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229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern

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229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern Review

Even if this hot spot didn't serve amazing food, the graceful timber-frame design, inviting atmosphere, and elaborate elm etchings would be enough to draw in crowds. But chef and owner Laura Cole directs a scratch kitchen that serves local produce; grass-fed, free-range meat; homemade ice cream and breads; and delectable imports. With its own vegetable gardens and sourcing from small, nearby producers, this is as organic and local as you can get without doing the hunting and gathering yourself. Menus change daily, according to availability. From handmade pappardelle pasta with reindeer sausage and leeks to wild-caught Alaskan weather-vane scallops with crisped prosciutto, Laura knows how to make food come to life. The restaurant takes reservations and may be the only place in Denali that can book up entirely, so plan ahead.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • No lunch; May–Oct. 1 closed Mon.; mid-Sept.–mid-May closed weekdays.
Updated: 06-17-2013

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    Wacky Hostess

    It isn't nice to call someone an idiot, so I won't call the hostess an idiot. We arrived at 5:10 without a reservation, and there were only two parties seated at tables in the restaurant. The hostess would not seat us at a table even though there were 15-20 empty tables, saying that she had to leave the tables open for people with reservations from then until 6:30. Even though we said that we would be done by 6:30, she would not give us a table. We were forced to sit at the bar. We were the first to order our food, and we left the restaurant at 6:00, at which time there were only two additional tables being used by customers. The hostess avoided us as we left. The food was EXCELLENT; no complaint there. And the barmaid gave us great service. But the hostess . . .

    by kirkm, 8/26/13

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