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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
Hangar on the Wharf: Best view in the city!
Locals come here for the food and tourists come for the view. Good burgers, wraps and salads at lunch. Dinners are good too with things like halibut tacos, jambalaya, or just a regular steak. The view is probably the best of any restaurant in Juneau. It looks out over the channel with big windows. Seals, eagles, seaplanes are often seen. Live music on the weekends.
Favorite Dish: Burgers, fries, halibut.
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!
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
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Henry's Food and Spirits: Where the locals go
The menu here is typical Alaskan diner food. Steaks, seafood, and a good breakfast and lunch menu. Not the best decor but the service is probably the best in town. Just a friendly locally owned place where only locals go. Prices are good for the area. Also has a bar.
Favorite Dish: Cobb salad, burgers, and seafood.
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 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.
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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
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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...
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
GOOD BURGERS IN THE RED DOG...
GOOD BURGERS IN THE RED DOG SALOON(JUNEAU),
Cheap beer in the lucky lady
RED DOG WAS QUITE EXPENSIVE, GO FOR A DRINK BUT EAT ELSEWHERE.
Favorite Dish: NOTHING COMPARES TO THE TASTE OF FRESHLY CAUGHT ALASKAN KING SALMON, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE CAUGHT IT YOURSELF ON ONE OF THE LOCAL FISHING TOURS.
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