Double Musky Inn : Mile 0.3 Crow Creek Hwy, Girdwood

April 18, 2016 at 11:37 am (Alaska, American, Creole) ()

Funny how FOMO is equally as applicable here in Alaska as it is halfway around the world away. In Melbourne, you might not think twice about waiting 90mins for grilled corn (Mamasita clearly has good strategy – if there’s a line outside, it must be good).  Here, people are more than happy to drive an hour out of Anchorage to then wait two hours for steak.  In fact, a visit to Girdwood’s Double Musky Inn needs to be strategically timed to minimize your wait time or at least make that wait somewhat more comfortable.  You want to arrive between 5.30 and 6pm, towards the end of the first seating, leaving enough time before the next to ensure you can secure a spot in the bar for a margherita and appetizer while you wait.

Double Musky

Double Musky - Drinks

Marketed as a Cajun restaurant serving New Orleans classics, it’s not that obvious from the decor.  The styling here follows only one rule – every single bit of wall and ceiling space is fair go.  Be ready for an overdose of Americana, from surfboards and Hawaiian dolls, beer signs and sports memorabilia, roadhouse signage, vintage gas pumps, posters and homewares, flags and, closer to home, arctic snow shoes and canoes, to Darth Vader in a Mickey Mouse cap, they’ve got most States and sub-cultures covered.  A smaller room to the side has its ceiling quite literally plated while swaths of stained glass make the most of abundant natural light in the enclosed balcony area.  Look closely and you’ll find mosaics of pennies and quarters, military badges and decals and gaps plugged with corks.  Brightly colored bead necklaces strung from the ceiling are a reminder of Bourbon St escapades, the only clear reference to the establishment’s southern leanings.

Double Musky - Welcome

Double Musky - Ceiling

Double Musky - Dining Room

Double Musky - Beads

To be honest, I’m not convinced the food is particularly southern either; I guess we’re a fair way from Louisiana.  Back to that steak; the signature pepper steak, “best in America” as judged by the Food Network (we’re reading from the menu).  A 20oz behemoth, blanketed in peppercorn gravy, we are “surprised” to discover that it has spent some amount of time in a deep fryer.  There must have been some very specific steak-judging criteria being applied here.  Easily a meal for two, even without the pound of baked potato and baseball-sized cheesy jalapeno roll.  Musky’s take on shrimp and grits is more reasonably portioned, but a non-distinct “cajun” seasoning really needs more of a kick to cut through a mostly-butter sauce.

Double Musky - Pepper Steak

Double Musky - Shrimp and Polenta

Double Musky - Rolls

Appetizers fare better for the price point.  They do a soft, moreish jalapeno bread that goes with everything, from fire-y jalapeno cheese sauces, packed with plump gems of sweet crawfish, to the popular, saucy stuffed mushrooms.  In fact, portions are large enough that you could probably stick to appetizers (and those delicious dinner rolls), saving room for sampling the cocktail menu.

Double Musky - Cheese Dip

There’s no question about dessert and it would take a decent amount of willpower to decline when presented with a tray of pie piled high with cream, towering cheesecake slices and bricks of cream-cheese frosted carrot cake.

Double Musky - Desserts

Double Musky - Peanut Chocolate Pie

While not exactly fine dining, and if you’re expecting cajun food, you’ll be sorely disappointed, Double Musky is a Girdwood experience worth seeking out for the spectacle when visiting the area.
Double Musky Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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