We decided to end our Alaska vacation with a bang and eat at Chena’s, and we were not disappointed! It’s right along the Chena River, has a huge deck for outdoor eating, but also spacious indoor seating for those hot days. It’s both upscale and casual: nice cloth napkins & set ups, yet they have plastic tables & chairs on the deck; the wait staff dresses very professionally, yet there is no dress code for the customers. My favorite part about this restaurant was that they had wine pairing suggestions for almost all of the entrees. Our waitress Cassondra was fantastic as well. She was very personable & knowledgeable.
We started with a cup of the Alaskan chowder, ordered the two specialty items for the day for our main dishes, the chimichurri sockeye salmon and the sweet & sour halibut, paired it with the Kung Fu Girl Reisling at the suggestion of our waitress Cassondra, and finished off with the wild berry ice cream & shortcake.
They do start you off with half a loaf of sliced bread and olive oil. Their version of Alaskan chowder wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my favorite that I’ve had. Both the halibut & the salmon were phenomenal. Neither one of us had had our entrees prepared in those styles before and the chef/cooks did immaculate jobs at making sure the flavors in the entrees was well-balanced. These entrees didn’t have wine pairing suggestions (since they were specials), but Cassondra’s suggestion of the Kung Fu Girl Reisling was on point. I was too full to eat an entire dessert by myself, but the few bites of the wild berry ice cream & shortcake were delicious.