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TNC Dec 3, 2004 06:39 PM

I need some recs for Juneau and Petersburg. In Juneau I'd like a room with a view, great food, and a respectable wine list with price not a concern. Also, someplace with live music and good food for another night in Juneau. In reading through the board, it looks like there is one restaurant in Juneau with a good wine list and good food....surely there must be one more?

On the other end in Petersburg it will be just two of us, so romantic or off the beaten track(is that repetitive when talking about Petersburg?) are what we enjoy.

If anyone has any 'don't miss' recs of any sort don't be bashful!

Thanks,
TNC

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    Paul Dec 6, 2004 11:55 AM

    I have lived in Juneau over twenty years and have to admit that the restaurant scene in Juneau is pretty grim. Probably the best you will find is at Di Sopra (above the Fiddlehead). Chinooks has a pretty good Sunday buffet. For very casual local color - Costa's diner should be fun- she just opened on Sat. there is very little seating, but I hear that her pie and soup are good and she is hilarious. The Alaskan is your best bet for live music - though it is just a bar. The Hanger has O.K. pub food and a great veiw, plus music on the weekends. The Baranof Hotel is our best hotel, probably expensive, but there are waterside rooms and it is right downtown. The Golbelt has veiw rooms and is located close to the Museum and Downtown. Good luck and enjoy. Look for fresh winter troll King salmon - White King if you can find it. I think that it is the best fish that you can find.

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      Paul Dec 6, 2004 11:55 AM

      I have lived in Juneau over twenty years and have to admit that the restaurant scene in Juneau is pretty grim. Probably the best you will find is at Di Sopra (above the Fiddlehead. Chinooks has a pretty good Sunday buffet. For very casual local color - Costa's diner should be fun- she just opened on Sat. there is very little seating, but I hear that her pie and soup are good and she is hilarious. The Alaskan is your best bet for live music - though it is just a bar. The Hanger has O.K. pub food and a great veiw, plus music on the weekends. The Baranof Hotel is our best hotel, probably expensive, but there are waterside rooms and it is right downtown. The Golbelt has veiw rooms and is located close to the Museum and Downtown. Good luck and enjoy. Look for fresh winter troll King salmon - White King if you can find it. I think that it is the best fish that you can find.

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        just joe Dec 14, 2004 12:53 AM

        petersburg?? hahahahahahahahahahahha

        uh sorry.

        i've lived in the 'burg since 1982. when people take vacations from here, the first thing they're asked when they return is "what did you eat?".

        we just had our office party last friday at one of the few restaurants in town and it was trully uninspired.

        if i had to make a recommendation, it would be for the alaskafe. but i'm not sure if they serve dinner during the winter.

        i don't think you'll starve or be poisoned, but you don't come to se alaska to eat.

        joe
        petersburg, ak

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          AlaskaGrrl May 19, 2005 10:08 PM

          PETERSBURG

          * grab an enchilada at HELSE in the tourist area.

          * Best french fries in Southeast at COSTAL COLD STORAGE on North Nordic (skerry name, but it's more fast food like in appearance, but better quality)

          * grab some good seafood (jumbo prawns!) at NORTHERN LIGHTS RESTARANT

          * is JOAN MEI still there? If so, grab some good American-style (but not in a bad way like Panda Express!) Chinese here. Across from the dock. Karaoke too! Whoo!

          JUNEAU

          * I second the FIDDLEHEAD (connected to a hotel called the Driftwood) for a great breakfast.

          * Fresh soup at BUZZ'S on Marine Way. Cash only.

          * ARMADILLO CAFE on Franklin for cheap and tasty tex mex food.

          * Best restaurant view in Juneau at HANGAR ON THE WHARF on Marine Way which is in a floatplane hangar! Great fish tacos. pretty much the only "micro brewery/beer garden" type restaurant in Juneau.

