Veronica’s serves up world-famous soups and Alaska history

On the bluff of Old Town Kenai sits Veronica’s. Known for their world famous soups, Veronica’s offers the hungry passerby delicious sandwiches, wraps, quiches, desserts, and a full espresso bar. Open all year, the summertime offers patrons the possibility to sit outside in the shadow of two historic Russian-Orthodox churches.

Directly across the street is the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church. The oldest-standing Russian Orthodox church on mainland Alaska, it was completed in 1896.

While sipping your coffee, you can look just across the lawn to the left of the coffeehouse and see the smaller Russian-Orthodox church. The Chapel of St. Nicholas, which was built as tribute to Igumen Nikolai, who was the first missionary in the area. Nikolai, along with others, helped bring the smallpox vaccine to the peninsula. The church pays tribute to him and a memorial is given every December 19, St. Nicholas day.

 

On the bluff of Old Town Kenai sits Veronica’s. Known for their world famous soups, Veronica’s offers the hungry passerby delicious sandwiches, wraps, quiches, desserts, and a full espresso bar. Open all year, the summertime offers patrons the possibility to sit outside in the shadow of two historic Russian-Orthodox churches. 

 

Directly across the street is the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Church. The oldest-standing Russian Orthodox church on mainland Alaska, it was completed in 1896.

While sipping your coffee, you can look just across the lawn to the left of the coffeehouse and see the smaller Russian-Orthodox church. The Chapel of St. Nicholas, which was built as tribute to Igumen Nikolai, who was the first missionary in the area. Nikolai, along with others, helped bring the smallpox vaccine to the peninsula. The church pays tribute to him and a memorial is given every December 19, St. Nicholas day.

 

 

The building you enjoy your lunch and live music in has its own history as well. Built in 1918, the building was once home to the Oskolkof and Dolchok family. The cabin is located where the Russian Redoubt Fort Nikolaevsk once stood. This historic site, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, is where the “Battle of Kenai” took place. In the summer of 1797, the Dena’ina natives of the area attacked the Russian fort, ending in over 100 casualties for both parties.

Ponder the history around you as you sip on one of Veronica’s world-famous soups. On a rotating special basis the soups are constantly changing. The African peanut soup and clam chowder are specials a guest shouldn’t miss tasting.

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The walls of Veronica’s are covered with local art for sale, as well as instruments that can be taken down and played during the open mic nights. The setting is cozy and small, exactly how you’d want your favorite coffeehouse to be. On sunny days in summer, picnic tables outside accommodate guests looking for a cool breeze from the ocean and their daily dose of Vitamin D.

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The perfect place to accommodate the picky eater, Veronica’s has good wholesome options with a comfort food twist. Their savory roll is all the buttery, carbey, deliciousness of a cinnamon roll, but graced with sun-dried tomatoes, and a delicious medley of Italian herbs and spices, sprinkled with a little bit of cheese for added flavor, to create the best dinner roll you’ve ever had.

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Veronica’s Coffeehouse is open Monday through Wednesday from 9:00am until 3:00pm, and then Thursday through Saturday from 9:00am until 8:00pm. Veronica’s hosts live music every Friday and Saturday from 6:00pm to close.

Journey to historic Old Town Kenai for charm, living history, scenery, and a tasty bite to eat from Veronica’s Coffeehouse.

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