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We loved this place, a little gem in the middle of nowhere! Good craft cocktails available, nice wine list and beers, and plenty of food options. We only wish we could find similar stops along our way, as we travel this route twice a year.
In September in Baker there are limited dining options. Some restaurants are closed as much as they are open, so we were left with Kerouacs as the only place to dine on a Thursday night, and we were very pleased. Our server told us that...they recommend two to three dishes each to share. We ordered five dishes, but looking at the size and quantity of everything on the veggie board, we realized we should have counted that as two dishes, for a total of six. We each ate plenty, and we had plenty for breakfast and part of our lunch the next day. In addition to the veggie board, we had a wedge salad, french fries, crab cakes and Mediterranean chicken wings. Everything was delicious. The wine and beer selection was good, especially considering the location. Our server was very helpful and attentive throughout our meal. There was sufficient outside seating, but with limited occupancy that night we felt very comfortable eating inside. The dishes were a little on the pricey side, but not expensive or overpriced by any means, especially given we had leftovers for the next day.More
We swing through Baker (Great Basin) at least yearly because we like the National Park, but since 2017, also to eat at Kerouacs a few times. Okay, six or seven times over our two-week visits).
We were apprehensive about the radical menu change in spring...of 2021 to "small plates" but aren't missing the old menu at all. The "small plates" are anything but small and are all interesting and tasty. We order more than we can eat so we can take leftovers back to the RV.
We were especially worried that our favorite smoked trout on caesar salad was going away, but the smoked trout (brought in by UPS on ice from Idaho) came back as a smoked trout Pate. This isn't anything like the pate you would buy in a store. It's chunky and amazing.
Everything is organic and fresh and nicely presented.
The prices would be reasonable in any populated area, but how they manage reasonable prices when so far from restaurant supply is a mystery.
Can't wait until May 2022 ...... our next visit.More
We stopped by this restaurant since it was literally the only place available within a significant drive. We found that the food was expensive, limited and very small portions. In listening to one of the owners, Kate, she definitely brings a New York attitude to...her establishment with some very condescending comments to guests.More
My husband and I went with our RV to Great Basin National Park for a few days and then stayed in Baker to charge up the RV and have some electricity. We walked to Kerouacs which was an unexpected gem!! I had an Idaho trout...dish which was wonderful. I'm not sure how this restaurant can survive with such a short season but if you are in the area - GO!More
If you are visiting Great Basin, you must eat here. Kate and Jake run a restaurant you would only expect to find in a big city. Great small pates. Excellent wine, beer and drink selection. Fun atmosphere. Also stay at their inn on the same...premises.More
Not sure if you can have good dinner in Kerouacs. You don't have many choices in Baker but 2 other eateries are much better for dinner. I ordered Mushroom Bruschetta ( very small sandwiches with mushrooms) and Smoke Trout Plate. It was ok but not...great and keep me hungry after 15 miles hike in Great Basin NP. Plus I ordered Lager beer but got questionable IPA...More
Two chefs from New York decided that there wasn't enough really good food around national parks, so they decided to start their own place. What a discovery! Excellent cosmos, too. The couple at the next table were working "from home", which happened to be New...York as well, as they wandered around during the pandemic.
The owners also own the "Stargazer Motel" next door - they have plans to replace the trailers that sway when you walk to the bathroom with tiny houses.More
This is a very good restaurant with delicious food in the middle of nowhere. The menu is small plates and my teenage boys were not interested so we sent them down the street to the taco truck and enjoyed a lovely meal on our own....It is rare to find such amazing food near a lesser visited national park. The food and service were top notch.More
The staff was friendly, and we enjoyed sharing various small plates. (Note: The menu has apparently changed in the last year, moving away from the burgers and pizza to what we experienced.) Great drink selection, too!
Very cool restaurant name, we ate outside and the location has that small western town vibe that adds to your experience. Good beer selection (all Nevada beers which I loved), got a couple of the appetizers to share, crostini and a cheese plate. Simple and...perfect complement to a couple Nevada beers.More
We were hiking/camping at Great Basin and decided to grab dinner here. The staff was super friendly and gave hiking recommendations. Let me charge my phone at the bar. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. We got sea salt chocolate chip cookies and beer...to go that we enjoyed back at the campsite. Great place, great people!More