The Sea Bean Cafe: Coffee, Fjords and Wifi
Very friendly, cosy small cafe in the heard of Seward downtown. Great place to chill, grab a coffee or one of their yummie sandwiches or paninis (really tasty in comparison to many of other tourists traps in Seward!) and enjoy free wifi to upload your latest shot of a jumping whale....
Favorite Dish: Italian Panini - yes, it isn't seafood but good price for nice value!Related to:
- Whale Watching
- Hiking and Walking
The Bake Shop: Soup kitchen?
The Bake Shop is a great place to have lunch. Soup and sandwiches are the order of the day, but save room for one of the gigantic cinnamon rolls! The aroma is unbelievable! If you choose to eat outside at one of the many picnic tables, you will be surrounded by some of the most beautiful flowers you've ever seen.
Favorite Dish: Any sandwich and bowl of soup you choose is good. The bread is fresh-baked. The portions are fairly large, so two can share a sandwich and cinnamon roll with a bowl of soup each.Related to:
- Women's Travel
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
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Snow City Cafe: Good food with no fuss
Good food with no fuss, liked the homely atmosphere and the enthusiastic friendly service. Loved the crockery!! A collection of many mismatched cups and plates etc., helped to give it the at home feel.
Favorite Dish: Heart attack breakfastRelated to:
- Adventure Travel
- Road Trip
Twin Dragon Inn: Awesome Sushi!
I wasn't expecting much from a Chinese restaurant attached to the hotel that we were staying at (the Totem Square Inn), but Whoa!! Did I ever get a nice surprise! If you are ever in Sitka, stop in and try ANYTHING from the sushi menu and you will be blown away!
Favorite Dish: Baked Scallop Roll: Heaven on a plate! Succulent scallops and seasoned mushrooms on top of a sushi roll
Energy Roll: Can't decide what you want? This has a little bit of everything! Salmon, Eel, Tuna, Avocado... and the sauce is to die for!Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
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Suzie's Cafe: Home Style Cooking in Sterling
Based on PA2AKgirl's tip, I stopped at Suzie's Cafe in Sterling on my way from Homer to Seward. It is located in a small log cabin. It was only about half full when I arrived around 5:30 PM, but was packed and had a waiting line before I finished eating. The menu included halibut, country fried steak, prime rib, steak and chicken dishes. There was also a large selection of different types of burgers; however, many of the choices were fried. The serving sizes were large. So if you are really hungry, this is a good place to go. Besides PA2AKgirl's tip, there is also a good review of Suzie's in the Kenai Peninsula College newpaper (see p. 8).
Favorite Dish: I had the fried halibut and chips ($15.95), which came with a small cup of cole slaw.Related to:
- Road Trip
Moose's Tooth: Best hangout pizza in the region
Fun, sports barish (brewery/pizzaria) atmosphere brings you there, excellent pizza and other great food keeps you there. Great pizza, healthy toppings, off the beaten path combinations of toppings, neat names (backpacker, etc), super high quality salads and more. This place is a great local favorite and wonderful all around family dining experience. Casual with quality. Perfect combination. Take home available, so you can have a decent meal on the midday luch hour.
Similar venue, called Bear Tooth, in same area as theater and great! Had an awesome burrito there. They both get pretty busy though, but it is still a good choice.
Moose's Tooth is also an Alaskan Brewery. They have a wide range of excellent beers available.
Favorite Dish: The Backpacker pizza from what I can remember was amazing. I just know that it was good quality ingredients: Spinach, Roasted Garlic, Sundried Tomatoes, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives,Feta, Mozzarella, Provolone, Garlic & Olive Oil
The Pesto Chicken was another wonderful choice: Roma Tomatoes, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Grilled Chicken, Kalamata Olives, Mozzarella, Pesto.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Family Travel
Tangle River Inn: At the end of the pavement
There aren't many options for food on the Denali Highway...there aren't many options for any services, really. And after a night of camping, we really wanted to get into someplace warm with coffee. The Tangle River Inn is located 20 miles into the highway, still on the pavement and has pretty much everything--a place to stay, full menu, guided trips, a bar and wonderful scenery. We went for breakfast and while the menu was small and simple, it was perfect for the early morning. They have your typical American breakfast food...omelets, french toast, pancakes, oatmeal (i think) and so on. If it's blueberry season (we missed it by a week), there are blueberry pancakes and muffins as well. For lunch and dinner, they have a larger menu...a buffet for tour groups, meals for individual families and desserts for everyone.
