Klondike Kate’s (Yukon Terr)

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Best food available in this tourist town

First visit:  June 13, 2012 

Yukon River at Dawson

Dawson City

Dawson City (GNU Public License)

If you ever find yourself in the neighborhood of Fairbanks AK, then you must go to  Dawson City. Take a coach trip. Beautiful ride. This historic place is the site of the Klondike Gold Rush.

The Town of the City of Dawson or Dawson City is a town in the Yukon, Canada. The population was 1,319 at the 2011 census. The area draws some 60,000 visitors each year. The locals generally refer to it simply as ‘Dawson’, but the tourist industry generally refers to it as ‘Dawson City’ (partly to differentiate it from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, which is at Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway).

Laening Building

Leaning Building. This building attests to the harsh winters.

The townsite was founded by Joseph Ladue and named in January 1897 after noted Canadian geologist George M. Dawson, who had explored and mapped the region in 1887. It served as the Yukon’s capital from the territory’s founding in 1898 until 1952, when the seat was moved to Whitehorse. Dawson has a much longer history, however, as an important harvest area used for millennia by the Hän-speaking people of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and their forebears. The heart of their homeland was Tr’ochëk, a fishing camp at the confluence of the Klondike River and Yukon River, now a National Historic Site of Canada. This site was also an important summer gathering spot and a base for moose-hunting on the Klondike Valley.
Dawson City was the center of the Klondike Gold Rush. It began in 1896 and changed the First Nations camp into a thriving city of 40,000 by 1898. By 1899, the gold rush had ended and the town’s population plummeted as all but 8,000 people left. When Dawson was incorporated as a city in 1902, the population was under 5,000.

Dredge Number 2

Dredge Number 2

Among the tourist attractions is Dredge Number Two, a gold capturing dredge. The tailings from this and many other dredges dot the stark landscape. Gold is still taken from the earth today. There are museums of the First Nations that you should not miss.

Diamond Tooth Gerties

Diamond Tooth Gerties

There is not much to do in the evenings, so you might enjoy a show at Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall.  Diamond Tooth Gertie’s Gambling Hall is operated by the Klondike Visitors Association (KVA), a not-for-profit organization. All proceeds are reinvested in the community.


Larry and Gertie

Larry and Gertie sing a duet

There are several old-timey shows each evening with dancing girls in costume, and Gertie sings and dances, too. She came to our table, sat on my lap, and got me to sing a duet with her (I’m Just Wild About Harry Larry). Sweet. Fun evening.

Every February, Dawson City acts as the halfway mark for the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Mushers entered in the event have a mandatory 36-hour layover in Dawson City while getting their rest and preparing for the second half of the world’s toughest sled dog race.

Even though Dawson is touristy, you can find some teally good food there. The good:

Klondike Kate RestaurantKlondike Kate’s 

Klondike Kate’s is one of a few really good places to have a good meal  in  Dawson (another is a Greek restaurant, The Drunken Goat Taverna).

    • Canadian, Ethnic and Vegetarian specialties
    • Fully licensed inside dining room and outside heated patio
    • Espresso, Lattes and Fruit Smoothies 
    • Daily Specials & Weekend Brunches
    • Family friendly with a children’s menu available 
    • Open daily during the season

And here is the meal schedule:

    • BREAKFASTS – ALL DAY – a simple cup of fresh fruit, yogurt & granola to exquisite Eggs Benedict
    • LUNCHES – 11 am – 5 pm – homemade soups, sandwiches, fresh salads, burgers and quesadillas.
    • DINNERS – 5 pm until closing – fresh salads, succulent appetizers, BBQ Cowboy platters and delicious entrees 
    • using available fresh local ingredients.
    • SWEET TOOTH – our famous Tin Roof Pie is one selection of our delectable desserts served all day.
Roast Pork with Wild Mushrooms

Roast Pork with Wild Mushrooms

Roast Pork with Wild Mushrooms 

Everyone else in our party ordered salmon, but I wanted some pork. This is roasted slowly and covered with a delicate and very tasty  light brown sauce containing some wild mushrooms that my server assured me were in the ground that morning. Veyy fresh and delightful. TYhe pork was tender and juicy, and cannot be improved upon. Server with gently roastdt vegetables and a hunk of smashingly delicious corn bread, this was one of my favotite dinners on out two-week tour.

Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon

Smoked Salmon

We certainly had our fill of salmon on this trip. Most dishes were really good, but this was better than good, among the best and smokiest we ran across. Corn bread again, which had a a nice texture and not too heavy, it was great. The sauteéd veggies adorning the fish were done just right. Squeeze that slice if lime on everything, and you will have a unique taste treat.

After a few Yukon Reds and this delicious food, we were too full for desert. I sure wish that this place was closer. I could eat there often, but 3,272.6 mi, 2 is too far. {Sigh}.

Corrales NM to Dawson City YT.

Corrales NM to Dawson City YT. 3,272.6 mi, 2 days 9 hours. So says Google


Cheechakos — The best of the coffee – Breakfast shops

Please shun the Jack London Cafe in the Downtown Hotel. It (as well as the hotel) is subpar. There are some great breakfast places along the main drag facing the river. pick any one.  Cheechakos Bakeshop on Front Street is our favorite.



The Drunken Goat Taverna, Greek cuisine

The Drunken Goat Taverna, Greek cuisine

And don’t forget to try The  Drunken Goat Taverna on Front Street.

Klondike Kate’s

Klondike Kate Kayak (867) 993-6527 

Dawson City
3rd and King
Dawson, YT Y0B1G0


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