10 Breakfast Restaurants On The Kenai That Are Seriously Delicious

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They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so really – who are we to disagree? And after eating at all of these truly scrumptious restaurants, we might even want to start eating our favorite meal of the day for lunch and dinner too. ūüėČ

For well made recipes with quality ingredients and lofty serving sizes, you gotta’ check out these 10 breakfast restaurants on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground that are sure to blow your taste buds out of the water. Note: These are listed in no particular order, because you know – we love them all equally!

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Flickr – Clemens v. Vogelsang

1 – The Smoke Shack in Seward. Eat delicious American style cuisine in an old rail road car. You’ll have to squeeze into this tiny little spot, but the delicious food and fantastic service makes it all worth while. Visitors rave about the French toast, eggs and bacon.

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2 – Duncan House Diner in Homer is where everyone in town will tell you to go if you only have one day to eat breakfast in the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.” This iconic breakfast spot¬†has been¬†loved by locals and any visitor that ever steps food inside it’s doors since 2002. Some breakfast favorites include the Hearty Homesteader, High Tide and the packed omelets.

227769_472996722736442_1318440551_n3 – Tito’s¬†Discovery Caf√© in Hope is truly a hidden gem in this tiny quaint town. Visitors rave about the reindeer sausage, eggs, hash browns¬†and the mouth watering pies. Only here will you realize that sometimes it is just A-OKAY to have a slice of pie for dessert after breakfast.

Facebook - Tito's Discovery Cafe, Hope, AK4 – Rocky’s Caf√© in Kasilof is one of the most hoppin’ joints in the summer time. Stop by and enjoy¬†eggs and bacon, biscuits and gravy or how about some bacon chocolate chip pancakes before heading out for a day of fishing. Visitors also love the log cabin feel and the beautiful local themed paintings and stain glass adornments inside.

Rocky's Cafe5 – The Duck Inn located conveniently off of K-Beach road in Soldotna is a local hot spot that visitors are as equally attracted to. A clean and comfortable environment with ample seating makes this place welcoming to parties of all sizes. And then you have the food; huge serving sizes, quality ingredients and most importantly – consistently excellent meals. It’s always a win-win!

Facebook - The Duck Inn, Soldotna6 – Louie’s Restaurant in Kenai has been around for over 30 years. The rustic and Alaskan atmosphere¬†truly offers one of the most¬†beloved spots for locals to get great food, every time. Known for their large serving sizes, consistently mouth-watering food and friendly service – Louie’s is where you go for a taste of what the locals love.

Facebook - Louie's via Bob Ball7 – Gwin’s Lodge in Cooper Landing is one of those places that¬†have a way of making you¬†instantly feel like you’re at home. The friendly service and the log cabin adornments are charming, warm¬†and perfectly Alaskan. Load up on a hearty eggs, bacon and hash browns breakfast before jamming out to the Kenai River for a day of fishing or floating down the rapids.

Facebook - Gwin's Lodge8 – The Restaurant at Porterhouse Grill in Sterling is newly opened and quickly winning the hearts of anyone who walks through the doors. Locals can’t get enough of the country breakfast, omelets, pancakes and delicious French toast. This is the perfect place to stop before heading out for a day of fishing on the Kenai River.

Facebook - The Restaurant at Porterhouse Grill9 – The Chart Room at Land’s End Resort in Homer offers a renowned chef serving hearty, home-style breakfast options as well as one of the most spectacular views in all of Alaska. Visitors¬†here can’t get enough of¬†all the healthy and hearty omelet options, the¬†vanilla¬†run¬†French toast and the pacific hash.

10659347_10152390415576903_6866737128202624558_n10 – The Anchor River Inn in Anchor Point is way more than just a place to rest your head at night. For those coming down to fish for steelhead or king salmon on the Anchor River or maybe going out on the salt to fish for halibut out of Deep Creek – you must start your day at this delicious diner. Favorites include the Fresh toast, cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon and hash browns. YUM!

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Beautiful Beaches on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground

Photo by Jean -Marie Prival, Flickr.

Photo by Jean -Marie Prival, Flickr

As Summer Solstice has officially came and went, we are now able to ring in all that the season has to offer. Warm weather and over 20 hours of daylight means that we have more time than our heart desires to get out and enjoy our beautiful beaches, sandy shores and spectacular mountain views.

Photo by Robert Levy, Flickr.

Photo by Robert Levy, Flickr.

