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Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


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229 Parks: Another Go-Round

Last season, after hearing all of the rave reviews, I visited 229 Parks with some friends.

It was AMAZING.

I have been meaning to go back since the season started, but its location (about 20 miles from where I live) coupled with the relatively high prices prevented me from going…until tonight.

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229 Parks is an incredible restaurant and tavern located at mile 229 on the Parks Highway, just outside Denali National Park.

They specialize in offering only the freshest organic and sustainable ingredients, most of which are grown in the owners’ own gardens.

Think fresh edible flowers, micro greens, and perfect herbs served alongside grass fed beef, duck, and lamb. Their fresh Alaska seafood is also a big draw.

Their website is bare bones and they don’t post a menu online because it changes daily and depends largely on the ingredients they have on hand. It’s not a flashy place. They rely on their unique food, fresh ingredients, and cozy atmosphere.

I played the part of tourist tonight (much to the chagrin of my co-diners, I am sure) and took photos of each course.

I had to start things off with a yummy wheat beer.

For a starter I had fresh Alaskan Rockfish tacos

Handmade soft corn tortillas, pan-seared rockfish dusted with cumin and lime, shredded local greens, creamy adobo sauce, house made salsa, fresh avocado, and lime.

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229 Parks

About 8 miles south of the bustling Denali Park entrance area sits the restaurant and tavern, 229 Parks.

 

It is located at mile 229 on the Parks Highway-hence the name.

After years of hearing how amazing the food is and learning it has been featured in many articles and is Zagat rated, I knew I had to give it a try, even with the expected high price tag.

It didn’t take much convincing to get two of my friends to join me.

We started with a few appetizers: ginger and beef tenderloin soup, chicken flatbread and Alaskan King Crab cakes.

All three were delicate and delicious. The ginger and beef soup was especially good.

For dinner I ordered pan-seared scallops wrapped in bacon and served on a bed of potatoes with green beans and prosciutto.

 

The scallops were amazing! I ate each and every bit of it.

For dessert we all got fresh berry tarts. Mmm!

 

I washed everything down with homemade lemonade.

Every last bite was delicious and I especially enjoyed the beautiful plating and the fresh garnishes: spinach, various lettuces and flowers grown in the owner’s garden.

About 20 minutes in to dinner, we all decided we had to come back and get desserts and coffee one night before the end of the season.

Being the great fiance that I am, I brought Ventsi home a tart (he woke from a deep sleep and devoured it in two bites!).

229 is a fantastic restaurant. I highly recommend it to anyone in the Denali Park area.