At night, the bar claims to be the most remote karaoke bar in AK but since it is connected by a road, one that's still paved at that point, I'm not so sure.
Favorite Dish: We both got the french toast...and it was good. What more can you say about french toast? Large portion, not a bad price and it arrived quickly. The server also kept the coffee coming which is what we needed.
Now, a highlight of this place is the view. They have binoculars at the windows so you can look for wildlife and eat at the same time. However, when we went, it was very foggy and we could see nothing. Still, it's a good place to eat if you want to get off the main highway for awhile, see some wonderful scenery and increase your chances of spotting wildlife.
Additionally, the inside is very cute and you can buy gifts at the register. It's an all inclusive Inn or you can choose to just have a meal here. They close in late September and open again in May.
***the first number listed below is for the summer, the second is to inquire during the winter***
Paddies in Homer: Great Food but expensive!
This restaurant offers a scenic view of Kachemak Bay and fresh oysters, halibut and salmon. A meal here runs about $16 and up depending on your order. Be prepared to wait awhile for your food in Alaska.
Favorite Dish: The raw oysters on a half shell were delicious. The fried halibut and salmon was lighly breaded and tasty.Related to:
- Family Travel
- National/State Park
- Road Trip
Cantwell Lodge: This is Cantwell...
This isn't the place to visit if you're looking for an upscale restaurant near Denali.(something I don't quite understand...if you're visiting a national park why would you eat at a fancy place?) but it is very...authentic. Located between "Glitter Gulch" and yet another Princess Lodge (the McKinley), the Cantwell Lodge is a totally different experience from those. We'd heard that is has good food and it's part of this lodge, runway and bar combo in what I suppose is downtown, so we tried it out. You cannot let your first impression make up your mind in these places, it's what they have and since it is the only place in town where people gather, it's probably good, right? After we entered through the very squeaky door and sat down in what looked more like a community center meets makeshift museum, I started to have doubts of my own. But we got the menu and it was huge! From mexican food to pizza to burgers to pasta to down home meals, there were certainly more options than I thought there would be...more than probably any restaurant we've come across outside of Anchorage.
Favorite Dish: Turns out the pizza is only served 3 days a week...something the waiter himself said he didn't understand. But that's okay, there were lots of other choices. I got the grilled cheese along with Lou and Amy and Bobby went with a patty melt. You got a choice of bread and cheese...I think they could have created any combo or request. While it's not the best food in the world, it's not bad and should satisfy a group with different tastes. Bobby and I will return again, I'm sure.
Also, the menu is online at their website...again, don't base the site off the restaurant, there are some funny typos like New Yourk Steak;-)
Tito's Discovery Cafe: A little but popular place in Hope
I love little restaurants/cafes and in Hope, there's a great one. First it's open all year, a huge bonus for us. It's one of the first places you see when you get into Hope--right in back of the sign that welcomes you. We've been to Hope a few times and there are always cars parked in front of the restaurant so we had to try it out too. Even in the pouring rain, this place was very inviting and warm right from the time we parked the car. They bake the pies each day and are also known for their soups...what more could you want on a damp, chilly afternoon? They have a good sized menu for the little building and the food was perfect...3 of us got the reindeer grinders which were terrific. The price is good for Alaska, the service is excellent and even the cute dog looking in longingly from the porch was friendly;-) Bobby and I will probably add this as a regular stop when we're heading down to Turnagain Pass or Seward.
Favorite Dish: The reindeer was great, Amy and Lou liked the soups (I'll have to come back and try those out, they did look wonderful) and overall, I cannot find one thing that didn't look good or didn't exceed my expectations:) Try it out, you should visit Hope anyway and it's nice to get off the Seward highway for bit. They do serve breakfast, lunch and dinner so I'll update this when we sample something from each meal.
Big Al's: Street Food
Someone told me I really needed to try a Reindeer Sausage from one of the street vendor’s downtown. Now normally I would avoid street food like the plague, but this sounded too good to be missed and it was. Kind of like a spicy bratwurst served on a bun with caramelized onions. Reindeer, the other red meat!
