3 Best Restaurants in Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve, The Kenai Peninsula and Southcentral Alaska

The Salmon and Bear Restaurant

$$$$ Fodor's choice

A remote town with only 50 year-round residents seems an unlikely place to find a five-star meal, but that's exactly what the chefs here deliver, creatively assembling dishes using ingredients grown, caught, and raised in the region. The changing menu might include local yak, red angus, Kenny Lake pork, or Copper River salmon—all paired with fantastic wines. Unless you were a guest at Ma Johnson's hotel, it used to be impossible dine here without making a reservation weeks in advance, but it's a little easier now: the addition of outdoor seating has increased the table count from 10 to 20.

101 Kennicott Ave., McCarthy, Alaska, 99588, USA
Known For
  • fine dining where you'd least expect it
  • seared local duck
  • romantic ambience
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Apr. No lunch, Reservations essential

Meatza Wagon

This food truck is like no other: not only is everything made from scratch, but because it's situated so far from the main road system, the chef has no choice but to rely heavily on locally sourced ingredients. Be sure to try the Copper River salmon cakes and the slow-cooked Kenny Lake pork tacos.

The Potato


What started as a food truck with an indoor-order bar is now a full-blown restaurant. This is where locals come for tasty comfort food, live music, and a super laid-back vibe.

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