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Feb 9, 2013 07:09 AM

Help With Alaska Trip

My wife and I (60-somethings) will be on an Alaskan adventure in June. We will have a car and are staying in B & Bs so breakfast is covered. We are looking for the best local spots in Anchorage, Seward, Homer, Healy (Denali area) and Fairbanks, obviously focused on fresh seafood. Thanks!

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  1. I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska for 19 years, and still visit at least once a year. I've eaten pretty much everywhere there, so I can help you out with that leg of the trip. As for the other portions of your journey, I'm afraid I don't have much to go off of.

    That said, in Anchorage, the most expensive but also the best restaurant is the Crow's Nest. It's located at the top of the Captain Cook Hotel (one of the tallest buildings in Anchorage), and the views over the city are simply to die for. Ever since Chef Reuben (previously of Jack Sprat in Girdwood) took over as head chef, the food has been exceptional. I've tried many of their seafood dishes as well as their meat and vegetarian options, and every single one was so exceptionally amazing (which I believe is a mark of a great restaurant when they can do literally EVERYTHING well)! One of my favorite places, and not just in Anchorage.

    Another excellent option is the Marx Bros. Cafe. My favorite item on their menu is the macadamia-encrusted halibut, which is served in a coconut curry and topped with a mango chutney. It really is the perfect fusion of flavors, while also allowing you to taste the freshness of Alaskan seafood.

    Speaking of fresh Alaskan seafood, if you're into sushi, then check out Sushi & Sushi. There are a ton of great sushi places in Anchorage, but this one stands out as one of my favorites.

    Yak & Yeti is another interesting (and newer) option specializing in Asian cuisine. It features food from the Himalayan regions, specifically with Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan cuisines. Really quite tasty.

    If you want to compete with the locals for a table at one of the most popular joints in town, check out The Moose's Tooth, or its sister (somewhat less popular) restaurant The Bear's Tooth. They're both pizza joints that are creative with what they put on pizzas. They're insanely popular, though, so expect long waits (and a crowded/noisy ambiance) if you come during normal lunch/dinner hours. Not really my favorite place in town (pizza seldom is), but it is a very popular option. Oh, and they make their own beers.

    If you're not much of a beer person, but love the vino, check out Crush Wine Bistro. It's a pretty good tapas place and wine bar. Of course, I'm also a sucker for tapas, and love places where I get to try a bunch of small bites! Also, having wine flight after wine flight helps to make the experience that much more enjoyable! ;)

    So, there are six restaurants to get you started. I'm not sure how long the Anchorage leg of your trip is, but if you're looking for more recommendations, just let me know!

    1. Hi there! In addition to the already suggested places, I'd recommend the Snow Goose (a nice pub with awesome views), Humpy's downtown, the Glacier Brewhouse, and Orso. Have fun--Alaska is awesome!