Ginormous Portions in Alaska

There’s a t-shirt that you can find in most Alaskan gift shops that says, “Size Does Matter”, showing an outline of the state of Alaska and well within those boundaries, Texas.  It’s a pretty funny t-shirt, particularly if you want to rib one of your Texas friends, but the notion of “bigger is better” is alive and well in Alaskan diners.

We stopped at Rose’s Cafe in Healy, several miles north of the entrance to Denali National Park.  Rose’s is a fairly typical diner, but they really like serving large portions of food.  The entrance area is filled with pictures of individuals who have eaten the one-pound burger (or burgers consisting of several of the one-pound patties — one guy ate a 5 pounder!).  OK, that’s for the crazy people, but Rose’s also has normal sizes, thank god.

My son decides to order pancakes.  The waitress informed him that one would be enough.  One pancake?  For a hungry 9-year old?  She must be crazy.  Well, the picture above shows you that the waitress gave us great advice.

Another example of ridiculous portions comes from the less-than-average, well-past-its-prime, tourist-trap Gwennie’s in Anchorage.  This is really a lousy restaurant, the worst one we visited in Alaska, but the place didn’t disappoint when it came to quantity of food.  My father-in-law decided to eat breakfast for dinner, and he ordered a waffle and a side of reindeer sausage.  We had first had reindeer sausage at our Anchorage B&B, the wonderful Alaska House of Jade, and my father-in-law wanted some more.  Well, he got a lot more.  The amount of sausage he received was so great that it turned his stomach (mine, too).  We hardly touched the stuff.

Not every place in Alaska serves humungous portions, but we didn’t find a place that skimped on quantity.  Maybe size does matter — at least when eating in Alaska.


11 Responses to Ginormous Portions in Alaska

  1. “Well, the picture above shows you that the waitress gave us great advice.”

    LMAO, no kidding!

  2. Brooks says:

    Must be a great restaurant. They know what people want. Look at the condiments available to perk up those pancakes and waffles. Nothing like a “cajunized” pancake to start your day in Danali.

  3. burgeoningfoodie says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong as it has been awhile since eating at this establishment, but doesn’t Elmo’s Diner in Durham serve pancakes at that size?

  4. Erin says:

    Now THAT’S what I call a pancake. Love your son’s expression!

  5. Varmint says:

    I didn’t crop out the bottle of Tabasco for two reasons. First, it provides some scale regarding the size of the pancake. Second, I knew you’d like it!

    As far as the size of Elmo’s pancakes, I don’t know. If they’re that big, well, I pity the person who orders a large stack. A guy at Rose’s ordered a stack of 3 pancakes. This guy had to have been 400 pounds, He couldn’t finish.

  6. Jeff says:

    I know that Elmo’s in Carrboro doesn’t serve pancakes anywhere near that size. The only pancakes I have seen that compete with that are at Old Smoky’s on Route 66 in Williams, Arizona.

  7. Jeff says:

    …and the Tabasco reminded me of a pancake experience my older daughter and I had in June on a college roadtrip to Vanderbilt. There’s a place near campus called Pancake Pantry, where I had this:

    Those are corncakes with bacon, cheddar, and jalapenos inbedded in them. The sour cream and picante you see on the sides went on top, along with maple syrup. Believe it or not, it was REALLY GOOD.

  8. madnessletters says:

    That food looks amazing, Alaska here I come!

  9. Varmint says:

    Food is probably the very last reason you’d want to go to Alaska, but we managed to eat fairly well.

  10. Jen says:

    I just returned from Alaska as well and loved the fact that Tabasco was on the table as a regular condiment at almost every place we ate. I too didn’t chose Alaska for the food but enjoyed eating freshly caught salmon and halibut…yum!

  11. Pam says:

    Okay, adding Alaska onto my list of ‘must see’ places to go!

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