Palmer’s Best Dining Options
- Turkey Red – Number one on my list of best of Matanuska Valley eats, Turkey Red has it all. Everything is wonderfully homemade from their scrumptious breads, soups, and creative salads to the steaks and seafood. They serve what I call “real” food, nothing is prepackaged. They have abundant choices, everything from burgers, steaks, and fish, to vegetarian options, the menu pleases all at Turkey Red.
- Noisy Goose – Known locally as “Colony Kitchen” or “Noisy Goose” This restaurant serves up a big traditional breakfast all day. If you opt for a burger, you might want to order the wonderful battered French fries. If you have room, order a piece of home made pie. Brighten the day with a meal served by a waitresses sporting a humorous saying on her t-shirt. Then continue reading more silly sayings on the plaques on the walls.
- Palmer City Alehouse – This sports bar is housed in one of Palmer’s old building – so a little history to go with the over 40 beers they have on tap. They serve good bar food and have several TV’s showing the current sporting events. The Alehouse also has a very nice back patio for the summer providing beautiful views of Pioneer Peak and the Chugach Range. Check their Facebook page for live music also in the summer.
- Colony Inn Steakhouse – Palmer’s newest dining option housed in what used to be the old teachers’ dorm during the Colony Days of the 30’s. Food is great. The steaks are fresh, never frozen, Angus beef flown up from Seattle, and the iced tea is just right!
- Vagabond Blues – More than just a coffee shop – serving some of the best gluten free muffins ever! This is a locals’ favorite place to get a cup of coffee and visit with friends.
- Evangelo’s Italian Restaurant – A very popular Italian restaurant, they specialize in seafood and steaks as well as the traditional Italian offerings. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and provides a lovely view of the Knik Arm and Chugach Mountains.
- Grape Tap – This intimate restaurant is situated in an old house and has wonderful little nooks and crannies to house the beautifully set tables. The food is top notch and the wine is too.
- Frontier Brewing Company – This little restaurant has a local brewery serving everything from hamburgers and prime rib to pizza. Located in downtown Wasilla – I am sure you would enjoy a meal here.
- Settler’s Bay Lodge – located about seven miles out Knik Goose Bay Road, it is a good drive from the bed and breakfast. They serve great food with beautiful views overlooking the Palmer Hay Flats across Knik Arm to Eklutna and Cook Inlet. This is especially scenic during the fall when the leaves are turning colors.
- Krazy Moose Subs – Located in the old Teeland Building in the “downtown” part of Wasilla, Crazy Moose Subs make a nice lunch choice when visiting downtown Wasilla. Tour the Dorothy Page Museum and the old buildings nearby and stop for a sub at Crazy Moose, then head over to the Iditarod Headquarters to see their beautiful log building and learn about the race.
During the summer, you might want to walk up to “Jimbo’s Food Bus” located in the parking lot of the Fishhook Bar, a very little known Matanuska Valley eats. Known for his good food and reasonable rates, Jimbo continues to cook prime rib on Fridays. The rest of the week (except Monday) he serves up other great meals. On a nice day, you might choose to sit out under an umbrella near the bus, in poor weather you can take out – and eat in your own log cabin.
This list is only a smidgen of the dining opportunities available in the Mat Su area, but it will get you started! Enjoy breakfast in your cabin at Hatcher Pass Bed and Breakfast, and after a day of sightseeing and enjoying the area, you might want to visit one of these fine dining options.