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Bistro Red Beet

5031 E. Mayflower Lanefor, Wasilla, AK
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Ranked #38 of 113 restaurants in Wasilla
Cuisines: American
Description: formerly known as Red Beet in Palmer, Alaska, but recently moved several miles to adjoining Wasilla. the cafe prides itself on using fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable foods. The restaurant food was always good but service not the best. We stopped by their new location for coffee and a light snack before noon. Had to pound on the door an hour after they were allegedly opened because they forgot to unlock the door, apparently because their main business is catering. We ordered coffee and a something called "simply toast plus "fresh cooked spiced apples, for $5.95 each. The coffee was the right temperature, hot but not too hot. Mine was good. My friend found coffee grounds in hers. The "simply toast" dish had barely toasted stuff that seemed to be a cross between bread and a muffin, and it was hardly warm. It was served on a cold plate with ice cold spiced apples, which would have been good heated. We asked for refills on the coffee and were surprised that they charged us $2 for EACH cup of coffee. They also left the back door open most of the time we were there because someone was taking a catered order to a truck. The temperature outside was 15 degrees so we finally asked them to close the door. Everything may be homemade and organic but their food is overpriced and service is really awful. My friend said she would never go back there.
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Description: formerly known as Red Beet in Palmer, Alaska, but recently moved several miles to adjoining Wasilla. the cafe prides itself on using fresh, local, organic, seasonal and sustainable foods. The restaurant food was always good but service not the best. We stopped by their new location for coffee and a light snack before noon. Had to pound on the door an hour after they were allegedly opened because they forgot to unlock the door, apparently because their main business is catering. We ordered coffee and a something called "simply toast plus "fresh cooked spiced apples, for $5.95 each. The coffee was the right temperature, hot but not too hot. Mine was good. My friend found coffee grounds in hers. The "simply toast" dish had barely toasted stuff that seemed to be a cross between bread and a muffin, and it was hardly warm. It was served on a cold plate with ice cold spiced apples, which would have been good heated. We asked for refills on the coffee and were surprised that they charged us $2 for EACH cup of coffee. They also left the back door open most of the time we were there because someone was taking a catered order to a truck. The temperature outside was 15 degrees so we finally asked them to close the door. Everything may be homemade and organic but their food is overpriced and service is really awful. My friend said she would never go back there.
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English first
Wasilla, Alaska
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If trying to follow dietary restrictions while eating out is a challenge, you're in for a treat! Red Beet offers true gluten free selections, kefir, ferments and other healthy choices. They'll always take the time to cover exactly what's in each dish. They serve local foods whenever possible and most dishes contain their signature red beets in one form or... More

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wasilla
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I was sorely disappointed, had mushroom soup, never had worse. It was worst I ever tasted and I could not finish, which for me, says volumes.

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Alaska
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Atmosphere: This is an older building to which the owners applied some effort and expense to improved. The dining area is small with a counter up front featuring a variety of take-home foods, like cookies and pastries. Sometimes the environment is loud, as the hard floor dining room is small. Cleanliness: I found the restaurant reasonably clean and tidy. Service:... More

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Wasilla, Alaska
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

What we really enjoy about Bistro Red Beet is their commitment to local produce, supporting Alaskan farmers and delivering healthy, alternative foods to the typical fried fare at so many restaurants. The menu is smaller than some, but the sandwiches, burgers and soups are all homemade from scratch. And don't forget to try a homemade brownie for dessert! Well worth... More

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Nixa, MO
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126 reviews 126 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Slow, not terribly friendly service, though our server was well informed. Oddities include having to walk to the front to refill your own water from a big red jug. While its an intriguing variety of healthy options on the menu, and the smells were great, the execution was lacking. 4 of our party of 5 had sandwiches and all found... More

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Wasilla, AK
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

They make good home made food, and also food for special diets. They are very nice, and I'd definitely return and recommend it to a friend.

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Palmer, Alaska
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

If you like specialty food this is it. Sample something different. Featuring fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Healthy and great tasting alternatives. Wonderful bread and cookies.

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Wasilla, AK
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is a great little place that offers an extensive menu of gluten free offerings where all the bread, dressings, and soups are gluten free! It is a very quaint, comfortable cafe that serves delicious coffee in a french press - and $5.50 for a large press got me 3.5 cups of delicious coffee...that in itself is worth a visit.... More

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Palmer, Alaska
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Unassuming front in a strip mall. Big menu with lots of local producers. Friday evening dinner is something like 90+% from Valley producers. Good portion sizes though it isn't particularly cheap. Totally gluten free baked goods. Service a bit spotty. Overall: really happy this place has opened up and will be eating here regularly.

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San Clemente, California
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121 reviews 121 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

What first attracted us was the previous review saying that this place was Gluten Free. But don't be mistaken... This should in no way be the only reason for coming here. We decided to come for their once a week dinner on Friday night. Tonight it was lamb and it was the best! Dinner has a very limited menu but... More

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