The beach in Seward is an excellent place to camp with friends and family, go whale watching or just listen to the waves crash against shore as you prepare to head out of a saltwater fishing adventure. The snow-capped mountains in the distance are pretty mesmerizing as well!

Photo from Brian Strombeck, Flickr.

Photo from Brian Strombeck, Flickr.

The town of Hope is known for having some of the most beautiful sights in all of Alaska although the simplicity of the town make you feel totally at ease and relaxed. Pitch a tent on the beach and stay through the night or enjoy a day hike high into the mountains with stunning views of the beach from above.  

Photo from Erik Halfacre, Flickr.

Photo from Erik Halfacre, Flickr.

Take a small plane over to Katmai National Park and land right on the beach at Hallo Bay before enjoying an epic day of watching bears feed on salmon in Brooks Falls. Only on Alaska’s Playground!

Photo from Marshmallow, Flickr.

Photo from Marshmallow, Flickr.

The beach running up and down the Homer Spit is described as “epic” on a daily basis. The place is truly like something out of a movie. Enjoy walking the long sandy beach, let your dogs dip their paws in the water, camp out, let the kids splash in the surf, fly a kite, have a campfire, surf-cast off shore or just sit back and enjoy watching the boats come in and out of the harbor. There are also tons of great shops, eateries, bakeries and restaurants up and down the spit that are great to enjoy when you want a break from having¬†sandy toes. There is no such thing as a bad day on the Homer Spit!

Homer, Alaska - Tent on Homer Spit

Photo from Cristopher Griner, Flickr.

Staying up late enough to enjoy an Alaska’s Playground sunset is definitely worth while when you are at Kenai Beach.

Photo from Wasif Siddiqui, Flickr.

Photo from Wasif Siddiqui, Flickr.

The Kasilof Beach at the mouth of the Kasilof River is great spot to go if you are coming to dipnet, go fishing, beachcomb or just soak in the gorgeous mountainous views.

Photo from Travis, Flickr.

Photo from Travis, Flickr.

The beach in Anchor Point is known for it’s famous tractor launch.¬†But if¬†you are looking for an excellent beach to just put your toes in the sand and soak in out-of-this-world views, this is your spot. Bald eagles are very commonly viewable at this beach from very close distances (and it’s INCREDIBLE)! It’s hard to leave disappointed after spending the day at this amazing beach.

Photo from Kevan Dee, Flickr.

Photo from Kevan Dee, Flickr.

Clam Gulch is where you need to go for stunning mountain views, soft sand and utter solitude! Sometimes getting away from the crowds and just being one with Alaska is the best way to refresh your soul before returning to work on Monday morning.

Photo from Peter Flynn, Flickr.

Photo from Peter Flynn, Flickr.

Find a secluded (private) beach by the town of Seldovia and feel yourself be completely ruined to any other beach in the world. Once you have a beach all to yourself with absolutely zero sounds to be heard except the waves breaking and the birds chirping… you will be totally, completely ruined. In the best way possible.

Photo from Joseph, Flickr.

Photo from Joseph, Flickr.

Bishops Beach in Homer is one of those magical places where you feel like you could walk for days and days and never get tired. Surrounded by mountainous views and brisk saltwater in the air, this place is truly magical.

Photo from caliseashel, Flickr.

Photo from caliseashel, Flickr.

Discovery Beach at Captain Cook State Recreation Area in Nikiski is an excellent place to beachcomb, ride ATVs, go horseback riding, walk for miles and miles or stay long enough to enjoy an incredible sunset. The beauty at this beach is most definitely worth the semi-long drive out from the town of Kenai.

Photo from RocksInMyHead, Flickr.

Photo from RocksInMyHead, Flickr.

The beaches inside the Kenai Fjords National Park out of Seward are sometimes rocky and sometimes sandy, but they are ALWAYS stunningly beautiful

Photo from National Park Service, Alaska Region, Flickr.

Photo from National Park Service, Alaska Region, Flickr.

Halibut Cove in Kachemak Bay is another excellent place to go if you are on the search for the most beautiful and perfect secluded beach paradise.

Photo from Antti T. Nissinen, Flickr.

Photo from Antti T. Nissinen, Flickr.

The beach in Lake Clark National Park is an excellent place to go and check out huge bears in their natural habitat. Stay for the day and enjoy world-class sockeye or silver salmon fishing!

Photo from Sanjoy Ghosh, Flickr.

Photo from Sanjoy Ghosh, Flickr.

