Doc Water's Pub & Restaurant: Dining Outdoors
A hard place to write a review of - one time the food is fantastic and another it was really bad. Been three times now - 2 great meals and one poor one.
A great place on a sunny day as it is one of the few restaurants in Juneau you can eat outdoors. Located right next to the cruise ship docks, you can people watch, soak up the sun and eat some great food.
A full bar and friendly service, the bar area has sports on TV full time. Gets smokey but there is a quiet (smokefree) room off to the side or you can go outside in the summer.
Favorite Dish: Twice roasted pork chops with apple chutney.
The Hangar: Heritage Building, Killer View & Great Food
I moved to Juneau six weeks ago (from Australia) and have been to quite a few restaurants around town, but keep coming back to The Hangar because I love eating overlooking the water and the food is just so good. There's different menus for lunch and dinner ... you can expect to find stock standards like burgers and steaks, but they also features lots of seafood (tonight I had a yummy seafood lasagne). The building (named the Wharf) used to house the float planes (hence the restaurant's name) and so it's interesting from that point of view as well. The food is fresh, the place is clean, the service is efficient and friendly and it just has a great atmosphere. I would say the Hangar is great value for money ... you can eat for less in town, but if you compare quality with quality, then you can't go wrong here. Oh yeah, there's some pool tables upstairs (smoking area) and also a bar area at one end as well.
Favorite Dish: I love the Jambalaya ... available in lunch and dinner sizes.
- Skiing and Boarding
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The Mesa Grill: Local Food
In spite of its name, the Mesa Grill is not just Mexican. It is also a fish and chips place located downtown. It's cheap and its yummy. It's also pretty much located in a shack which is next to a giant, gaping hole in the ground where its new building will soon be built, but don't let that deter you! It's a great place for lunch.
Favorite Dish: Their specialty: Halibut and fries.
- Food and Dining
El Sombrero: Not So Bad Mexican Fare
I've got this weird habit of eating in Mexican restaurants which are located in places where I know the food can't be too good. I've eaten Mexican in Quebec, Helsinki and even Iceland, and, yes, they were all bad (Helsinki was the worst), so when I saw this Mexican place in Juneau I thought, what the hell, I'll make it into a project.
The thing I learned, however, is that for some reason there are lots of Mexican immigrants in Juneau and El Sombrero is owned by a Mexican family which has been there for over 50 years. They use old family recipes at their restaurant and the food there is actually pretty good.
The prices are good, too, and they have a good selection of Mexican beers.
- Food and Dining
Olivia's de Mexico: Authentic Mexican
Down in the basement of a historical office building right downtown, Olivia's always seems busy at lunch. But they find you a spot fairly quickly. During cruise season, most of the ship's Mexican crewmembers come here, walking past several other closer mexican places in the process. I have always enjoyed the food and good service.
Favorite Dish: Posole - a meat and hominy stew - mmmmm!
The Udder Culture: Udderly delicious!
I put this in the local category even though The Udder Culter sounds like just ice cream. They actually make frozen yogurt, sandwiches and soups. All of the sandwiches are less than $6 and are quite tasty. You can chose many different combinations to get the sandwich you want. You can also call ahead and pick it up.
Favorite Dish: Pastrami is great but that's just my choice.
- Budget Travel
Gold Room: Way, way over priced!
This place is the most inflated priced food in town. They cater to upscale tourists and business people. The food is really only average but you can find okay steaks and seafood. Occasionally they have special international cuisine nights. I know recently they offered a Morroccan night with belly dancing for $40. If you want local Alaskan food for less money go to Doc Waters or Twisted Fish.
Canton House: Upscale chinese
This is by far the best Chinese food in town but you'll have to pay for it. It's a bit expensive but everything is worth it. The decor is the best in Juneau with modern Chinese touches, good space between tables, and a dimly lit atmosphere. Probably the best service in town as well. A great date place. No delivery.
Favorite Dish: Bo Bo platter is awesome. Lots of stuff to dip.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Chan's Thai Kitchen: Suprisingly good Thai in Alaska!
This is actually one of the best restaurants in Juneau in my opinion. It is located in Auke Bay near Dehart's store in a small strip mall. They have all the usual authentic Thai dishes with a few local twists such as halibut curry. All of them are very good or even excellent. The owners are from Thailand and know what they're doing. They do not however make the food spicy unless you request it. The place is very small and the wait can be long unless you know when to go. They are closed Sunday and Monday and open at 5 pm the rest of the week. I suggest you get there as near to opening as possible in order to get a seat. By 6 pm you'll have to write your name on the list.
Favorite Dish: Curry Halibut, Beef Massaman, Pad Thai, Thai Ice Tea
- Budget Travel
Pizza Verona: Good Gyros at an Italian restaurant?
Yup, they have some greek food mixed in with the Italian at this place downtown. They're pretty good too. I think the Italian food is good as well and they make good pizza. Only drawbacks are that the decor is somewhat bland and they use plastic tablecloths. Not exactly upscale. Also, since this is one of the closest restaurants to the cruise ships, it can get pretty packed at times and service can be slow. Overall though a pretty good value. Main entrees come with garlic bread, salad, and a plate of spaghetti.
Favorite Dish: Veal parmigiana is my favorite but you really can't go wrong here.
Pizzeria Roma: Above average pizza and price
This place has some pretty unusual types of pizza. Ones with capers and feta cheese etc. The crust is crisp so if you don't like that don't bother. The sauce is really good. The service in here has never impressed me. Seems they're always too busy to help you. The restaurant is small and they just have plastic table cloths. Nothing fancy here. Prices are a little on the high side for pizza but I guess since the quality is a little better than Dominoes they can justify it.
Pasta Garden: Comfort food galore!
This is a small little restaurant that is part of Frontier Suites Hotel in the valley. They have a wide range of food from Pasta, to Asian, to Mexican so there's something for everyone. Most of their items are really good. Like I said it's small but usually it's not very busy. Service can be a little slow though at times depending on how full it is. The salad bar is really depressing too. Very limited and not real high quality.
Favorite Dish: The lasagna is to die for. I also think they make the best Nachos in town. Even better than the Mexican restaurants in town.
Wild Spice: Good Mongolian BBQ if you like that sort of thing
This is a Mongolian BBQ meaning you stuff your bowl full of food and sauce then give it to the chef to cook on the grill. They have a wide variety of ingredients to choose from and many different and tasty sauces. Most people find it fun to create their own dinner but I never could see the point of going out to eat and having to make your own meal. In any case the food is good. They also have some preset dinner entrees which are really great too. In fact, I like them better. They also have cheap lunch food for under $10. This place is new in late 2005. Decor is modern and clean. Service is pretty good too. Never had a problem.
Favorite Dish: I like the manapua pork. It's kind of like an egg rollexcept with pork and sweet sauce to dip it in. The brownie dessert is awesome!
Fernando's: For Steak Lovers
A small family restaurant on a quiet street provides a very homey, relaxed atomosphere.
Favorite Dish: Bistec a la Mexicana: a think, juicy steak with the right combinations of spices, beans, rice, vegetables, & wine.
Other steak dishes: Carne Asada & Fernando's Special Carne Asada.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel
Breeze-In Grocery: Best 7-11 in the world!
All the locals know and love the Breeze-In. It's not just a 7-11, it's the best doughnuts and bagels in town. Fresh every day. They also have good pre-made sandwiches, cold drinks, frozen yogurt, and slushies. You can also get many other grocery items and cold medication. Even rent movies or buy alcohol.
Favorite Dish: You must try the bagels and different types of cream cheese like smoked salmon or strawberry.
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