Favorite Dish: Reindeer Sausage grilled on a bun with carmalized onions, chips and a soft drink for $5.50 it makes a great lunch with plenty of local flavor.Related to:
- Food and Dining
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
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Alaska Salmon Bake: Seafood Buffet in a Garden
Some may think this place is a little too touristy especially there were a group of people from the cruise arriving when we were there. Aside from that, there really isnt anything I can pick on. The atmosphere is a relaxed garden setting. People working there seem to be enjoying their time as much as we are. We found out the reason after chatting with the gardener. These happy souls work only the 4 summer months. Everyone pack up in September and go do their own stuff. Leaving the place dormant along with the grizzlies. The gardener (in the second photo) also told us that everyone in alaska plant something when summer comes. Vegetables and flowers need only half the time they normally need to grow and they grow to double or triple the size they normally come in, all because of the 19-24 hours of daylight.
Favorite Dish: I couldn't get enough of the bbq halibut cubes, the salmon bake, and the cod chunks fish and chip style. Good thing this is buffet....lol
Suzie's: Cute place near Sterling
Between a (kinda) large city full of restaurants and 2 smaller cities full of restaurants lies Sterling. It's a little place that might be easy to miss but a giant thing that is possibly a coffee cup for an espresso joint stands out along the road. THAT you cannot miss. And then, by default, you cannot miss Suzie's either. We first ate here in the early fall when we were heading back from Kenai and then again on our way back from Homer this winter. It's small, has limited seating and in the winter, limited days of operation. But the food is great and for Alaska, reasonably priced.
When you walk in, you feel right at home--it's decorated with older signs and a theme I guess you can call "down home living" or something. Either way, there are definitely a lot of places to choose from in nearby Soldotna or Kenai, but we prefer this little place.
Favorite Dish: Suzie's has a pretty large menu, considering how small the place is. Sandwiches, fish, soups (like Clam Chowder), burgers and so on. They also have "low carb" options, salads and desserts. The portions are huge and served very quickly. We've both gotten sandwiches and were so full when we left, it was a struggle to get up and think about driving another few hours home. Really a great place--if you're going to be out this way on the Kenai peninsula, definitely stop by if you can.
Restaurant near the Yukon
A cannot really compare as i didn't visit too many restaurants while in the States. What makes it so special?
Definitely not the quality / price of the food. But if you stop by in front of the restaurant you will see the Trans Alaskan Pipeline ahead, the Yukon River on your right and the endless tundra on the left. It's quite special I guess.
The restaurant was a bit expensive, more expensive than avarage but up here everything is more expensive not just the food.
Favorite Dish: I had fries with pickles. It's very good if you're hungry!
Fast Eddy's: Great food in Tok
Fast Eddys is known throughout Alaska and here on VT as the place to eat in Tok. It’s not the only place, but it’s the best one. Open late and open all year, it’s already better than many restaurants across the state. We had both dinner and breakfast here and both experiences were wonderful. When we went in for dinner, the power went out from a thunderstorm and we were worried we wouldn’t get our food, but it arrived 30 seconds later. Good timing, considering we ordered only like 15 minutes beforehand. The menu ranges from pasta dishes (like lasagna) to burgers to pizzas to desserts and specials (for lunch and dinner). Even vegetarian dishes that you wouldn’t expect out here. The breakfast menu has quite a selection as well…perfect for those cold mornings. Pancakes, French toast, omelets and many side dishes to put together whatever you want. There is a local flair to it too…like reindeer sausage and lots of items with Canadian bacon. The prices are great for these things…for steak during dinner, a bit more.
Favorite Dish: For dinner I got the mushroom swiss burger. It was HUGE! Bobby got the teriyaki chicken sandwich which was also very large. With the special burgers, you get your choice of regular fries or the specialty ones (sour cream and onion, beer battered, seasoned) or onion rings. If you rather have soup or the salad bar, you can get that too.
We split the French Toast for breakfast and it too was wonderful. Large enough that both of us were full and the coffee just kept coming. Great service, very friendly people and a comfortable family restaurant/diner atmosphere. Wish we had one here in Anchorage.
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