229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern

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229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern
I cannot for the life of me figure out what's wrong with the judges of the James Beard Awards. They keep getting the chance to give the top nod to 229 Parks' chef Laura Cole (she's been nominated for top chef: northwest twice) but they haven't done it yet. Ridiculous. Anyway, here's your warning to get in there before they wise up and it becomes even harder to snag a reservation. (Oh yeah, definitely make a reservation.) The restaurant sits just 11 miles south of Denali National Park. There are loads of cabins and other touristy this and that in the area. There's no reason a restaurant this damn good should be exactly where this damn good restaurant sits. But chef Cole's husband built it for her (with the help of a lot of friends) so she could have the kitchen of her dreams in the state he had grown up in. It's quite the AK love story. And though Cole grew up near Chicago, she is now one of the most devoted Alaskans around. And her food? Day-um!
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229.7 Parks Hwy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755, USA
+1 907-683-2567