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Jan 14, 2007 11:25 PM


Heading to Alaska in early June for an Inside Passage cruisetour with Celebrity. Would appreciate any tips on restaurants/brewpubs
in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali area, Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway.
Any info on shore excursions (either absolute must-dos or avoid-at-all-costs tourist scams) also welcome.


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  1. Here are my favorites in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Wish I was going with you.

    939 W Fifth Ave.
    Anchorage, AK 99501-2032

    Phone 1: (907) 276-6000
    Fax: (907) 343-2211

    Indulge in Anchorage's finest restaurant. Award-winning dining, offering panoramic views atop the Hotel Captain Cook. Innovative cuisine, extensive wine offerings and specialty cocktails.

    SIMON & SEAFORT'S SALOON & GRILL (the view especially at Sunset)
    420 L St., Ste. 202
    Anchorage, AK 99501-1937

    Phone 1: (907) 274-3502
    Fax: (907) 274-2487

    World-class view and the finest Alaska seafood.

    Mile 103 Seward Hwy.
    Indian , AK 99540

    Phone 1: (907) 653-7500

    Fine dining with a spectacular view. Dinner only. Rustic atmosphere highlighted by a spectacular view of the mountains and Cook Inlet. A 35-minute drive from downtown Anchorage on scenic highway.

    For lunch: in Anchorage:

    Elevation 92, 3rd Avenue and L Street, 279-1578. Enjoy fine seafood dining with Cook Inlet views 92 feet above sea level.

    F Street Station, 325 F Street, Anchorage, 272-5196. Upscale pub grub.


    Welcome to Pike's Landing
    Fine Dining

    5:00 to 9:00
    7 Days a Week

    Each of our entrees are created individually and to your taste.
    Our dinner service is intended to be leisurely.
    Relax and enjoy our Alaskan hospitality.

    The Pump House (my vote 5 times)

    Fine Dining in an Historic Atmosphere Overlooking the Chena River

    DINNER: 5:00-10:00 PM
    SUNDAY BRUNCH: 10:00AM -2:00PM.
    Open 7 days a Week
    Starting memorial day weekend
    LUNCH: 11:30AM - 2:00 PM
    DINNER MENU: 5:00PM-10:00 PM
    SALOON MENU: 2:OOPM - 11:00PM
    SUNDAY BRUNCH: 10:00AM -2:00PM.

    PUMP HOUSE Restaurant and Saloon
    A Historical Monument.......
    The Pump House as you see it today was reconstructed in the spring of 1978. Our purpose was to attempt to recreate and 1890's "Gold Rush" motif and atmosphere which was associated with the "Rip Roaring" but still Victorian era in Fairbanks. Everywhere you look you will see relics from the rich and illustrious past.
    Turn of the Century Atmosphere......
    All the furnishings are authentic and very old. Most are genuine antiques and a few are over 150 years old. One of the pool tables is an original Brunswick "Union League" built in 1898 and shipped to Dawson City "The Klondike" in 1900. The table worked its way down the Yukon River following the "Rush", stopping at Eagle, Circle and finally resting in Rampart in Ira Wisner·s Trading Post. The solid mahogany bar was built in Kansas City, then shipped and reassembled on-site by Mr. Lee Dunn.

    First Quality Cusine........
    Our food service is "Alaskan Style", which means the combination of the freshest products possible with our unique culinary heritage. In season you will find the herbs we use are all grown in our chefs garden right outside the restaurant. Fresh Alaskan Salmon is delivered to our dock by floatplane. Our prime beef is aged 21 days to insure maximum flavor. The Senators Saloon features "The World's Most Northern Oyster Bar" where the succulent oysters are flown in fresh from Seattle on AlaskaAirlines. The wine list features the best wines of the Pacific Northwest.

    Alaskan Hospitality.......
    The atmosphere is easy and relaxed. Come as you are and sit on the deck overlooking the historic Chena River and watch the Riverboat Discovery pass and the float planes land.

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    1. re: Shunick

      thanx for the info...much appreicated

      1. re: Shunick

        Crows Nest is my favorite fine dining restaurant in Anchorage. I have always had mouth watering food there, and excellent service.

      2. Skagway has a wonderful train trip to Lake Bennett in the Yukon. The train goes parallel to the Gold Rush trail. On Saturdays, they have a special Steam Engine Train. All trains have a great box lunch and the views are spectacular! The trip is 6-7 hours round-trip. Take your camera and drinking water.

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        1. re: RustyPete

          didn't see anything in my shore excursion options from Celebrity or any listings on the internet that mentioned this particular tour, and it's sounds pretty interesting...if you happen to have any info about the tour operator you used, please let me know...thanks!

          1. re: RustyPete

            just found the info on for the tour and it's definitely in the mix as a prime candidate for our day in port at Skagway...thanks again, Pete.

          2. In Anchorage you can’t go wrong with Simon & Seafort’s. They’re seafood is always very fresh and prepared well. My wife is addicted to their crab stuffed halibut.
            But for an even better dinner I’d suggest The Double Muskey. It’s about a half hour outside of town and they don’t take reservations so try to get their early.
            There’s only one place in Fairbanks that I really get excited about eating at, Wolf Run. It’s a little fancy dessert and coffee place. I’ve never had anything bad there.
            Enjoy AK.

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            1. re: Trent

              Yup, Double Musky has been a favorite for more than 20 years. The pepper crusted steak is always good as well as the blackened red salmon. Double Musky Pie is a nice dessert. Simon and Seafort's is a solid choice in Anchorage as is Orso and the more casual Glacier Brewhouse. The cafe at the Museum of History and Art also gets high marks, it's run by the folks at the Marx Bros. Cafe, an Anchorage institution.

              Fairbanks has long been pretty dismal for dining. Pump House is a upscale tourist trap with indifferent preparation. I'll put Wolf Run on my lost to try if I get there again.

            2. Check out this website to book direct for WhitePass and Yukon Train trip.

              1. Must chime in on the "interior" Alaska places but being a Juneauite, lets start there.....

                While in Juneau, take a trip up the Mt Roberts Tram for a spectacular view and a walk on a mountaintop. Food is so-so - I'd wait til you get down to sea level. The Twisted Fish is close to the tramway and has good pub style seafood. Take a walk along the dock to downtown being sure to see the Red Dog Saloon with its sawdust floor, get some fudge at the Fudge Company, try our local coffee at Heritage Coffee Shop, join the locals for a beer at the Triangle Club (yep – its shaped like a triangle). The Hangar on the Wharf has good seafood also pub style. Don’t miss a drive to the glacier – with some time to wander around out there….its up close and personal. But if you have time, may I recommend a flightseeing trip over our icefield or up to Taku Lodge for bbq salmon and halibut combined with the flightseeing. And finally, if you want to rub elbows with the best folks in town, come to the island….Douglas Island. There is a café with great sandwiches and burger, a pub with brick oven pizza etc, and a great local bar built in 1937 – the Douglas Inn. More later……