10 Yukon must-eats from 2015

I’ve eaten at a lot of restaurants in the last year and I thought I’d share some of the highlights. Interestingly enough, two of the items are very fresh in my mind – so much so that I haven’t written up my visit posts! (They are scheduled to go out after Christmas.)

As I do in most of my posts, I offer a preface. There are lots of great things to eat up in the Yukon. This is not a comprehensive list and may differ completely from your experiences.

But if you’re looking to try something new, something different, or maybe something uncommon in the Yukon, I have some ideas.

(in no particular order)

Spatzle at Wolf’s Den – If you haven’t gotten out to Wolf’s Den, you should while you have the chance. The restaurant has been around for just over a decade, but it the owners are looking to sell. The spatzle I had were tender, chewy and buttery goodness. Even though I had eaten more than enough schnitzel, not one morsel of the spatzle would go to waste.

Crepes at Cafe Balzam – What a revelation! I had heard the poutine was really good I rarely get desserts at restaurants, but during a recent visit to Cafe Balzam, my savoury crepe was so good that I had to have a sweet one as well. I can’t tell you which one was better because both were amazing. (Pictured above is a poor, dark photo of La Fine Bush: Aged Canadian cheddar, sauteed mushrooms, smoked pulled wild boar, spinach, bbq sauce, a poached egg and drizzle of house-made mustard.)

Cheese and Dill bread at Village Bakery and Deli in Haines Junction – We made many trips to Kluane through the summer months and most were capped with a stop to pick up a sandwich and a loaf of bread to go. It’s lovely for making a grilled cheese sandwich, trust me.

Taiwan style braised beef with broad noodle soup at Panda Panda Noodle House – When I get asked what is my favourite restaurant in Whitehorse, I generally say Panda Panda – and it is the soup that keeps me coming back. I’ve tried other dishes but I gravitate back to this one and the spicier Szechuan version.

Hot Stone Bi Bim Bap at Hue Oasis – I was thrilled to see a Korean restaurant open soon after we arrived in town, and better yet, it’s good! The fact that they do a hot stone bi bim bap is even better. The rice gets all crunchy at the bottom and the egg gets cooked right in – just make sure to ask for extra hot sauce.

Lunch at Alchemy Cafe in Dawson City – This cafe in Dawson seems to have a menu that changes regularly so I didn’t want to specifically suggest the sandwich or the mezze plate we ordered when we visited. But since both our meals were really memorable, I’m not scared to recommend the whole menu. I failed to post about all our meals in Dawson, but I have to say, there wasn’t a bad one in the bunch.

Wild Smokey Balls at Klondike Rib and Salmon – This is an item I didn’t actually have at the restaurant but actually at the Yukon Culinary Festival. It was served early in the meal, so I didn’t eat too much, knowing there were many courses to go, but I didn’t get my fill!

Greek Fries at Garlic a Gogo – If I’m going to put a food cart on my list, it has to be the perennial Garlic a Gogo. They benefit from making all their food in-truck rather than just throwing pre-made frozen stuff in the deep fryer. So. Much. Garlic.

Spicy Garlic and Pepper Shrimps at Talk of the Town – I’m sure Talk of the Town has gotten some mileage out of me going on CBC and a photo of this dish being posted on the website article. But it doesn’t change the fact that it is a tasty dish. Still need to get there for the Sunday lunch buffet – a mix of Filipino and Canadian dishes.

Polenta Fries at Antoinette’s – I love polenta fries. I’m sure they are a shockingly easy item for kitchens to make – 1. Cut polenta into strips and 2. Put in deep fryer. But I love them anyways. However, this was an item on the daily menu at Antoinette’s so it is probably long gone. If it’s not available, just order anything else, you won’t be disappointed.

With Bonus Beverage: Beer from Winterlong Brewery – Since this is All Yukon Eat, not All Yukon Drink, I didn’t want to put this in the food section, but I did want to recognize the great beer being produced by the Brewery up the Mt Sima road. Our top three: 1. Spruce Pale Ale, 2. Log Splitter Smoked Porter and 3. Sinister Rouge Red IPA

 

Here’s to even more dining experiences in 2016. Maybe it will be the year I finally try every restaurant in Whitehorse!

Now, what’s the best thing you ate this year?