The beach at Lowell Point in Seward is known for providing fun for all ages, shapes and sizes. Play in the surf, skip rocks, paddle out into the ocean via kayak or spot for humpback whales from shore. Whatever you do here, you will be happy. It’s impossible to be anything but happy when you are surrounded by such stunning natural beauty.

Photo from Dave Bezaire, Flickr.

Photo from Dave Bezaire, Flickr.

If lake life is more your cup of tea, Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing has been known to have some of the most beautiful beaches in all of¬†Alaska. We’d say that this picture at sunset definitely validates those claims!

Photo from Maria Fletcher-Stark, Flickr.

Photo from Maria Fletcher-Stark, Flickr.

That’s it for now, nature lovers and adventure hounds! Enjoy the beautiful beaches on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground this summer and remember to always be bear aware. ūüėČ Happy travels!

Photo from Stephen Brkich, Flickr.

Photo from Stephen Brkich, Flickr.

May Keen-Eye Candy

Russian River 5.13Well, it’s hard to believe that June is already here! May ended up proving to be one of the most beautiful months that we’ve seen all year. From steady temps in the 70’s, flat water on the salt, stunning vistas high in the mountains, epic sunrises and breathtaking sunsets… it sure was a doozy!

Beluga Point 5.13

When you take the drive from The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground up north towards Anchorage, it’s impossible not to stop at Six Mile Creek to splash your toes in the water, especially on the most perfect sunshiny Alaska day.

Sixmile Creek

Lower Summit Lake is an excellent place to go birding, wildlife viewing or just stop and soak in the incredible photography opportunities.

Lower Summit Lake 5.13

Somewhere deep into the backcountry way above the Kenai River is a mountainous view that is sure to blow you away. If you look close enough, you can even see the Kenai River peeping through at the very bottom of the mountains.

Backcountry Cooper LandingThe boat harbor on the Homer Spit is surely filled with more fish stories than we could even imagine. And it sure is beautiful!

Homer Boat Docks

The view from the deck at the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge overlooking the Kenai River is absolutely spectacular.

Princess lodge 2

When we visited Jim’s Landing off Skilak Lake loop this May, we noticed that there were some pretty impressive rock stacks all over the shore.

Jim

The turquoise blue water at the Russian River ferry is always an enchanting sight to behold during the springtime months.

Russian River Confluence 5.13

On May 3rd you could catch a sunrise around 6:30am and it certainly made getting out of bed a whole heck of a lot easier.

5AM sunrise cinso de mayo

But these days you have to get up around 4am to be fortunate enough to catch the sunrise. But when you do,¬†the stunning beauty makes it so that you don’t¬†regret the lack of sleep one bit!

Run Sunrise 5.26

And sunsets (which are equally as breathtaking) won’t come around until nearly midnight. But when you’re feeling up to it, they sure are worth staying up late for. This one below is overlooking Cook Inlet from a secluded trail in Alaska’s Kenai River City of Soldotna.

Woods Sunset Eric

The lifejackets are out and ready for the season at Bings Landing. Remember, kids don’t float!

Bings

This picture has us convinced that Kenai Lake might be a magical place that comes straight out of our dreams. Simply stunning!

Kenai Lake

Halibut Cove was beaming with bright blue skies, tents on the beach and snow-capped mountains this May. This little place is truly so special. If you ever get the chance to visit, DO! You won’t regret one second of it.

Halibut Cove

A little place called Cooper Lake is the perfect spot to go if you want to get away from the crowds but still enjoy epic fly fishing and mountain views.

Cooper Lake

The turquoise water of the Kenai River is the definition of “eye candy” in the springtime. Especially when the leaves are starting to turn colors and develop more life and there is still leftover snow on the mountains from the winter months. These two factors really make that turquoise water POP all that more clearly.

Princess Chute - Cooper Landing

The view from the pullout going into Homer always seems to knock us off of our feet. With the spit in the distance and mountains for days, it’s easy to fall head-over-heels in love.

View over Homer

Going springtime mudding down one of many trails on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground is the perfect way to dust the cobwebs off the ATVs and prepare for an awesome summer of riding and exploring the great outdoors.

Four Wheeler Sunset 5.14

I think we can all agree on one things… No matter what, there are no bad days when you’re out on the salt!

Fishing Pole

Cheers to another amazing month down, friends! We hope you all enjoyed your month of May as much as we did and we look forward to the most epic month of June in The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground history. ūüėČ Be safe out there and as always, have FUN!

Bird Point Trailhead

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