Tuesday, July 17, 2012

: Dawson City's KLONDIKE KATE's is the Yukon's yummiest cuisine(7-16-12)

Our final night in Dawson City we had already chosen KLONDIKE KATE's
and when we walked by the night before and saw the menu, we knew we
were in for a treat. When we did pass by Sunday night the place was
jammed and heaving and folks were pouring into the streets, thought
mostly to smoke.
That said, we arrived on Monday and the place was much quieter and we
were indeed glad. We had invited our tour escort, Hillary to join us
and we all indeed had a superb dining experience in this simply cozy
middle-of-nowhere spot with wooden tables, chairs and local art on the
We started with a bottle of HESTER CREEK PINOT GRIS 2010 from British
Columbia as we are trying to imbibe Canadian wines while here. It was
a great choice with lots of crisp tones and some nice fruit essences
of pineapple as well.
Will wanted to try JOE's JUNK which was home fried tortilla chips
(red, blue and yellow corn) slightly spice dusted served warm with
Joe's Junk Salsa. The salsa was medium heat and some of the best ever;
I asked who Joe was and nobody seemed to know!
Samuel had the house salad minus the lettuce which came with shoots,
carrots, tasty fresh radishes, cucumber and tomato with ranch garlic

Our server Mysa was very helpful, but needed to ask the boss about the
red wines and we ultimately chose the GANTON & LARSON PROJECT Winery
Red Willow Shiraz 2008 from BC as well and it was a perfect choice
with our heavy duty main courses as well as the huge list of BBQ
dishes on the menu.
Samuel had a yummy KATE's BURGER with fries, cole slaw and pickle and
Hillary chose the VEGGIE BURGER made from local wild mushrooms, oats,
garden herbs and parmesan which she said was the best one she ever
had (and she is a vegetarian)!

CRANBERRY SAUSAGES, slow cooked in Yukon Gold Beer and finished in the
char broiler with fried onions, nasturtium kale aioli and housemade
"Lead Dog" beer mustard. Tghis dish tasted even better that it sounds
and we savored every single bite. What is even better is all the main
dishes come with TWO BBQ sides. Will chose the excellent Garlic
Ciabatta Bread and the top quality FatKid's Roasted Veggies made up of
carrots, broccoli, onions peppers and more, all indeed from a local
farm. It was so nice to have all these local ingredients as so many
paces seem to import all the food ingredients up north. My sides
included the same tasty veggies and Guiness Beer Battered Onion Rings
served with Alder Smoked Ketchup, which had to be some of the
crispiest and tastiest onion rings I have ever had; not a drop of
grease in sight!.

Klondike Kate's motto is "BBQ down south, north of 60" as we were
south of the Arctic Circle, but still north of 60degrees latitude. I
must also add that not only was this some of the best food we have had
so far, but in general, the service and friendliness of the staff up
north is super. Mysa was such a sweetheart and we asked about her
background and how her family came to western Canada generations ago.

Before we took off, Will could not resist the housemade MAPLE PECAN
CHEESECAKE which not as heavy as it sounds as the base was crust and
maple pecan with only a thin topping of cheesecake. We all tasted and
did agree, it was a fine finish to a spectacular meal.

Even the bill came with Mysha carrying the European-style credit card
machine to the table. I forgot we were in Canada, and said this was
the first time I had seen this now age-old gadget in the USA. So now
that we know Canada has them, the USA is still far behind in this
ingenious innovation for restaurants.