Eating your way around Alaska's Inside Passage
Cruise Expert, Terri Bettany, has some recommendations on where to satisfy your hunger after a day of sightseeing in Alaska.
People's first thoughts of Alaska are always around the amazing scenery and wildlife, but what you might not expect is that there are some truly mouth-watering place to eat too! So, if you find yourself a little hungry or thirsty after all the sightseeing you do, these are my recommendations:
Ketchikandiesis the place to go if you have a sweet tooth! They have wonderful home made sweets and chocolates - my
favourites are the Dark chocolate covered mint oreo.
Annabelles is just on the Front Street and has wonderful Alaskan Fare and plenty of seafood. Free Wireless is offered here, as it is in a number of the restaurants and bars. The Arctic Bar also offers free wireless, just don’t dare ask for coffee! It’s a bar and you will be told just that! You can however order takeaway from Burger Queen across the road and they will deliver, or you can just pop into Burger Queen yourself (they have fabulous burgers).
For something a little more scenic you can try the Cape Fox Lodge – take the funicular up or walk (it’s really not too far). The Cajun halibut burger there is to die for and the views are great.
So many times I didn’t make it far from the pier before stopping to eat as the Skagway Fish Company has a fantastic Mermaid (Halibut) Burger. It’s cheap and cheerful and if you can’t get a table there are plenty of seats around the bar. The best coffee is also found at the pier at the Yukon and White Pass Railway hut although there is a Starbucks hidden in one of the souvenir shops in town.
If you have forgotten to bring any vegemite, there is also an International store in Skagway that caters to the many nationalities onboard each cruise ship – so it’s not cheap but when you need vegemite, you need vegemite!!!
There is also a great pizza place off the beaten track just opposite the only grocery store in town. The pizzas are huge and the jugs of beer are plentiful. If you are still thirsty afterwards, then make sure you pop into the Red Onion for a beer.
My favourite place to eat in Juneau is Tracey’s King Crab Shack. It is just along the waterfront and it is to die for – the shack does seem to get bigger every year, so they must be doing well. Whether you have the King Crab legs, crab cakes or anything else on the menu you will not be disappointed. If you prefer more of a restaurant, just along the pier you will find the Twisted Fish and they have a huge array on their menu and it’s quick and friendly service.
Icy Strait Point aka Hoonah
This tiny little port town is a real highlight and not just for the fresh crabs that you can eat just metres from where the tenders drop you off with the most spectacular view out over the gorgeous harbour, and if you're lucky some whales frolicking about. YUM!
Wow! Where do I start – this is a fabulous town on Vancouver Island with a real old English feel. The beautiful Empress Hotel is a must see and eat! You can have an old fashioned afternoon tea here, dine formally or have a wonderful Indian Buffet at the Bengal Lounge. There are many other fabulous more casual options such as the Cactus Bar and Nautical Nellies. There are also maple syrup sweets along the main tourist walk and ice cream for that leisurely walk back to the ship.
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