly sweated cabbage, adorned with carrot, potato, nice little nuggets of reindeer sausage and garnished with fresh chive, not green onion, not freeze dried replacements, actual fresh chive !
This same attention to detail permeated every facet of my lunch experience.
The daily special rosemary beef stew on angel hair;
This was well utilized prime rib from a previous evening, yet it was uniformly trimmed into proper spoon-size pieces, and obviously seasoned and sauteed for its renewal.
The angel hair was tender, trimmed for spoon excavation and the bowl was finished with fresh carrots and peas that were obviously cooked seperatly, not stewed with the meat, to retain their color and texture.Both dishes were serves with fresh baked bread made on the premises, a rarity in most modern restaurants.. amazing for this middle of nowhere venue.
All desserts were made in house as well, I chose the strawberry-rhubarb coffee cake.:
Scrumptous, is inadequate as a discriptor.
Again wonderfull detail applied to this seemingly simple offering. Fresh sprig of mint from one of the chefs gardens, a fresh strawberry with a washed stem, and real chantilly cream, not some vulgar aerosol propellant.
This was a lunch that would exceed expectations in any metro known for its cuisine, the fact that it was offered on an impeccably clean and enviting porch in a ghost town in the heart of alaska compelled me to write this sincere review of appreciation. Thank you KGL, chef Phil and the entire lodge staff for a wonderful dining experience, LEOPOLD.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a family owned lodge located in America's largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias. Try glacier hiking or ice climbing on the Root Glacier, one of the few easily accessible glaciers in North America. Get a breath taking view of the park on a flightseeing tour, or spend time alpine hiking, river rafting, and exploring the National Historic Landmark of the Kennicott Copper Mine. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kennicott Glacier Hotel Kennicott
- Kennicott Glacier Lodge Alaska