The Red Dog Saloon: Good fun and food
The Red Dog Saloon gets a bad rap I think. Many tourists turn their nose up at its mention, after all it's full of CRUISERS. Well heck yeah and it's a blast if you give in to the ambiance. We were lucky enough to have a singer/guitar player during our lunch. He was having fun with the crowd and they were having fun back. We just had a snack, but thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I mean we're tourists after all. While the saloon has changed locations several times, it does date back to the Klondike gold rush. It is now locally owned.
- Family Travel
Gold Creek Salmon Bake: Outside - uneven ground
The Salmon Bake has apparently been running for 30 years at the times that cruise ships are in port. The ticket (which can be, but does not have to be purchased from a cruise ship) includes round trip transportation to Gold Creek Salmon Bake (in a school bus); musical entertainment and all you can eat buffet.
Lunch and dinner daily May through September.
Operates in all weather conditions. On the day we were there it was definitely cool and kind of drizzly. They do have covers over the tables etc, but it was outside and the ground was uneven and hard for me to walk on.
DURATION: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours
Cost bought direct: ADULT $42 | CHILD $28
(Child rate applies to ages 12 & under. Taxes not included.)
NOTE from their website: Dress comfortably and bring your camera. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13-17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian.
Favorite Dish: The website says that they have grilled salmon, Cheechako Chicken, Chilkoot Baked Beans, Tongass Wild-Rice Pilaf, White Pass Pasta and a selection of other sides, salads and beverages. Beer and wine are available for purchase, plus blueberry cake for dessert and roasting marshmallows. We did not get to roast marshmallows.
I had been to a salmon bake previously in Seattle about 12 years ago, and I remembered that salmon as being better. But the cornbread was excellent and I had four pieces. They also had a good potato/clam chowder, cole slaw, wild rice and baked beans
- Arts and Culture
- Food and Dining
McDonalds: Even Here
Tour guides in every city seem to want to show us that even in Alaska, they have things like Wal-Mart. And McDonalds. There were always stories about McDonalds.
Actually Juneau has two McDonalds. One at 130 Front Street and this one on Trout Street.
They both have wireless internet, but the Trout Street one has a Play Place and a Drive Through.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Red Dog Saloon: Around the Cruise Ship Docks
Everyone who comes to Juneau seems to know this place. Our tour guide/driver pointed it out to us. The Red Dog has been recognized by the Alaska Legislature for being the oldest man-made tourist attraction in Juneau. For a time, "Ragtime Hattie" played the piano in white gloves and a silver dollar halter top. Later, in territorial days, the owners would often meet the tour boats at the docks with a mule that wore a sign saying, "follow my ass to the Red Dog Saloon." So it is historic.
At least the original one is. The original Red Dog Saloon was located next to the Juneau Cold Storage and the Coca-Cola bottling operations. In 1951 the Red Dog sat on the west side of the street and not on the corner. This one was probably built here for the cruise ship trade.
Favorite Dish: But we didn't eat here.
- Food and Dining
- Historical Travel
Garden Cafe: In Juneau Gardens
We were on the Grand Tour of Juneau. But they weren't going to feed us on this tour and went way past lunchtime.
The Cafe in the gift shop had hot and cold beverages, cookies and various snacks.
Favorite Dish: So when we got to the visitor's center, Bob got chili, which proved to be out of a can and heated in a microwave for $4.25. He shared
If I had read the menu (photo 4) carefully, I would have opted for a hot dog ($3.25)
The place we ate was full of flowers (photo 2) and sometimes people book weddings in the gardens - even cruise ship weddings.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
The Gold Room at the Baranof Hotel: The Gold Room at the Baranof Hotel
the Gold Room at the Baranof Hotel has to be the most beautiful dining room in Juneau. This dark paneled room is crowned with a huge art deco glass ceiling. Large oil paintings depict important events in Alaskan history. Much of the fate of Alaska itself has been debated within the Gold Room. This has been a favorite haunt for state politicians since it's opening in 1939. I overheard a local official describing what it was like to to spend the night in the White House. It sounded like and intersting, but very rigidly scheduled experience.
The cuisine is called contemporary Alaskan. I call it gourmet quality surf and turf with a few pasta dishes. It fits in the fine dining category. The macadamia encrusted halibut was very good, and the large t-bone was also quite tasty. We had two drinks each from the bar, two entrees and two salads. The bill totaled $84
Favorite Dish: macadamia encrusted halibut - a sizable peice of fresh halibut coated in macadamia and herbs and pan fried in olive oil. Simple but very tasty.
- Food and Dining
The Zephyr Restaurant: High end but worth it
Opened in 2006, the Zephyr has become known by locals as the best restaurant in Juneau. Spendy, with entrees between $15 and $35, but excellent food and an excellent wine list. We took our oldest daughter for a birthday celebration and had a wonderful evening.
It calls itself Mediterranean, but besides the appetizers and an owner from Turkey, I found the food eclectic and quite tasty. We had a group of 6 and ordered the gamut from steak to a wide variety of pasta dishes to swordfish. And, being family, we sampled each other's dishes. It was all really well done.
Had 2 nine year olds wwith us and they enjoyed themselves and behaved. They split the crab ricotti.
The restaurant is located right downtown where a healthfood store was located for years. Really amazed at how they turned the space around into such a nice classy spot. High ceilings and hardwood floors and large storefront windows.
A great evening and hope to get back there on my next trip.
