I thought we would eat at the Mad Fish which was the closest to the dock, but it wasn't open,
So we went to Perry's Cafe which at first I thought from the sign was the Sea Parrot. The locals just called it "The Cafe"
Favorite Dish: They had broccoli cheese soup and ham and cheese sandwiches and that was about it, unless you looked at the children's menu which had pb&j. They said they were only open for us and to train the new people. I got a bowl of soup (photo 5) which was huge, and asked for a cheese sandwich without the ham (photo 3).
But I did not look at the whole menu, and if I had, I would have seen that I could have a cup of soup and a sandwich as a package and it would have been cheaper. Bob just had a sandwich (he doesn't care much for cheese).
I would have liked to have ice cream as they had coconut, and moose tracks, but I didn't have room.
It was clean-up day in town and some local women brought their children in for rainbow sherbert.
MadFish is right in the downtown area of Seldovia, and offers up a great selection of fare. Most of it comes locally, from the halibut and salmon and oysters which live right out in the bay. It is a small establishment, friendly service, with a great view overlooking the harbor.
Favorite Dish: The last time I was there I had the fish and chips. These aren't your momma's fish and chips though. These hunks of halibut were huge, almost more like giant samosa-sized portions of fish (x5!) that were lightly battered and fried quickly. Not too oily, but nice and crispy. And they came accompanied by a generous helping of fries, which were well-fried and very crispy. Ecxellent dish, highly recommend it. My dining companion had the halibut ceasar salad and really enjoyed it as well.
This place is right near the water, with big paned windows letting you see the beautiful bay residing in Seldovia. Fast, friendly service, this place serves up all sorts of classic American fare. Delicious, hearty, what more could you want in a restaurant?
Favorite Dish: We went there for breakfast, and they had a good selection of breakfasts. The Alaskan had 3 eggs, hash browns, toast, and reindeer sausage. Yes I said it. Reindeer. It was very tasty. Their bacon (stolen from a friend) was also good... thick cut, crispy. A delicious and hearty breakfast to be sure.
This coffee house is not like normal. It sits right on the slough of Seldovia, so you can sit on the wide covered deck and watch the tides move in and out. And the interior is packed tight with books, mementos, and miscellaneous right to the brim. It is a funky little place, which I say in a very positive way. Find a used or new book, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and sit back and let your pace of life slow down a little. Definitely a good place to undwind. Have a chat with Joe, the owner, or with some of the locals who often stop by, making it a great place to chat and learn about Seldovia.
It was getting close to 11 AM when the first tour boats start to arrive, so I decided to have an early lunch before I went walking. The Tide Pool was already pretty busy when I got there but I was lucky and got one of the tables with a harbor view again. The Tide Pool Special breakfast ($9) looked so good that I decided to have a late breakfast instead of an early lunch. It turned out to be the best non-homecooked breakfast I had in Alaska. I know Gwennies in Anchorage is known for their breakfasts with reindeer sausage but I liked this one better. It had two eggs, reindeer sausage, home fries, peppers, mushrooms and onions with wheat toast that may have been homemade bread. Sure enough, the Rainbow Tours boat arrived at 10:50 AM while I was eating.
Evidently the electricity came back on downtown in the early morning hours (it had gone off around 5 PM the windy day before). However, it was still off at the Bear Paw B&B the morning of my second day. I had gotten up early and had my blueberry muffins and juice. Later around 10 AM, the electricity was still off and Laurel was dying for some coffee and offered me a ride downtown. I should have figured she would go somewhere with "bear" in the name. She had an expresso and I had coffee at the The 3 Bears Coffee and Gift Shop. It was a friendly place across Main Street from the Harbormaster with inside and outside tables. They serve breakfast all day, lunch and desserts. They also sell knickknacks and clothes. What makes The 3 Bears unique is that it is managed and staffed by high school students! They do an excellent job too.
I was going to continue my walking tour but Laurel recommended that I have lunch before the tour boats started to arrive around 11 AM. She had recommended the Linwood Bar and Grill, and the Madfish Restaurant as other good places to eat, but the Tide Pool Cafe had been so good that I decided to go back there for an early lunch (see the next tip).
Laurel recommended the Tide Pool Cafe highly, so I stopped in for lunch. It has a beautiful view of the harbor (including the Husky II). The Tide Pool turned out to be one of the best restaurants I tried in Alaska! Not only that, but it is also a bookstore and art galley.
Favorite Dish: I could not resist the halibut tacos ($13). They were delicious! I was not going to have dessert but they had peanut butter fudge pie ($5). How could I pass that up? The pie was wonderful too.
Ok, on the 2hr boat ride over to Seldovia from Homer, the captain persuaded the passengers that were just going to be in Seldovia for 3hrs to order a bag lunch from "Sweet & Clean", sandwich, chips and a drink before hand, so that when we unboarded, tourists could go right there to pickup their bag lunch and do a few of the hikes that were around Seldovia. I think there were only 2 local grocers and there's a 6% sales tax. I myself ordered a sandwich was much appreciated and went off for the 1hr hike back towards the ocean beach.