So, in no particular order, here we go. First up: strawberry rhubarb coffee cake at the Creekside Inn, just south of Denali on the Parks Hwy. This is not really on the Alaska Hwy but - what the heck - it’s still on our journey. Cold morning and we were ready for hot coffee, a warm treat and a cozy atmosphere. All here. Lots of cars there - this is not a hidden gem. We walked up to the counter and saw these mouth-watering goodies, right out of the over, just ready for our plates.
The Creekside Inn Restaurant is just off the the highway and serves not only those who stay at the inn but those who stay in the youth hostel across the highway. It has a cozy, warm atmosphere and serves a full breakfast too. On the menu, we saw skillet skillet breakfasts with mushrooms, cheddar, and reindeer sausage - Yelp tells us that it was amazing. They had blueberry pancakes. Everything that passed our noses and eyes smelled and looked good. For us: Strawberry coffee cake - 5, ambiance - 5, haircut - 0.
Not only that but out the window is this great view of the Teslin River Bridge, the third longest water span on the highway. It’s so high above the water since they wanted steamers of the British Yukon Navigation Co to pass under it en route from Whitehorse to Teslin. Before the highway was built during WWII, all freight and supplies for Teslin traveled this route to Whitehorse. After the highway was built, the company ceased operations.
Well, while our buns were being warmed up, we admired the bridge but, when they came, we were otherwise occupied.
And, this is a picture of Gary with our cinnamon buns. Big, sugary, swirled tightly to hold the sweetness in, they were quite good - except that they were a bit doughy in the middle. Shucks - I thought I had found Nirvana. View - 5, Buns - 3
We found this tasty looking goody further down the road, near, well, I’ve forgotten by now but I’ll have to admit that this took the prize for the biggest cinnamon roll we found. Pretty good and lots of sugar and cinnamon spread through the swirls so that the taste didn’t diminish into just baked flour. We shared this one.
Well, this is neither a cinnamon roll nor did we find it along the Alaska Hwy. But it looks just as good as it tasted and I thought I’d end with this. It is a Peach coffee cake with steusel crumbles and powdered sugar sprinkled on top. Just about nearly perfect. We found this in a small town called Chimacum, WA. on the western side of Puget Sound. Nice small local restaurant which specializes in its baked goods and in serving locally grown organic food. You order your food at the counter, you bus your own table. Pretty cool. Coffee cake - 5, atmosphere - 4