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Alaska restaurants

Restaurants in Alaska range from fine-dining establishments that rival restaurants anywhere in the country (Seven Glaciers, near Anchorage) to no-frills seafood counters frequented by fishermen (Coastal Cold Storage, in the southeastern town of Petersburg). What all Alaska restaurants have in common is access to the world's freshest fish. While salmon and halibut are the most popular, don't miss out on char and steelhead, which is like gourmet salmon; cod, snapper, and abalone often come straight out of Alaskan waters and onto the table. And every visitor to Alaska must try a traditional salmon bake, with the fish cooked on an open fire.

To explore other Alaskan food customs, you could hold a long piece of raw seal blubber between your teeth and shave off bits like candy, as the natives of the far north do—it tastes a little like sweet nuts. If that's not your sort of thing, order a reindeer sausage at a hot dog stand in downtown Anchorage, Juneau, or Fairbanks. The rich, spicy meat proves that even after his nose went out, Rudolph had a place in this world. Moose meat is even better, but it's hard to find on Alaska restaurant menus—locals like to keep it for themselves.

Anchorage has a range and variety of restaurants to match any town of the same size down south: Marx Bros. Café and Simon & Seaforts are good places to linger long into the bright summer night. Fairbanks isn't known for its dining, but it won't be hard to fill up there on the most important of all Alaskan ingredients at the Alaska Salmon Bake. Although a lot of the restaurants in Southeast Alaska are geared toward cruise ship passengers who won't be coming back tomorrow, there's still plenty of good food to be had. With a little judicious ferry-hopping, you can have breakfast in Juneau at the Silverbow, eat lunch in Petersburg at Coastal Cold Storage, and finish the day with a picnic on the beach, waiting for whales to swim by.

As far as dress codes go, Alaska is unapologetically casual. Even at the best restaurants, hiking boots are as common as suits. Dining in Alaska does require a little advance thought, however. In winter, many places open only a couple of days a week, or shut down completely; in summer, it isn't unusual for a restaurant to close for the day in the early afternoon. (Hey, the staff wants to get outside, too!) When in doubt, call in advance.

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Alaska Salmon Bake, Fairbanks

There are those who will say this is pure hokum—it is, after all, a salmon bake outside a theme park—but it's also a pleasant surprise. A salmon...more

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Coastal Cold Storage, Petersburg

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...more

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Marx Bros. Café, Anchorage

A meal at Marx Bros. Café, a 14-table restaurant in a converted house near the water in downtown Anchorage, has the feeling of a dinner party—if the...more

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Seven Glaciers, Girdwood

It's easy to get jaded about the views in Alaska—it's going to be gorgeous pretty much anywhere you look—but Seven Glaciers is something special....more

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Silverbow, Juneau

A few years ago, a young couple from New York decided to bring Big Apple–style bagels to Alaska, bought one of Juneau's first bakeries, and went to work....more

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Simon & Seaforts Saloon & Grill, Anchorage

Simon & Seaforts, located at the edge of downtown Anchorage, may bill itself as a saloon and grill, but that undersells the locals' favorite date-night...more

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Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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