Summit Lake Lodge Dining Review

Summit Lake Restaurant Entrance

I thought this post published months ago, so I apologize for the delay!  Summer season took over!! I’m getting ready to publish a post about the Humpback whales that have been frequenting Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords; and as a byproduct discovered several unpublished articles!

Back on May 25, 2010 my husband and I made a quick trip to Anchorage. As we passed through Summit, we noticed that Summit Lake Lodge was open and sporting a “New Menu” sign. We wondered if that meant the lodge, which has been for sale for a number of years, had finally gotten some new owners. (We’ve since asked around and have been told that no, it’s still same owners.)

When, on our return trip, it timed out well for us to stop for lunch on the way home, we paused to debate our options. We were hungry, but as my husband pointed out, if we waited another 45 minutes, we could eat at the Smoke Shack – hands down, the BEST meals in Seward or maybe anywhere (see my review in an earlier post).

Wanting to give Summit Lake Lodge a chance, knowing that no matter what, it would be good fodder for a blog post we stopped.

We were seated in the “lower” dining room, at a window table (where we enjoyed watching the swallows who were numerous, and busy nest building.) The dining room had a clean feel (unlike a greasy spoon in Soldotna that I once ate ate, where the hanging lamps were dust encrusted.) This was a pleasant environment, and the setting outside by the lake is charming.

I’d neglected to bring my Blackberry so I didn’t get any photos of our meals. They were pretty enough, and arrived quickly (too quickly). Sadly, neither was good, and both had been pre-made. My husband had the
Club sandwich, which was made with three thick slices of bread and little else. My husband loves bread and eats quite a bit each day, but it was too much for him even – overpowering; he ended up pulling the middle layer out. My Black and Blue salad sounded great in the description, but failed to live up to the menu in ingredients and preparation. The blackened chicken wasn’t blackened (it was spiced in some way), and it hadn’t been cooked recently. The blue cheese and other ingredients, tomatoes, crumbled bacon, were conspicuously missing. There were maybe 3 flakes of diced tomato on this salad, and I had to look hard to find them.

We saw some other meals go by. The fish and chips looked good but a small portion of fish. The cole slaw looked like it might have been ok (but not homemade).

It is a lovely setting, and if it’s a nice day, don’t stop for a meal, but instead, visit their out building (not pictured) where they serve coffee and ice cream. Ice cream is always is a good choice. 🙂

Summit Lake as seen from the Lodge parking area

You can’t go wrong with ice cream 🙂 Save your money for a meal at the Smoke Shack (see previous post) or Salmon Bake (review forthcoming).

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