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
Hangar on the Wharf: Watch the Seaplanes Land While You Eat
This place seemed to be one of the more 'Alaskan' places we visited (as opposed to touristy places). By that I mean you can tell it had been there a while and wasn't overly decked out in high end finishes, etc. I'm not saying this meaning thats it bad at all. Its actually nice to be able to visit a place that some of the locals go to as well.
Anyway, you can sit there watching the seaplanes land and take off while you enjoy any variety of seafood dishes.
Favorite Dish: We were just snacking and I greatly enjoyed the seafood chowder. Others in the restaurant that were not snacking seemed to mostly be eating crab legs that had to have come from a creature so big that if I saw one in person I would head the other way...
Red Dog Saloon: Not As Good As Its Reputation
The Red Dog Saloon was founded in the mining era as a bar and brothel. Today it is an extremely popular place to eat, but I suspect that is due to its reputation rather than its food.
The inside is very dark and crowded. It is also noisy and you may have a little trouble flagging down your server. But there is some great old style saloon décor inside including sawdust on the floor – and some funny signs, stuffed animal heads (bear, moose), Wyatt Earp's gun, etc.
Alaskan beer is served. Menu is pretty standard. I had a cheeseburger and my husband had a salmon wrap. If you want to check out the place, I'd recommend having a beer at the bar.
Get your official Red Dog Saloon merchandise at the store attached to the restaraunt/bar.
Rotterdam Dining Room: Superb Food & Service - "Zaandam" Cruise Ship
We dined in this restaurant during our 7 night cruise of the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Alaska and return.
This was a 5 star restaurant having excellent decor and service to complement the magnificent food and wine. There are 2 sittings each evening and we chose the second sitting commencing at 8pm as this enabled us to enjoy dinner and then relax for a half hour in one of the many bars, usually the piano bar, and then take in the late Floorshow which commenced at 10:15pm.
The Rotterdam menu offered a range of starters, main meals and sweets each evening with the menu changing daily there was always something to appeal. The service was outstanding and should you not find anything on the menu which suits you, I suggest you ask your waiter for alternatives and I am certain you will be satisfied.
Dress for the evening varied with 2 evenings requiring coats and remaining evenings smart casual. However many guests chose more formal dress each evening. Definetly no jeans.
Favorite Dish: Canadian Lobster. I complimented our waiter and he asked if I would like some more and promptly brought a plate with 2 additional lobsters.
- Luxury Travel
The Alaskan Hotel and BAR!: Vestige of the Gold Rush Days!
I can't say that the Alaskan Hotel & Bar is actually a place that you would go for a good meal. Rather it is an atmospheric place with a beautiful, old wooden bar that serves light fare and has reasonably priced beer! Stained-glass lamps hang over the bar. Take a seat at one of the the wooden tables or the bar itself. Live music is a great addition when in session. Service is friendly.
If you stay long enough, you may just have the opportunity to see one of the legendary ghosts of the hotel coming down the steps of the back balcony.
I liked this place alot more than the "Red Dog Saloon." The Alaskan Hotel & Bar had a more genuinely historic feel to it and people weren't pushy.
Favorite Dish: The Alaskan Hotel Bar is better know for its been then its food. Reviews I've read rate the variety of beers offered as very good, but I would suggest eating at one of the other restaurants around town unless you're trying to stave off drunkeness!!
El Sombrero: Best Mexican Ever!
On the main strip in downtown Juneau is a little, locally owned resteraunt, El Sombrero. The service is great, they treat you just like family! The food is awesome. I've not had better Mexican food, ever. We look forward to going back year after year.
Silverbow Bakery: Love the Bagels!
Quite a fun and funky local hangout. Come here for some of the best breakfast in town. For food deals here, your best bet is the cup of soup that comes with a buttered bagel. Great for those cold, wet days that abound in Juneau. Brewed coffee really isn't too bad either. Wifi is free, so bring your computer. Red walls, loads of tables, local artwork.
On Monday-Wednesday nights at 8pm, Silverbow shows new independent and foreign films. The counter closes at 8pm, so get your food first then head for the 'backroom' where they draw curtains across the doors, pull down the screen and turn out the lights. What a fun atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: All the food is great. Bagel sandwiches are lovely. The free refills $2 mug of coffee is great for when I'm surfing the net.
Best deal: Cup of soup with (Friday's bread special) toasted, buttered Garlic Rosemary Bread. Mmm.
The Red Dog Saloon: The Red Dog Saloon
I noticed that the Red Dog was posted as a "tourist trap". Before you go into a place like this you must first know what your getting into. It is a "touristy place" and with that comes the over priced foods and drinks. The place has one beer on tap, it's called the Red Dog. This beer is surprisingly enough, made from the sam adams brewing company. A major boston, Massachusetts beer company. I find it worth going to the Dog just to get a Dog! The bar walls are clustered full of decorations (look at the pictures). Live music was being played to spice up the atmosphere.
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Favorite Dish: THE RED DOG!
Bullwinkle's Pizza: Pizza at Bullwinkle's!
The food is pure comfort food with pizza and all-you-can-eat free popcorn. A wide variety of sandwiches, and a soup and salad bar. The decor is an all age have fun, videos games and pizza, very American. Imported beer is 3.75 a bottle and bottled domestic is cheaper. Draft beers on tap include Alaskan Amber and Alaskan Pale Ale. The wine is boxed. Coffee is always .25
Favorite Dish: The salad bar is not bad. The pizza is nothing to brag about, but it fills the gut. Sandwiches are all good too.