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Putting the rest of the country to shame for fresh and locally-sourced food, Alaska is the king when it comes to seafood and home-grown produce. From salmon to crab to wild berries and local game, restaurants throughout Alaska are brimming with flavor. Traditional eats like grilled salmon compete with eclectic renditions like halibut tacos and reindeer sausages for rich and flavorful foods throughout the seasons.
With plenty of natural ingredients about, the microbrew scene in Alaska is also flourishing. Hailed as the ‘second beer boom’, the first one having been during The Gold Rush, large breweries like The Alaska Brewing Company have paved the way for a wave of small hand-crafted microbreweries in cities and towns all over the state. While visitors to the last frontier most often come for the scenery, they often find that dining in Alaska is just another splendid tip of the ice burg during their stay.
Top Restaurants in Anchorage
Anchorage is home to a diverse range of dining options and probably the first stop for traveling foodies. Club Paris is one of the oldest restaurants in Anchorage, in a building that dates back from the 1920s, this over 60-year-old main-stay has perfected the art of aging and cutting prime steaks, which they do on the premise and serve alongside fresh halibut, scallops, and mouthwatering red king crab.
The Moose Tooth Pub & Pizzeria in the heart of Anchorage is a no-brainer when traveling with family. Known for their Korean-style wings, bright décor and for adding imaginative twists to the classic shareable pie, you can choose from traditional flavors or toppings like cilantro, carrot threads, and reindeer sausage.
Spenard Road House opened in 2009 and has been bringing back customers for its delectable locally-sourced cuisine ever since. Offering a ‘bacon of the month’ and locally caught fish beside eclectic dishes like Beet Risotto, the lively bar offers local beer, infused vodkas, and single barrel bourbons.
Juneau’s Savory Scene
In Alaska’s capital, Juneau- nicknamed ‘city of best’, when it comes to dining on coastal or international delights, we have to agree. Whether Tracy’s King Crab Shack keeps you coming back for more or you’re looking to dine on world-class Indian food, Juneau is filled with everything from quaint coffee shops to waterside fine dining restaurants.
The Hanger on the Wharf has been a staple in Juneau for over 20 years. Serving modern American fare with locally-sourced seafood and continental favorites like jambalaya, The Hanger on the Wharf provides seating in a converted aircraft hangar with oversized windows for panoramic views of the Gastineau Channel.
For divine Indian cuisine in Juneau, Saffron is the place to go. Using the freshest ingredients, they serve Indian comfort food likeTikka Masala and seasonal chutneys. Be transported in low cushioned chairs amid décor reminiscent of the Taj Mahal.
Flavors of Fairbanks
The Turtle Club in Fox, just outside of Fairbanks is a road-side hot-spot for local delights. This unpretentious restaurant serves hearty dishes that the locals savor. Choose from mouthwatering prime rib to fresh king crab, shrimp, and lobster. The Turtle Club is decorated with turtles that visitors have sent from all over the world and features a spectacular salad bar every night.
The Pump House offers a unique dining experience in a reconstructed 1890s workhouse. Period oak tables are set amid Victorian era pool tables and guests can dine on local salmon and certified Angus steaks while looking out over the beautiful Chena River.
Small Town Breweries Amid Awesome Scenery
In Talkeetna, just Southeast of Denali National Park, The Denali Brewing Company serves a flavorful menu alongside award-winning beers like Mother Ale and Twisted Creek IPA. Take a tour of the brewery and sample suds in the Tap Room, before dining on local wholesome food.
Along the Gulf of Alaska, near Juneau which is home to the famed Alaska Brewing Company, you’ll find an array of small microbrews worth trying. Haines Brewery and Skagway Brewing Company, both named for the towns they are in, offer seasonal suds, while Skagway also offers late night dining.
Mouthwatering Port-side Fresh Seafood Dining in Alaska
The Saltry Restaurant on Halibut Cove is across from the town of Homer. Accessible by boat only, this boardwalk setting provides some of the best seafood in Alaska.
Located in Alaska’s capital city of Juneau, the Alaskan Brewing Company has been brewing and shipping quality craft beers all over the U.S. since 1986.
And although the brewery has been located in the same building since then, it’s since expanded to over 35,000 square feet – now housing a gift shop and tasting bar.
Other attractions include taking an Alaskan Brewing Company tour and visiting nearby Alaskan Brewing Depot – filled with merchandise, barware, gifts, and more.
Guests can hop on the Liquid Alaska Tour for round trip shuttle service form the brewery to the depot in downtown Juneau.
Situated at the mouth of the Kachemak Bay, the Homer Brewing Company has been in operation at this location since 2001. Homer Brewing Company, next to the fishing and the views, is the third great reason to visit this beautiful town.
Brewing “fresh country ales”, as they like to call them, the brewing co. offers five flagship beers, including the Old Inlet Pale Ale, Odyssey Oatmeal Stout, Red Knot Scottish, Broken Birch Bitter and China Poot Porter. A perfect stop along the journey through the beautiful town of Homer, Homer Brewing Company will not leave visitors disappointed.