Mouth-watering cuisine at 20,320 feet

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Normally, if you dine at 20,320 feet of elevation, your meals will consist of freeze-dried pot roast in a light gravy sauce and wintergreen ice cream powder. But McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge is offering up a completely different experience at the new 20,320 Alaskan Grill. Against the backdrop of artifacts from actual Denali ascents and other mountain-climbing décor, you’ll get a taste for being a mountaineer without actually eating like one.

My favorite Alaska meals always begin with a starter of salmon cakes; pan-seared and served with a citrus mustard sauce.  Follow this with a lighter course, like the grilled Caesar salad or the seafood salad blended with crab and shrimp. If you’re a glutton for seafood, the Wild Alaskan Salmon Chowder is a house favorite with chunks of salmon smoked over hardwood in traditional Northwest style. For the main course, the reindeer lasagna is a salivating twist on the traditional dish, packed with Alaska reindeer sausage, ricotta and mozzarella cheese. For the perfect endnote to a melody of wild seafood and fresh game, try the berry desserts such as locally made blueberry ice cream or the wild berry pie in a flaky crust. While the name and décor put you in the mindset of summiting Alaska’s Great One, after a meal of this caliber you’ll be glad you’re only steps away from your bed.