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Coastal Cold Storage, Petersburg

306 Nordic Drive
Petersburg , Alaska
Tel: 877 257 4746's insider take:

Known as Alaska's "Little Norway," Petersburg is a fanatically tidy fishing town, the kind of place where shopkeepers put out cookies for their customers at Christmas and houses are decorated with rosemaling, a floral motif brought over from the old country. It's also home to a uniquely Alaskan dining experience. Coastal Cold Storage is exactly as the name implies—a cold-storage plant where fishermen store and prepare the day's catch for shipping. But inside, you'll find a tiny restaurant where, for less than ten bucks, you'll get the best beer-battered halibut or fish and chips you'll ever eat. Okay, so the place really does look like an industrial fish plant with a food counter. One taste, and you'll know it's worth waiting in line with the fishermen (quite possibly the same guys who pulled the fish you're about to eat from the water). This is the real Alaska: simple and well done, and nobody blinks if you walk in wearing gum boots.—Edward Readicker-Henderson

Open daily for lunch and early dinner, June through August.

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