          1. hillpagan Jul 23, 2007 07:10 PM

            Hello, I was browsing for my hometown of Juneau and saw that noone's updated a thread in 3 years. The Armadillo was fantastic but has closed. El Sombrero on Franklin street has decent Mexican and you can get halibut substituted into most entrees for a terrific local twist. Closed Sundays. Di Sopra and The Fiddlehead have both closed. Costa's is still in the merchant's wharf and has fantastic breakfasts and sandwiches until 2 pm, closed on Tuesdays. In the same space with Costa's is Pie in the Sky, another one-woman operation boasting the best coffee/chocolate drinks in town and amazing pastries, quiches. Paradise Lunch (formerly Buzz's) on Marine Park also has a great baker/barristas. Sandpiper Cafe (where the Fiddlehead was) has good consistent breakfast and lunches, i.e. omelettes and Reubens, nothing fancy but laid back and great service. Rainbow Foods is a health food store at 4th and Franklin with a fantastic lunch buffet on weekdays and also for Thurs night dinners. The Imperial Bar on Front Street has great carne asada tacos for 2 bucks each, their beans are amazing too. For real fine dining there are NO choices right now except the Baranof Hotel which has been VERY inconsistent over the years but that's all we have right now. Zephyr on Seward street has terrific ambiance and a nice jazz trio on the weekends but the food is spotty- I only order the lamb, and only rare, and I'm getting sick of it but I keep going back for the atmosphere and the decent (for Juneau) wine list. Wild Spice, across from Zephyr, might be worth a try- haven't been in ages. Now you know why whenever we travel we use Chowhounds to find the best food we can while we're away- we NEED it!

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              AnneInMpls Sep 12, 2007 08:42 PM

              Thanks, hillpagan, for posting this update. I'll be in Juneau soon, staying in the hostel (if I can handle it - I'm older than the average hosteler) and hunting for cheap-but-good eats. Your tips are just what I'm looking for!

              Anne

            2. hillpagan Jul 23, 2007 07:19 PM

              Important: Whatever you do, don't eat at the top of the tram. The horror stories abound, and have gotten worse every year. Have a beer on their deck but don't order food even if you are starving- the Twisted Fish, right by the bottom of the tram is inconsistent but you may get a very good meal there so risk that or anything else before eating up there. And no I didn't get fired from there or anything I just had an incredibly bad, slow, pricy, gross, cold meal there once and everyone else with zero exceptions who has eaten there and told me about it says the same thing or worse.

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                ClaireWalter Sep 20, 2007 03:41 AM

                I've been in Juneau several times over the years, and the only places I remember at all are places that are now gone. Sad -- but a predictable result of a small, isolated city that has two peak seasons -- one when the legislature is in session and people do go out to eat, and the other when the cruise ships are calling and most of the overfed passengers feel no need for sustenance other than perhaps an ice cream or a beer.

                Petersburg is a delightful little town but not exactly a foodie Mecca. There is a handful of so-so restaurants near the harbor and along the main drag.

                Other than Anchorage, which has a sizable population and nonstop air service from ""Outside," and Fairbanks which is a university town and Alaska's second-largest city, bringing in food -- affordably -- is a real challenge. Seafood abounds, but in the few restaurants in Wrangell (close to Petersburg), every hunk of halibut and every portion of salmon was overcooked! Must be the local tastes.

                Many Alaskans fish and hunt themselves, pick and preserve their own berries, etc., and the best meals I had in Wrangell and Petersburg were potlucks where people brought their own contributions.

              2. AnneInMpls Oct 1, 2007 05:31 PM

                We were lucky in Juneau - turns out we had long-lost friends there who took us in. Best, they're commercial fisherpeople, so we had fantastic salmon. And we had great take-out pizza from The Island Pub in Douglas - I loved the Commodore pizza with sausage, pesto, and pine nuts.

                http://www.theislandpub.com/menufiles...

                We also had a nice lunch at the Hangar (fabulous chowder!) and a decent burger at Doc Water's.

                So we survived quite well! And it didn't rain on us (not much, anyway).

                Anne

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