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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Crab Legs and Such...

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 11:12 AM

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Alright, alright.  So, you didn't take the bait (I know the pun is hilarious) with the 110 lbs of King salmon, so I'll try a different angle.  Let's talk food.  Served in Alaskan restaurants.

We'll start on the Kenai peninsula.  Namely, Soldotna.

Now, if you are like me, you would have naively assumed that crab legs in AK would be more affordable than they are the Lower 48.  Not so.  Not even remotely.  A hefty plate of crab legs- say 1 lb.- cost a mere $36-$40. 

The Crossing, located on the world famous Kenai River, in Soldotna.  Why, you ask, is this river so coveted?  It's because the world record King salmon (97 lbs... yes, 97 lbs.) was hooked on this river. 

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Crab and artichoke dip.  Okay, okay.  So get used to the repetition of crab.  I mean, when in Rome...  Do I need to say it was delicious?  No.

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A sampling from their menu.  (My apologies for the less-than-par picture.  Note to self: use flash.  My first digi cam.)

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A rather large and upscale restaurant for this neck of the woods, really.  You'll see what I mean in later posts.  Built in 2006, it is open, multi-tiered and boasts an unique martini menu and high, vaulted ceilings.  On to the food.

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I chose the steak with a wild mushroom demi-glace, asparagus and rosemary smashed potatoes.  It must be said that the demi-glace suffered the unfortunate aftershock of what I like to call a salt-bomb.  The meat itself, although not cooked to my specification, was actually the most tender, lovely piece of well-done filet mignon I think I've ever had.

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What you've been waiting for.  How can you not love this stuff?  Perfection.  I would highly recommend this restaurant if you ever find yourself in this little piece of heaven we like to call Alaska.

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